You can change the language that appears to you and your visitors in Squarespace.
There are two separate language settings:
- Account language - Change the settings that help you navigate Squarespace and edit your site.
- Site language - Change the built-in text that appears to visitors, like dates, form field labels, and navigation controls.
Use this guide to learn how to edit these settings and which areas are translated.
We currently support six languages for both account and site language:
- Portuguese (Brazil)
We also support more languages for site language. These languages are fully supported on version 7.1 only:
- Norwegian (Bokmål)
If you select an unsupported language for your account or site, the built-in text won't change. We still recommend selecting the unsupported language for your site language, as your site's selected language appears in your site's header code. Services like search engines and accessibility software use this tag to identify your site's language.
Change your account language
The account language is what appears when you log in and edit your site, like the words in the Home menu and panels. You can choose your account language in the account dashboard.
To open your account language settings, click this link. Or, follow these steps:
- Open your account dashboard.
- Click Account settings, then click Language.
- Choose a language.
- Close the profile to save your changes.
- Your preferred account language will now appear on all sites you manage.
Keep in mind:
- The language is specific to each account. If your site has multiple contributors, everyone can choose which language they use independently. You can only change the language for your own account, even if you're an administrator for a site with other contributors.
- If you have multiple sites, the account language setting applies to all of them.
- Changing your account language doesn’t affect the language that appears to visitors.
- It's not possible to change your account language from the Squarespace app. However, if the Squarespace app is using a different language than the one you've set on a computer, a prompt appears in the app asking if you'd like to update your language preference.
Change your site language
Change your site’s language in language and region settings:
- In the Home menu, click Settings, then click Language & region.
- Select a language with the Site language drop-down menu. Depending on when your site was created, this panel may also have a Localize website toggle. If it does, switch it on.
- Click Save. All built-in text on your site will appear in the language you chose.
Keep in mind:
- Changing your site language only changes the built-in text. This setting doesn’t translate text you add yourself, like text blocks, page/post titles, categories, or tags.
- Built-in text only displays in one language at a time, unless you create a multilingual site with our Weglot integration.
You can change your site language in all version 7.1 sites and these version 7.0 templates:
- All Bedford family templates
- All Brine family templates
- All York family templates
- Julia, Kent, and Om in the Montauk template family
- Charlotte, Naomi, and Pacific in the Pacific template family
If you're using an unsupported template, you can switch to a supported template at any time. To switch from a supported template to an unsupported template, first change your site language to English. If you switch to a template that doesn’t support another language, all built-in text will revert to English.
Note: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish aren't fully supported on version 7.0 templates.
Areas that translate when you change your site language
Changing your site language in supported templates translates most of the built-in text on your site, but some areas will stay in English. When you change your site language:
These areas translate
- Block text, like "First Name" and "Submit" on form blocks
- Built-in commerce text, like the "Order Confirmed" message, checkout page, and notification emails
- Collection navigation features, like Comments and Previous/Next links in blog posts
- Confirmation emails for Squarespace Email Campaigns
- The client scheduling page in Squarespace Scheduling
- Placeholder text, like search in the search block
These areas don’t translate
- Address fields in form blocks are always formatted for United States addresses.
- Calendars, like events pages and calendar blocks, use a Sunday-Saturday structure.
- Cover page demo content is in English.
- Text from most third-party integrations is in English.
When you select a supported language for your site, these areas use localized formatting for the date, and a 24 hour clock for the time:
- Blog pages and individual blog posts
- Events pages and individual events
- Summary blocks displaying the date metadata
- Archive blocks displaying the date metadata
Localized formatting in these areas is supported in all version 7.1 sites, and these version 7.0 templates:
Date fields in form blocks are always formatted for the US (MM-DD-YYYY). Use a text field instead to let visitors enter the date in their local format.
Note: If you select an unsupported language for your site, the date won't use localized formatting, and the time will not use a 24 hour clock.
We have separate template stores for each supported language, so you can start a trial and pick a template in your language:
My site language didn’t change after choosing a new language.
If the language on your site didn’t change after editing it in language and region settings, you’re either using a site that only supports English, or using a language that's not supported. Only some sites can appear in non-English languages.
Will changing the site language change the text I’ve added?
No. Only the text that’s built into a site, like form block field titles and blog page navigation, translates automatically. Text you can add and edit yourself, like page titles and text block text, remains in the language you enter.
Can I choose a site language that’s different from my account language?
Yes. For example, if you want to use Squarespace editing features in English, but you’re building a Spanish site, you can choose English as your account language (in the account dashboard) and Spanish as the site language (in language and region settings).
Are mobile apps available in my language?
Can I change the language of the Home menu news alerts?
No. The news alerts that appear over your profile picture in the Home menu are only available in English.
Is there a difference between the multiple options for a single language in language and region settings?
There aren’t noticeable differences between the options. However, choosing a specific country helps us consider more localized features in the future.