Adding a download page

A File Storage page is a place on your Squarespace 5 site where visitors can see and download files. 

Tip: As an alternative, add a download link to any editable page or post.

File Storage page vs. file storage area

Your site has a built-in area called file storage

  • The File Storage page and file storage area aren't connected.
  • Visitors can see and download files from the File Storage page. 
  • Visitors can't see or download from the file storage area, unless they have editor permissions for your site.
Tip: To create a place where visitors can upload files, add a Drop Box page.

Step 1 - Add the File Storage page

To start building the page:

  1. In Structure Mode, add a page to your site, and choose File Storage.
  2. Click Select & Configure.
  3. In the Configuration window, add a title. We recommend using a title other than File Storage, to help distinguish it from your file storage area.


Step 2 - Choose how files display

In the File Storage Options section, choose how files display to visitors:

  • File Ordering - Set the order in which files appear
  • Show Multi-User Data - Choose whether the name of the user who uploaded the file displays
  • Prevent File Hotlinking - Prevent other sites from linking to your files

After you choose your settings, click Create Page. Hover over the page link or widget, and click Enable to make it live.

Step 3 - Set permissions

Use your Member Permissions area to choose which visitors can see and download files from this page:

  1. In the Website Management bar, click Member Permissions under Members & Access.
  2. Find your File Storage page. Note that this is different than the file storage area, which displays at the top. Look for the title you chose in Step 1.
  3. Use the settings for The Public to set what general visitors can see.
  4. If you're on the Unlimited Plan, set the options for any other audiences.


To create a public download page, set the File Storage page to Visible for all audiences.

To create a private download page:

  • For The Public, set the File Storage page to Restricted.
  • For the audiences you want to be able to see and download from the page, set the File Storage page to Visible.
Note: For audiences who are Restricted, images you've added to other areas of your site via the File Storage page won't display.

Step 4 - Connect your File Storage page to an upload page (optional) 

To create a place on your site where visitors can upload files to your File Storage page, add a Drop Box page and connect it to your File Storage page.

Add a file

To add a file to your File Storage page:

  1. Enter Content mode.
  2. Click Upload.
  3. Click Browse to find a file or files on your computer.
  4. Click Add Another File to add additional files. 
  5. Click Upload

File uploads must be 20 MB or smaller. See our file requirements for more information.

Tip: To upload multiple files at once, add them to a compressed .zip folder.

  • Check Decompress Zip Files After Unloading before uploading the folder.
  • The compressed folder can contain up to 100 files.
  • Each file must be 5 MB or smaller.
  • The total folder size should be 20 MB or less.


Delete a file

To delete files from a File Storage page:

  1. Log into your site and go to the File Storage page. 
  2. Enter Content mode.
  3. Click Remove next to the file.


What visitors see

Once you've created the File Storage page, visitors will see a list of files. They can click the download icon to save the files to their computer. 

Tip: To add text to the page, as shown in the screenshot below, enter Structure mode and click Add Page Header.


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