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Site-wide passwords

You can hide your site behind a password to prevent it from being publicly accessible. While your site is password-protected, visitors need to enter the password to open your site. This can be helpful if your site is under construction or if only certain people should see it.

Everyone uses the same password to access your site's content. 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

Before you begin

  • Passwords are case-sensitive.
  • For security reasons, never use your Squarespace account password as a site-wide 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.
  • 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.
  • If you don't have Checkout on Your Domain enabled, browsers will prompt customers to reenter the password when they go to the checkout page.
  • You can also password protect individual pages. For more options for hiding your content, visit Controlling who can see your site's pages.
  • Sites on the Cover Page-only plan (no longer offered) can't be hidden behind a password.

Set a site-wide password

To set a password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Site Visibility.
  2. Select Password Protected in the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the password visitors will use to view your site.
  4. Click Save.

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  1. Tap Settings, then tap Site Password & SSL.
  2. Switch the Site-Wide Password toggle on.
  3. In the field below the toggle, enter the password visitors will use to view your site.
  4. Tap Back to save your changes.

Test your password

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

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

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Change or remove the password

To change the password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Site Visibility.
  2. Enter a new password.
  3. Click Save.

To remove the password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Site Visibility.
  2. Select Public or Private.
  3. Click Save.

If you set your site to Public, it will be accessible to all visitors and to search engines. Only paid sites can be public. If you choose Private, it will only be accessible to the site owner and contributors.

  1. Tap Settings, then tap Site Password & SSL.
  2. Tap the Site-Wide Password field and enter a new password.
  3. Tap Back to save your changes.

To remove the password, switch the Site-Wide Password toggle off.

Note: The Squarespace App doesn't include the Private setting. To hide your site to all visitors, access your site from a desktop and follow our steps for making your site private.

Passwords and search engines

While you’re building a trial site, your site can be set to Private or Password Protected. Both options hide your site from search engines.

If you're hiding your site after it's already been set to Public, setting a password prevents search engines from indexing it further. This means that search engines may have already indexed your site before you added the password, and your content could appear in search results.

After you add a site-wide password, your site won't be accessible to search engines. It will eventually stop appearing in search results.

Troubleshooting site-wide password issues

For site-wide passwords:

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