How many sites can I host for one payment?

I am thinking of signing up for the service, but before I do I would like to know if I can host multiple websites on one account, or would I need an account for each individual site?

I know that one domain will be the primary domain, but will additional domains just be sub domains of the primary domain, or are they their own stand alone websites?

Thanks in advance,

Jose

asked Feb 26 '13 at 14:58 by chambrot 21113

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Ouch! I think I’ll stick with my hosting service, they don’t charge per site. As many sites as I want for the same fee as Squarespace. Glad I found out before I committed.

(Jun 05 '13 at 14:37) davey6671 davey6671's gravatar image

Yeah! I was bummed out...and I almost left my current hosting service. Unfortunately I found out the hard way, built a site on squarespace only to find out that I could once create one site per paid account. I was bummed. Maybe in the future they will add that feature for "true" unlimited sites. But for now, I cannot recommend.

(Jun 05 '13 at 15:28) chambrot chambrot's gravatar image

Keep in mind that you're paying for a website & support package, not just a hosting plan. So when you pay for the service, you're getting an all-in-one hosting/software/support stack. There's no way Squarespace could charge $20/mo, but support 20 websites on the same plan.

It would be great to get some sort of high volume site discount like they had on the previous (V5) version of Squarespace. I'm optimistic for something there! But I certainly don't see the one site per account rule changing.

(Jun 05 '13 at 17:18) jasonbarone jasonbarone's gravatar image

I agree, I’ve been working on Squarespace for the last 2 months having seen “Unlimited Pages” as pages I could host. I understand you don’t want people going crazy reselling but I thought I could at least host a secondary portfolio page or something.

I thought “Oh, that’s clever, you can limit reselling by having one account to manage them all” but no apparently I’m incorrect. This is really disappointing, I like Squarespace but this definitely makes me think if I want to commit to it. Its quite expensive for an individual page. For 30$ / month I can get quite a bit from other services.

(Nov 05 '13 at 20:58) electricmonk electricmonk's gravatar image

I can understand it both ways, but I wish there were a way I could create more sites on my account. As a webmaster I need to create examples of what I can do in Squarespace. I was able to do it in version 5, but not in version 6.

(Feb 09 '14 at 23:04) HeatherJ HeatherJ's gravatar image
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The moment Squarespace starts offering multiple domain sites to be able to create individual sites, they will be able to start competing against WordPress. In the meantime, it can turn really expensive.

I have 20 small websites with WordPress that could perfectly run on Squarespace but at the end of the month I pay USD $20 for hosting all those sites and the same with Squarespace would cost me: USD $160.

Note: I am not making any money from any of my blogs.

(Mar 15 '14 at 07:14) fscheps fscheps's gravatar image

The ability to manage multiple websites from a single account seems like an obvious improvement that Squarespace should make. It is a requirement for most serious web developers and business clients.

(Jul 19 '14 at 19:33) AdamS AdamS's gravatar image

I wish I could move all my WordPress sites which hosting costs me USD $15 on for unlimited domains and WordPress instances. I have small blogs that I run for free, some of them for charity, some for friends. if I would need to move all these to Squarespace it would cost me at least 10 times more.

I think Squarespace should offer a plan that would allow you to increase the amount of independent domains you can have once you have a main account. Something like, you get an account for USD $10 a month and then you can add domains for USD $5 more per each domain.

Something like that would bring more love to Squarespace for the sake of simplicity of security and maintenance. Then I would be able to just focus on writing and not patching core files and plugins, it’s a dream.

Squarespace you should target an advertisement to bloggers: “We help you focus on your posts, while we do the rest”

(Oct 15 '14 at 01:42) fscheps fscheps's gravatar image
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Honestly, I understand the gripe, sort of, but I see the sense in what SS is doing. Squarespace is effecting a new approach to web building and hosting. The differing approaches between WordPress and Squarespace are miles apart, and not only in terms of the way sites are built.

What Squarespace provides is a far tighter package between builder and finished product, and one that you, as a webmaster do not have to keep looking over your shoulder wondering which hacker is going to DDOS you next, or worse, e.g. silently hijack your site as part of the WordPress botnet, or silently hack the database to start producing blackmarket bitcoins, etc. And this does not even get to the negative SEO ramifications of common sub-hosted sites.

