Writing Blog Posts in Squarespace
Blogging for your business has never been easier!
I've got lots of experience working with both WordPress and Squarespace websites, and I must say, I think Squarespace comes out top in terms of blogging - it's so simple to set up and get to grips with! If you're not worried about fancy plugins and extras, and you just want to blog, this is the perfect place to do it!
1 | Go to your 'Blog' section of your website and press the '+' button
Once you've pressed the '+', a lightbox will pop up.This is your blog post editor, where you can choose your title, add text and other elements, categorise your post, change the options and save/post/schedule.
2 | Add different page elements to your blog post with a drag & drop editor
By pressing the teardrop lines that appear when you hover over the editor, another lightbox will appear. From here, you can choose a number of elements to add to your blog post, including images, videos, social buttons, sign up forms and more!
Adding an image will create a pop-up, where you can upload an image from your computer or from a URL, edit the image, add a caption (or not!), and create a link through the image. You also have the opportunity to change the Filename. This is highly recommended as this is technically your 'Alt text' for the image, and will show up as a description if anyone pins the image to Pinterest.
3 | Use the text editor to make your blog post more interesting to read
The actual text editor in Squarespace is fairly basic, as you can change colours and fonts in the Custom Design editor of your overall website.
However, it does allow you use Bold and Italic, align your text, use numbered lists and bullet points, and change the style of your text (ie. Normal, Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, or Quote).
You can also add links easily to your text by highlighting the text you want to link and clicking the link icon in the editor bar.
4 | Include a 'Related posts' section easily
Firstly, add a 'Summary > Carousel' element to the end of your blog post:
Secondly, you need to select 'Blog' as the collection to feature. Then go to the Layout tab within your pop-up box.
Here, you'll have the option to change the layout of your Summary block, change the intro text of your block, the text size below each image, the Aspect Ratio of each image, and how many images you want to show up per row.
In the Display tab, you can also edit the total number of images shown, and the information and metadata you want to display with your thumbnail images.
Once you're done, it should look something like this at the end of your blog post! This is great for keeping readers on your site.
5 | Add tags and categories to your blog post
At the bottom of your blog post editor, you're able to add tags (these will help people find your blog post when searching your site) and categories to keep your blog posts organised in sections.
6 | Change the 'Options'
On the Options tab of your blog post editor, you can add a Featured image to your post. This is the image that will show up as a thumbnail in your Carousel and Summary blocks, and may be the one that shows up in your RSS feeds as well.
You can also edit the URL here and it gives you the option to add an Exerpt or Source URL. Adding an Exerpt means that your post won't show up in your blog feed or RSS feeds as a full post, and it will only display this text.
You should only add a Source URL if you are linking to a guest post you have written on another site.
7 | Schedule or post straight away!
Once you've finished creating an awesome blog post with different elements, you can save it as a draft, post it straight away or schedule it to post at a date and time that suits you!