7 Little Known Squarespace Tricks

7 Little Known Squarespace Tricks | Lemon and the Sea

Part of the reason I love using Squarespace so much for website design is that there are quite a few ways to customize your site without having to be a designer or developer. This is especially helpful because almost all of my clients come to me because they have no idea how to design a website on their own, but they want to be able to make basic changes once the website is live.

These are some of my favorite tricks to make designing on Squarespace easier and think outside of the restrictions you might have with the template you’ve chosen.

1. Duplicating a Page

This is one of my favorite tricks (I share it with all my clients), but most people have no idea it’s possible. You can easily duplicate any regular page on your website by opening the page settings, scrolling to the bottom, and clicking Duplicate Page. Then you just need to rename it, place it where it needs to be, and start editing.

I use this feature to create page templates that my clients can then duplicate to make adding new pages or projects easy. This really comes in handy when you have a portfolio with different project pages – you want them to have the same layout, but it can take a long time to recreate a page full of images each time you feature a new project.

You can also duplicate pages if you want to update your design without having the changes go live as soon as you save. Simply duplicate the page you want to work on and move it under Unlinked Pages in the side menu. Then you can change anything you want without worrying about your visitors seeing all sorts of crazy changes.

2. Adding Custom CSS to One Page

If you want to really customize your Squarespace website, custom CSS is a great way to get the look you want without having to be a website developer. (If you want to learn more about Custom CSS, check this post out. )But sometimes you want customizations on one page instead of throughout your website.

To add Custom CSS to one page at a time, simply open the page settings, go to the Advanced tab, and paste your CSS into the Page Header Code Injection area. You will need to make sure your code is read by adding Style tags like this, <style>/* Insert Custom CSS Here */</style>, but otherwise it works the same as the Custom CSS section.

You can also add Javascript, metatags, or other custom code to the Page Header Code Injection area to further customize your Squarespace website. (To see how I use this section to build my SEO, check out this post [http://www.lemonandthesea.com/blog/squarespace-seo-tricks-you-should-be-using].)

3. Creating a Faux Sidebar

While I love Squarespace, there are some limitations based on the template you choose. One of the biggest is that there is very little flexibility in how a blog displays.

For example, I recently had a client who wanted her blog page to be very simple and streamlined with the blog post thumbnail and excerpt laid out in columns. Because of her template, there was no way to create that look using her current template (even with Custom CSS).

Instead, we found a solution by creating a regular page and adding a Summary Block to display her blog posts. The problem with this? There was now no sidebar.

This is where Squarespace’s column design comes in handy – I was able to create a faux sidebar by lining up all the items in her previous sidebar and making them only a few columns wide. Then the Sumamry Block with here posts could look the way she wanted and the page still looked like the blog visitors see when they open a post to read more.

If you want to see how this works, check out Maggie Richard’s new website design featuring a custom designed page for her main blog.

4. Adding Permissions

Have you ever shared your Squarespace user name and password with someone who needs to access your website? You don’t have to!

Squarespace has built in a really great (and easy) system for adding people to your website with different permissions based on what they need access to. Check out my in-depth tutorial on how to set permissions and the different types of users you can have on your Squarespace website.

Just a note – on the Personal plan, you can only add one other person to your account, so if you have multiple people who need to access your website, you will need to upgrade to a Business plan.

5. Using a Cover Page instead of LeadPages

One of the reasons that I’m willing to pay a little more for Squarespace than I might for WordPress is that I can cut out other plugins and services.

LeadPages has become a very popular tool lately because it allows you to easily get people onto your email list (or signed up for your event) with great analytics and a high conversion rate. But if you’re on a budget or just starting out, LeadPages may seem overwhelming.

That’s where I like to use Squarespace Cover Pages. You can create a great looking landing page in just a few minutes that’s hosted on your website and doesn’t cost anything extra. Then you can set it up to connect to your email list, send people to a PayPal link, or anything else you want to do.

For a tutorial on how to create a Cover Page in Squarespace, check out this post[http://www.lemonandthesea.com/blog/creating-a-cover-page-in-squarespace]. It even includes a video tutorial from my Tutorial Library.

6. Changing the Squarespace Block Spacing

One of the biggest complaints I get from clients using Squarespace is that the blocks are all too far apart. While Squarespace does this on purpose to add white space to the design, sometimes it is too much for what you’re trying to accomplish, especially since each block has padding around it that can add up.

The solution for this is simple if you just add a little Custom CSS to your website. Go to Design > Custom CSS and add this code into the CSS block. You can adjust the margin numbers based on your design, but I’ve found that there work well to still allow for space while reducing it enough that your design doesn’t look too spread out.

/*SS Block Size*/

.sqs-block {margin-top: -5px; margin-bottom: -5px;}

There is also Custom CSS you can add to individual block types to adjust the spacing on those further, but that can vary by template.

7. Connecting Social Media Accounts

Did you know that Squarespace makes it really simple to connect to and share on your social media profiles?

Simply go to Settings > Connected Accounts and add any social media accounts you want to display (add them in the order you want them to appear). Then allow Squarespace to connect to your account and changes any settings as needed.

Now, when you add a Social Links block, the icons for those social platforms will display and will automatically link to your profile or page.

Here’s one more tip if you are trying to connect to a Facebook Business page: You will need to sign into Facebook with your regular account and then change the Push Target to the page you want blog posts to post to and update the Profile URL so it links to your business page instead of defaulting to your personal page.

To-Do for You: Check out your own Squarespace website and see if you can take advantage of any of these little known tricks.

Lemon and the Sea is a brand and website design company located in Richmond, VA. I specialize in making the branding process personal. I work with creative women who have a heart to serve others grow their businesses so they can focus on what's most important - family.   I work closely with small businesses to help them dig into what makes them unique, share their vision, and build a business that genuinely represents who they are.