Members and audiences overview

A member is a person or group of people with special access to your site. Members use a unique login and password to sign into your site. 

Each member account is assigned to an audience. The audience they're assigned to determines what pages they can see, and whether they have editorial privileges.

Note: You can only create member accounts and audiences on the Unlimited billing plan.

Member accounts

To access your member accounts, open the Website Management bar and click Member Accounts under Members & Access. Here you can:

  • Modify each member account's details.
  • Change each member account's permissions by adjusting which audience it belongs to.
  • Add new member accounts.

To learn how to create a new member account with its own unique login and password, visit Creating member accounts.

Member permissions

To access your member permissions, open the Website Management bar and click Member Permissions under Members & Access. Here you can:

  • Add new audiences (up to four).
  • Set the audience permissions for each page.
  • Configure each audience's settings by clicking Edit above the audience name.



When you create a member account, you assign it to an audience to determine what pages that member can view or edit. 

To access your audience settings, open the Website Management bar and click Member Permissions under Members & Access. Here you can:

  • Add new audiences (up to four).
  • Adjust what pages each audience can see.
  • Adjust what pages the audience can edit.

To learn more, visit Adding and editing audiences.

Editors and limited editors

  • Editors can create and publish their own content for your site as well as approve and publish blog posts made by limited editors.
  • Limited editors can create drafts and modify their own blog posts, but unless you give them permission they can't publish new posts. They can only modify Journal pages.

To learn more, visit Adding editors to your site.

How members log in

Members can log in to your site with their login name and password at a dedicated URL: Replace username with your site's own unique identifier. To learn more, visit the Logging in section of the Creating member accounts guide.

To learn how to create a separate login page on your site for your members, visit Creating a login page. You can also hide the login page from your navigation

More help

Watch the archived Members & audiences workshop for a video presentation walk-through of setting up member accounts and audiences. 

Squarespace 7 comparison

On our current platform, you can add Member Areas to your site to create exclusive content that's only visible to visitors who sign up for a membership. Member Areas work similarly to member accounts and audiences on Squarespace 5, but with a few added features, including:

  • The option to monetize your content by adding membership fees
  • Customer Accounts that securely save information and link member accounts to the Commerce side of your site
  • A Profiles panel where you can view and manage your members

To learn more, visit Getting started with Member Areas.

Even without using Member Areas, you can:

  • Add a site-wide password
  • Add a page-specific password to any page
  • Invite contributors to your site and control what they can access and edit

To learn more about moving to our current platform, visit Squarespace 5 vs. newer versions.

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Members and audiences overview