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Understanding the Pages panel

The Pages panel is where you create the structure of your site. You can use a variety of pages to create your site's content, ranging from multi-purpose Regular Pages to pages with specific functions, like Gallery Pages.

The Pages panel is organized into different sections of navigation:

  • Main Navigation
  • Not Linked
  • Footer or Secondary Navigation

The different navigation sections let you prominently display pages in navigation menus, hide them, or link to them outside of Main Navigation.

This introductory guide covers how pages work on Squarespace. You'll learn how to use the Pages panel, the types of pages you can add, and how pages can fit into your navigation strategy.

The Pages panel

In the Home Menu, click Pages. 

This section that opens on the left side of your screen is the Pages panel. Use this panel to:

Each line displays a page's title and an icon representing its page type. A house icon appears to the left of your homepage. Click the icon at the top to add a new page.

Hover over any page to display two additional icons. Click the trashcan icon on the left to delete the page, or click the  on the right to open its Page Settings.

Demo pages

Every template includes example pages that highlight the template's strengths and possible uses. Demo pages have a Demo label to the right of the page title. To learn more about using or removing these pages, visit Working with demo content.

Page types

Click the icon to add a new page, and then select a page type from the Create New Page menu that appears.

Regular Page

A Regular Page is a blank slate where you can add combinations of blocks that form a custom layout of text, images, audio, forms, and more. This versatile page is a great choice for Contact Pages, About pages, and—for many sites—a majority of your content.

While other page types feature unique designs that can vary between templates, Regular Pages are universal. Using blocks like Summary Blocks, Archive Blocks, Product Blocks, and Gallery Blocks, you can use a Regular Page to create alternatives to your template's default Gallery, Blog, Product, and Event Pages.

Collection pages

A collection page is home to a set of content items: blog posts, events, gallery images, album tracks, or products. There are five collection pages:

With the exception of Album Pages, collection pages have a two-level structure. Visitors can view a collection page, like a blog page, then click individual collection items, like a blog post, to view an item specific page.

Collection pages vary between templates, using distinct features and designs to present collection items in exciting ways. 

Organizational Pages

There are three types of organizational pages you can use to structure your other pages or link to external content.

  • Index Pages - Index Pages present multiple pages of content in a single location. Pages within the Index appear as a grid of thumbnails, single continuous pages, or another unique design. Designs vary between templates, and not all templates support Index Pages.
  • Folders - Folders group multiple pages into a drop-down menu in your navigation.
  • Link - Creates a link in your navigation. You can link to external content or your own content, sorted by tags or categories.
Note: Your Index Page icon may look different from the image shown here, depending on your template's Index Page style.

Cover Pages

Cover Pages work differently than the page types covered above. The Cover Page can act as a bold splash page or distinctive single page on any template, incorporating full-bleed images and other special features. Cover Pages have a more fixed design than other pages, helping you concentrate on a simpler message.

Info Pages

The Info Page is a special page, only available in the Aubrey, Aviator, and Encore templates. It functions similarly to a Cover Page.

Main Navigation

Main Navigation is the main menu of your site. In most templates, Main Navigation appears at the top of the page and displays links to the other pages on your site. This is how most visitors will navigate through your content.

Pages in your site navigation appear in the same order they're placed under Main Navigation. You can drag and drop pages into the desired order or add complexity to your site structure using Index Pages or Folders.

Note: Some templates label this section Top Navigation.

You can customize the appearance of your navigation using the Style Editor. Each template displays the site navigation bar differently, so style tweaks vary. For help, visit Making style changes.

Here's an example of a Main Navigation in a Pages panel:

And here's how that Main Navigation looks on a live site:

On most templates, mobile devices and smaller browsers use a hamburger icon to condense the Main Navigation. Clicking the hamburger reveals the menu.

Footer and Secondary Navigation

Secondary Navigation and Footer Navigation display links separately from the Main Navigation. You can use these sections for pages that don’t belong in the Main Navigation or aren’t as important to your visitors.

Not Linked

Pages in the Not Linked section don't appear in your Main Navigation. Any visitor can access them at the direct URL or by clicking a link, unless you restrict access with a page password

The Not Linked section lets you store duplicates of pages you're redesigning, host content you've linked to a Summary Block, or keep your Main Navigation from getting cluttered.

If you think of Main Navigation as what's on the table, visible to your guests, the Not Linked section is what's in the cabinets, available if you know where to look.

Note: Pages in the Not Linked section are indexed by search engines unless they use a page password. To learn more, visit Hiding a page from search engine results.

The Not Linked section supports all pages. Click the + icon to add a new page to the Not Linked section or click and drag an existing page from Main Navigation. 

You can use a variety of methods to direct visitors to Not Linked pages or display their content on your main pages, including:

Make it private

By default, Not Linked pages can be accessed at their direct URL and indexed by external search engines and built-in Squarespace search.

To make a page private, add a page password.

Adjusting navigation when switching templates

Templates use a range of navigation strategies to make your site aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. When switching between templates, your navigation structure may change.

If you move from a template that supports Secondary or Footer Navigation to one that doesn't, these pages move to your Not Linked section. You can click and drag these pages to move them to your new template's Main Navigation.

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Understanding the Pages panel