When sharing content from your site, it's important to check the URL you're linking to or copying. Different versions of your URLs appear when you're logged in and editing your site. Linking to these URLs may direct visitors to a login page instead of your content.
This guide clarifies the best ways to share URLs from your site.
These two methods prevent link issues and keep the URLs you share easy to read.
Use visitor-friendly URLs
When copying and pasting URLs for any content on your site, follow these steps:
- Open a private or incognito window in your browser.
- Go to the page or post on your site you want to share.
- Copy the URL in the address bar.
- Paste the URL wherever you're sharing your link, like on social media or in an email.
Note: To share a page from your Not Linked section, log into your site and open the page's settings. In the Basic tab, copy the page's URL slug. Add it to the end of your primary domain and paste that URL wherever you're sharing your link. Example: http://www.yoursitename.com/pageslug
Push new content to social media
You can also automatically share some collection items from your site on social networks. This is a great shortcut, cutting down the time of manually opening your social profiles and copying and pasting links.
Understanding your secure editing URLs
When you're logged in, page URLs in your address bar look different to you than they do to visitors. They include the slug config to let you make changes to your site's content. For example:
To show a more shareable version of this URL, click the Expand Arrow in the top-left corner.
Note: This URL will always use your built-in domain. If you have a custom domain, you can prevent this from showing in shared links by either replacing example.squarespace.com or always using a private or incognito window when copying URLs.
Share pages within an Index
Certain templates support an Index Page, which organizes content from multiple pages into a single location, sometimes changing the presentation of the page.
Some templates' Index Pages use special URLs that include a # symbol. This prevents search engines from seeing duplicated results.
When sharing a page within an Index Page, you can share either the direct page URL or the URL for the Index Page presentation.
If you're trying to share a single page within an Index, use direct URL for the page. To do this, remove the # and/or Index name from the URL.
For example, if your page URL looks like this in the Index:
Use this version for sharing:
For more information, visit Index Page SEO and social sharing.
Share image and file URLs
When you open an image or file on your site in a new tab, you'll see its assigned URL in your browser's address bar. It starts with either static.squarespace.com or static1.squarespace.com followed by a string of random characters, the filename, and the file extension.
It isn't possible to edit these URLs. To share an image/file and show your site's URL in the link instead of its assigned URL, we recommend sharing the URL of the page containing the image/file, not the image/file URL itself.
Tip: As an exception, you can set custom deeplink URLs for Gallery Page images in most templates.