I discovered Squarespace in early 2018, and after trying it out, I switched over from Bluehost. Today, I'm showing you how to easily start a blog on Squarespace, pictures and all.
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I had Bluehost for a little over a year, and while it was okay, I was looking for something different. With Bluehost, you work with WordPress, and for me, WordPress was too much. I didn't need all of the features.
I wanted to simplify my blogging experience, and Squarespace gave that to me.
If you want to start a blog with Bluehost and WordPress, I can show you how to do that too.
How to Start a Blog with Squarespace
First, you start off with a free trial, no credit card information needed. They want you to know what it's like to work with the platform before committing. You have 14 days to try it out.
Things you can't do during the trial:
Publish your post. It wouldn't go anywhere, because you still have to link your domain.
Link your domain.
It really is just a trial to see how everything works and if it's right for you.
Dashboard Menu Items
This menu lets you customize your site from appearance to settings. You can also click Help to get to the Squarespace support page.
Pages - where your site pages are: Homepage, Blog, About, Contact, etc. You can set your blog to be the homepage (how mine is set up), or you can set a separate homepage to feature photos or other content. Your options depend on the type of theme you choose.
Design - customize the appearance of your site from fonts, colors and layout modifications.
Commerce - if you have a commerce plan, you can customize your settings here. I do not, so I can't really tell you much about it.
Analytics - Squarespace has its own analytics tracking system, and from what I've seen, it's not too different from the numbers on Google Analytics, but they are different. I use both to track my stats.
Settings - change up the settings to match your preferences. Everyone's going to have different ones, so just do your thing.
Help - for the support page and contact.
How to Write a Blog Post on Squarespace
Click on the blog page you've set up and renamed. Mine is called Enjoying Simple, and it is also my home page. I don't have a separate home page, but you could have one if you like that style.
When you're on the blog page, click the + button to add a new post.
Adding Tags and Categories
At the bottom of the blog post editing screen, you'll see Tags and Categories. Click the + signs to add your custom tags and categories to organize your blog posts.
Keep your organization system simple, but be sure to put all relevant posts under the same tags, so they are easily found. This also helps when Related Posts are shared below each blog post. Readers will see similar posts that they may be interested in.
Publishing Your Blog Post
When you're done editing, click Save & Publish. Your blog post will now show on your blog page and will be posted to your connected social media accounts.
So there you have it - How to Start a Blog on Squarespace and publish your first blog post. I hope you've found this helpful in your new blog journey!
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