Use our update tool to move your site from version 7.0 to version 7.1.
Use our version update tool to update your website from version 7.0 to 7.1 without affecting your data. Site structure and information like SEO, orders, sales, customer data, members, domains, and subscriptions will remain intact. This tool is in beta, which means our team is still developing it.
This guide covers what to consider before you update your site, how to use the version update tool, and the feature differences between version 7.0 and 7.1.
Before you begin
There are a few important things to know before you use the version update tool.
- This is a permanent update - After completing the steps in this guide, you can’t revert to version 7.0. Take your time previewing and ensure that you’re happy with your updated site before you click Publish. Keep in mind that you can cancel the preview at any time.
- Your site might look different after updating - Not all version 7.0 pages and features exist in version 7.1. Carefully review the differences between the two versions in this guide.
- You should set time aside to preview the changes - Before you update your site, you can preview how it will appear in version 7.1 and make design changes. If your website has many pages, this may take a significant amount of time.
Should I update from version 7.0 to 7.1?
Squarespace version 7.1 is the most recent version of Squarespace. It has powerful new features and added flexibility such as site-wide animations, auto-layouts that arrange sets of content, and Fluid Engine, our latest content editing experience.
Any site on version 7.0 site can update to version 7.1, but the update tool is especially helpful for sites that have a lot of content, orders, settings, or domains. For sites without a lot of content or inactive sites, it might be faster to start over with a new site.
Not all version 7.0 pages and features exist in version 7.1. Before you update your site, review the differences between the two versions.
Step 1 - Prepare for the update
Before you start the update:
- Ensure your site is using a template in the Brine or Bedford family. You can switch to either of those templates from any of other version 7.0 templates. If you're unsure which template you're using, visit What's my site's version and template?
- Disable developer mode by opening the Settings panel, then clicking Developer Tools, clicking Developer Mode, and switching the toggle off. Note that any changes you've made on the Developer Platform will disappear. We recommend saving your site files and your Developer Platform code locally on your computer before you disable developer mode.
- We recommend duplicating your version 7.0 site in case you want a visual reference of your original design.
- Cover pages and album pages aren’t supported in version 7.1 and will disappear after the update. To keep the content on these pages, ensure you have text and audio files saved locally to your computer. You can re-add images via your site's Asset library. You can re-add audio to your version 7.1 site using audio blocks. If you use either page type as your homepage, set a new homepage.
Step 2 - Start the update process
You'll start the update process to version 7.1 with a preview that can be canceled at any time. To start:
- In the Home menu, click Website, then click Design, and then click Update to Version 7.1.
- If the option to update doesn't appear, this means you're using an unsupported template or developer mode is still active.
- Click Get Started and read through the information provided about the update. If your current homepage isn't supported in version 7.1, you'll be asked to select a new homepage.
- Click Preview site in 7.1 to start your preview.
Step 3 - Preview your version 7.0 site in version 7.1
While previewing, you can only add content and make style changes to your website. All other site functions are disabled until you publish or end the preview.
To compare your version 7.1 and version 7.0 sites, click 7.0 site in the top-right corner. This opens your live site in a new window. To cancel the preview and discard your design changes, click Cancel update.
To make most style changes in version 7.1, you'll use site styles rather than specific template styles. As you're trying out design changes, visit Making style changes to learn more about the differences.
Note: Keep in mind that while you're in preview mode, all contributors to the site will see the preview content and editing restrictions while logged in. You can cancel the preview and discard your design changes at any time by clicking Cancel update.
Step 4 - Permanently update your site to version 7.1
When you’re ready to update your site to version 7.1, click Publish update. This can’t be undone.
Note: By clicking Publish update, you acknowledge and understand that Squarespace will update your site from version 7.0 to 7.1 and that you’ll no longer have access to the version of your site on 7.0.
Check your custom CSS
Custom CSS may be commented out after the update. To add it back in, remove the comment tags in the CSS editor:
- Open the Design panel and click Custom CSS.
- If comment tags display, remove them. (Example: <!-- custom css -->)
- Click Save.
Keep in mind, if the custom CSS applies to elements that only exist in version 7.0, they won’t affect your version 7.1 site.
Step 5 - Start using version 7.1
After you update your site, try out these version 7.1 exclusive features:
- Page sections - You'll build your site's pages and footers with customizable sections stacked vertically. You can add, delete, and move sections to arrange your content.
