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Uploading and managing files

You can upload files by attaching them to links in your text, navigation, Button Blocks, and images supporting clickthrough URLs. You can reuse, rename, and delete files from any Link Editor window.

Note: File uploads must be 20 MB or smaller.

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Squarespace file management

Squarespace takes an instance-based approach to uploading and managing files. Rather than a general file manager, you can access any of your uploaded files from the Link Editor window by clicking Files.

To learn how to find a Link Editor window, visit Adding links to your site

Upload a new file

Open a link editor and click the Files tab, then click New File. Click Add a file to select a file from your computer, or drag a file directly into the Add a file area.

Link to an existing file

All files uploaded to your site appear in the Existing File section of any Link Editor window. To link to a file you already uploaded to your site, click the file in the list or search for it to attach it to the link.

Edit a file name

In the Existing File section, find the file and hover over it. Click the pencil icon to rename the file. When a visitor downloads the file, it will save to their computer using the new file name.

Delete a file

In the Existing File section, find the file and hover over it. Click the x icon to delete the file. Click Delete in the message that appears.

Logos, favicons, and backgrounds

Apart from linking to files, you can also upload a logo, a favicon (browser icon), and background images in other areas of your site. You'll upload these files separately. 

Logo image

Upload a logo in the Logo & Title panel. To learn more, visit Adding a site logo.

Favicons

Upload a favicon or browser icon in the Logo & Title panel. To learn more, visit Adding a favicon.

Background images

If your template supports a background image, you can change it in the Style Editor. To learn more, visit Adding a background image.

Other files

CSS files

Use the Custom CSS Editor in the Design panel to upload images and font files to use in your custom CSS. To learn more, visit Using the CSS Editor.

Podcast uploads

You can upload and play audio files to the Audio Block for podcasting from your site. 

Note: The size limit for a file upload to the Audio Block is 160 MB.

.pdf files

  • If you've linked to a .pdf file, check Open in New Window to allow users to open the file in their browser.
  • Ensure that your file name contains no spaces. Spaces in the file name cause the file to download instead, so replace spaces with dashes. 
  • .pdf form functions won't work on forms uploaded to Squarespace. 

.docx files

  • Visitors can only download .docx files, even if you check the Open in New Window option. 

Developer asset uploads

If you use the Developer Platform, you can upload and sync all your template files through SFTP or GIT connections. To learn more about the Squarespace Developer Platform, visit the Developer documentation.

FAQ

Can I change the file's URL?

No. Our content delivery network (CDN) assigns these "static.squarespace.com" URLs automatically, and they can't be changed. To learn more, visit Image and file URLs in Squarespace.

Can I protect my files from indexing?

If you upload a file to a password protected page, search engines can't access the page or index the file. However, if the page is indexed before setting the password, the file's CDN "static.squarespace.com" URL won't be password protected and the file can still be indexed, even after setting a page password.

To keep files secure, we recommend removing the file, then reuploading it after the page is password protected.

Note: It isn't possible to password-protect an uploaded file on our platform.

Why is my file downloading instead of opening in the browser?

The following factors can cause this issue:

  • Your .pdf file name contains spaces.
  • You didn't check the Open in New Window option for your .pdf file.
  • You linked to a .docx file. 

Whether a file opens or downloads may also depend on an individual browser's settings.

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