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Squarespace 7 vs. Squarespace 6

In late 2014, all sites running on Squarespace 6 were automatically upgraded to Squarespace 7. If you haven't logged into Squarespace for a while, this guide will walk you through the major changes and provide a crash course on getting to know Squarespace 7 quickly.

Note: If you're brand new to Squarespace, visit our Getting started tutorial.

Watch a video

For a visual tour of the Squarespace interface, watch this video:

Edit and preview

Squarespace 6 used two modes for editing your site: the Content Manager (backend) and Preview Mode (frontend). Squarespace 7 brought them together so you can edit your site and preview changes as they’re made. The new interface uses side panels for different admin areas.

Editing annotations

Every editable content area on your site has on-page editing Annotations. Just hover over an area when the site management panels are open and click Edit.

You’ll use Annotations to edit your site title, navigation, page content, blog posts, sidebars, footers, blocks, thumbnails, and more.

After clicking an Edit Annotation, the side panel will collapse and the screen behind the targeted area will grey out for focused editing.

Design panel

Squarespace 7 also introduces a new Design panel. Everything that sets the visual presentation of your site, including Site Styles, your template, and the CSS editor can now be found in the Design panel.

Better blogging

Squarespace 7 improves the way blog posts are displayed and organized. We removed the status ribbon from individual posts, instead grouping posts by status.

Edit blog posts in two ways through the side panel list or the on-page annotations. 

Cleaner collections

Blogs aren't the only collection pages to experience a layout and functionality facelift. Product Pages also have the new side panel / live preview layout. Products display in a stacked list in the side panel along with relevant information like price, stock level, and number of variants.

Gallery, Product, Album, and Event Pages now offer multiple ways to add and edit content or adjust Page Settings. You can use both on-page annotations and the side panel to manage your collection content.

Streamlined settings

The Settings section has undergone a major upgrade. These new sections group similar items, cleaning up the side panel and making adjusting settings more intuitive.

Better multi-site management

Many of our users manage multiple sites, so we made switching between them easier. To switch between sites, go to the Home Menu, scroll down, and click your profile picture or initials. 

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