- Fluid Engine - Use our latest content editing experience, which offers more flexibility for placing blocks in page sections on your site.
- Auto layouts - Use these layouts to automatically arrange sets of content in columns and rows, carousels, or slideshows.
- Site-wide animations - Try out new styling effects for images.
- Section background images - Add background images to most page sections, and choose from a handful of image effects to create a visually striking website.
- More powerful Commerce features - Add product waitlists, nested categories, and up to 10,000 products. Display Afterpay on product details pages and choose from several new product detail page layouts. Customize your store page with sections to create a visually striking store.
- Digital Products - Generate passive income by selling access to content like classes and seminars, audio or visual media, or community pages. Your visitors sign up for exclusive access to your gated content by creating an account and purchasing a pricing plan.
- Portfolio pages - Create stylized landing pages that link visitors to sub-pages. This is a great way to organize and showcase galleries, projects, portfolio highlights, and other content in one place.
- Create a multilingual site - Translate your site into multiple languages via our Weglot integration.
Review these guides to learn how to use version 7.1:
- Make style changes
- Find features
- Find information in the help center
- Contact Squarespace Customer Support
Differences between version 7.0 and 7.1
Some version 7.0 blocks, pages, and features don’t exist in version 7.1. Wherever possible, the update tool creates a similar design by moving your site content to version 7.1 equivalent content areas. Review this section carefully before completing the update.
These commerce features have differences between versions.
- Store pages - In version 7.1, product collections have:
Products - In version 7.1, products have:
- A limit of 10000 per page (vs. 200 on version 7.0)
- A limit of 250 variants (vs. 100 on version 7.0)
- The ability to import product tags and categories
- Waitlists - In version 7.1, waitlists are available on all sites. In version 7.0, they were only available on some templates.
- Afterpay - In version 7.1, Afterpay is shown on the product details page as well as checkout (vs. only at checkout in version 7.0).
These store page features have design differences between versions.
Category navigation - In version 7.1, the category navigation:
- Can’t be hidden.
- Always displays vertical lines between categories.
- Doesn’t display breadcrumb links.
- Doesn’t automatically include an “all” link. Instead, you can add a category called All to all products.
- Scrolls horizontally on mobile devices when the text is too long, instead of appearing in a drop-down menu.
- On sale and sold out labels - In version 7.1, these display as text beneath the product’s price. There’s no way to change their shape.
- Product hover effects - The fade and product info overlay hover effects aren’t supported in version 7.1. Review store page special features by version here.
- Share buttons - These aren’t supported in version 7.1.
These blog page features have design differences between versions.
- Share buttons - These aren’t supported in version 7.1.
- Sidebar navigation - Some version 7.0 sites support a sidebar navigation. This isn’t supported in version 7.1.
- Some engagement features - In version 7.0, visitors can like, share, and comment while authenticated. In version 7.1, visitors can only comment anonymously. You can add Disqus comments to your site for more flexibility.
The website header has design differences between versions. To learn more about version 7.1 headers, visit Building a site header.
- Taglines - Header taglines aren’t supported in version 7.1 and will disappear after the update.
- Call to action - If you have a header CTA, you may ned to recreate it by adding a button in version 7.1.
- Search bar - Header search bars aren’t supported in version 7.1 You can add search blocks to other areas of your site instead.
- Fixed headers - Fixed headers and other template-specific features aren’t supported in version 7.1.
Page banners - Version 7.1 doesn’t have page banners. Images from version 7.0 banners will display in a gallery section at the top of the page in version 7.1. If you had a slideshow banner, the gallery section will use the Slideshow: Full layout. You can also make the version 7.1 header transparent so it displays over the image at the top of the page.
- If your banner images don't appear when previewing version 7.1, try canceling the preview and deleting, then re-adding the banner image to the page.
Secondary navigation isn’t supported in version 7.1. Pages in the secondary navigation will display at the end of the main navigation after the update. You can turn them into a drop-down menu by moving them into a folder.
Pages and blocks that aren’t supported in version 7.1
These version 7.0 pages and blocks aren’t supported in version 7.1. Wherever possible, your content will display in version 7.1 equivalent content areas after the update. However, content from album pages and cover pages will disappear during the update and you’ll need to take steps to rebuild them. Review the table for more details.
|Page or block||After the version update|
These pages and their content will disappear after the update.
