The Squarespace 5 Glossary defines many of the terms used while building a website or blog with Squarespace 5.
For Squarespace Metrics terms, visit the Squarespace Metrics glossary.
A group of viewers that can access the parts of your website you allow. For example: You may want "The Public" audience to see only certain pages of your website, and you may want an audience called "Members" to have access to additional pages. Learn more about audiences.
Someone who writes a blog on your website. The author could be you or an editor on your site that has access to write a blog post. Learn more about authors.
The top of a website or blog that displays the title of the site, or an image relevant to the content of the site. Learn more about banners.
Allows you to set a different banner for a particular page on your site. Learn more about banner overrides.
A type of website or part of a website that is updated consistently to provide users with new content. As more entries are added to a blog, they can be tagged, categorized, and organized by date. Learn more about blogs.
Allows you to import your blog from Wordpress, Blogger, Movable Type, or TypePad. Learn more about importing your blog to Squarespace.
You can place blog posts into "categories" to index content by type, so that viewers can easily find the post they are looking for. Learn more about categories.
Responses from visitors of your site to journal/blog posts, guestbook pages, and discussion pages. Learn more about comments.
Content Editing Mode
The editing mode of Squarespace represented by the Learn more about content editing mode.
Stands for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is used to style the content of your website.
Any element listed within the Fonts, Colors, and Sizes drop-down menu. Used for changing styles of certain areas within your site. Learn more about customizing elements.
This stands for Domain Name Server. These are web servers that translate a website IP address (220.127.116.11) into a legible domain name (www.squarespace.com).
The hosting and management of your custom domain name (not provided by Squarespace). Learn more about domain hosting.
The name of a website. Domain names can be purchased from multiple domain registrars such as Go Daddy, Nettica, and more. Domain name example: "squarespace.com".
A specific level of editing permissions for site members. Editors can add and edit their own content, as well as edit content of other site members. Learn more about editors.
Element (in a style)
An element is any part of your website that can be edited in the Appearance Editor within Style Editing Mode. Learn more about elements.
HTML code used to directly display a code-based element within a site page; often from a 3rd-party source like a video host (YouTube) or a newsletter service (Aweber, Constant Contact, subscribe widgets).
An individual post added to a Journal module. Each time you access your Journal page and add new content, this is considered a new (Journal) Entry. Learn more about entries.
A truncated display of a journal entry on the main page of the blog that clicks through to the full entry. The excerpt text is selected within the post’s editor window. Learn more about excerpts.
Refers to a document, image or multi-media format. Generally, documents can be linked to or need to have specific code written to call them into your pages or posts. Valid image file types can be inserted via the Squarespace editor.
The area within the Website Management that allows you to upload and store files on your site for usage within your pages. Please note that you cannot upload a file over 20MB to the File Storage. Learn more about file storage.
A division of a website or blog that displays below all main content, at the bottom of the page. Learn more about footers.
A suite of online applications from Google that includes web tools like email, a calendar, and document management. Learn more about G Suite.
A division of a website or blog that displays above all main content. The banner of a site is actually within the header. Learn more about headers.
Heading (h1, h2, h3)
HTML elements that help define web document structure and styling. Heading tags break up content and organize topics. Important headings like H1 or H2 are typically used for the site title and page titles. Learn more about headings.
The systems that hold all the content for a website or blog, and connect this data to site visitors. Learn more about hosting.
The effect when positioning your mouse over an element on your site (e.g. a link, section, widget, image, etc.).
HyperText Markup Language, which is the basic markup language used for building web pages. HTML uses tags (e.g. <p>, <b>, <i> ) that surround text in order to structure a web page. For your reference we have an HTML cheat sheet here.
A picture file that can be embedded directly into a page or post, or can be uploaded for display in the gallery page. Valid image extensions for the web are PNG, GIF, and JPG. Learn more about using images on your site.
The Squarespace term for a blog. A journal/blog is a running list of categorizable posts/entries usually ordered by date. Learn more about the journal module.
A specific level of editing permissions for site members. The Limited Editor only has permissions to post new entries to a Journal page as a draft. A full Editor or the site Owner must log in and publish the entry. This permission level applies to the Journal page only. Learn more about limited editors.
A clickable text or image that directs the user to a specific destination, such as another URL or a downloadable file. Learn more about links.
Connecting a domain name you have purchased and mapped from a 3rd-party domain host to your Squarespace site within Website Management > Custom Domain. Learn more about domains.
Accessing your Domain Registrar's DNS (Domain Name System) settings to point your domain name to the Squarespace servers. DNS access and settings will vary by Registrar, but A Records must point to our IP Address (18.104.22.168) and your CNAME Record must point to our name (www.squarespace.com). Learn more about domains.
The area around an object within your site. Margins are used to give extra space around elements on your site. See an example.
