Each Squarespace template comes pre-loaded with demo pages and content to highlight the template’s strengths and unique features. Use this guide to learn how demo pages work and how to replace and customize demo content with your own.
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Before you begin
- We recommend removing or replacing all demo content before upgrading to a paid subscription.
- If your site still includes a demo page after upgrading, it will load as a 404 error page on your live site. Demo Index Pages will load as a blank page.
- All demo content pages use "noindex" tags to prevent them from appearing in search results.
- If you'd like to use stock images to replace demo content, we offer integrations with Getty Images and Unsplash.
Understanding demo content
The templates in the template store have demo content that highlights the template’s strengths and unique features. Our design team carefully curates the text and images to inspire you and serve as a springboard for your own ideas.
For example, the Bedford demo content showcases the template's suitability for nonprofits, and its special text and call-to-action buttons on banner images.
Demo content is intended as inspiration only. When building your site, you’ll use tools built into the Squarespace platform to replace the demo text and images with your own unique content.
Tip: The Custom Template creates demo pages based on your answers to design questions. These pages function the same way as demo pages on one of our pre-built templates.
Locating the demo content
Most of the demo content exists as pages in your Pages panel. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
Your Pages panel will look different depending on what demo content is there, but all demo pages say Demo next to the page title.
Tip: The icon next to the page title tells you what type of page it is: Regular Page, Gallery Page, Blog Page, and more.
Depending on your template, you may see additional placeholder demo content like a tag line, footer, or sidebars. Hover over that content and click the Edit annotation to change it.
Replacing demo content
If you like a demo page’s structure, you can edit it and add your own images and text. After you begin editing, the Demo flag will disappear for that page in the Pages panel. This also removes the page's "noindex" tag, making your page visible to search engines if your Site Visibility is set to Public.
The behavior of the demo content after you begin editing depends on the page type.
If the demo page is a Regular Page, hover over the page preview and click Edit to begin editing. The demo content remains, so you can keep the page structure while replacing the content with your own images and text.
If the demo page is a collection page, click the page title in the Pages panel and click Continue to begin adding your own content. The sample images and text will be removed automatically to comply with Squarespace's Terms of Service.
Note: You must remove demo banner images manually. To remove them, hover over each page, click Banner, then click the trash can icon below the image in the page’s settings.
Deleting demo content
If you prefer to build your own pages from scratch, you can delete the demo pages. In the Pages panel, hover over the page and click the trash can icon.
Add new pages by clicking the + icon and selecting a page type. To learn more, visit Adding pages to your navigation.
Restoring demo content
You can restore demo pages within 30 days of deleting them. For help, visit Restoring a deleted page.
When you switch templates, the existing demo content is replaced with the demo content of the new template. Any pages you’ve created, including demo pages whose example content you replaced, move to the Not Linked section.
For more information, visit Switching templates.
Can I use the demo content?
No. Per our Terms of Service, template demo content is meant for inspiration only, and you don't have a license to use any sample images or content on your live site. You’ll need to replace the demo content with your own images and text. Besides, using your own content is the best way to ensure that your site expresses your unique vision and brand.
To find great images to build your site, we offer built-in integrations to help you search and add free and premium stock images.
Why do you have demo content?
We've learned that starting with demo content makes building your site easier than starting with a blank template. Also, while all our templates are customizable, we design each one with certain aesthetic goals in mind. The demo content illustrates those aesthetic goals and the type of site that each particular template is well-suited for.
How can I remove the “Demo” label?
Clicking an Edit, Banner, or Settings button on a demo page removes the "Demo" label. You can then fill the page with your own text and images.