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How to Start a Blog on Squarespace

How to Start a Blog on Squarespace

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.

Have you signed up for my Easy Blogging Bootcamp yet? You can check it out here!

Why Squarespace?

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.

Starting the Free Trial

 Click Start Free Trial.

Click Start Free Trial.

 Choose your template.

Choose your template.

 You can preview or start with the template.

You can preview or start with the template.

 Welcome screen.

Welcome screen.

 Choose your blog name. Remember to use SEO keywords here (what you want to rank in search engines).

Choose your blog name. Remember to use SEO keywords here (what you want to rank in search engines).

 Describe what your site will be about, using SEO keywords and good descriptions.

Describe what your site will be about, using SEO keywords and good descriptions.

 This is what the dashboard looks like. This template has a side menu activated by clicking the three horizontal lines on the top left of the page. The dashboard menu is on the left. 

This is what the dashboard looks like. This template has a side menu activated by clicking the three horizontal lines on the top left of the page. The dashboard menu is on the left. 

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.

 You can delete the pages that come with the template and set up your own. You just have to have a Homepage (can be a blog or regular page), About and Contact pages.

You can delete the pages that come with the template and set up your own. You just have to have a Homepage (can be a blog or regular page), About and Contact pages.

 To delete pages, click the Trash icon beside the page you want to delete. To add, click the + and select what type of page you'd like to add. Click the Wheel icon beside the page to edit settings, set as homepage and set the url slug.

To delete pages, click the Trash icon beside the page you want to delete. To add, click the + and select what type of page you'd like to add. Click the Wheel icon beside the page to edit settings, set as homepage and set the url slug.

 To edit parts of a page, hover over the part you want to edit. For example, to edit this About page, hover over the area of the page you want to edit until the Page Content > Edit and Settings button pops up. Click Edit to edit and Settings to adjust the settings for this area. To edit the sidebar of a page, hover over the sidebar until you see the Edit pop up.

To edit parts of a page, hover over the part you want to edit. For example, to edit this About page, hover over the area of the page you want to edit until the Page Content > Edit and Settings button pops up. Click Edit to edit and Settings to adjust the settings for this area. To edit the sidebar of a page, hover over the sidebar until you see the Edit pop up.

Design - customize the appearance of your site from fonts, colors and layout modifications.

 Design > Logo & Title

Design > Logo & Title

 Design > Style

Design > Style

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.

 Settings > Basic Information > Business

Settings > Basic Information > Business

 Settings > Connected Accounts

Settings > Connected Accounts

 Settings > Marketing > Pinterest Pin It Button > Enabled. Set to your preferences.

Settings > Marketing > Pinterest Pin It Button > Enabled. Set to your preferences.

 Settings > Marketing > Share Buttons

Settings > Marketing > Share Buttons

 Settings > SEO > Write a keyword rich description of your blog.

Settings > SEO > Write a keyword rich description of your blog.

 Settings > Blogging

Settings > Blogging

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.

 Write your post title and blog post in this section.

Write your post title and blog post in this section.

 In the main post section, you see these dark lines pop up. Click the lines to add a new element to that part of the post. 

In the main post section, you see these dark lines pop up. Click the lines to add a new element to that part of the post. 

 On the Options tab, you can add your featured image (the one that shows up on your main blog page and posts to Pinterest when you publish - if you connected your blog to Pinterest. Change the slug to an SEO-friendly URL (match blog post title keywords).

On the Options tab, you can add your featured image (the one that shows up on your main blog page and posts to Pinterest when you publish - if you connected your blog to Pinterest. Change the slug to an SEO-friendly URL (match blog post title keywords).

 This is the menu that pops up when you click the dark lines. You can add photos, text, links, codes, etc.

This is the menu that pops up when you click the dark lines. You can add photos, text, links, codes, etc.

 If you connected your social media accounts to your blog in the Settings > Connected Accounts, you will be able to auto-publish your post to those platforms. 

If you connected your social media accounts to your blog in the Settings > Connected Accounts, you will be able to auto-publish your post to those platforms. 

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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