A login name and password to your website. You can give each person accessing your site their own member account, or you can give an account to a group of people. The member accounts you set up will be given the permission of whatever audience they're placed into. Learn more about member accounts.
Squarespace is built upon "page modules" and "widget modules" that are used to create different types of functionality to web pages and sidebars. Learn more about modules.
An owner account 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.
The area between the edge of the content container and the content within it. Padding is used to give extra space within an object around its content. See an example.
A single page for content or specific functionality within a website.There can be many "web pages" within a "website". There are many different Page Modules to choose from within Squarespace. Learn more about pages.
A statistic that indicates someone has visited a page on your site. This traffic often comes from search engine references (for example, when someone reaches your site through a Google search) or external links which point to your site.
The permanent link URL for a journal entry. This is a link whose URL is intended to remain constant so that visitors searching for or clicking a link to that article will always be able to find it at that URL.
The set of allowances that control how a user interacts with your site. Permissions are set on a group basis (by audience) and determine what pages a site visitor can see as well as edit. The different permission levels are: public, member, limited editor, and editor. Learn more about permissions.
Text that does not contain any code which can impact display or functionality. You can use a text editor such as Notepad or WordPad (for Windows) or TextEdit (for Mac) to create plain text.
A media file, usually an audio recording, that is added to a journal entry as an enclosure. This allows site visitors to subscribe to episodes by using the journal’s RSS feed or through iTunes or another feed aggregator that updates automatically when there is new content. Learn more about podcasts.
Individual entries within the Journal page module.
One of the four Squarespace editing modes that allows you to view your site as it will be displayed to the public. This mode will display your site as if you were logged out, without any Squarespace editing buttons appearing.
Really Simple Syndication is a way of allowing visitors of your site to receive your journal entries and updates in their browser or RSS feed readers as soon as they are published. RSS is delivered in 3 different versions (RSS, ATOM, and RDF), and generated automatically by your Journal. Learn more about RSS.
A section is a container for one or more page or widget modules. All pages and widgets are added to sections. Pages must be added to sections that only contain pages, and widgets must be added to sections that only contain widgets; pages and widgets cannot exist in the same section. Learn more about sections.
Search Engine Optimization. This term refers to improving a site's visibility with search engines, where the higher a site appears in search results, and the more frequently the site is listed, the more potential traffic it will receive from a search engine. Learn more about SEO.
The navigation sections that appear to the left or right of the main page content within your style. Sidebars generally contain page links or widgets that a user wants to appear across multiple pages on their site.
The hosting of your website pages and associated files (provided by Squarespace). Learn more about site hosting.
Structure Editing Mode
Squarespace editing mode represented by the Learn more about structure editing mode.
Style (within a template)
There are multiple styles within each template. You can edit a preset style to really make your site your own. Learn more about styles.
Style Editing Mode
Squarespace editing mode represented by the "paintbrush" icon. This is where you control the column layout as well as color and other style choices for your site elements. Learn more about style editing mode.
The feature which allows you to apply different custom styles you have created on one or more site pages, so that individual pages can have a different design and appearance. Learn how to configure a style override.
A feature that allows you or members of your site to receive email notifications about additions and changes made to specific pages of your site. Only users with a member account on your site can access this feature. Learn more about subcriptions.
This is an area located within your site where you can submit messages for quick help with questions regarding your site. Submit a support ticket.
Keywords used in a blog for topic organization. Unlike categories (which are generally intended for broader categorization of site content) tags allow for greater topic specificity. Learn more about tags.
A starting point for the layout, design, and functionality of your website or blog. Learn more about templates.
A method for establishing a link between two sites. For example, if you write a blog post, and someone else on the web writes about that post, they can send a trackback ping to your post and create a link between the entries, notifying you of their reference to your article. Most blogging platforms, including Squarespace, support trackbacks in some form. You can view this Wikipedia article for general information as well.
An individual connection, not necessarily a person, that visits your site as identified by an IP address. Squarespace tracks unique visitors by a cookie that expires after 7 days.
Uniform Resource Locator. In human terms, a url is a direct address to a specific location on the web. Learn more about URLs.
A URL is a website address. A URL shortcut means takes a rather lengthy URL and shortens or renames it to a shorter address. Learn more about URL shortcuts
A website contains content that is updated as frequently or as infrequently as needed by the owner, and viewed by visitors who seek to gain information by visiting that website.
Referred to as the “back end”, this is the full dashboard of your site settings. It contains structure and site settings, member permissions and access, data and media management, traffic statistics, and account and support information. Learn more about website management.
An essential building block of Squarespace that can be added to a sidebar of a site or blog to provide varying types of functionality. A widget will display the content directly within your site's sidebar.
WYSIWYG (pronounced wi-zee-wig) is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. Basically it converts common writing styles into HTML - so you don't have to learn another language to build web content.