October 2017 Squarespace Product Updates

October 2017 Squarespace Product Updates

October 2017 Squarespace Product Updates

Every week as a Squarespace Circle Member (sign-up if you regularly build client websites) we get the latest product updates sent to our email. We realized that even though this community is growing, there are a lot of other Squarespace users that don’t get these updates, so the Brad Good team wanted to compile the most important changes every month in a easy to read blog post.

If you are wondering about all of the new updates Squarespace released in October, read more below!

 

Week: September 25 to October 1.

Tweaks 2.0 Beta browser compatibility improvements

Squarespace made under-the-hood improvements to Tweaks 2.0 Beta to make this Circle-only feature more flexible and agile. You can now export style packs and import them using any of our supported browsers. This fix resolved the performance issues Circle members were seeing in Firefox and Safari.

 

Week: October 2 to October 8.

Customer accounts

Websites on the Commerce Basic and Advanced plans can now add customer accounts to their store. With this feature, customers can create accounts and securely save their addresses and payment methods. They can also check the status of their orders and update their saved information. If a customer has an account, their order confirmation email will have a link to view their order.

Helpful links about customer accounts:

Gift cards

Digital gift cards are now available to sell on the Advanced Commerce plan. Each gift card has a secure code the recipient can enter at checkout to redeem it for their purchase.

Helpful links about gift cards:

Checkout on Your Domain in all Commerce plans

Checkout on Your Domain, which allows you to replace Squarespace’s default checkout URL with a site’s custom domain, is now available in the Commerce Basic plan. (It was previously restricted to the Advanced plan.) It’s enabled automatically if you have a custom domain and the SSL setting set to Secure.

ShipStation: now available in Australia and the UK

Squarespace’s ShipStation integration is now available in Australia and the UK. Using ShipStation can save five to ten minutes per order, so it’s a great option to recommend to Commerce clients who sell at a high volume.

Measure traffic from MailChimp campaigns

In Traffic Sources, you can now drill down to see site activity from specific MailChimp forms and campaigns under the Email channel. As usual, if you don’t have traffic from this channel, it won’t show.

Highlights

Besides the documentation on last week’s new features, here are other updates:

Building a health and fitness site

A new guide on creating sites for health, fitness, and wellness businesses. It highlights templates and features to help clients in this industry stand out. You’re welcome to use these guides as a springboard for your own Squarespace content.

Using Squarespace Logo

Add Troubleshooting and FAQ sections, condensed the steps, and added more information about the Noun Project and fair usage of the icons.

Cancelling a website subscription

After a deep dive into common concerns about canceling a website, this guide is completely rewritten. Most notably, there’s a new section explaining what happens to other subscriptions when you close a site, like domains and G Suite.

 

Week: October 9 to October 15.

Form Block reCAPTCHA

By popular demand, Google reCAPTCHA is now available in the Form Block to help prevent spam. This feature is available in all plans, but only for Form Blocks. To learn how to set this up, visit the reCAPTCHA guide. The Preventing Form Block spam guide is updated too. Now that reCAPTCHA is available Squarespace no longer recommend the radio field workaround.

 

Week: October 16 to October 22.

New font: Cutive

The Google Font Cutive is available in the Style Editor for the first time since 2014.

 

Week: October 23 to October 29.

SEO Settings panel copy refresh

Squarespace updated the field labels and descriptions in the SEO panel to make each section clearer. There are no functionality changes here–just better writing.

A few field names changed:

  • Collection Title Format is now Page Title Format.

  • Item Title Format is now Collection Item Title.

To learn more about these settings, visit the Changing title formats for SEO and browser tabs guide (previously “Customizing title formats”).

Highlights

To keep you in the loop about changes to Squarespace documentation and resources, Squarespace occasionally recaps notable additions to guides on support.squarespace.com:

  • Secondary and Footer Navigation - Reorganized this guide and added a reference table on behavior and appearance by template.

  • What’s my template’s family? - Added a section organized by family (in addition to a list by template).

  • Connecting a 1&1 domain - Added a section explaining how 1&1’s Domain Center looks different depending on the user’s billing plan and location. Look out for this discrepancy if you handle domain mapping for clients.

Taking a screenshot - When sending a screenshot to Advisors for troubleshooting, we recommend including the full browser window and the address bar so they have the best context.

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