2 Images I Wish I Had created before Building My Squarespace Website
Nothing like diving right in to build your new Squarespace website. You're eager. You love the look and feel of the platform, you just want to get started. (Or get your client's site started)
Believe me, I did it. Twice actually. The second time was when I decided to go freelance and help web designers and entrepreneurs build Squarespace websites and write web copy. I rewrote and redesigned my website.
So here's the deal, you build the site, fiddle around, rewrite copy, edit copy, rewrite it again, move it around, add your images and finally you get your website looking and sounding the way you want.
(And maybe it really did take you only a day...sucks in cheeks.)
But...Time for the nitty gritty. The settings, the extras. The piddly but important bits.
You need a favicon image and a social sharing logo image.
Your eyes hurt.
You've been on the computer all day.
You'll add those images later.
(And then you'll forget (like I did). And then you'll wonder why there's no pretty image to go with your Facebook post when you type your URL or why the little tiny image in your browser tab is a black box.)
Listen to someone who still has to redo hers (someday).
Do it now.
Especially if you're reading this blog post BEFORE you've started building a Squarespace website. Prep the favicon and social sharing logo images, just like you prep your web copy and regular images before design your website. (You're prepping your copy & regular images in advance, I hope.)
Get that job out of the way now.
How to create Favicon and Social Sharing Logo Images for Squarespace.
Your Favicon displays at 16px x 16px but the best size for the original image is between 100px x 100px and 300 px x 300px.
Your Social Sharing Logo should be 200px x 200 px, but you may have to experiment with it as Facebook often changes their image size preferences. As of this post, mine doesn't render nicely when I post my URL in a regular Facebook post, but it looks ok in a reply to someone else's post.
To upload your photos, click over to Home --> Design--> Site Title & Logo.
Adding both a Favicon and Social Sharing logo is super simple and uploads just like a regular image in a blog post or page on Squarespace.
Here's how to upload a Favicon.
Here's how to upload a Social Sharing Logo.
Once you've done this, you may have to refresh your page, log out of Squarespace, clear your browser cache and use Facebook Debugger Tool (I'll do a post on that some other day!), so that these images show up.
FAVICON & SOCIAL SHARING LOGO UPDATE
I was inspired by this batched and scheduled blog post to redo my Squarespace Favicon and Social Sharing Logo.
Rebrand with the amazingly talented Olivia + Co.
Uploaded the new favicon and social share icon to Squarespace in the Design-->Site Title & Logo Section.
Cleared my Browser Cache and quit Chrome (as the new Favicon didn't surface immediately.) When I reopened my browser, the new favicon appeared.
So far so good?
We interrupt this blog post to ask an important question.
Why DIY your Squarespace website when you have better things to do? (As in more lucrative - you know, like make and sell your art, plan the perfect wedding for your lovie dovie clients, or write your bestseller.)
Using Facebook Debugger Tool for the Social Sharing Logo
Next, I 'debugged' my website so that when I post my website (not blog posts, just the website) to Facebook, it will pull up the new social sharing logo. Here are the steps in images:
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