Jump to content

Why does Squarespace sometime show me errors for no reason? Waste of time.

Recommended Posts

This is maybe a slightly self-indulgent rant, but I really am curious if other devs encounter this issue on this platform.

Just now, a whole code block feature randomly stopped working. It was down on all devices. I even had the code saved separately so I was in my desktop code editor, trying to troubleshoot the issue. I finally posted a plea for help on here. Probably spent more than 30 mins on this one thing.

...and of course, as soon as I made the post, I refreshed the page and the code started working. No changes at all.

This isn't the first time that I've wasted time trying to figure out something that was just Squarespace throwing a hissy fit. Sometimes I literally walk away and come back the next day, and the issue has vanished overnight. 

Sometimes I really dislike this platform because I feel like it shows me errors that don't exist simply because it's lagging behind the changes I'm making. Or it works perfectly fine in editing preview mode, but shows up differently on the main site. As a new-ish dev, I keep thinking that I'm making mistakes in my code. But no. It's just Squarespace. 

Anyone else have similar frustrations? Is there some kind of back-end secret that overrides these issues I should know about??

Hey, I'm Jin (he/him). I'm a front end dev learning to make custom sites in Squarespace.

If you find my suggestions helpful, please upvote & like!😺


Link to comment

If it helps, I don't experience any of the symptoms you describe. 

If you're writing lots of code on Squarespace then I recommend the excellent Squarespace Code Connector as it allows you to write your code in a code editor (Code Injection and CSS) and then automatically sync it with the site when you save.

Did this help? Please give feedback by clicking an icon below  ⬇️

About: Squarespace Circle Leader since 2017. I value honesty, transparency, diversity and great design ♥.
Work: Squarespace Developer and founder of SF Digital, building the features Squarespace didn't include™. 
Content: Links in my posts may refer to SF Digital products or may be affiliate links.

Catch up on all the release notes and announcements 2023 [for Circle members only]. There's a public version here too!
If I helped, you can thank me by clicking one of the emojis below. If you prefer, you can buy me a coffee.
Improve your online store with our extensions.

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

  • Create New...

Squarespace Webinars

Free online sessions where you’ll learn the basics and refine your Squarespace skills.

Hire a Designer

Stand out online with the help of an experienced designer or developer.