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Understanding Squarespace


Squarespace is,

  • Easy to use

  • Visually stunning

  • Cost effective

But if you're not used to self-managing your web presence, it can be easy to forget just how easy it is to make your own edits to your site.

Whether you need a refresher on your website platofrm, or are looking to transfer your site (say from Adobe Business Catalyst), Squarespace has an excellent offering.
 

What is Squarespace?

Squarespace is a website management system which is composed of a website builder, blogging platform and hosting service.

Because it’s template driven, it comes with a variety of pre-designed templates but also offers the capacity to create your own variations to suit if you have the technical know-how. That means you have the option to build your own template from scratch and/or add third party plug-ins and apps.

We love Squarespace because it’s versatile, aesthetically pleasing (for both the user’s experience and the developer), and is generally sensible all-round.
 

 

Squarespace offers,

Straight out of the box, Sqaurespace is jam packed with features.

  • You can set up an ecommerce store

  • Calendar of events for all your upcoming occasions

  • Create and publish blogs

  • Create neat image and video galleries

  • Create a single landing page using the cover page builder

  • You can re-point a domain or get a new domain name through Squarespace

  • Squarespace helps you with search engine optimization through a number of its automated processes

  • You can create forms on the fly with drag and dro

  • You can easily integrate Mailchimp (for newsletters)

  • No storage or bandwidth limit

  • You can create secure pages which require a password to access

  • Squarespace is automatically device responsive so you don’t have to recreate your site

  • You can transfer content over from other platforms such as wordpress and tumblr

     

Squarespace is easy to edit. Here's how.

When editing or updating your Squarespace site, there are three areas you will use the most:

  • Pages

  • Style Editor

  • Settings


Pages

Changing content on your site can be done through the pages section.

This section allows you to add pages, galleries, images, videos and any other content onto your website.

You can create linked and unlinked pages or files in here too for later use.
 

Style Editor

Style editor is where you house your brand guide and store your library of:

  • headings

  • fonts sizes

  • body text font sizes

  • background colors

  • navigation style

  • link color

Basically, everything you need to adjust the look and feel of your site. You cannot make content updates or layout changes in this view.
 

Settings

In settings you can update the basic information about your business and connect your other accounts such as Facebook, Google and YouTube, and your email addresses - giving you seamless integration across all your platforms.
 

Adding content

Populating content into Squarespace is a joy because it is so easy!

Squarespace uses a grid system. This means each content piece on a page is in a block and is part of the grid. The blocks can be moved around to the correct position, and content added at any stage.

The interface is intuitive and easy to use.

All it takes is just a click and move of the mouse over the horizontal tear drops/speech bubbles at the edge of the text box and you are able to drop in images, video or text.

These blocks of content can be moved around and rearranged in any order, at any time!

 


 

Bonus tips

  • It's important to link your social accounts to Squarespace such as Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram etc. This will automatically add social icons to your template so that people can find you more easily.

  • Avoid editing your site in multiple tabs! Have just one tab open at a time as you are making edits - this will help you keep clarity over what you’re doing, where.

  • When you have a slide show gallery, try to make the images all the same size to be more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Squarespace has an inbuilt image editor you can use as you go to crop, adjust lighting and fix blemishes.

  • Avoid creating galleries directly on a page. Always create the gallery as an individual page then drop a gallery module and then select the option to “use existing gallery".

  • You can embed items on any page or use custom html using the code block.

 


 

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