Moving from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.1

Squarespace 7.1 is the newest version of Squarespace, designed to be more streamlined and intuitive, and with more options for adding and styling content. It's not currently possible to migrate directly to Squarespace 7.1, but if you don't need to import content, or if you don't mind moving your content manually, you can move to version 7.1 by starting a new trial.

This guide reviews the content you can manually move to Squarespace 7.1 and walks you through setting up a new site. If you get stuck at any point, reach out to our Customer Support team for help.

Should I move to Squarespace 7.1?

It's not possible to directly import content from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.1, but you can move all text and images to your new site manually. Once your new site is live, you can also move any custom domains.

Keep in mind: 

  • It's not possible to transfer billing details from a Squarespace 5 site to a Squarespace 7.1 site, as the platforms are completely separate. Instead, you'll upgrade to paid service on your Squarespace 7.1 site, then cancel service on your Squarespace 5 site.
  • It's not possible to copy over style settings made in Style Mode.
  • It's not possible to copy information from your site's Traffic Overview. Your new 7.1 site will have its own Analytics.
  • If you're copying and pasting blog posts and comments to your new site, you can manually edit blog post dates to match when they were originally published. You can't, however, edit the date on any blog comments.

To learn more about what to expect with version 7.1, visit Squarespace version 7.1

If you have too much content to move manually, consider moving to Squarespace 7.0 instead. While not as new as version 7.1, version 7.0 is still newer than Squarespace 5 and includes an option for importing Squarespace 5 content.  

Before you begin

  • Keep your Squarespace 5 site live until you're ready to publish your Squarespace 7.1 site. This prevents your site visitors from seeing dead links or a private site warning.
  • Copy and save all text that will move to the new site, including any in headers, sidebars, and footers.
  • Download all images that will move to the new site, including any in file storage.
  • You may see changes in your site's search engine ranking after moving to your new site. To help reduce this effect, follow the steps below for setting up redirects, then follow our other tips for maintaining your SEO ranking.
Tip: In Squarespace 5, you can only download files in file storage one at a time. To bulk-download files, you can use third-party software or browser extensions like Chrono Download Manager (Chrome) or DownloadThemAll (Firefox). Since these are third-party services, they fall outside of the scope of Squarespace support.

Start a 7.1 trial

We offer a 14-day free trial so you can try Squarespace 7.1 before moving your site. To create a trial, visit our template store and click Preview on any design to see its demo site. For more help, visit Choosing the right template.

preview_a_template.pngWhen you find a template you like, click Start With…, then follow the prompts to create a new account or log into an existing account.

  • To start a Squarespace 7.1 trial you'll create a new account, rather than logging in with your Squarespace 5 credentials. You can use the same email address for both accounts.
  • If you already have a Squarespace 7.0 or 7.1 account, use the same email address and password you used previously. This adds your new trial site to the same account, where you can switch between sites.

By default, your new site is private, and not visible to search engines or visitors. You can make it public after all content is ready and you select a billing plan, at the end of this guide

Note: By signing up for a free trial, you agree to our Terms of Service.

Get to know version 7.1

Squarespace 7.1 has a different interface than Squarespace 5. When you log into your site, you'll see your website on the right, and a panel with the Home Menu on the left. Your website starts with some pre-populated demo content. You can delete these pages and start fresh, or replace it with your own content. 

Tip: If you don't see the left panel after logging in, click the expand arrow in the top-right corner of your site.

Your home menu will look something like this:

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When you click an option in the Home Menu, it opens in the left panel. To get back to the Home Menu quickly, double-click the navigation arrow above any panel.

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Add your content

Add the content you've copied from your Squarespace 5 site, or add new content. Use these links to see more in-depth steps for each topic:

  • To add a site title or logo, click Edit in the top-left corner of your site preview, then click Edit Site Header
  • To add new pages, click the + icon in the main navigation of the Pages menu. You can also click any demo page to edit it and replace the demo content with your own. Learn more about page types below. 
  • To add text, click any existing text area, or add a new Text Block
  • To add images, use an Image Block, gallery section, or Gallery Block

Page types

For some content, you may want to use a specific type of page. When you add a new page, you'll see the following options: 

  • Layout - Use sections and blocks to create custom layouts of text, images, audio, forms, and more
  • Blog - Create a blog and populate it with posts
  • Events - Add a calendar or list of events
  • Portfolio - Link to sub-pages from a stylized landing page
  • Store - Sell products from your site
  • Folder - Create drop-down menus in your navigation
  • Link - Link to external content or filtered content from your site

Set your site's fonts and colors

On Squarespace 7.1, the equivalent of Squarespace 5's Style Mode is the Design panel. You can make most major style changes to your site by changing fonts and colors.

  • To change your site-wide font, in the Home Menu, click Design, then click Fonts. Click a font pack to apply it to your site. To learn more, visit Changing fonts.
  • To change your site-wide colors, in the Home Menu, click Design, then click Colors. Click Edit next to Color Palette, then choose a new palette. To learn more, visit Changing colors

To make specific sections or pages stand out from the rest of the site, style individual page sections by clicking the pencil icon to open section styles. Section styles override any site-wide styles.

