Squarespace Classroom FAQ

 How to host an e-course on Squarespace – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Prerequisites

Because my method uses code injection you will need to be on the Squarespace Business Plan. I also recommend that you are familar with Squarespace and know how to build and design pages and blog posts.

What kind of course can I host on Squarespace?

My method is suitable for those who have evergreen or date-driven drip-feed courses. Dynamic drip-feeding, i.e. where course lessons are released based on the customer's sign-up date, is not possible.

Will this work on any template?

My proposed solution uses a unique blog sidebar so Anya, Bedford, Bryant, or Hayden. Templates without a sidebar (e.g. Brine) also work, here we use a fake sidebar or you can use the Sidebar Plugin. These templates are NOT recommended with my method: Avenue, Bureau, Forte, Foundry, Galapagos, Ishimoto, Julia, Montauk, Om, Skye, Tudor, Wexley, Wells.

How long will it take?

A little effort and patience is required but if you follow all the steps and use the checklist, then you can have your course structure and automated sign-up process all ready to go within 2-3 hours. The lessons are easy to follow step-by-step instructions and videos, and I am always happy to answer questions in our private Facebook group should you feel stuck on anything.

Are there additional costs?

Additional costs to consider: You will need to be on a Squarespace business plan or higher to be able to use my method. Zapier is free for 2-step zaps (mine is a 2-step) and up to 5 zaps at a time and 100 transactions per month, if you exceed any of these you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. Mailchimp is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. 

Is using the same password for everyone safe?

Yes, it is. Students can in theory share the password with others, however, the same is true if you have a membership system. If someone wants to cheat they will, regardless of the barriers you put in place. I always question the motive of sharing a password: why would someone who has paid for the course just give free access to it to someone who hasn’t? Generally I go on the assumption that most people are honest and interested in learning, not cheating. And using a password login is easy, my course participants love it! I also change the password every quarter and using this method has honestly never been an issue.

What does the sign-up process look like?

Squarespace is currently unable to email product specific purchase confirmations or to add a customer email address to a product specific mailing list. With my set-up your customer instantly receives two emails after purchasing your course: one from Squarespace with the purchase confirmation as well as a welcome email with the login information to your course. Your customer's email address is also added to a product specific mailing list in Mailchimp (or any mail service supported by Zapier). All of this is fully automated and once implemented you don’t have to touch it again and can focus on adding your content.