10 Squarespace Developer Tricks the Pros Don't Want You to Know

Hey there, web design fanatic. Tired of building basic Squarespace sites that all look the same? Want to stand out from the crowd with a custom design that will really wow your clients? Well, you've come to the right place. We're going to let you in on 10 Squarespace developer tricks the so-called "pros" don't want amateurs like you to know about.

With these insider tips and techniques under your belt, you'll be building unique, head-turning Squarespace sites in no time. Your clients will be so impressed they'll be lining up around the block. And the best part? These tricks are easy to implement, so you don't need any fancy coding skills. Ready to take your Squarespace game to the next level? Read on, friend. The secrets of the masters await you.

10 Squarespace Developer Tricks the Pros Don't Want You to Know

Custom Code Injections: Take Control of Your Squarespace Site

Do you want to upgrade your Squarespace website? It’s time to dive into custom code injections. This lets you add custom HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to your site for extra functionality and customization.

To get started, log in to your Squarespace site and go to Design > Advanced. Here you’ll find the “Code Injection” section. This is where the magic happens!

For HTML, you can add things like:

  • Embedded videos

  • Custom contact forms

  • Widgets and plugins

For CSS, you can:

  • Create custom page templates

  • Change default styling

  • Add animations and transitions

And for JavaScript, the possibilities are endless! You can:

  • Build sliders and image galleries

  • Create interactive maps

  • Add subscription forms

  • Develop full-on web apps

The best part is, you don’t need to know how to code to use code injections. You can find free custom code snippets online to copy and paste into your site. Tweak as needed, save, and you’re all set!

Code injections open up a whole new world of customization for your Squarespace site. Whether you want to make minor tweaks or build complex web apps, the power is in your hands. Give it a try—your site will thank you!

Hidden Styles Panel: Unlock Advanced CSS Options

Interested in upgrading your Squarespace website? Unlock the hidden Styles panel and unleash your inner developer.

The Styles panel lets you add custom CSS code to tweak your site’s design beyond the standard Squarespace options. To access it, go to Design > Custom CSS. This opens a code editor where you can paste in CSS rules.

Some things you can do:

  • Change font sizes, colors, and families. Want all h2 headings in neon pink Comic Sans? You can do that!

  • Adjust padding, margins, and positioning. Move sections around, tighten whitespace, center elements—the options are endless.

  • Add animations and transitions. Want elements to fade in, slide out, or spin on hover? All it takes is a few lines of CSS.

  • Hide elements. Don’t want to delete a section but don’t want it visible? Hide it with CSS instead.

  • Create responsive designs. Use CSS media queries to show/hide elements or adjust styling based on screen width. Design for desktop, tablet, and mobile!

The Styles panel does have some limits—you can’t add new content elements or change the site’s structure. But for tweaking styles and design, it’s a Squarespace developer’s secret weapon. Play around with different CSS rules to see what’s possible. And if you get stuck, search online—there are many resources with sample Squarespace CSS code.

Unleash your creativity and make your Squarespace site uniquely your own! The possibilities are endless once you unlock the hidden power of custom CSS.

Duplicate Your Sections: Quickly Replicate Content

One of the best time-savers in Squarespace is the ability to duplicate sections. Whether you want to replicate a page layout, reuse content, or quickly create multiple pages with the same elements, duplication is the way to go.

Copy an Entire Page

To duplicate an entire page including all its sections and content, go to the page you want to copy. Click the “...” menu in the top right corner and select “Duplicate.” Squarespace will create an exact copy of the page for you to edit. This is perfect when you want to create multiple pages with the same layout or content, like for location pages or product pages.

Duplicate a Single Section

You can also duplicate just a single section on a page. Go to the section you want to copy, click the “...” menu and select “Duplicate Section.” Squarespace will add the copied section directly below the original. This is useful when you want to repeat content or a layout element on the same page. For example, duplicating an image gallery section, testimonial section or call to action.

Edit and Customize

Once duplicated, you can then edit and customize the copy. Change page titles, section headers, images, text content or anything else to suit your needs. The copy will retain the same styling and layout as the original, saving you time having to rebuild it.

Duplicating in Squarespace is a simple trick but can save you hours of work. Whether you’re creating multiple pages, repeating content or just experimenting with different layouts, duplication allows you to start with something familiar and transform it into exactly what you need. Your clients and visitors will appreciate how quickly you can publish new content, and you’ll love how much time you save.

Disable Auto-Image Cropping: Show Your Photos as-Is

One of the most annoying things about Squarespace is how it automatically crops your images to fit its predetermined sizes. This can ruin beautifully composed photos by chopping off important parts of the image. Fortunately, this has a simple solution.

Disable Auto-Image Cropping

To show your photos in their original glory, you’ll want to disable Squarespace’s auto-image cropping feature. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to your Squarespace site and go to Settings → Design.
  2. Scroll down to the “Images” section.
  3. Take a cross out of the box next to "Crop images to fill their containers."
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click “Save”.

With auto-image cropping disabled, your photos will now display in their original proportions. No more chopped off heads or missing details! Your images will simply fit within their containers with blank space on either side.

  • This trick works for image blocks, galleries, slideshows, and anywhere else you’ve added photos to your site.

  • Be aware that very wide or tall photos may end up quite small on the page. You can always manually crop and resize images for the best fit.

  • For a cleaner look without empty space around images, consider designing custom image containers that match your photo proportions.

By turning off Squarespace’s image cropping feature, you gain full control over how your photos are displayed. Frame and compose them exactly as you like without worrying about them being awkwardly cropped on your live site. Your images will thank you, and so will your viewers! Give your photos the spotlight they deserve and disable auto-image cropping today.

Export Your Content: Have a Backup of Your Squarespace Site

One of the most important things you can do as a Squarespace developer is to frequently export your site’s content. This serves as an essential backup in case anything were to happen to your Squarespace site.

Export Your Pages

Exporting your pages will give you HTML files for each page on your site. To export pages:

  1. Go to Settings > Export
  2. Select “Pages”
  3. Click “Export”
  4. Your pages will be exported as HTML files that you can re-upload to Squarespace or use on another website.

Export Your Blog Posts

If you have a blog, exporting your posts is crucial. To export blog posts:

  • Go to Settings > Export

  • Select “Blog Posts”

  • Click “Export”

  • Your blog posts will be exported as Markdown files that can be re-uploaded to Squarespace or used on another blogging platform.

Export Your Products

For ecommerce sites, exporting your products allows you to backup all your product info, images, and variants. To export products:

  1. Go to Settings > Export
  2. Select “Products”
  3. Click “Export”
  4. Your products will be exported as CSV files that can be re-uploaded to Squarespace.

Export Your Email Campaigns

If you use Squarespace Email Campaigns, export your campaigns regularly. To export email campaigns:

  • Go to Settings > Export

  • Select “Email Campaigns”

  • Click “Export”

  • Your email campaigns will be exported as JSON files that can be re-uploaded to Squarespace.

Exporting your content gives you peace of mind that you have backups of all your hard work. Be sure to export your site’s content at least once a month, or more often for active sites. If anything were to happen to your Squarespace site, you’ll be glad you did.


So there you have it, 10 insider Squarespace developer tricks to take your site to the next level. Now you're armed with the knowledge to build a site that stands out from the crowd. Don't keep these tips to yourself - spread the word and help others in the Squarespace community make the most of this powerful platform.

Who knows, with a little practice you might even reach pro status yourself! If you're willing to put in the effort, the opportunities are limitless. Keep learning, keep creating, and keep pushing the boundaries of what you thought you could achieve with your Squarespace site. The future is yours to shape. Now go build something awesome!


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