Change your built-in domain (optional)

Your Squarespace 5 and Squarespace 7.1 sites each have a built-in domain. A built-in domain is a URL that includes an account name (site ID) and ends in .squarespace.com, like accountname.squarespace.com.

The account name in the built-in domain is a unique identifier, and you can't use it on more than one site. To use your Squarespace 5 account name for the built-in domain on your Squarespace 7.1 site, first change your Squarespace 5 account name. To keep it easy to remember, we recommend adding -old to the end, as shown in the screenshot below. 

Note: Changing your account name changes how you log into your Squarespace 5 site. In the example screenshot below, you'd now use youraccountname-old to log in.

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After saving changes on your Squarespace 5 site, you can change the built-in domain on your Squarespace 7.1 site.

Set up URL formats and redirects

To make the transition to your new site seamless, it's important to set up your site's URLs. This will prevent your visitors from seeing dead links and "Page not found" error messages.

Note: If you have a custom domain, the URLs won't work until you've moved the domain to your new site.
  • To learn how to update your URL slugs (the part of the URL after your root domain), visit URL slugs. That guide teaches you how to set your default blog post URL format, so that all your new blog posts can have the same format that they had on your Squarespace 5 site.
  • To forward visitors away from pages that don't exist to pages that do exist, set up 301 redirects
  • Create a custom 404 error page for visitors who might find a dead link.

301 redirects and SEO

Redirects are a key way to keep your site search engine optimized through the transition to a new content management system. Although moving a site to a new platform might cause a temporary dip in search ranking, setting up redirects is the best way to reduce the effect of the migration. To learn more, visit Maintaining your SEO ranking after moving to Squarespace.

Make your site public

When you're ready to upgrade your new site to active billing, click Upgrade Now in the banner at the bottom of the screen. We recommend reviewing the different plan options before upgrading to ensure you choose a plan that has the features and number of contributors you'll need. 

Note: If you registered a free custom domain on your Squarespace 5 site, you'll need to upgrade to an annual plan for the domain to remain free. 

For more information, visit our guides on upgrading: 

Move your custom domain

If your Squarespace 5 site has a custom domain, you can move it to your new Squarespace 7.1 site. How you move the domain depends whether you registered it with a third party, like GoDaddy, or if you registered a free domain through Squarespace. 

Move a third-party domain

If you have a domain from another provider connected to your Squarespace 5 site:

  1. Log into your Squarespace 5 site and click Website Management, then click Custom Domain.
  2. Hover over your domain name and click Unlink. For more help, visit Disconnecting a domain.
  3. After the domain is unlinked, follow our steps to connect it to your new site.

Move a Squarespace Domain

If you registered a custom domain through us on Squarespace 5, first ensure you have an email set in your Squarespace 5 administrator account:

  1. Log into your Squarespace 5 site.
  2. In the Website Management bar, click Member Accounts, then click your name.
  3. In the Member Information section, ensure the email shown in the Email field is correct.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Next, contact us and we'll move the domain to your new Squarespace 7.1 site. Include the following information:

  • Subject: Move domain from 5 to 7.1
  • The custom domain (Example: www.yoursite.com)
  • The Squarespace URL for your original Squarespace 5 site (Example: yoursite.squarespace.com)
  • The Squarespace URL for your new Squarespace 7.1 site (Example: yourothersite.squarespace.com)
  • The full name and last four digits on the credit card(s) used to pay for each site

After contacting us, you might receive a domain verification request email. Follow the steps in that email to verify the domain.

Cancel Squarespace 5 billing

Once you're ready to exclusively use your Squarespace 7.1 site, you can cancel your Squarespace 5 site to avoid paying for two sites simultaneously. 

To cancel, follow the steps in Cancelling and deleting a site. If you have an annual or bi-annual plan, also follow the steps for removing your account to receive a prorated refund for unused time.

Next steps

Congratulations, your Squarespace 7.1 site is now live! We hope you're starting to feel comfortable with the new interface, and we encourage you to explore our Help site to learn about all the new features you have available. 

While you're editing your site, you can also press the / or ? key to search for a panel, setting, or help guide. Visit our shortcuts guide for more tips. 

Here's a cheat sheet of terms to help you learn the new interface: 

Squarespace 5 feature

Squarespace 7.1 equivalent

Account Center

Billing & Account panel

Architecture

Pages panel

Blog Importer

Import / Export panel

Content Mode

Click Edit on any page

File Storage

Different areas depending on the file

Insert Script

Code Block

Journal

Blog Page

Member Accounts

Contributors and Member Areas

Picture Galleries

Gallery sections and Gallery Blocks

Preview Mode

Click the expand arrow

Social Profiles

Connected Accounts

Statistics

Analytics

Structure Mode

Pages panel

Style Mode

Design panel

URL Shortcuts

URL Mappings panel

Website Management Bar

The Home Menu

Widgets

Blocks

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Moving from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7.1