I’ve always wanted to see one of those massive bank vaults that show up in heist movies. You know the type—as big as a house, weirdly ornamental, and strong enough to give Superman a run for his Kryptonian money.

I may not be able to get to any of those fancy banks anytime soon, but I can show you how to turn pages on your Squarespace site into a vault as secure as Fort Knox.

Using this tip, you can create a client portal page, store wedding photos for viewing and downloading, or just keep prying eyes away from the secret areas of your site.

Step 1 - Creation

  1. In the Pages panel, create any sort of page you’d like. The lock screen works on them all (except a folder or a link).
  2. As you’ve done with any other page, make a name for this one and style it however you’d like.
  3. Open the Settings window for that page by clicking its gear icon.
  4. Under the Basic tab, scroll to the bottom of the window and find the Password field.
  5. Type in whatever password you want. It can be just about anything, but you may find it easier to choose a password relating to the page or client that’ll be visiting it.
  6. Click Save at the bottom of the window.

Squarespace has a default lock screen design, but you can change the way it looks to better match the appearance of your website. We’ll end up with something that should look familiar if you’ve created a Cover Page before.

Step 2 - Styling

  1. In the sidebar, go to Design and then Lock Screen.
  2. Click the Change Layout button to adjust the overall look of the Lock Screen page to your liking.
  3. Click the Branding & Text button to add a logo or text to the top of the page, add a headline, add body text, and display a lock icon on the page.
  4. Click Media to add an image, multiple images, a video, or nothing at all to the background of the page.
  5. Click the Style button to fine tune the way the elements on this page appear, including the size of the branding image, the background color, and the password field text appearance.

“Handy” is the perfect word to describe using a locked page in your site. It may not be something you’ll need for every one you make, but when it’s necessary, this feature is a life saver.

Use this to your advantage. Make parts of your site feel like a well-hidden and exclusive secret for your clients. You can make any part of your site feel as protected as one of those gigantic bank vaults, deterring unintended visitors (and thieving criminals while you’re at it).

Keep it secure, cats.

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