Organizing your site

Your Squarespace 5 site is made up of three components: Sections, pages, and widgets.

  • Sections - An organizing structure. Sections contain widgets or pages.
  • Pages - The different pages that make up your site.
  • Widgets - Features that can you add to your sidebar, like a search field.

To rearrange the structure of your site, open the Website Management bar in the top-left and click Architecture in the Structure section.

In your Architecture, you’ll see two sidebar areas. Depending on how your site is set up, you may already see sections within the sidebar areas.

How sections display on your site

Sections can contain multiple pages or widgets. You can add as many sections as you’d like.

The top navigation section in Sidebar 1 becomes your primary navigation. These page links will populate the top bar on template layouts that support a top bar for navigation.

Any sections below that will display in the sidebar for your site. If your site layout has a second sidebar, Sidebar 2 sections will display there.

Sections with pages display as navigation links. Sections with widgets display the widgets themselves.

If your template layout doesn’t support a second sidebar, any sections you add to Sidebar 2 area won’t display in the header or sidebar on the site. However, the direct URL for any enabled pages in the Sidebar 2 area will still work.

Adding site components

Click Insert Section to add a new section. Within each section, you can click Add Page or Add Widget.

Rearranging site components

Drag and drop sections, pages, and widgets in your Architecture to reorder them. You can move pages and widgets from one section to another, reorder pages and widgets within a section, and move sections within a sidebar or from one sidebar to the other.

Hide sections

Click Hide to hide a section and all its widgets or pages. The section won’t show up on any pages. The direct URL for any enabled pages in the section will still work. Learn more at Hiding a page in the navigation.

You can also set sections to only display when certain pages are enabled or disabled. For example, you can set a section to appear when your Journal page has been disabled. The filtered section will display in the sidebar throughout your site until you re-enable your Journal page.

To set up this filter:

  1. Click Modify in the section you want to filter.

  1. In the Selective Display section, use the Display Control drop-down to choose either Display Only When Specific Pages are Active or Display Only When Specific Pages are NOT Active.
  2. A list of your site’s pages appears below. Check the page or pages for which you want the filter to apply.
  3. Click Save.

  1. Depending on whether you chose Active or Not Active, hover over the page in question and select either Enable or Disable.

Tip: You can also hide sidebar sections with style overrides.

Recovering deleted components

You can recover a deleted section, page, or widget for three days after deleting it.

Click Recover Deleted Components in the bottom-left to open your site’s Recycle Bin. Hover over a page or widget and click Recover to restore it to your site. The page or widget will appear in your Architecture. Click Enable to publish it.

If the section the page or widget was in was also deleted, the section will also reappear. If the section has multiple pages or widgets, you’ll need to restore each one individually.

Note: Items that expire from the Recycle Bin after three days can’t be recovered. If you're unsure whether you'll want to recover a component in the future, disable it instead.

Squarespace 7 comparison

In Squarespace 7, you rearrange your site structure by dragging and dropping pages within the Pages panel. To test it out yourself, start a free trial site.

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