'To blog is to share, connect, create and inspire ~ unknown'
Blogging is hugely popular and you could describe it as a journal online. People write about their daily lives, about the topic they are passionate about, to educate, motivate etc. Or like me, I write about Squarespace & Personal development to hopefully teach you about Squarespace and share interesting content that will help you grow personally. The blogs or posts are displayed from newest to oldest.
In this blog post I will share with you the basics of how to start a blog on Squarespace.
With Squarespace you have the blog page and the blog post. The blog page is basically your photo album and the blog posts are the pictures. You can arrange the posts depending on the template you have chosen in a list or grid style. You can decide if you want to show the whole post or just small bits called excerpts. Once you click on the title of your blog or the thumbnail picture it brings you to the blog posts own page. Styling options for your blog pages can depend on the template you have chosen. For example some templates offer a side bar, related posts, author profiles and infinite scroll. So if your website is mainly about blogging I would definitely suggest to find out what style you would like. Find inspiration websites and based on what you want your blog to look like, pick the template that works best for you!
The blog post as said are like the pictures in your album. But think of it as a very cool Harry Potter album. You can click on the picture and it 'Magically' brings up its own page with its dedicated URL with all the information. The styling options again may vary on the template you have chosen.
To start off to add a blog page to your website head over to:
1) Home menu
3) Hit the + button and then choose blog
Now if you have different topics you blog about only create 1 blog page! Do not create a blog page for each topic. We will use categories and tags to organise your blog and will discuss this later. The reason I don’t want you to create more than 1 blog page is because of this thing called the RSS feed. RSS feed is a URL that pulls the new content on your blog when it is posted and sends it to a places such as Bloglovin' or your email list. If you end up with more blog pages and there for more than one RSS feeds it will get really complicated and confusing and that is the last thing we want. We don’t want to complicate life unnecessary haha. So stick with the 1 page!
So now that you have the page the next step is to create posts.
Click on the blog page you just created. Then to the right of the word Blog you can see the gear icon and the + icon.
Click on the + Icon to create your first blog post. In the box 'Enter a post title' you can add the title for your post. Underneath the title box is the content area. It automatically starts off with a text block but you can choose any block from the block menu when you click on the insert point. You can use the same blocks that you have available when building a page. If you want to learn more about this blocks click on the following links
Click on the top right arrow to expand the view. This will give you a better overview especially when you are add blocks like the image block.
Categories & Tags
As discussed earlier if you have multiple topics you are blogging about the best way to organize the posts are with categories and tags. The categories are basically your main blog post topics. So in my case Squarespace and Personal Development. The tags are best explained with this example. If you are a food blogger your main topics/categories could be breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now each recipe you add have different ingredients. So you can tag for example all the ingredients morning workout smoothie. Now if I want to find recipes that have strawberries in them all I have to do is search for avocado and it will pull up all the recipes from breakfast lunch and dinner with the ingredient avocado.
Every blog post you create will have its own URL. Now by default it will use the publication date and the blog post title as URL. However your titles can be very long. However it is better to keep it short and sweet and to just use the keywords for that post. So head over to the options tabs and underneath ‘Post URL’ you can change the URL. Make sure to use dashes instead of space in between the words.
Thumbnail is a small image that represents a lager image. It is used to make it easier and faster to look at a group of larger images.
To add a thumbnail head over the settings tab and add the picture you want for that post. Now remember when uploading pictures that they should be formatted for the web. Click on this link to learn more about formatting pictures.
Thumbnails are used to create tiles on the grid layout and show with some of the list layouts. When you share your post on social media it is the thumbnail that is used in the post.
If you use a summary block on your website, then Squarespace used the thumbnail images as well.
At the bottom of the settings tab is a box for excerpts. This is basically as piece of text that is shown to preview of what is to come in your full post. When you put in the excerpt text try and keep them 1 to 2 lines. This will look nicer in on the main page, the blog page. It give a consisten and clean look
If you want to allow comments in your blogs post you will have to enable this first. Go to home menu, settings, blogging and the click on comments settings. Now that the comments are enabled you can decide per blog post if you allow comments yes or no. You can also set a time limit for comments by clicking on never under comments on, then set a date and time when the comments will be disabled.
To style the blog you will have to work together with the site styles. So head over to Home, Design and then site styles and find the blog section. There all the style options will show up related to your template. I would suggest to play around with this to see what looks best for you.
The person who put out a blog first will automatically be defauled as the author of the blog page. However if there are more contributors with permissions you can select a different author. To do this go to edit post, head over to the settings tab where you can change it from the drop down menu. The name will show up in the blog past and the main blog page depending on the site styles and template.
Some templates will allow you to add a location to the blog page by simply heading of to the location tab. If you desperatly want that location but your template doesnt have it availabe you can add a sumary block. All summary blocks can add locations.
Push content to social media
Facebook, Lindkin, Pinterest, Tumblr & Twitter are the social media accounts you can push your blog to automatically.
To do this you need to connect your social accounts. Once you have posted the blog post, it will only push to a social account once. If you do an update or want to share it again you will have to do it manually.
Saving and publishing
When you are ready with writing your blog post you can decide to save it and leave it in draft mode so that you can look at it a later time, mark it for review if you have other contributors to your site that need to review this. Or you can schedule it! I have fix days for publishing my posts on Tuesday and Friday. So I write them ahead of time and then schedule them for the specific day, date and time. Perfect, they get posted when I am still cosy in my bed.
I blog about squarespace and personal development every Tuesday and Friday. If you have any questions or like me to build you an amazing website click on ‘work with me’ .