Duplicating pages in Squarespace
So, you’ve just been handed the keys to your new Squarespace website. The developer has given you a rundown on how the CMS works, but you’re still lacking the confidence to add or make changes to existing pages or content.
Without a sound understanding of how the different page types and content blocks function, a bit of aimless poking around can really make a mess of your site.
There are, however, a number of ways you can safeguard against making unwanted changes that might require professional help to repair. In this post, we’ll take a look at perhaps the most useful for the absolute beginner.
Creating duplicate pages
If you want to edit a page, but you’re worried about making a mess you can’t fix, you can easily create a duplicate. This means you’ll have two versions of the page. You can then proceed to butcher the duplicate page safe in the knowledge the original version will remain unchanged. If you’re happy with the edits you make to the duplicate page, you can simply delete the original page and switch the url from the original page to its duplicate.
Before getting started, it’s worth noting you can only duplicate regular pages and cover pages. You cannot duplicate blog pages, product pages, gallery pages, etc.
To create a duplicate page, select ‘pages’ from the main menu bar. This will display a list of your site’s pages. Scroll down to the page you’d like to edit and click on the gear icon (use image here). This will open a tab. Scroll to the bottom of the tab and hit the ‘duplicate page’ button.
In the control panel on the left of the screen you’ll see a new page with the same title as the original appear in the ‘not linked’ section. You might like to rename it to prevent confusion. You can do this by double clicking on the title. Once the cursor appears, you can type in a new name for the page. Other than the page name (provided you change it) the only difference between the original and duplicate pages is that the duplicate will have a different url. Squarespace does this automatically. The new url either be the name you assigned to the duplicate page, or the original url followed by a dash and the numeral 1.
You’re now free to edit your duplicate page. If things don’t go to plan, you can simply delete the page and go through the process again. Or, if you get the new page looking how you want, you can delete the original page and use the new one. Before you do, though, you’ll need to take the url from the original page and add it to the new page. Squarespace will not allow two pages to share the same url, so here’s how I go about changing the urls.
First, click on the gear icon next to the title of the original page in the control panel on the left. In the panel that opens, scroll down to find the page’s url. Copy this, either to your clipboard of make a note of it. You’ll need to add this url to the duplicate page. Once you’ve copied the url, change it. An easy way to do this is to add a dash and the numeral two. Note that it cannot be the same as the current url of the duplicate page. Save the changes you’ve made to the url of the original page.
Now, back in the ‘pages’ menu in the main control panel, click the gear icon of the duplicate page. In the panel that opens, scroll down to the url, delete it and paste in the url you copied from the original page. Save your changes. The url of your duplicate page should now be the same as the old url of the original page.
And that’s it, your duplicate page is now a fully paid-up member of your website.
Hope this has been helpful. Leave a question below if you’d like any additional help duplicating pages.