Squarespace 5 vs newer versions

Squarespace 5 launched in 2008. Since then, we've introduced newer platforms and versions: 

  • 2012: We introduced Squarespace 6, a brand new platform designed to make building and managing your site more modern and intuitive. 
  • 2014: All Squarespace 6 sites upgraded to Squarespace 7, a platform with a completely new interface, unique templates, and eCommerce options.
  • 2019: We released an even newer version of the platform called Squarespace 7.1. This is a more streamlined version with new options for adding and styling content that aren't tied to particular templates. 

Squarespace 7 and Squarespace 5 are separate platforms, and Squarespace 7.0 and Squarespace 7.1 are two different versions within Squarespace 7. Many features don't overlap between Squarespace 7 and Squarespace 5. For example, versions 7.0 and 7.1 both have mobile-friendly design, SEO optimization, eCommerce, and video background options. These features aren't available on Squarespace 5. However, there are some Squarespace 5 features that don't have a direct equivalent in Squarespace 7.0 or 7.1, such as the Discussion page.

This guide explains the differences between the two platforms and the different versions. 

Note: It's no longer possible to create new Squarespace 5 sites.

Which version of Squarespace am I using?

Squarespace's two platforms use different login pages:

  • If the URL of your login page ends in /Login, you’re using Squarespace 5. See our Login troubleshooting for examples and more help. 
  • If the URL of your login ends in /config, you're using Squarespace 7.0 or Squarespace 7.1. See Logging in and out of Squarespace on our Squarespace 7 Help site for examples and more help. 

Once you’re logged in, the Squarespace 5 platform has editing modes in the top-right:

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For Squarespace 7.0 and 7.1, you must log in with your email address and your site uses a side panel for editing. 

Here's what this looks like on Squarespace 7.0: 

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And here's what it looks like on Squarespace 7.1:

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Should I switch to a newer version?

Whether or not you should switch to a newer version depends on the site features you need and whether you'd like to start a new site from scratch or import your content to a site. You may also want access to features not available on Squarespace 5, such as eCommerce, improved search engine optimization, and responsive design. If you’re satisfied with how your site looks and don’t plan to make any changes, it might make sense to leave it on the Squarespace 5 platform for now.

The following sections summarize some of the benefits of each version. 

Benefits of moving to version 7.1

Squarespace 7.1 is our newest version on our current platform. It features modern, engaging designs and a simplified interface. Here are reasons why we recommend making the switch:

  • Simplified interface - Use on-page annotations and the side panel to manage your content. The side panel streamlines everything that sets the visual presentation of your site, including your page structure, fonts and colors, and advanced CSS options.
  • Automatic mobile styling - Sites adapt to mobile view automatically without you needing to style mobile-specific options.
  • Sophisticated layouts - Add sections to any page to create layouts with text, images, galleries, and more. Version 7.1 can display side-by-side images, image grids, multiple content columns, videos background, and more.
  • Flexible content - Sections and blocks give you greater flexibility in where your content displays. Build a custom page type using sections, then add blocks for more variety.
  • Blogging - Choose the blog layout that works best for your posts and customize your Blog Page's design. 
  • Banner images - Add a banner to any page by creating sections with background images or videos.
  • Flexible Portfolio Pages - Create stylized landing pages that encourage visitors to explore your content. Switch layouts at any time.
  • Style themes - Use font and color themes to make large-scale style changes to your site, with the flexibility to give individual sections unique styles.
  • Versatile template - Templates in version 7.1 support all features and style options, so there's no need to switch templates.
  • Integrated eCommerce - Squarespace 7 has a built-in Store feature, so you can sell directly to customers. With Squarespace Commerce, you can track inventory, set tax rates, assign shipping charges, and more.
  • Social sharing - Squarespace 7 improves the process for connecting social accounts and creating social content feeds. It also has a “push” option for many social networks, and uses special code to help social networks pull the right images and content when you share links from your site.
  • Search engine optimized - We build SEO best practices into every Squarespace 7 site. For a list of ways that Squarespace 7.1 helps with search engine rankings, visit SEO and Squarespace overview on the Squarespace 7 help site.

