Squarespace 101


Step 1 - Log in

Go to https://www.squarespace.com/login. This will bring you to a login page that looks like this:

Enter the email address and password you used to sign up for your site, and then click Login.


The Pages Panel

Once logged in click on Pages. The section that opens on the left side of your screen is the Pages Panel where you will see your main navigation.


 

Main navigation

Main Navigation is the main menu of your site.

Pages in your site navigation (which are the links at the top of your website) appear in the same order they're placed under Main Navigation. 

Please note: if you do not see a page in the main navigation that means I have hidden it down in the "unlinked" section. It's still linked to your site it's just hidden from the Main Navigation.

 

Changing + adding text

Find the page you would like to edit the text and watch video below.

Press the Return or Enter key to create a new paragraph.
For less space between lines, add a line break by pressing and holding Shift + Return/Enter.
Use the text toolbar to apply or remove formatting.


Adding + linking + deleting images


Blogging

Click the Blog Page in your navigation list to select it for editing.

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Add a blog post

Click the + icon in the Blog panel to add a new post.


Add content to your blog post

The Blog Post Editor will open. A Text Block appears automatically to get you started.
To enter a title for your post, click in the Enter a post title... box. There is a 200 character limit for blog titles.

To add more content to the post like an image, gallery or video, click an Insert Point and select the appropriate block from the Block Menu.
For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks with Insert Points.


Add an image to your blog post

In the Edit Image window, drag your image into the image uploader.
You can also click the image uploader to select a file from your computer. Click Apply.


Resize and move the Image Block

After saving the image, drag and drop the block anywhere on the page. You can also use this method to wrap text around the image.

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Stretch + fill the blank space

If the image is narrower than the content area, the image will retain its width,
and you'll see blank space on both sides of the image within the block. This preserves the original image quality. 

To fill the blank space and display the image at the full width of the block, check Stretch. Stretching an image may affect image quality.


Set the image to open in a lightbox

Check Lightbox to have the image display in a lightbox when clicked.
Captions display in the lightbox even when set to Do Not Display Caption. Using lightboxes disables clickthrough URLs.
Set your lightbox style by choosing Dark Overlay or Light Overlay from the drop-down. 


Link the image by adding a clickthrough URL

You can turn the image into a link by adding a clickthrough URL.


Add Tags + Categories

In the bottom left corner of the post editor, click the + icon next to either Tags or Categories.
Click an existing tag or category, or type in a new one. Existing tags appear in a drop-down as you type.

To remove a tag or category from the post, click the X next to the label.


Manage Tags + Categories

You can bulk-edit tags and categories in the Advanced tab of Blog Settings. For example, if you want to rename a category from Movie Reviews to Film Reviews, you can bulk-edit the entire category so you don't have to go into every post and rename the category manually.

In the Pages Panel, click your Blog Page. Then click the  to open Blog Settings.

In the Advanced tab, click the tag or category names you'd like to remove or rename.
You can also merge tags or categories by selecting the labels you'd like to combine, then clicking Merge.


Push content to social media

These social accounts offer the option to automatically push blog content to profiles: Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter
Squarespace can send the title, URL, and author of the blog post to each connected account when you publish a post. For each blog post you want to share, click the Social tab in the Post Editor, then switch the Social toggle to on for any social account where you want to publish this post.

Customize the text accompanying the posts by entering text or variables in the field to the right of the toggle.
You'll see a preview of this text below the field. Hover your mouse over the ? icon to display a list of variables you can use.

Publish the post to automatically push it to the selected social accounts.


Save or publish

All posts are initially saved as drafts. When you’re done editing a post, you can: Click Save to save the entry and keep it as a draft.

Click Save & Publish to save the entry and publish it as a public post.
Schedule the post to self-publish in the future. To learn more, visit Scheduling blog posts.
Label it as Needs Review. This is helpful if you have a senior editor who reviews multiple authors’ work.
Revert to DraftTip: To schedule a post, revert it to draft, or label it as Needs Review, click the status label above the Save & Publish button.


Contact me at steph@thewildwithin.co if you have more questions!