Yes, there are a few critical features I dearly wish Squarespace had, like the ability to do complete archives of existing site projects so you can easily recover from any inadvertent errors. But what they have is far better than WP, IMHO. So rather than trying to be successful with a large group of websites, my recommendation would be to just host one or two instead. That is, one or two sites which are perhaps better planned and marketed with a much sharper focus.

answered Oct 14 '14 at 20:42 by jols 714

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I think the issue here is a some people have lots of very small niche sites that don't make such money

(Oct 14 '14 at 20:50) scoobie scoobie's gravatar image

Agreed, and this is where more of a traditional web hosting, like Linksky or Hostgator, or one of the others would likely be a better fit.

Still however, if the niche sites need search engine traffic, the SEO can get severely watered down with a bunch of sub-hosted sites.

(Oct 14 '14 at 21:02) jols jols's gravatar image

I have a webmasters account which includes unlimited add-on domains. I have 9 websites that use WordPress templates. My total annual cost for 9 websites is $9.95.

I would like to give Squarespace my business, but the same annual cost for the 9 sites would cost me $1,728.00 here.

Please let me know when you offer the unlimited add-on domains, and I would love to sign up.

answered Feb 10 at 14:59 by mikewhite 212

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Presumably you don't have unlimited bandwidth as well do you?

(Feb 10 at 15:33) scoobie scoobie's gravatar image

I have 30 GB of bandwidth or data transfer per day (10 GB for the main account and 20GB for up to 100 Addon domains = 1000 GB per month) translates to about 100,000 daily unique visitors. http://www.webmasters.com/bandwidth.htm

(Feb 10 at 16:12) mikewhite mikewhite's gravatar image

I think Squarespace should offer a lower cost proposition with no support, no commerce and limited bandwidth.

answered Feb 10 at 16:32 by scoobie 8.5k3714

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I agree. That sounds fair to me.

(Feb 10 at 17:36) mikewhite mikewhite's gravatar image

This needs a lot more visibility. I recently found this out and am thinking about ending and switching to WordPress because of it (as many have). This just isn’t financially feasible for people hosting non-monetary blogs, low traffic sites and personal portfolios.

answered Apr 20 at 01:00 by Kyle Bigart 213

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WordPress.com doesn’t even offer this functionality: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/do-i-need-multiple-wordpress-premium-accounts-for-multiple-blogs

One reason both WordPress.com and Squarespace don’t do this is because it’s probably not financially feasible for them to host thousands or millions of trivial websites. You’re paying for an entire package on both services.

You’re comparing a premium web service like Squarespace and WordPress.com to a dirt cheap hosting service where it’s free reign to do whatever you want.

(Apr 20 at 06:49) jasonbarone jasonbarone's gravatar image

You can host an infinite amount of sites on Squarespace. However, you can manage multiple sites under one email address, Managing multiple sites.

In regards to the domain related question, you can map multiple domains to your Squarespace site. However, the domains will redirect/rewrite to the domain that is set as the primary domain.

answered Apr 25 '13 at 17:45 by vishal ♦ 49939

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Hello

Thanks for the quick reply. I signed up for the $20 a month service and created a site.

But when I create another website its a trial site, and it asks me to upgrade the account again.

Am I doing something wrong? I was told I can host multiple websites on one account, do I have to pay a subscription for each one?

Regards,

Jose Chambrot

(May 22 '13 at 10:55) chambrot chambrot's gravatar image

Hey Jose,

Each account you sign up for is a different site you are creating. Therefore, you will need to purchase a plan for that account. Sorry for not being clear in my initial answers.

(May 22 '13 at 10:57) vishal ♦ vishal's gravatar image

Right now, each Squarespace plan is good for one website. You can use an infinite number of domain names pointing to the same website.

On a side note, many of you are comparing Squarespace to a "web host" where you can do anything you want for a specific price, including hosting multiple WordPress websites. You're not making the right comparison by doing this. Compare Squarespace to WordPress.com, which is WordPress' own premium service exactly like Squarespace.

Each WordPress.com plan is good for one website. A forum thread is here: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/do-i-need-multiple-wordpress-premium-accounts-for-multiple-blogs

You're comparing apples to oranges. There are probably multiple reasons why companies do this including being a filter for meaningless sites running on the platform, not wanting to tax the database, and not wasting resources on support.

answered Apr 20 at 07:01 by jasonbarone 11.7k4813

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Thank you for the comments jasonbarone -- nice to see a Paid SquareSpace Consultant chime in

I think most understand the major differences between wordpress.com and .org and all that jazz... and that is the point everyone is making. SS needs to integrate and come full circle around on the business to try and keep ground against Wordpress. To use your words, yes, its apples to oranges... but since Wordpress has apples and oranges, so should squarespace. This is more pertinent as ever with other companies like Wix and Weebly starting to catch up in terms of design quality. After all, most people are here because of the cheap and easy to use integrated eCommerce and theme design quality (with great mobile integration).