Before moving to Squarespace 7.1, keep in mind:

  • It's not possible to directly import content from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.1. Instead, you'll start a new trial and move content to your new site manually. 
  • It's not possible to transfer billing details from a Squarespace 5 site to a Squarespace 7.1 site.
  • It's not possible to copy information from your site's Traffic Overview. Your new 7.1 site will have its own Analytics.

To learn more, visit Moving from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.1.

Benefits of moving to version 7.0

You can migrate to our previous version, Squarespace 7.0, by importing your content to a new site. Here are reasons why you might want to switch to version 7.0 instead of 7.1:

  • Streamlined migration - You can import blogs, pages, comments, and galleries directly from your Squarespace 5 site into a new Squarespace 7.0 site.
  • Simplified interface - Use on-page annotations and the side panel to manage your collection content. The side panel streamlines everything that sets the visual presentation of your site, including Site Styles, your template, and the CSS editor.
  • Clean, modern templates - Use a template with a preset design and unique set of style options. You can replace the demo content and leave the styles intact, or use the template's Site Styles to further customize the design. 
  • Mobile friendly - All Squarespace 7 sites feature responsive design, which optimizes your site for all mobile devices and browser sizes. Some templates also include mobile styles so you can choose how certain aspects of your site look on mobile. 

Squarespace 7.0 also has some of the same features as Squarespace 7.1, including:

  • Integrated eCommerce
  • Flexible block placement
  • Improved social sharing 
  • Search engine optimization
  • Improved blogging

Before moving to Squarespace 7.0, keep in mind: 

  • Most Squarespace 7.0 templates feature some site-wide styles to help your site maintain consistent branding throughout. If your Squarespace 5 site features many per-page styles and style overrides, you may not be able to recreate the same effect in Squarespace 7.
  • Content and images from file storage don't can't migrate to Squarespace 7.0. Instead, you'll add these manually after creating your new site. 
  • Content in your headers, footers, or sidebars doesn't import.

To learn more, visit Moving from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.0.

Benefits of staying on Squarespace 5

If the following options are critical for your site, read the explanations below to decide whether or not it’s the right time for you to make the switch.

  • Custom audiences and member accounts - With Squarespace 5, you can control who views and edits content on your site in different ways than Squarespace 7. In Squarespace 7, you can set site-wide or page-specific passwords to restrict audiences, or invite contributors to help edit and manage your site. However, Squarespace 7 doesn’t have a feature directly equivalent to Squarespace 5's member accounts or audiences. To review the options for setting permissions in Squarespace 7, visit Squarespace permissions explained.
  • File storage - In Squarespace 7, files are uploaded directly to the page, instead of in a central location. You can password-protect any page to restrict who can view and download those files. To learn more about downloading files with Squarespace 7, visit Adding links to your site.  You can reuse images after adding them to a page, but you can only access these saved images from an image uploader.
  • Sidebars - Sidebars play a more prominent role in Squarespace 5 sites than Squarespace 7. Whereas Squarespace 5 restricts certain content to the sidebar, in Squarespace 7, you can build that content directly into the page. If you move to Squarespace 7.0, only certain Squarespace 7 templates have site-wide or page-specific sidebars. Squarespace 7.1 doesn't use sidebars.
  • Discussion Page - Squarespace 7 doesn’t currently have a forum feature comparable to the Discussion Page. To learn how Squarespace 7 blogging comments work, visit Blog comments and simple likes. You can also add advanced commenting features to your Squarespace 7 site through our integration with Disqus.
  • Code Injection interface - Squarespace 7 supports both per-page and site-wide Code Injection, but injection points work differently than Squarespace 5. If your site relies heavily on Code Injection, visit the Squarespace 7 guide Using Code Injection.

Switch to Squarespace 7

When you’re ready to switch to Squarespace 7, first choose which version will work best for your needs, then follow the steps in the appropriate guide:

For either version, you'll start with a free 14-day trial so you can experiment with your new site before moving. 

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