Your Squarespace 5 site comes with a built-in domain (also known as a built-in URL, Squarespace URL, or Account ID), which was automatically created when you signed up. It's made up of your account name followed by the squarespace domain:
Before you begin
- Changing your account name changes how you log into your site.
- Your built-in domain is an important part of how Squarespace works and can't be removed. However, you can hide your built-in domain from visitors with a custom domain, by registering a Squarespace Domain or connecting a domain from another provider.
- For security purposes, you'll always see your built-in domain in your browser address bar when you're logged in, even if you have a custom domain.
- Changing the account name won't affect custom domains.
Your account name needs to follow specific formatting:
- It must be between 3 and 25 characters in length.
- All characters must be lowercase.
- It can't begin with a number.
- It can include dashes, but no spaces or any other special characters (*,$,%, etc.).
- It must be unique and not already in use by another Squarespace account.
Change your built-in domain
To change your account name:
- Log into your site.
- In the Website Management bar, click Website Settings.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Scroll down to the Change Account Name section and change the name in the Account Name field.
- Click Update Account Name.
- Click Confirm.
Your built-in domain is now your new account name followed by .squarespace.com.
Now that you've updated your account name and built-in URL:
- Use the new account name when logging into your site.
- Your old built-in domain name will not redirect to your new account name. If you don't have a custom domain, visitors will need to use the new site URL to access your site.
- Any links to pages on your site that used the old built-in URL won't redirect. You'll need to manually update them.