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Why is it still not possible to download my media assets from the asset library in bulk, and how can I download video asset files?

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There are a couple of issues here. What's frustrating is that though these issues seem to have been discussed by platform users for some time, Squarespace has not made any changes reflexive to the needs of its user base. Both of my primary issues of concern relate to the managing and downloading of assets within my website's asset library. And, my third issue relates to the lack of portability of uploaded assets from one site to another as a workaround to theme changes not allowed within version 7.1.


Issue/Pain Point #1: I would like to export/download my entire asset library for a given site to my computer, but currently there is no way to do this, except individually right-clicking on images, after they've been opened.

  • It would seem to me to make downloading an image one of the drop-down menu options, as this would be the easiest to implement without completely reconfiguring how how this is done on the Squarespace back end.
  • I would like the ability to export all of my uploaded assets and content in a singular Zip file.
  • The result of this is that I have to select "File Details" where I am brought to the image on the next page, where I then have to Command/Control-click or right-click the image, then download it. This is a bit cumbersome, but it's still possible to do except when it comes to video...


Issue/Pain Point #2: There is, at present, no way to download video files that I have uploaded to Squarespace.

  • This is super frustrating, and a browsing of search results, or asking of ChatGPT, or browsing this forum have yielded any viable workarounds.
  • This is further compounded by the fact that there is no permalink URL to the video file that could put into my browser as a workaround.


Issue/Pain Point #3: I am redesigning my company's existing Squarespace website, but because it runs on version 7.1, there is no way for me to change the theme. I would like to duplicate the asset library from the existing site, to the new site running a new template.

  • Again, I get that there are quirks to using Squarespace, and, generally, it's not necessarily designed with "power" users in mind, but currently I am aware of no way to change the template of an existing website.
  • I have tried duplicating the site, so as to keep the asset library, but still no theme change.
  • If I make a new site with a new theme, it does not allow for any content uploads.

One more thing...

Issue/Pain Point #4: Why can I not upload a Zip file, containing the folders, to the asset library, so that I could bulk upload assets, after I manually download everything?

. . .

I understand that Squarespace may have many good and valid reasons to protect their proprietary system, but the lack of these seemingly basic features which would enable users the ability to control their creative assets, is more than a little frustrating. I have had a few drives go kaput on me, and it would be really nice to know that if some of the content/assets that I originated and uploaded to Squarespace could be backed up and recovered by me personally, on demand, and in a way that isn't laborious and frustrating.

I look forward to this community's thoughts and ideas, and I hope that Squarespace is watching and thinking about updates to the feature set for the next update to the platform.


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