Squarespace 5 glossary

The Squarespace 5 Glossary defines many of the terms used while building a website or blog with Squarespace 5.

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  • Audience - A group of visitors that can access the parts of your website you allow. For example, you can set the Public audience to see parts of your website, while giving members access to additional pages. Learn about audiences.
  • Atom - One of three feed types built into Squarespace 5 Journal Pages. Feeds are a way of allowing visitors to receive your blog posts in their browser or feed readers as soon as they're published. Learn about blog feeds.
  • Author - A name attributed for content on your site, such as blog posts. The author name displays in Blog Pages. Learn about authors.

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C

  • Categories - Keywords added to blog posts for broad organization of your content. Learn about categories.
  • Code snippet - Also called a Code Block. Insert custom code into your website's editable areas, such as blog posts or HTML pages. Learn about Code snippets.
  • Comments - Responses from Journal, Discussion, and Guestbook page visitors. Manage your comments in the Comment & Discussion Management area. Learn about comments.
  • Content mode - The Squarespace 5 editing mode for adding and editing the content on your pages and sidebar widgets. Learn about Content mode.
  • CSS - A programming language used to customize the appearance of a site. We only recommend adding custom CSS for limited aspects of your site, and we're unable to provide support for any custom code. Learn about adding CSS to your Squarespace site.

D

  • DNS - Web servers that translate an IP address into a legible domain name. If you have a Squarespace Domain, you can access your DNS settings in the Domains panel. To connect a third-party domain, you'll need to change DNS settings in your domain registrar's account.
  • Domain name - The name of your website. Your Squarespace site comes with a free domain, like "yourdomain.squarespace.com". You can replace this with a custom domain instead, like "yourdomain.com", "yourdomain.net," or "yourdomain.biz". Learn about domains.

E

  • Editors - A specific level of editing permissions for site members. Site editors can create and publish their own content, as well as approve and publish blog posts made by limited editors. Learn about editors.
  • Element - Parts of your site that you can style in the Fonts, Colors & Sizes tab of Style mode. Learn about styling your site.
  • Embed - Using code to display something on a site page. Embeds are often used for adding videos. Learn about embedding code.
  • Entry - An individual post added to a Journal page (blog). Learn about blogging with Squarespace 5.
  • Excerpt - Also called a summary. A snippet of text that encourages visitors to click through to the full entry. Learn about excerpts.

F

  • File storage - The area within the Website Management where you can upload and store files, such as images, for use on your site. Files must be 20 MB or smaller. Learn about file storage.
  • Footer - The bottom section of your site, below your page content. Learn about footers.

G

  • G Suite - A suite of online applications from Google that includes web tools like email, a calendar, and document management. Learn about G Suite.

H

  • Header - The area at the top of your site that can feature options like the site title, subtitle, a banner image, and navigation links. Learn about headers.
  • Heading - An HTML element that defines the structure and style of text. Selecting a Heading style in the text toolbar automatically creates H1, H2, and H3 tags -- no HTML needed. Learn about headings.
  • Hosting - Web hosts allow users to create and store content, like a website, on Internet servers. When you build a site with Squarespace 5, Squarespace is your web host. Domain hosts provide domain names, which help visitors access your web content.
  • Hover - The effect that appears when positioning a mouse over an object on your site (most commonly an image or link).
  • HTML - Basic markup language used for building web pages. If you have coding knowledge and want to add customizations, you can add HTML to your site. Adding custom code is an advanced modification and we're unable to provide support. Learn about adding HTML.

I

  • Image - A picture file that you can add directly to a page, or post, gallery page. Your site supports .jpg, .png, or .gif image formats. Learn about adding images.

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L

  • Limited editors - A specific level of editing permissions for site members. Limited editors can create blog post drafts and modify their own blog posts. You can choose whether they can publish their own posts. Learn about limited editors.
  • Link - Clickable text or image that takes the visitor somewhere specific, like another page or a downloadable file. Learn about links.

