Password-protecting or hiding pages

As the administrator for a Squarespace 5 site, you have several options for hiding a page or pages on your site:

  • Hide pages on your site from site members and the public by disabling them.
  • Create member accounts to allow people to access pages via a login and password. 
  • Add pages to a hidden section so they're only accessible with a direct URL.
Note: Password-protected pages are only available in the Unlimited billing plan

Disabling a page

When you create a new page, it's automatically set to Disabled. Disabled pages are invisible to the public. The direct URL for a disabled page doesn't work on your live site, and its link doesn't display in the navigation. However, when you're logged in, you can see the page content and navigation link, even in Preview mode.

Site members can't see disabled pages, even when they're logged in. This enables you to keep a page hidden until you're ready for others to see it.

To disable a page: 

  1. Open the Website Management bar and click Architecture in the Structure section. 
  2. Hover over the page and click Disable.

If visitors try to access the direct URL for this page, they'll see an error message. 

Password-protecting a page

In Squarespace 5, you can give a person or group of people special access to your site by creating a member account, assigning it to an audience, and then setting that audience's permissions. 

Note: You must be on the Unlimited billing plan to create audiences and member accounts. 

Here, we'll walk you through the process of adding one site member and assigning them to a new audience with access to one hidden page. 

Step 1 - Add an audience

  1. From Website Management, click Member Permissions under Members & Access.
  2. Click Add New Audience at the bottom.
  3. Enter a name for your audience, such as "All Pages," and click Save Changes.

Step 2 - Assign the audience permissions

  1. In the main Member Permissions window, find the name of the page you want to limit access to.
  2. For The Public audience, set the page to Restricted.
  3. For the new audience you created, set the page to Visible
  4. Click Update Permissions.

For detailed instructions, visit Creating member accounts.

Step 3 - Create a member account

  1. From Website Management, click Member Accounts under Members & Access. Then click Create Account.
  2. In the Account Information section, create a login, display name, and password. 
  3. Optional - Add an email address in the Member Information section, and check Send an Email Invitation in the Email Invitation section.
  4. Click Create the account.

For detailed instructions, visit Adding and editing audiences.

Step 4 - Assign the member account to the audience

In the main Member Accounts window, use the drop-down to assign the member account to the audience you created in Step 1.  

The member will now be able to see the restricted page after logging into your site. 

More options

You can give members editorial privileges and create group member accounts. To learn more, visit Creating member accounts and Adding and editing audiences.

Password-protecting your whole site

To password-protect your whole site, follow the steps above, but set all pages in The Public audience to Restricted. Only members with a login will be able to see any content on your site.

Note: You can only create member logins on the Unlimited billing plan.

Hidden sections

Pages in hidden sections can be accessed by anyone via their direct URL, but won't show up in your navigation.

To learn more, visit Hiding a page in the navigation.

Hiding pages from search engines

Setting passwords for select pages or all pages on your site, as shown above, prevents them from being indexed by search engines.

You can also disable indexing and archiving for your whole site in Website Settings:

  1. Log into your site and open the Website Management bar.
  2. Click Website Settings under Structure, and go to the Search/Indexing tab.
  3. Uncheck Allow External Search Engines to Index Site and Allow External Search Engines to Archive Site.
Note: If search engines indexed your site prior to adding a password, or prior to disabling indexing and archiving, your site will appear in search results until it's indexed again.

Requesting a reindex

If Google is still finding your content after trying these steps, request a reindex by verifying your site with Google Search Console.

You can find detailed steps for this process on our Squarespace 7 help site. Note that Squarespace 5 doesn't handle code injection the same way as Squarespace 7. Use the following steps to insert your meta tag instead of those shown in Step 3:

  1. Log into your site and open the Website Management bar.
  2. Cick Website Settings under Structure.
  3. Go to the Code Injection tab and select Extra Header Code in the Injection Region drop-down.
  4. Paste the meta tag into the HTML Code field.
  5. Click Update Information.

Squarespace 7 comparison

Squarespace 7 doesn't use member accounts and audiences the same way as Squarespace 5. In Squarespace 7, you can't create accounts that use a unique login and password to access pre-determined pages. However, you can:

  • Add a password to any individual page.
  • Add a password to the whole site. 
  • Add contributors to your site and give them different permissions, including Editor, Comment Moderator, and Store Manager.

To learn more, visit these guides on the Squarespace 7 help site: 

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