Moving your site to a new platform can be a big change. We love that you might be thinking about switching to Squarespace, and this article can guide you through the process if you need help. Below, you'll find steps to get started, key differences between our platform and Wix, and answers to common questions about moving to Squarespace.
Step 1 - Get started
Before building your site, we recommend taking a moment to explore Squarespace and learn how the platform works.
You can watch our Getting Started video series for an overview on creating a site. If you prefer written answers, our Getting Started page links to popular guides. Browse this Knowledge Base to find help on any Squarespace feature.
Step 2 - Build your site
Moving to Squarespace involves redesigning your site using our tools and templates. It isn't possible to import a site from Wix, but you can build a new site on Squarespace with these five steps:
- Start a trial - Every Squarespace site begins with a 14-day free trial. Trials include full access to Squarespace features and are a great way to determine whether our platform meets your needs.
- Choose a template - Our templates use demo content to show off key features, but every template is versatile and can create a beautiful site for a small business, portfolio, restaurant, wedding, and more. You can switch templates at any time.
- Add pages - Place Regular Pages and specialized pages, like Gallery and Blog Pages, in your navigation menu to create a structure for your site.
- Upload content - Build your site by adding text to Text Blocks, uploading images, and moving content to create unique layouts.
- Edit the style - Use the Style Editor to change fonts, colors, and other design options.
Recreating a Wix site
If you're using content from your Wix site for your new Squarespace site, use the following tips to ensure a smooth transition:
- When copying and pasting text, remove text formatting to avoid importing stray HTML tags. These can interfere with your site's style settings.
- Format your images for display on the web so they look great on different screen sizes.
Step 3 - Make the switch
Once your site is ready, complete your transition with your custom domain and URL redirects. This can minimize the impact of switching hosts on your site's search engine rankings.
Transfer your existing domain
If you already have a custom domain registered with or connected to Wix, transfer it to Squarespace. This way, you can manage all aspects of your site from one service instead of two, and Squarespace can help with any issues with your domain directly.
If your domain doesn’t meet our transfer requirements, or if you have a complex registration setup, you can connect it instead.
Register a new domain
If you don't have a domain, or want to register a new one, you can register a Squarespace Domain. All Squarespace sites on an annual billing plan include one custom domain for a year. You can register more domains for $20 to $70 per year.
Maintain your SEO
Moving a site between platforms can affect its search ranking, at least at first. This is especially true if some URLs will change and if other sites link to your old pages. By following our tips, you can reduce this effect on Google search results and potentially increase your search performance in the long run.
We build all known SEO best practices into every Squarespace site. You can take additional steps to increase your site's visibility to search engines.
On Squarespace, you can switch your template at any time without starting over. Wix doesn't allow switching templates.
Optimize for mobile
We use built-in mobile styles to ensure your site looks great on any display size. There's no need to design a mobile-specific version of your site.
Collaborate with contributors
Customize with code
Squarespace helps you build a site without coding or design expertise. If you have coding knowledge and want to make custom changes, you can use Code Injection, CSS, and Code Blocks. For experienced developers, we offer the Developer Platform, providing access to the underlying code of your site's template.
Please note, adding code to your site is an advanced modification that falls outside of the scope of Squarespace support. To learn more, visit Custom Code FAQ.
Does Squarespace offer a free version?
Squarespace offers a free 14-day trial, but we don't offer a branded free version like Wix.
I can't find a template for my business.
Squarespace templates are flexible, so each template can be customized to create any number of site designs. We use demo content to show off key features, but a template with restaurant demo content isn't limited to restaurant sites.
Visit our templates page to see the diversity of real customer sites built using a single template.
Can I remove "Powered by Squarespace?"
Yes. This text is optional on every plan and template, and you’re welcome to remove it and replace it with other content.
For more popular questions about moving to Squarespace, visit Starting with Squarespace FAQ.