Top 8 Squarespace Integrations
A week ago, I took you on a tour of some of the add-ons that make Squarespace the formidable website building platform it is. Squarespace may not have a bona fide app market like Wix and Weebly, but it does contain a number of key integrations to help you reach out to your site visitors.
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1. Google Maps
Squarespace’s Map Block connects you with Google Maps to give you an ideal way to display your business’s location. It’s not a feature unique to Squarespace, but it’s well-implemented here.
Entering your address into the space provided during setup will place a pin on the map showing your location. You can resize the map however you like by dragging the bottom handle where you will. Not thrilled with the look of your map? You can adjust the appearance to your liking with the design options. For instance, you can make the map display the satellite view if you wish. You can also choose whether or not to make the map controls available so people and zoom in and out to their heart’s content. (Pro tip: make the map controls available! Being able to zoom out helps people by giving them reference points a closer-in map might miss.)
2. Apple News
Would you like to see your blog posts reach as wide an audience as possible? With Squarespace’s Apple News integration, you can cross-publish your blog within the Apple News app (an app built into all current iPhones and iPads in the US, UK, and Australia) and get your content published alongside that of major news organizations and online magazines.
You’ll have to submit your blog to Apple for approval to get into the program, so it’s not something you can just do on a whim. But if you’re accepted, your blog will get the kind of exposure you’d have to work very hard (and over a long period of time) to get otherwise. There are some other steps you’ll need to take before successfully adding your Squarespace blog as an Apple News channel – luckily, Squarespace details the process here.
3. Apple Pay
Sticking with the Apple theme, here’s a Squarespace integration that allows your customers — those using Apple devices, that is — to make purchases from your site without having to enter their shipping/billing information. With Apple Pay enabled, your iCustomers will be able to buy your products as quickly and easily as possible. The only catch is that Apple Pay can only be used to buy physical products.
The best part? You won’t have to add this integration yourself. It’s already there. You just have to enable it within the payment info settings. This help article shows you how to do that.
4. OpenTable Block
Squarespace has an integration aimed at all you restaurateurs out there. (Restaurateur…that’s one of those words that always looks misspelled)
With the OpenTable block, would-be diners can reserve a table at your restaurant without leaving your Squarespace site. You’ll need to set up an account with OpenTable first to establish an OpenTable ID, but once you’ve done that, the rest of the process is a cinch. You can change the look of the block with design and style options as well.
5. Getty Images
Need to find a fresh supply of images for your site? Squarespace has you covered. Here’s another third party integration built into the system that you won’t have to add yourself. With Squarespace’s Getty Images partnership, you gain access to the entire Getty Images collection.
Search and add images in the following places on your website:
- Image Blocks
- Gallery Blocks
- Gallery Pages
- Page Thumbnail Images
- Cover Pages that support imagery
- Mobile Fallback Images for background videos
- Banner or background images in the Style Editor
Each image is high-resolution and costs $10 a pop. What, you thought they were free? Not bloody likely!
6. Twitter Block
Squarespace’s Twitter integration is an easily implemented means of infusing your website with your social media presence. Connect the Twitter Block to your Twitter account, and you’ll be able to display anywhere from one to 20 of your most recent tweets.
If you’d rather display a feed of tweets by hashtag, mentions, or any other search term, you’re free to do that instead. Note that search feeds will only display results from tweets posted in the last seven days.
Stripe (see our review) is Squarespace’s official payment processor. Connecting a Stripe account to your website will allow you to accept credit card, debit card, and Apple Pay payments within your eCommerce.
After connecting your Stripe account to Squarespace, you’ll be able to run test orders without charging a card to make sure everything works as intended. You’ll have to be careful if you’re using more than one Squarespace site with the same Stripe account, however. To prevent Stripe from disconnecting from some of your sites, you’ll have to add your existing accounts to one Stripe profile and then switch between your accounts.
Read Squarespace’s Stripe FAQ to learn everything you need to know if you want to use this key eCommerce integration.
Recently introduced and still in the beta stage, Squarespace’s integration with PayPal (see our review) gives you a second option for accepting payments within the eCommerce system. In fact, you can connect both your Stripe and your PayPal accounts to your site to give people two means of making a payment.
Bear in mind that this PayPal integration has nothing to do with the Donation Block – in other words, PayPal has nothing to do with Squarespace’s donation system.
Just connect your PayPal Business account to your Squarespace account, and you’ll be well on your way. If you only have a PayPal Personal account, you can update to PayPal Business for free. Review Squarespace’s PayPal FAQ for more information.
Squarespace demonstrates the fact that you don’t need a huge app store to provide your site visitors and customers with the functionality they need to launch their dreams into the stratosphere (assuming that was where they intended to launch them). With its core business and social integrations, Squarespace gives you the tools you need and leaves out the tools you probably don’t need.
So, what are you waiting for? Go build your own website and take a chance on that business idea that’s been floating around in your head. Odds are, if you don’t, someone else will beat you to the punch, I know Zuckerberg got there first, but I was actually the first one to come up with the idea to build a social network that makes you hate half your family and friends. Just goes to show that you need to strike while the iron is hot.