How to Set Up Custom Short Links in Squarespace [Video Tutorial]

How to Set Up Custom Short Links in Squarespace [Video Tutorial]

I moved my website to Squarespace recently (you might remember I talked about why in this podcast episode). Over the past few months, I've been finding ways to make my Squarespace site do everything my Wordpress site did.

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to set up custom short links in Squarespace.

What's a Custom Short Link?

Well, the proper name is a "URL mapping".

Let's look at the example I use in the video.

Type this link into your browser: martineellis.com/36 and you will be taken to martineellis.com/blog/2017/3/18/episode-36-creating-a-free-email-course.

So, a custom short link is a way to redirect a new URL to an existing one, using your own domain pre-fix.

301 or 302

There are lots of different types of redirects - in this scenario you'd use either a 301 or 302. This article explains the difference between the two. I tend to stick with 302 redirects.

Format

Here's the format you need:

<original url> -> <new url> <redirect type>

And here's the example from the video:

/36 -> blog/2017/3/18/episode-36-creating-a-free-email-course 302

Want More Squarespace Tips?

I really hope this was useful - let me know in the comments if you use it. Also, if you'd like more Squarespace tips (I have loads) please join my VIP list and let me know. Thanks.

P.S. The custom short link for this post is martineellis.com/shortlinks!