Understanding Squarespace templates

Squarespace templates are in “families.” This means there are effectively only around 20 core templates to choose from; Squarespace just showcase how they can be used and styled differently by including lots of variations.

You can see an up to date list of which templates belong to which family on Squarespace's help page. 

I've also written a blog post which takes you through your template options for different types of website and the features you're looking for. 

Website vs Commerce layouts and pricing

All Squarespace templates can be used for selling online, but some templates are set up specifically for this purpose and have two distinct differences:

  1. When you log in, there is an extra section in the admin panel, above Pages, which relates to product orders and inventory etc. This can be confusing for a client who is not planning to sell anything! Alternatively, you might have started on a Website layout but want the Commerce quick links. 
  2. When you go to add your billing details on a Commerce layout, it will default to the Commerce pricing, which again can confuse your client and may lead to them accidentally subscribing to the wrong plan.

You can get around the first issue quite easily by going into Settings > Advanced > Home Menu, and changing this to your preferred option. Squarespace support don't even always know about this! 

However, I've not found a way to get around the pricing defaults. Although it's very easy to switch to website plans, I still think it's confusing, so I've put together a list of all the templates that have a Commerce layout, within the different families if applicable: 

  • Brine: Brine, Cacao, Clay, Fairfield, Hyde, Jaunt, Marta, Thorne, West
  • Galapagos
  • Skye: Indigo
  • Supply
  • York: Flores, Jones 
Week 2Katy Carlisle