What Is a Permalink in Squarespace?

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Ensure links to your Squarespace blog posts stay live by using the permalink feature.
Ensure links to your Squarespace blog posts stay live by using the permalink feature.

Blog-hosting and content management services such as Squarespace display posts and pages dynamically on the blog’s home page and through navigation menus presented as category or tag lists. Squarespace also assigns a permanent link, known as a permalink, to each of your blog posts, also known as journal entries, so that you can publicize the post on other websites and social networks.

  1. About Permalinks

    • The permalink for a post on a Squarespace blog, or any other blog-hosting service, is the permanent Uniform Resource Locator Web address of the blog page that contains a specific post. The link is presented in a standard URL format so that other websites, online services, email messages and computer programs can display the permalink as a clickable hyperlink that will open your blog post in the user’s Web browser. When a reader bookmarks your blog post in his Web browser, the browser will add the permalink address to the Bookmarks or Favorites folder.

    Finding the Permalink

    • The permalink address for a blog post appears in the Web browser’s address bar when you click and open the post from the blog’s home page or navigation menu; for example, "http://youraccount.squarespace.com/2011/12/my-blog-post." Unlike links to your content from other sections of the blog, the permalink doesn’t change so that users can always find your post when it’s linked from another blog, website or social network. Depending on the template that you select for the Squarespace blog, some posts include a hyperlink labeled “Permalink” that users can click to visit the post’s permanent URL.

    Copying the Permalink

    • Before publicizing the permalink to your Squarespace blog post, you’ll need to copy the permanent link address. A straightforward method for copying the permanent link is to open the post’s page in your Web browser, and then highlight and copy the full URL displayed in the browser’s address bar to copy it to your computer’s Clipboard. If you want to save the link for use later on, paste it into a Notepad plain text document or word processing document. Alternatively, if your blog template displays the “Permalink” label below the post, right-click and copy the link address.

    Using Permalinks

    • After copying the permalink address, you can publicize the link to encourage people to visit and read your blog post. Paste the link into an email message to send it to friends and contacts, or add the link to Facebook, Twitter or your preferred social networking site to get a wider audience. Clicking the link takes the reader to the correct blog post. Because the link is permanent rather than dynamic, the address won’t change and people will always be able to find the post by clicking the link.

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