So you’re excited to get started with Squarespace?!

Wahoo! You came to the right blog friend, I have over a hundred Squarespace posts to help you out in creating that fabulous website!

Today though I want to talk about the most important details and info you need to know when you start your Squarespace free trial!

In this quick guide I’ll cover everything you need to know about using the Squarespace trial, when it ends, how to extend it, when you have to pay (plus I have a discount code for you) and more!

Okie dokie, let’s start at the beginning.

You can sign up for a free trial of Squarespace here and I also got ya a little off the price, use code PAIGE10 for 10% off your first year. (Yes, that’s an affiliate link!)

How long is the Squarespace free trial for?

The Squarespace free trial is for 14 days.

To start your Squarespace trial head to Squarespace.com (that’s an affiliate link!), and click either ‘Get Started’ or ‘Start A Free Trial’.


You’ll then be brought to the templates page to pick a template. This is generally where most people get thoroughly stuck in analysis paralysis, don’t know which to pick and don’t know what to do next.

Pro tip: Check out this free video masterclass I offered ‘Complete guide to picking a Squarespace template’. That should help get you sorted and on the right path for picking the best template for you.

Can I change my template during my free trial?

Yes, you can pick any Squarespace template, and switch to any other template at any time, free trial or not. There’s no cost for changing, and you’re not stuck with the one your first pick.

Once you’ve picked a template, you’ll be prompted to create a Squarespace account with your email and a password, and when you do that, your 14 day trial starts.

Can I extend my squarespace trial?

Yes! At the end of your 14 days free trial, Squarespace will send you an email asking you if you’d like to extend it by another 7 days, so the trial is actually technically 21 days long.

Do I need to choose a Squarespace plan right away?

No, when you start the Squarespace free trial you can just use it totally for free, without needing to pick a plan first. When you actually go to launch your website and/or when your free trial is over, then you need to pick a paid plan.

Are any features limited in the free trial?

No, you get access to everything in Squarespace during your free trial. You might notice some indicators as you’re building your site that some features are ‘premium features’. If you use these, you’ll need a pick a ‘premium Squarespace plan when you launch your site/trial ends.

(Premium plans are any of the plans, excluding the ‘personal plan’.)

What are premium features?

Premium features are special functions, capabilities, blocks and integrations on Squarespace sites that are only available to those who use a premium Squarespace plan.

(Premium Squarespace plans include the Business plan, as well as the basic and advanced commerce plans. Basically, every plan except the personal plan.)

Can people see my website while I build it?

Basically, no, but kinda yes.

Here’s the deal, when you create your site on Squarespace’s free trial, you get a custom Squarespace domain (link) to your site. If you’re building your site and want to share it with others, you can share the link with them so they can see it, give feedback, ideas, etc.

Your site won’t be indexed by Google, and because your domain name (yourwebsite.com) link isn’t connected up to Squarespace yet, random people following your business won’t just accidentally find it.

So you can let other people see your site by giving them that special Squarespace link, but randoms won’t just find your website accidentally.

What happens if I don’t finish creating my site during the trial period?

Don’t stress, everything you’ve created doesn’t just get deleted. Squarespace will save your site just the way you left it.

However when you login, you won’t see the editing options as usual, you’ll need to upgrade to a Squarespace plan in order to continue editing your site. Once you upgrade, your site doesn’t immediately go live to the world, until you toggle the settings to make it live, so you can continue editing your site behind the scenes without anyone seeing it.

I have a domain name already. Should I connect it during the free trial or not?

I’d hold off on connecting it until you pick your plan and go to set your website live.

How do I make my site live?

First, pick a Squarespace plan and upgrade your site from the free trial from a paid plan. To do so, click Upgrade Now in the banner at the bottom of your site. (You can use the code PAIGE10 to get 10% off any Squarespace plan by the way.)

Once you’ve upgraded your site to a paid plan, you need to toggle the visibility settings to make it fully live.

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings

  2. Click Site Visibility

  3. Select Public

  4. Click Save

How can I get a discount on squarespace?

Yep, use the code ‘PAIGE10’ for 10% off your first year of Squarespace. 

Pro tip: All Squarespace partners get the same 10% discount code to give out, so I’ll just say right now, there’s no need to spend a half hour Googling to find a better discount, 10% is the best you can get, unless …

If you’re a college/university student and have a valid .edu email, you can get 50% off your first year of Squarespace. Details on the student discount are right here.

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