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Using a site-wide password

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.

The site-wide password is general, meaning everyone can use the same password to access your site's content. It isn't possible to create unique passwords for different people.

Tip: To allow other people to log in and edit your site, invite them as contributors.

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 been 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.

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

Before you begin

  • Passwords are case-sensitive.
  • The password text in the box will be replaced with a series of asterisks, like *************. This may appear longer than your actual password.
  • If Esc Key Login is enabled, contributors can press Esc to bypass the lock screen and log in using their email address and account password.
  • When a visitor uses a password, the session will eventually expire and prompt them to re-enter the password. This timing depends on the browser they're using and its session settings. It isn't possible to "log out" of a session.

Set a site-wide password

Desktop Squarespace App

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.
Note: Passwords are case-sensitive.

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To set a password:

  1. At the bottom of the screen, 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.
Note: Passwords are case-sensitive.

Test your password

Open your site in a private or incognito browser window to test how it will look to your visitors.

At the lock screen, enter the password, then press Enter or click or the arrow to access the site. You can create a custom design to match your brand or purpose.

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Change or remove the password

Desktop Squarespace App

To change the password:

In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Site Visibility.

  1. Enter a new password.
  2. Click Save.

To remove the password, set your site to Public or Private:

  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.

To change the password:

  1. At the bottom of the screen, 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.

 

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