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Passwords in Squarespace

Squarespace uses passwords in different ways. Your account password lets you log in and manage your site, and content passwords restrict pages or your entire site to visitors with the password.

These passwords serve different purposes. Never use your account password as a content password.

Account password

When you create a Squarespace account, you set an email address and password to serve as your login credentials. You can use one email and password to manage multiple sites.

If you know your password, you can change it at any time. If you forgot your password, you can follow these steps to reset it.

Content passwords

You can set site-wide and page-specific passwords to hide your content behind a lock screen so it's only accessible to visitors who know the password. The following apply to both site-wide and page-specific passwords:

  • Passwords are case-sensitive.
  • It isn't possible to create unique passwords for different visitors.
  • Squarespace Cover Pages (the Cover Page-only plan) can't be hidden behind a password.
  • For security purposes, the password text in the box will be replaced with a randomized series of asterisks, like *************. This may appear longer than your actual password.

Site-wide password

site-wide password is a password for your entire site. This can be helpful if your site is under construction or if only certain people should see it.

Page passwords

Page passwords restrict access to individual pages. This is a great way to keep other pages on your site public while reserving some content for clients or other select visitors.

To prevent visitors from stumbling onto a locked page, hide the pages from your navigation menus by moving them into the Not Linked section.

Passwords and search engines

Setting a page or site-wide password prevents search engines from indexing your site further. However, any content added to your site before you set the password could have been indexed. For more information, visit Hiding a page from search engine results.

Custom lock screens

By default, password-protected pages display the grey lock screen.

You can customize this screen using stylized layouts to represent your brand.

Trial CAPTCHAs

Squarespace trial sites are hidden behind CAPTCHAs to prevent visitors and search engines from finding them prematurely. To access a trial site, visitors can enter the displayed CAPTCHA.

Though it's technically not a password, a CAPTCHA is a common security measure that helps websites verify that a visitor is a human, not a computer or robot.

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