October 2018 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: October 1 to October 7
Discontinuing the Note App
Squarespace Note, the passthrough app Squarespace created in 2012 to help you capture and send ideas to your email and other services, will be discontinued on October 31, 2018. Squarespace has notified all customers who use Note early last week via an in-app message. They came to this decision for a few reasons, namely because maintaining the app has outweighed the benefits of keeping it as a product offering. By retiring Note, they can continue developing and expanding core tools that provide the most value to their customers.
Week: October 8 to October 14
Add free stock photography with Unsplash
Squarespace has a new integration with Unsplash, the go-to platform for free stock photography. This in-app integration can save money and time spent searching for stock images elsewhere. It can also help when working with clients who don’t have enough content to flesh out their projects or when staging preliminary designs.
Sales by Product Analytics
There’s a new Analytics panel called Sales by Product that shows revenue, views, and conversion rates for all items in a site’s inventory. With this report, online stores can better understand and compare the popularity of their products and make informed decisions around merchandising and marketing. It’s available on Commerce Basic and Commerce Advanced plans.
Here’s some key information from the help guide:
The bar chart shows up to eight products, and the table shows up to 100 products.
To find any product, use the search bar above the chart.
The data shown for each item includes all its variants.
Revenue numbers in the graph are rounded. The table shows the exact amount.
Analytics app traffic alerts
Get push notifications for traffic spikes and dips with traffic alerts, now available on the Analytics iOS app. The app will now notify you or your clients when their site gets more or less visitors than usual. It’ll also give you context about the change, with top channels that contributed to it. For example, it can detect if you get a significant bump in traffic from a Facebook post.
This feature uses a machine learning technology called “anomaly detection” to identify statistically significant changes. It will improve over time as it collects data. In addition to push notifications, the app will show spikes and dips in the Traffic Overview card.
Traffic alerts are available on Business Plans and above and will be coming to the Analytics desktop and Android apps soon. You’ll need to update to the latest version and enable push notifications from the app to get the alerts.
Improved domains view in the Account Dashboard
The Domains tab of the Account Dashboard got a few design improvements to make it easier to see all of your domains at a glance. The tab is now in list view instead of thumbnail view, and you can see each domain’s status, renewal date, site it’s connected to, and if it’s a Squarespace or third-party domain. This is a great place to show clients if they have multiple websites and/or domains to manage, or if they’re having trouble finding the Domains panel within their site.
Persistent Device View
With Device View, you can preview how your site appears on mobile, tablet, and desktop screens. It’s a useful feature, but in its original version, it wasn’t easy to discover because you had to hover over the top of the preview frame. Now it’ll be visible by default until you click it to hide it.
Week: October 15 to October 21
Accepting Venmo through Squarespace Commerce
Customers can use Venmo when purchasing products or services on a mobile device from any site with PayPal set up as a payment processor. Visit Squarespace’s help guide for more details on how to test this option out and how customers will see it during checkout.
SEO keywords help guide
Squarespace created a new guide to help users understand and strategize keyword usage with Squarespace’s built-in features. Visit Adding keywords for SEO to learn more.
Week: October 22 to October 28
Coming soon: Subscriptions for Commerce
Subscriptions—products that are paid for on a recurring basis—are coming soon to Commerce Advanced plans. Read more in the announcement post.