Adding links to your site

You can link to any page, file, email address, phone number, or other content in many areas of your Squarespace 5 site.

Tip: For more features and functionality, upgrade your site to Squarespace 7. To learn more about the benefits of upgrading, visit Squarespace 5 vs. newer versions.

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You can add links to almost any part of your site:

  • Text - Create a hyperlink almost anywhere you can add text.
  • Navigation - Create your site's navigation structure with links to your pages.
  • Images - Turn an image into a link. 

Add a text link

In a page or post editor:

  1. Highlight the text you'd like to turn into a link.
  2. Click the Insert Link button. The icon looks like a chain link. 


  1. Add the link. See our formatting tips in the rest of this guide, including how to add links to other websites, pages on your site, or downloadable files.
  2. In the More Options tab, you can format the link with special options.
  3. Click Save & Close.


Edit or delete a text link

To edit a link you've added to your site, open the page or post editor, and click the link. In the annotation that opens:

  • Click Edit to change the URL or link properties.
  • Click Remove to remove the link, but leave the text.

You can also delete all linked text to remove the text link and the text. 


Special formatting

In the More Options tab:

  • Link Description - Add text that appears when visitors hover over the link.
  • Open Link In New Window - When visitors click the link, it will open in a new tab.
  • Show Offsite Indicator - Add an icon next to the link to show it links to another website.


Here's how the description text and offsite indicator will look on your site:


Link to external websites

To link to another website, add its URL to the Direct URL field. Ensure you include the full URL, including http:// or https://


Link to pages on your site

There are two ways to link text to a page on your site.

Tip: Create navigation links in your site's Architecture area.

Option 1 - Your Webpages tab

In the Your Webpages tab, click the page you want to link to.


Option 2 - Link to the slug

In the Direct URL tab, add the page slug between two / characters:

Tip: This is also known as the relative URL.


Link to files or images

In the Your Files tab, click the file or image you want to link to your text. When a visitor clicks the link, the file or image will download to their computer. 

You can also add a new file in the Upload A File tab.

For more file sharing options, see Using file storage and Adding a download page

Tip: If you change the name of a file, you'll need to manually update the file link.


Link to an email address

In the Direct URL tab enter mailto: followed by an email address, without any spaces.


Link to a telephone number

In the Direct URL tab enter tel: followed by a phone number, without any spaces. If the number includes a country code, add tel:+ followed by the phone number.


Add a list of links as a page or widget

For a built-in option, you can add a Links page or sidebar widget.

Add a relative URL

Some options for adding links, such as the Single Link module, don't include built-in options for linking to a page on your site. In these cases, use a relative (also called site-relative) URL.

To format a relative URL, add the page slug between two / characters, like this:


In this example, visitors to who click the link will go to

When a browser sees a relative URL, it adds that slug to the end of the domain name it's currently on. This is particularly important if you have a custom URL, because the link will work whether the site was accessed from the custom URL or your site's built-in URL (such as when you're logged into your site).

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