Customizing Your Squarespace Site
Congratulations on purchasing your new site template from & She’s Brave! I’m confident that it will serve you well for a long time, and I hope you’re 110% happy with it! Now that all the demo content has been installed, you may want to make some tweaks to fully customize the site to be your own. Below are links to Squarespace’s robust Knowledge Base. I’ve outlined a few basic steps you can take to make the site exactly the way you want it. If you’re having any issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
+ Getting Started
+ Customizing Design
- Changing Your Logo or Site Title
- Add or Change Banner Photos
- Change Colors, Fonts, Etc.
- Change the Links in Your Navigation
- Link Your Social Media Accounts
- Set Up Your Newsletter Form
- Add an Announcement Bar
+ Setting Up the Blog & Shop
Maggie May Template
+ Edit Buttons & Links
Once the template and demo content is installed on your site, you will need to make sure that all buttons and links are pointing to the pages you wish them to be. Read more about button blocks on Squarespace here.
+ Connect Instagram Footer Feed
To pull in photos from you Instagram account in the site footer, you'll first need to connect a public Instagram account in your site settings, using the tutorial above.
Then, navigate to the footer and click edit, then click the Instagram block. You will be prompted to select which Instagram feed you wish to use. Click Save and it will be updated to reflect the feed photos.
+ How to Use the Instagram Landing Page
The template also includes an Instagram landing page, so that you can have a branded and easy to use "link in bio" page right on your own site. To edit it, navigate to the page titled "Instagram Landing Page" in your Pages panel and click Edit. You can then edit each button to link to whatever items you wish to draw your audience to.
You can then add the link to this page as the link in your Instagram bio, and add new links to the page whenever you wish to direct your followers to another page or offering.
+ Add & Edit Testimonials
The Maggie May template features a homepage slider where you can display testimonials from satisfied clients or customers. This is created through the use of a separate blog page and a Summary Block.
To edit the demo testimonials or add new ones, navigate to the blog page labeled "Testimonials" in your Squarespace Pages panel. Either hover your cursor over the blog listing and click edit, to edit an existing one, or else click the plus sign that indicates a new post.
You will see that the blog posts have no title or body content - they don't need any for our purposes. Navigate to the "Options" tab in the "Edit Post" page. In the "Excerpt" box, type your testimonial and client's name. Make sure the client's name is marked as Heading 3, by using the dropdown menu above the text box.
You can also upload an image in the "Thumbnail Image" box. For best results, crop the image in a square. When you're done, click Save and Publish and the new testimonial will appear on your homepage slider.
+ Customize Logo & Graphics in Canva
The Maggie May template includes certain files that you can customize to fit the look of your new site, if you so choose. These include a logo template, blog and product photo templates, and a homepage image template.
Canva is a free online photo and graphics editing software. You can create an account for free if you don't have one already. Need more info on using Canva? See their help section here.
Click the links below to edit the templates. IMPORTANT: you MUST click "Make a Copy" of the templates to edit them in your own Canva account. To do so, click the links below, then in the top right corner, click File > Make a Copy. The new copy will open immediately and you can edit them as you wish.
Blog/Product Photo: https://www.canva.com/design/DADeLVnthB4/share/preview?token=Y6XEKN5R_jgH4hyD3vjbkw&role=EDITOR&utm_content=DADeLVnthB4&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton
Homepage Collage: https://www.canva.com/design/DADeLe2bdRM/share/preview?token=6CV6MQIqmAJuZ8aJjfC5LQ&role=EDITOR&utm_content=DADeLe2bdRM&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton
Looking to do something else with your new site? Spend some time perusing Squarespace’s Knowledge Base and Help Forums - chances are you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. Squarespace is a DIY-er’s dream, so have fun with it!
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