I'm trying to create a specific border around a squarespace page so that is responsive (i don't want to add an image as it wouldn't adapt to other devices) This is what I am hoping for:

web frames

I currently can only get a solid double border reaching the edges of the page with minimal spacing between the lines - about half of what I'm hoping for.

So far this is the code i've inserted into the custom css:

#footer {display:none;}
body {
border: 1em double #ffffff;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;
background-image: url(http://i.imgur.com/LhxKJpU.jpg);
background-repeat: tile; 


The template i'm using is Pacific.

Any ideas??

  • Do you want the lines to be a fixed width? Or percentage? Is the cross pattern in every corner or just the bottom right? Apr 1, 2016 at 4:08
  • Quick idea—overlap a different bordered shape on each corner. You could do it with pseudo-elements on the header and footer—or something like that. I'll do a test later.
    – Cai
    Apr 1, 2016 at 7:46
  • Hi @Zach Saucier, i want them to be a fixed width and the cross pattern is for every corner. I'm not sure how to do pseudo-elements ... Apr 2, 2016 at 23:29

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You cant do that Directly with CSS over the body tag directly, you have re-structure you html body to achieve the desire effect.

All you have to do is four different DIV's overlapped over each others and each DIV deal with a single border, DIV for have only one border on top position and the other have it on the right position and so one.

here is my solution:

body {
    background-image: url(http://i.imgur.com/LhxKJpU.jpg);
.top, .left, .right, .bottom {
    display: block;
.top {
    border-top: 1em double #fff; top: 40px; z-index:100;
.left {
    border-left: 1em double #fff; left: 40px; z-index:200;
.right {
    border-right: 1em double #fff; right: 40px; z-index:300;
.bottom {
    border-bottom: 1em double #fff; bottom: 40px; z-index:400;
<div class="top"></div>
<div class="left"></div>
<div class="right"></div>
<div class="bottom"></div>

and here is my result

enter image description here

by the way there is no tile value for repeating a background. you have to choose between repeat-x repeat-y no-repeat and repeat

  • as far as im aware you cant edit the HTML on squarespace's premade templates (you can on your own templates).. you could do the same thing with pseudo-elements if you dont have access to the HTML
    – Cai
    Apr 1, 2016 at 9:28
  • Actually.. You should probably do it with pseudo-elements anyway, unless those divs already exist and mean something.
    – Cai
    Apr 1, 2016 at 9:28
  • @CAI Squarespace actually gives you quite a bit of control. I only once briefly scouted out if Squarespace was any good, so I can't remember exact details, but I believe you need to enable Developer Platform and then you can edit html and css. I liked the way Squarespace templates were pretty clean.
    – Joonas
    Apr 1, 2016 at 11:20
  • @Joonas I've never used it so I don't know but from what I read it sounded like you can only use the developer platform to create your own themes and not with their pre-made themes. I may be wrong though.
    – Cai
    Apr 1, 2016 at 11:23
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    @hsawires it worked! I realised I was placing the code into css like a noob. I didn't want to enable the developer platform as this (to my understanding) would mean that I would need to code the entire site, however I figured out that i needed to place the code in the code injection under settings > advanced. Thank you so much for all your help! Apr 4, 2016 at 11:53

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