Squarespace updates that will affect your site

(I usually write in danish. But this is for all my clients, and is the reason why it's in english).

Edited May 25th

... GDPR is coming

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a European privacy law set to go into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR regulates how individuals and organizations may collect, use and retain personal data. Check out the ways below to learn how you prepare for the GDPR. Review Squarespace’s GDPR Help guide

Ask for consent before collecting emails

You can get permission for your marketing emails by customizing the Newsletter Block with consent or disclaimer language. Tick-off Double-opt-in and don't automatically add subscribers. Read more about Mailchimp and how to setup GDPR

New analytics functionality

Your Squarespace Analytics dashboard has been updated so that you can restrict and disable information, such as visitors’ IP addresses and analytics cookies. Remember also to check your Google Analytics to be compliant.


Cookie disclosures

If you’re in an area that requires disclosure if your site uses cookies, see our guide for information on enabling those banners for your visitors. You can also customize your cookie or policy banners to hyperlink to your policies, and to include consent language.


I've coded a very minimalistic looking banner. You can see it in action on Hagedornhagen.com for whom i have had the pleasure of assisting with setting up a Squarespace Webshop and optimized the overall layout.



Integrate Newsletter and Form Blocks with Zapier
You've always been able to connect Newsletter and Form Block submissions to Mailchimp, Google Sheets, or an email address. The new Zapier integration unlocks all types of connections and form workflows. Read more about the integration in our Help guide.

Note that: You are able to inject custom code – except for javascripts and iframes – on the 'Personal' plan/subscription again! For a while Squarespace changed this to only apply on the Business and Commerce plans. I am thrilled, that Squarespace listened to us Circle-members. That means you can downgrade if you can downgrade to receive a refund for the difference between the Business and Personal plans for the time left in your billing period. 


Extra layer of security
– Better safe than sorry!

Two-Factor Authentication
We also launched two-factor authentication, or 2FA, to add an extra layer of security to your account and Squarespace sites. To enable this feature, download an authentication app – i use 'Authenticator' – and navigate to the Account & Security panel in your Account Dashboard.

Read more about SQS 2FA here: https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000044827

When possible, go ahead and turn on 2FA if you use Stripe, Dropbox or Mailchimp. We need to take extra care of the data that passes through. And it isn't that big of a hassle – Better safe than sorry ;-)


So much is happening right now!
If you need assistance, feel free to reach out.


Untill next time.
/ Ciao, C

Christel Voss

I’m Christel Voss, specialised in building websites on Squarespace.

My passion is creating tailored visual identities that empower and grow your brand online. Whether you’re big or small, a large company or an artist – if you aim for quality & beautiful (Nordic) craftsmanship, I’d love to hear from you.