If your Squarespace Domain isn't attached to an active website, we host it on a parking page. When someone visits your parked domain URL, they’ll see the domain is claimed and that more information is coming soon.
A parking page appears at a domain when:
- You started with a domain or a domain transfer and haven't created a site yet.
- You cancelled the site where the domain was attached.
- The site where the domain was attached has expired. This could either be because you disabled auto-renew or because we couldn't authorize your credit card payment.
This guide will help you understand how a parking page works and how to manage its settings.
Tip: If you upgrade your parking page to a website on an annual plan, we'll apply a credit towards your new site.
Parking pages have a standard minimalist design, with a background video, your domain in the center, and a Squarespace logo in the top corner. Unlike full Squarespace websites, which are designed for your content and allow for customization, parking pages are pre-designed placeholders for a domain name. It’s not possible to change the background video or font, or add custom code to the page.
Squarespace parking pages aren’t monetized, meaning visitors won’t see ads or content unrelated to your domain.
Menu and settings
After logging into your parking page, you’ll land on your parking page menu. This menu looks different than the Home Menu of a Cover Page or multi-page site. It’s simplified to focus on options related to your domain management and billing. Your menu includes access to your domain’s advanced DNS settings, custom email settings, billing, and security & SSL settings.
Your built-in domain (yourname.squarespace.com) will display in your browser address bar when you're logged in, but won't display to visitors. You’ll also see a preview of your parking page. Click the Expansion arrow to expand or collapse the preview.
Manage your parking page and domain
Your parking page gives you access to the same Squarespace Domain settings that you’ll see on a regular site. Explore the guides in our Domains category to learn more about managing your domain. While the guides linked below are written for users with full Squarespace sites, they also apply to parking pages:
- To register additional domains on this parking page, click Buy More Domains.
- To transfer a third-party domain to this parking page, click Use a Domain I Own. It's not possible to connect a third-party domain to a parking page using DNS records. To learn more, visit Transferring vs. connecting domains.
- To manage your billing information, view your renewal date, and view invoices, click Billing.
- To manage DNS Settings, click your domain name. In this panel, you can create a subdomain, forward your domain, or move it to another Squarespace site. After your domain is active for 60 days, you can also transfer it to another provider.
- If you registered multiple domains, you can set a different primary domain to display on the page.
- To manage your SSL preferences, click Security & SSL.
Note: It's not possible to move a domain to a new parking page. Domains can only move to an existing parking page or site.
Start a trial
To start a new trial site connected to your domain, click Build A Site in your main menu. This lets you attach your Squarespace Domain to a website or store. Before building your site, learn how Squarespace trials work.
When you're ready to upgrade your trial to a paid subscription, we'll apply a credit towards your first year if you choose an annual plan. You'll see this credit automatically applied at checkout when you upgrade. Note that you won't see a credit if you move the domain to a different site.
Before upgrading, we recommend exploring our different plans.
Parked expired or cancelled sites
To help you maintain a presence on the web, we move cancelled or expired sites that had Squarespace Domains to parking pages. If your site changed to a parking page for this reason, your parking page allows you to start over and continue to manage billing.
Recover your site
You may be able to recover your original site content within 30 days of expiration or cancellation. Per our policy, you might not be able to recover site content after 30 days.
To attempt to recover your content, start a new trial by following these important steps:
- In the parking page menu, click Build a Site.
- Under Reactivate Site, confirm the name of the site you’re reactivating, then click the Reactivate Site button.
- In the pop-up, review the terms and click Reactivate Site to confirm.
- Follow the prompts to choose your template and reactivate your site. You’ll be on a 14 day trial, meaning that the site will be private.
- When you’re ready to make your site live, subscribe to paid service, then publish your site.
If you don’t see a Reactivate Site button in your parking page, your site no longer has content available to recover.
Can I use G Suite by Google with my parking page?
Yes. If you already have a G Suite account linked to your Squarespace Domain, you’ll continue to manage G Suite through the Email & G Suite panel in your parking page menu.
If you don’t already have a G Suite by Google account, you can add it to your domain from the Email & G Suite panel.
Can I customize my parking page’s image or text?
No. All parking pages have a standard design. The only customizable element is your domain name.
Can I display my own ads on my parking page?
No. Parking pages will only display the standard video and text. Parking pages don’t support code injection, CSS, or integrations other than G Suite.
Squarespace parking pages are meant to hold a spot on the internet until you're ready to build a full website. Parking pages can also be used to hold a domain for an email address that doesn’t need a website. If you need a parking page with ad space, Squarespace Domains is probably not the best solution for you.
Can I invite contributors to help manage my parking page?
No. Unlike other Squarespace products, parking pages don’t allow for extra contributor logins. Only the owner can log into a parking page.
Can I move my domain to another Squarespace site?
Yes. You can use your parking page's built-in tools to move your domain to another site. Ensure that the site you're moving to uses the same login credentials as your parking page. For the full process, visit Moving a domain between sites.
Can I connect my Squarespace domain to another provider?
You can forward your domain to a different URL using your Advanced DNS settings. However, if you're moving your site to a different provider, we recommend transferring your domain to them instead. Note that your domain must be active for 60 days before it’s eligible for transfer.
Why does my content look different after recovering my site?
If you reactivated your site on the same template but it looks different, this usually means a new version of the template has been released since your site was last live.
If this is the case, you may see the following on your recovered site:
- Unfamiliar demo content
- Your content in the Not Linked section
- Site Styles reset to defaults
To customize your site again: