You can delete your site after cancelling your subscription or when your trial expires. This guide explains how to delete a site and what happens when you delete content from Squarespace.
Tip: To remove a contributor site from your Account Dashboard, visit Removing yourself as a contributor.
What happens to deleted and expired content?
There are different ways to delete your content. Before you delete any content from Squarespace, we recommend reviewing what happens to your deleted content.
Deleting a site marks its content for permanent deletion and stops your subscription payments. Only expired or cancelled sites with no other active subscriptions can be deleted.
After deleting your site:
- You won’t be able to log in to make changes.
- Your site won’t be accessible to visitors.
- Your site won't appear in your Account Dashboard.
- It may take more than 30 days for us to permanently delete the site from our system.
- Third-party domains linked to your site will automatically disconnect. You can also disconnect domains manually before deleting the site.
Cancelling a subscription takes your site offline and stops your subscription payments, but it doesn’t immediately delete your content. So, if you cancelled recently, you might be able to recover your content depending on how long it’s been since you cancelled.
Expired trial sites
When your trial site expires, its content is marked for permanent deletion. It generally takes more than 30 days for us to remove content of a trial site from our systems, though your content isn't publicly accessible during this period.
Deleted pages or posts
When you delete select content from a live site, like a page or blog post:
- Visitors can no longer find or see the content.
- The deleted content moves to a trash can, where it's accessible for approximately 30 days if you want to recover it.
- Deleted items can take more than 30 days to be permanently removed from our system.
- To permanently remove deleted items, empty the trash can.
- When you delete a page or post, visitors will see a 404 error when they visit its URL. To prevent this from happening, set up a URL redirect or use the same URL for a replacement page or post.
Before you delete your entire site
- To delete a site with a paid subscription, cancel your subscription first.
- If your site has a Squarespace Domain, it can’t be deleted until you cancel or transfer the domain.
- If your site has other active subscriptions, like Google Workspace, Email Campaigns, or Scheduling, it can't be deleted until you cancel them.
- To temporarily unpublish your site instead of deleting it, make it private or set a site-wide password.
Delete your site
Step 1 - Check your site
If you have multiple Squarespace sites in your account (including trials), confirm you’re viewing the one you want to delete.
- To switch to a different site, go to the Home Menu, scroll down, and click your profile picture or initials.
- In your Account Dashboard, you'll see all subscriptions connected to your account.
- Hover over the correct site's thumbnail image and click Go To Website.
Step 2 - Delete the site
- In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Billing & Account.
- Click Delete Site. This option won't appear if the site has any active subscriptions.
- Click Delete Site again in the panel that opens to confirm.
- You'll be prompted with a final warning. Click Delete Site to permanently delete your site.
- You'll see a "Site Deleted" message. Visitors to this URL will also see this message.
You can also delete a site from your Account Dashboard. To do so, click ... on the correct site, then click Delete.
Restore a deleted site
If your site has expired or is past-due, or if you cancelled it yourself, you may be able to reactivate it.
To restore a site you deleted by following this guide, contact us. If your content hasn’t been permanently deleted, we may be able to restore it for you, depending on how long it’s been.