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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. You can also hide individual pages behind a password.

Note: Page passwords and site-wide passwords are general passwords. It isn't possible to set specific passwords for individual visitors. To allow other people to log in and edit your site, invite them as a contributor

Passwords and search engines

To hide a new site as you're building it, we recommend setting a password before you add any content. This tells search engines not to index your site.

If you're hiding your site after it's been active, note that 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. To learn more, visit Hiding a page from search engine 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.
  • Squarespace Cover Pages (the Cover Page-only plan) can't be hidden behind a password.

Set a site-wide password

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Security & SSL.
  2. Select Enable Site-Wide Password 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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Test your password

Open your site in a private or incognito browser window. Enter your password to confirm it works correctly.

The default lock screen looks like the image below. You can create a custom design to match your brand or purpose. 

Change or remove the password

To change or remove the password: 

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Security & SSL.
  2. Enter a new password, or to remove the password, Select Disable Site-Wide Password from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Save

After disabling the password, your site will be public and visible to search engines.

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