Learn How to Build a Squarespace Homepage in under 25 Minutes
Yes, I’m giving away Sarah Moon’s and my signature service Squarespace Design in a Day™ secrets here, but I’m all about teaching. If this post and video can help someone DIY a website faster and better, then I’m happy.
And if other folks watch the vid and think, nah, got client work to tackle, I’d love to have someone do this for me, I’m also happy. (Reach out if that’s you!)
Here’s what you’ll learn about setting up a Squarespace Homepage in the tutorial video below.
Recognize common homepage features in 3 example non-Squarespace websites.
Determine if these features are a fit for your business whether you’re a lawyer, consultant, artist, social media maven, author or marketing expert. The example websites are for digital / design agencies.
Do work arounds for features you can’t easily set up without code - or learn to say, nope, don’t need that fancy pants animation quite yet.
Pick the right template for your Squarespace website to create a long scrolling homepage.
Set up an Index Page in Squarespace to create the long scrolling page effect. (Learn the difference between an index page and a regular page in Squarespace.)
Do basic layout, use spacer and other content blocks.
Add and reuse free stock photography from Unsplash thanks to its integration with Squarespace.
Here’s what you WON’T learn in this video (fyi)
Make font, colour and other style changes in Squarespace. Unless you plan to use the template default design styles, it’s essential to adjust your fonts, colours and other styles. So, don’t be frustrated if the homepage you set up right now doesn’t quite look right. You’ll be able to tweak it. (Chicken and egg question: which should you do first - set up the pages or picks your design styles? Hmmmm…for me, I can do it both ways, but sometimes it’s harder to envision how the page set up will look with your preferred design style - and sometimes it doesn’t work so you have to redo your page layouts. That can be a drag.)
Prep your content - write your copy, resize your images, create your ‘assets’ like your favicon, social sharing image, logo and other icons. One of the biggest issues I’ve noticed is that folks don’t have any content when they decide to build a website. You need content. Squarespace is a web builder platform, not a graphic design or grammar software. It can’t do it ‘for you.’ You have to think about what to say, word counts, what images match your colour scheme and more before you start building your website.
How to do keyword research for SEO - Research keywords before you write page titles and urls. When you’re starting out and want to learn - it’s ok to create your pages without the right url slugs and labels, but make sure to change them before you make your site live!
Links to websites and how to articles that I mention in this Squarespace Tutorial Video
The 3 Example Homepages
Useful Squarespace Links
Learn about the Squarespace Template Families - imo, the Brine Template Family is the most flexible. What’s My Template Family
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