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Page passwords

You can hide individual pages behind passwords in Page Settings to prevent them from being publicly accessible. This is a great way to keep some pages on your site public while reserving other content for select visitors.

Password-protected pages display a lock icon next to their titles in the Pages panel.

Everyone uses the same password to access a password-protected page. It isn't possible to create unique passwords for different people.

Tip: To give other people editing permissions for your site, invite them as contributors.

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Before you begin

  • Passwords are case-sensitive and must be 30 characters or fewer.
  • For security reasons, never use your Squarespace account password as a page password.
  • When typing a password, you’ll see a series of dots instead of text, like •••••••••••••. This may appear longer than your actual password.
  • If Esc Key Login is enabled, contributors can press Esc to skip the lock screen and log in.
  • To prevent visitors from stumbling onto a locked page, hide the pages from your navigation menus by moving them into the Not Linked section.
  • When a visitor uses a password, the session will expire after four hours and prompt them to re-enter the password. It isn't possible to "log out" of a session.
  • You can also hide your entire site behind a password. For more options for hiding your content, visit Controlling who can see your site's pages.
  • Pages on the Cover Page-only plan (no longer offered) can't be hidden behind a password.

Set a page password

To set a page password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. In the Pages panel, select a page to protect with a password.
  3. Click the to the right of the page's title to open Page Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Password and enter a password in the box.
  5. Click Save.

After you've saved your password, a lock icon displays next to the page title in the Pages panel.

  1. Tap the Pages icon.
  2. Tap the page you want to protect with a password.
  3. Tap the ... icon or  in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap into the field under Password and enter a password.
  5. Tap Save.

After you've saved your password, a lock icon displays next to the page title in the Pages tab.

Test your password

Open the page in a private browser window to test how it looks to visitors. At the lock screen, enter the page password, then press Enter or click the arrow to access the page.

The gray lock screen pictured below displays by default. Use the Lock Screen panel to customize the design.

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Change or remove the password

To change or remove the password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. In the Pages panel, select the page with the password.
  3. Click the Settings icon next to the page's title to open Page Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Password.
  5. Enter a new password, or remove the password by highlighting the text and pressing Delete.
  6. Click Save.
  1. Tap the Pages icon.
  2. Tap the page with the password.
  3. Tap the ... icon or  in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap into the field under Password, then enter a new password or delete the existing password.
  5. Tap Save.

Passwords and search engines

To hide a new page while you're building it, we recommend setting a password before you add any content. This tells search engines not to index the page at all.

If you're hiding an existing page, setting a password only prevents search engines from indexing it further. This means that search engines may have already indexed this page, and this content could appear in search results.

After you add a page password, the page won't be accessible to search engines. It will eventually stop appearing in search results.

Setting a page password for collections also applies the password to individual collection items, such as products or blog posts, and will prevent search engines from indexing them.

Note: If you upload a file to a page before setting a password, the file may continue to be indexed after setting the password. To protect files from indexing, remove them and re-upload after the page password is set.

Index Pages

You can password-protect the main Index in its Page Settings.

Whether a password-protected sub-page displays in the Index depends on the Index style. For more information, visit Passwords and Index Pages.

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Troubleshooting page password issues

For page passwords:

  • Some password managers or browser extensions (like LastPass) can cause passwords to auto-fill in your Page Settings. If this is happening, disable the extension before editing your page password.
  • If visitors are prompted to enter a password after you remove a page password, check if your homepage has a site-wide password, and disable it.
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