Ensure you have the audio files saved locally to your computer before you use the update tool.
After the update, add audio blocks to your version 7.1 site to feature your audio files.
|Cover pages||These pages and their content will disappear after the update. There isn’t a version 7.1 equivalent to the cover page, but you can follow these design tips to create a visually striking landing page in version 7.1.|
|Events pages (calendar view)||
Events pages only display as a list in version 7.1. Any events page that's displayed as a calendar will be converted to a list when you update.
To display events in a calendar view, use the calendar block.
Images from these pages will appear in version 7.1 equivalent content areas.
|Gallery blocks (partially supported in version 7.1)||
Gallery blocks aren’t fully supported in version 7.1, but they will still display when you update your site.
You can edit these blocks, but you can’t add new ones in unsupported areas. Learn more about the version 7.1 gallery options here.
|Index pages||All content from enabled sub-pages will display on a single layout page when you update your site. Links to the former sub-pages won’t work.|
|Info pages||These pages only exist on version 7.0 sites using the Aviator template family. They don't transfer to other version 7.0 templates or version 7.1 sites. You can rebuild a page with a similar look by using a section background image and a text block.|
|Project pages||These pages only exist on version 7.0 sites using the York template family. When switching to another version 7.0 template or version 7.1, they'll keep their content and display as gallery pages instead.|
Other feature differences between versions
These features aren’t supported in version 7.1. Wherever possible, we’ve noted similar options you can use in version 7.1.
|Feature||Version 7.1 support|
|Custom Adobe fonts||
Use built-in version 7.1 fonts instead.
|Developer Platform||Not supported.|
|Event date and time tags||
Time tags aren’t supported.
The event date tag displays as either a label or text, but not both.
|Mobile-specific style settings||
In version 7.1, there aren’t mobile-specific settings and your site always change automatically to fit in smaller browser windows.
The one exception is in version 7.1's Fluid Engine, where you can design your mobile layout independently from your computer layout.
Not supported site-wide.
You can add the parallax effect to section background images.
|Share buttons||Not supported.|
|Template switching||There's no template switching in version 7.1, as all version 7.1 sites share all the same features and options. Instead, try out different style options.|
Do I have to move to version 7.1?
No. Updating your site from version 7.0 to 7.1 is optional, and you can stop at any time before you click Publish update. After you click Publish update, you can’t undo your changes or revert to version 7.0.
Can I undo the update?
No. After you click Publish update, your site will update to version 7.1 permanently.
Can I back up my version 7.0 site?
Before you start this process, we recommend duplicating your version 7.0 site. This creates a new version 7.0 website with the same site content and an identical design, which you can reference as you preview how your site will display in version 7.1.
Keep in mind, the duplicated site is a new Squarespace trial site. It won’t have any order data or analytics, and it won’t have the same domain. For more details about what doesn’t duplicate, visit Duplicating a site. After you complete the update, you should delete the duplicated site.
Do I have to complete the update in a certain amount of time?
There's no time limit to the preview, but we recommend completing the update in one sitting so that you can access the site functions that are disabled while previewing version 7.1. If you cancel the preview without updating, any design changes you made during the preview will be discarded.
Will my commerce business be affected?
No. All SEO, products, subscriptions, settings, orders, analytics, and customer accounts will remain intact. Updating your site to version 7.1 using this tool won’t disrupt your business. While you edit your version 7.1 preview in the version update tool, your version 7.0 site remains live and can continue to accept orders. After you click Publish update, your version 7.1 site is immediately live. There’s no downtime.
Manually moving content from a version 7.0 to version 7.1 site
If you prefer to start from scratch and move all of your version 7.0 site content over to a new version 7.1 site, follow the steps below.
Step 1 - Prepare your content
Gather content from your existing site so you're prepared to add it to your new site. There's no one right way to do this, and it can vary depending on what you're moving over, but organize the content in a way that's convenient and makes sense to you.
- Copy text content - If your site has large amounts of text content, copy and paste it all into a single document or file so you can readily access it when you start building your new site.
- Save images - If you don't have the images you've uploaded to your site saved on your device, download them from your site. Organizing them into folders is a great way to simplify the process when you start uploading.
- Export products - If you're using Squarespace Commerce, you can export your products to a .csv and directly import them to your new site. It’s not possible to import other content, like pages, blog posts, or blocks.