M

  • Mapping - Connect a custom domain to your site by following a process called domain mapping, connecting, or linking. Learn about domains.
  • Margins - The area around an element on your site. Use margins to change the spacing around elements on your site. For example, you could increase the margins between blog posts to create extra white space. Learn about styling your site.
  • Member account - A member account gives a person or group of people special access to your site. Learn about member accounts.
  • Module - The Squarespace 5 term for pages and sidebar widgets. Learn about modules.

O

  • Owner account - Also known as the site owner, is the person or login name that is billed for an account. They have control of all aspects of their website, including members, audiences, editors, and permissions. Learn about site ownership.

P

  • Padding - The area between the outer edge of a container and the element inside it. Use padding to change the spacing around elements on your site. For example, you could increase the padding around the content in a sidebar to create extra white space while keeping the sidebar width the same. Learn about styling your site.
  • Page - Squarespace 5 has several page types for different kinds of content, like Journal, Picture Gallery, and Discussion. Select HTML to create a basic page with text, images, and links. Learn about pages.
  • Page views - In Analytics, a page view is a record of every page hit on your site that loads completely. Learn about tracking site statistics.
  • Permalink - The direct link for a blog post (journal entry). Learn about linking to blog posts.
  • Permissions - Determine a member account's site access, such as editorial privileges and access to restricted content. Learn about permissions.
  • Plain text - Text that doesn't contain any code. Learn about plain text.
  • Podcast - To add a podcast to your site, create a new Journal page and add posts with audio file attachments. Learn about podcasts.
  • Preview mode - The Squarespace 5 editing mode that shows your site as it'll be seen by visitors. Learn about Preview mode.

R

  • RDF - One of three feed types built into Squarespace 5 Journal Pages. Feeds are a way of allowing visitors to receive your blog posts in their browser or feed readers as soon as they're published. Learn about blog feeds.
  • RSS - Short for Really Simple Syndication. One of three feed types built into Squarespace 5 Journal Pages. Feeds are a way of allowing visitors to receive your blog posts in their browser or RSS feed readers as soon as they're published. Journal pages in Squarespace 5 automatically include RSS feeds. Learn about RSS.

S

  • Section - An organizing structure on Squarespace 5 that contains sidebar widgets or page links. Learn about sections.
  • SEO - The practice of improving a site's visibility with search engines. Get tips on increasing your site's visibility to search engines.
  • Sidebar - Up to two columns that you can use to display important information consistently across your site. Sidebars can contain page links or widgets. Learn about sidebars.
  • Structure mode - The Squarespace 5 editing mode for adding, configuring, or moving pages and sidebar widgets. Learn about Structure mode.
  • Style - Each template has its own preset style versions, with different colors, fonts, backgrounds, and other style features. Learn about styles.
  • Style mode - The Squarespace 5 editing mode for styling your site, including choosing a template, adding sidebars, and setting fonts and colors. Also called the Appearance Editor. Learn about Style mode.
  • Style override - A feature for creating a customized look for individual pages on your site. Learn about style overrides.
  • Subscribe - Also called site change notifications. A feature that allows you or your site members to receive email notifications about site changes. Learn about site change notifications.
  • Syndication - Content syndication publishes your site updates in a standardized format that services like RSS readers can see. Learn about syndication.

T

  • Tags - Keywords used in a blog for topic organization. Unlike categories tags allow for greater topic specificity. Learn about tags.
  • Template - Templates provide the structure and layout framework for your site. Each one has preset colors, fonts, backgrounds, and other style features. Learn about templates.
  • Trackbacks - A link between two blog posts. Learn about trackbacks.

U

  • Unique visitors - An estimate of the total number of actual visitors that reached your site in the set time frame. Learn about unique visitors.
  • URL - Short for Uniform Resource Locator, a URL is a direct address to a specific webpage. Learn about URLs.
  • URL Shortcut -The Squarespace 5 term for the ways to redirect a page on your site. Learn about URL shortcuts.

W

  • Website Management bar - Also called the back end, the Website Management bar is the dashboard for your site settings. To open it, log into your site and click Website Management in the top-left corner. Learn about the Website Management bar.
  • Widget - A widget adds content to your sidebar. Learn about widgets.
  • WYSIWYG editor - Allows you to change text and other content without using HTML code, and to see changes as you make them. Learn about WYSIWYG editors.

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