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 more streamlined version has 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 either of the newer versions, such as the Discussion page.

This guide explains the differences between the two platforms and 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 it looks like on Squarespace 7.1:

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Should I switch to the new platform?

Whether you should switch from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7 depends on the site features you need.

Benefits of switching

Squarespace 7.1 and 7.0 have many features not available on Squarespace 5, such as:

  • Integrated eCommerce
  • Improved search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Automatic responsive design and mobile styles
  • Sophisticated layouts and content-adding options
  • Modern blog layouts
  • Social sharing options
  • Beautiful image options such as galleries and full-bleed banners

Benefits of staying on Squarespace 5

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.

Some information can't transfer between platforms:

  • Billing details can't transfer from a Squarespace 5 site to a Squarespace 7 site.
  • It's not possible to transfer information from your site's Traffic Overview. Your new Squarespace 7 site will have its own Analytics.

Some Squarespace 5 features don't have a direct equivalent in our current platform:

  • File storage - In Squarespace 7, files are uploaded directly to the page, instead of a central location. You can password-protect any page to restrict who can view and download those files. You can also reuse images after adding them to a page with our built-in image uploader.
  • Discussion Page - Squarespace 7 doesn’t have a forum feature comparable to the Discussion Page. To enable visitors to communicate with each other in Squarespace 7, you can enable blog comments and simple likes, or add advanced commenting features 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.

Should I choose Squarespace 7.1 or 7.0?

In general, we recommend moving to Squarespace 7.1, the newest version on our current platform. Squarespace 7.1 has:

  • Modern, engaging designs, newer features, and a simplified interface
  • More flexibility, with style options and features that aren't tied to particular templates

However, 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. If you have a large number of blog posts or pages, it might make more sense to move to Squarespace 7.0, which has a built-in option for importing content. Also, in Squarespace 7.0, certain templates have sidebars. Squarespace 7.1 doesn't use sidebars at all.

Those are the key considerations when moving from Squarespace 5. We also have detailed information on the differences between Squarespace 7.1 and 7.0 on our Squarespace 7 help center.

How to 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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