- Note style settings - In site styles, take note of any particular style settings you want to preserve, like specific colors or fonts, as guidelines for your new site.
- Keep your current site active - We recommend leaving your version 7.0 site active until your new site is complete. This ensures you'll have access to your assets and visitors can still access your content while your new site is under construction.
Step 2 - Set up your new site
After you've prepared your content for the move, you can start creating your new version 7.1 site. You can import products as a .csv file from your version 7.0 site, but other content you'll need to recreate manually. There may be slight differences, but you can replicate most version 7.0 designs in version 7.1.
- Start a version 7.1 trial - Select a template to start a 14-day free trial. All version 7.1 templates have the same features and design options, so look for a template you like or one that's similar to your old site. While working on your new site, we suggest keeping it private. If you need more time at the end of two weeks, you can extend your trial.
- Rebuild content - Click Edit in the top-left corner of the page preview to paste text content, upload images, and recreate blocks from your original site. Block sections use Fluid Engine, our latest page editing experience with more versatile design possibilities, but most page, block, and content options are the same, or have an alternative option.
- Import products - Add products to your store by importing products from your version 7.0 site. When you import, you don't have to manually recreate products. Keep in mind, if your version 7.0 site uses our classic product editor, version 7.1 store pages add a /p/ to the product URL between the store page slug and the product slug. Set up URL redirects so that customers with old URLs can find the new ones. To learn how to redirect multiple product links with a single redirect, visit our guide on URL redirects.
- Try new features - Explore new possibilities with features only available in version 7.1, like page sections, auto layouts, and portfolio pages.
- Style your site - Use site styles to set the font packs, color themes, and other style settings for your site. You can match fonts and colors to your previous site, or use the expanded options in version 7.1 to try new styles. Note that custom Adobe Fonts aren't supported in version 7.1.
- Set up SEO - Squarespace is well-regarded for our built-in, search-optimized design, but moving from one site to another can affect your site’s search ranking, no matter what platform you choose. To ensure your new site is optimized before going live, follow our SEO checklist and our tips on maintaining SEO.
Tip: To learn even more, register for our expert-led webinar, Getting Started with Squarespace version 7.1.
Step 3 - Manage subscriptions
After your new site is ready to go live, you can upgrade to paid service and cancel your old site. If you have other subscriptions, like a custom domain or Email Campaigns, you'll need to take a few more steps to enable them on your new site.
- Upgrade to paid service - If you're ready to publish your site, subscribe to one of our current website billing plans and publish your site. New sites need to use one of our current billing plans. If your version 7.0 site is on one of our legacy billing plans, your billing options for version 7.1 may vary.
- Move your domain - You can move custom domains from your old site to your new site. The process depends on if you're using a Squarespace domain or a third-party domain. If you have a Google Workspace account associated with the domain, you can move it too.
- Check for other subscriptions - Check for any other active subscriptions on your current site. These can't be moved from one site to another. Follow the tips below to cancel these subscriptions on your old site and then subscribe again on your new site.
- Cancel your version 7.0 site - When your version 7.1 site is upgraded to paid service, you can cancel your version 7.0 site to avoid paying for multiple sites at the same time. The content of your canceled site will be marked for permanent deletion. If you had remaining time in an annual subscription, contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a prorated refund for switching sites.
- Email Campaigns - Cancel your Email Campaigns subscription on your old site and sign up on your new site. To move mailing lists, export them from your old site and import them to your new site.
- Digital Products - Before moving, consider these tips for migrating members. Then, sign up for Digital Products on your new site and cancel the Digital Products subscription on your old site.
Acuity Scheduling - What you should do with your Acuity subscription depends on how you're using it:
- You can cancel your version 7.0 site subscription and leave the Acuity subscription active. This is a good option if you've got a complex setup that could be time consuming to build again. When you create your 7.1 site, add a scheduling block and connect it to your existing Acuity subscription.
- You can cancel your Acuity subscription on your old site and sign up on your new site. This is a good option if you have a basic setup that could be quickly recreated or you need to use site-specific integrations like sending marketing emails to Acuity clients via Email Campaigns. To move clients and appointments, export them from your old site and import them to your new site.
- Stock images - To move stock images to your new site, you'll need to download them from your old site or from the image service directly. If they're premium images, your old site must no longer be published before you add them to a new site and publish that new site. You may only use premium images in connection with one Squarespace site at a time. Visit Searching and adding stock images for more licensing details.