Just because others are not doing what we are exactly requesting, doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. Yes, you need individual accounts for wordpress' premium service, but they also offer the ability, structure and platforms to support 10 sites for the price of 1 if that is what you want.

You are correct to some degree, of course someone that hosts 10 different websites/designs with SS would add unnecessary taxing to their systems, however, there is obviously a break point where monetizing those sites at a smaller rate + the original base rate makes sense. Additionally there are extremely easy ways to work around this issue since the point has been raised, most of these sites are non-monetary and small traffic sites (meaning they really don't tax the system that much)

After all when you think about it, someone using SS pays for everything, for example, you can consider a part of the monthly fee to pay for the support personnel. If this person adds another site, presumably they wouldn't need double the support since they are already familiar with SS. One could argue that using different themes and different sites means more support, but definitely not double since most support is how to function around designs, and once you inherently understand it the UI, most of it makes sense. And if this is an issue with say worrying about providing too much support for a $5 per extra site, you can set restrictions on this. Maybe you aren't allowed to access the 'base pay + extra site' features until using SS for over a year -- its a simple solution and creates legacy users not wanting to ruin their banked time already with SS.

There are additional ways to monetize more than just lets say $5 per extra site... maybe its $4 per site, but then another $2 if you want to use a different theme. Especially if this is a concern for more support or problems (the $2 is meant to offset that)

Additionally, maybe these secondary sites aren't allowed to be monetized in any shape or form. This could mean no eCommerce or ad ability. You can additionally set a limit on each secondary site to shut down as a holder page if receiving more than 5,000 unique visitors a month (or whatever the number is -- this means the system no matter what isn't heavily taxed by any of these secondary sites). Imagine someone with a secondary site that suddenly gets popular... suddenly thousands are visiting it and it shutdowns, or gives them the warning that within the next 24 hours it will shut down if not upgraded. I would be willing to be 99% of people will pay the $11 extra to bump it from lets say $5 per month to the $16 per month rate (especially since the increased viewers maybe means the ability to now cash in on some eCommerce and ad revenue not available with the 'secondary site' restrictions.)

The point we all are making, and I suppose I am trying to hit at is there are plenty of ways to work around these issues and offer more services to better suite the needs of the SS population or people looking to drop Wordpress. These stipulations automatically weed out "meaningless sites" (to use your words)... which, I would like to point out is a very rude and unjustified term to use for your customers. I think we all find our sites loved and very meaningful to each and every one of us, even if only visited by one person a year.

(Apr 20 at 16:51) Kyle Bigart Kyle%20Bigart's gravatar image

Hey @Kyle Bigart, I wanted to clarify that I don't work for Squarespace and am not paid for anything related to this forum.

I do understand your points but it's important to note that Squarespace isn't trying to be everything Wordpress is. They clearly have an idea for what they want their service to be and it doesn't appear they will ever offer the ability to go install it yourself. They wouldn't be able to provide the same service and frankly, it would be Squarespace.

Squarespace, by design, is a professional service.

(Apr 20 at 17:05) jasonbarone jasonbarone's gravatar image

What about Weebly - isn't that cheaper ? I have a job convincing people to use Squarespace given their pricing

(Apr 20 at 17:13) scoobie scoobie's gravatar image

I used to say years ago that Squarespace was an all-in-one software, hosting, and support package, but it's clearly going further than that. They now also build complementing native mobile apps. I hope they keep doing that and create an overall better service.

My gut tells me Wordpress users are dropping Wordpress for Squarespace at a higher rate than Squarespace users are moving back.

Unfortunately I don't feel Squarespace will ever work like Wordpress.org does.

(Apr 20 at 17:14) jasonbarone jasonbarone's gravatar image

Last thing I'll mention is than is you should take a look at the archive.org for Squarespace in 2008-2012. The V5 platform had tiered discounts depending on the numbers of sites. I've talked about this a few times on here when they got rid of it. Hopefully they'll bring it back at some point.

(Apr 20 at 17:15) jasonbarone jasonbarone's gravatar image
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