Regional settings

Manage your time zone, location, language, and date format for your Squarespace 5 site in the Locale tab of Website Settings.

Open the Locale tab

To manage your regional settings:

  1. In the Website Management panel, click Website Settings under Structure.
  2. Click Locale.
  3. Use the options below to choose your Geography and Time Zone and Day/Time Presentation settings.


Country, language, and time zone

Use the options in the Date/Time Presentation section to adjust your site's regional settings.

  • Country - Use the drop-down menu to choose your country. If you choose United States, you can also choose a state.
  • Language - Select your language. This updates built-in dates, such as the dates on blog posts.
  • Time Zone - Choose your local time zone. This sets the publication time for updates to your site.
Note: Setting a language doesn't translate other areas of your site into that language. For help adding languages other than English to your site, visit our tips on creating a multilingual site.

Date and time format

Use the options in the Date/Time Presentation section to adjust how dates display on your site.

  • Long Date Format - Used for files, galleries, blog posts, and Change Tracker pages.
  • Medium Date Format - Used for blog post comments and Discussion page entries.
  • Short Date Format - Used in the Change Tracker sidebar widget.

For any of these, you can choose from a list of pre-formatted options, or click Custom to create your own format.

Tip: Your site language sets the day and month text.


Custom date formats

Use this cheat sheet to create a date pattern for a custom date and time format.

  • Repeating a symbol lengthens the component. For example, EEEE creates WednesdayEEE creates Wed.
  • To include text in your date format, add it between single quotation marks. For example: 'Date:' 
Letter Date or Time Component Presentation Examples
G Era designator Text AD
y Year Year 1996; 96
M Month in year Month July; Jul; 07
w Week in year Number 27
W Week in month Number 2
D Day in year Number 189
d Day in month Number 10
F Day of week in month Number 2
E Day in week Text Tuesday; Tue
a AM/PM marker Text PM
H Hour in day (0-23) Number 0
k Hour in day (1-24) Number 24
K Hour in am/pm (0-11) Number 0
h Hour in am/pm (1-12) Number 12
m Minute in hour Number 30
s Second in minute Number 55
S Millisecond Number 978
z Time zone General time zone Pacific Standard Time; PST; GMT-08:00
Z Time zone RFC 822 time zone -0800


Here are some examples:

Pattern Display
EEEE Thursday
'Date:' EEEE, MMMM d, yyyy Date: Thursday, January 20, 2018
EEEE, MMMM d, yyyy Thursday, January 20, 2018
EEEE' at 'hh:mm  Thursday at 3:44 PM
E, M, d, y Tue, 7, 17, 2018
E M'-'d, y Tue 7-17, 2018
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