TO CREATE A NEW BLOG ENTRY

 

  • Log into Squarespace.
  • Click on the arrow in the upper left-hand corner to expose the left-hand navigation bar.
  • Click on Pages, the first item in the list under the Squarespace logo.
  • Scroll down to the NOT LINKED section of the left-hand navigation bar (below MAIN NAVIGATION and SECONDARY NAVIGATION).
  • Click on the “Add/Edit Post” page. This will cause a list of all of the existing posts to appear in reverse chronological order.
  • At the top of the list where you see "Add/Edit Post", click on the + sign to create a new post. This will cause a new blank “Edit Post” window to appear. 
  • Enter a post title. It should be short and attention getting. 
  • Add the content on the Content tab; this will usually consist of a text block and at least one image block and is the information that will appear on the published page called Blog in Main Navigation. For a complete list of the many kinds of content that can be included follow the Blogging with Squarespace link at the end of this email. Note that both the text and any images can include hyperlinks to other pages. When you take people away from your site, always remember to select the “Open in a New Page” option.
  • Complete each of the remaining three tabs as follows:
    • On the Options tab, make sure there is a Thumbnail Image (it will often be the same image you have used in the content; this is what will appear wherever a URL to the post appears…on the Blog page, on Facebook, etc).
    • Include an excerpt (“teaser" that will also appear with image when posted elsewhere); this will often be the same text as you have included on the content tab.
    • The location can remain blank, but completing it will cause search engines to index your business name and the more this happens the higher your business’ visibilty.
    • On the Social tab, turn on any social accounts where you want the post to appear when you finish and publish it.
  • Notice when you are on the Content tab, there are also settings in the bottom of the window that need to be completed:
    • Tags and Categories are used by search engines to return results of people’s searches:
      • Add Categories (high-level, e.g., food, drink, event, dinner, lunch) that reflect the content of the post (limit 3-5)
      • Add Tags (low-level, e.g., new menu item, Valentine’s Day menu, review) that reflect the content of the post (limit 3-5)
    • Comments are turned off by default; they can be set to on for individual posts; if you set them to on, they will be moderated and a message will go to Terry.
    • Lastly, you will see the current status of the post when you opened it: Draft, Needs Review, Scheduled and Published.
      • To publish a post immediately, select Published.
      • To publish a post at a later date and time, select Scheduled. It will change the status to Scheduled and indicate it will be publishing it right away. To change the publication date and time, click on the date, choose your preferred date and time and Save. 
      • To backdate a post to an earlier date, select Scheduled and change the publication date and time to your preferred date and time and Save. 

TO SELECT AN EXISTING BLOG ENTRY TO EDIT

  • Log into Squarespace.
  • Click on the arrow in the upper left-hand corner to expose the left-hand navigation bar.
  • Click on Pages, the first item in the list under the Squarespace logo.
  • Scroll down to the NOT LINKED section of the left-hand navigation bar (below MAIN NAVIGATION and SECONDARY NAVIGATION).
  • Click once on the “Add/Edit Posts” page.
  • Click on the name of any existing blog post, and click “Edit" to edit the post.

TO EDIT AN EXISTING BLOG ENTRY

  • Make changes as needed to the title.
  • Make changes as needed to the each of the four tabs that appear in the upper right-hand corner:  Content, Options, Location and Social. 
  • Publish the post when you have completed the changes. Note: if you previously published the item to Facebook and you turn on Facebook on the Social tab now, the changed version will repost to Facebook a second time.

FOR EVEN BETTER INSTRUCTIONS, and to see the many different ways you can post content (especially content from other places) use the instructions provided by Squarespace specifically designed to teach about blogging:

 

Blogging with Sqauarespace

Blog Settings

Information Specific to the Underlying Marquee Template Used for the Site