The Beginners Guide To Blogging With Squarespace
What up, Squarespace newbies!
If you're interested in blogging with Squarespace, you're in the right place. Once you're done comparing other platforms with this one and you decide to become a Sqaurespacer (excellent choice) you'll want to get started right away. And I don't blame you! Creating your website is exciting and the sooner you get it set up, the faster you can share your passion with the world.
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Let's get started...
I'll be using the Shift template for this demo. Once you've chosen your template, head over to "Pages" in the main navigation.
(It's important to note that most templates come with a blog and prepopulated posts already, but I recommend starting from scratch to eliminate distractions and confusion.)
Add a blog from scratch
Find the "Not Linked" section in your dashboard and click the plus sign on the right. This window will pop up. Click the lowercase "a" in the bottom left-hand corner to select "blog."
Name your blog
Enter the name of your blog and hit save. Note: If you don't care about SEO or can't think of a name and just want to get started, it's okay to leave the name as "blog."
Add your first post
Now, you should be on the blog dashboard. Click the plus in the top right-hand corner (next to the settings wheel).
This window will pop up and you can begin editing.
Adding a title and other media
Enter your post title in the rectangle at the top and then shift your attention to the box below. A text box should already be there so if you're ready to start writing, dive in. The sideways teardrop menu is available to you upon hover allowing you to add any of the available blocks in your template, including photos, videos, quotes and much more.
Bonus: Here's how I added the picture below to this post on jordenlacy.com...
Once you're satisfied with your post, it's time to fix your backend settings...
Now we're back in my demo account (Ski Town - Ski Blog). In the top menu of the blog post dashboard, you'll see an options tab. Once you click it, all of the options are clearly laid out before you and easy to edit.
Add a thumbnail image and type an excerpt for your post (meta-data) which will be pulled to populate on other parts of your site as well as in Google search results.
Optional: Type in your custom post URL and source URL. (Squarespace will automatically create a URL for you when you publish your post if you don't type one in. If you're concerned about SEO, it's best to put your keyword as the custom post URL.)
If you're running a location based business, posting about an event or if your post is location specific, it's best to enter the location that's relevant to your post. This can greatly benefit location-based SEO and give you a boost in rankings.
If you haven't connected any social media accounts to your website you'll be prompted to do so. Instead of forcing you to the settings page, it allows you to connect accounts right from the blog post dashboard.
If your accounts are already connected, you'll be able to flip a switch to have the post be automatically published to your account. This comes in handy for busy bloggers that want to update their accounts in real time, without having to navigate to another platform like a social media management system or having to post the blog to each social media site manually.
Tags and Categories
Head back over to the Content tab on your blog post dashboard. In the bottom right hand corner click the plus sign next to tag if you want to create or choose a tag or click the plus sign next to categories if you want to create or choose a category. To create a tag or a category, head to the bottom left-hand corner of the blog post dashboard.
Add a tag
Add a category
If you already have tags and categories prepopulated from previous posts, you'll be able to select them here.
You're able to enable or disable comments on your posts. Once comments are enabled, you can decide on dates you'd like to block comments or you can choose to never disable comments.
Now that all of your settings are in order, you can choose to leave your post as a draft, mark the post as "Needs Review," schedule the post for publishing on a later date and time of your choosing or publish the post right away. Your post will automatically be created as a Draft. Click on Draft to view the other options.
Get to it, my friend!
Congrats newbie! You're now ready to publish your first blog post on your Squarespace site. Let me know if this post was helpful and send me a link to your first post in the comments :)