Module 1: The Home Menu
The Home Menu
Squarespace is a unique platform for building your own custom website. It is more secure and mobile friendly than other platforms, and provides an amazing way for my clients to update their sites without having to continuously hire me for simple changes. This series will focus on different aspects of creating and maintaining your website.
understanding the home menu
The Home Menu (or back end) of Squarespace can be found by clicking on the arrow in the top left corner. If you do not see the arrow, you may not be logged into your account. To do so, hit the Escape key and the login screen will appear.
Once you click on the arrow, you will see your left side of the screen appear with a grey box and the options (based on the account you signed up for, your options may vary).
The home menu will consist of different options that you can choose from to customize your site and access your account information.
These are where your pages are stored, and where you can access and customize each one. You will see at least two sections (based on which template you chose). All pages under "top navigation" will appear at the top of each page, also known as your navigation menu. All pages under "not linked" will not appear there, however these pages are still live on your site from other links that you may have.
This is where the bulk of your customization is housed, and offers many features to update your site.
Logo + Title: This is where you will upload your logos for your primary, favicon (browser url logo) and your social sharing logo. The social sharing logo should be 1200 x 630 pixels in order to display correctly.
Template: This is where you can choose your template.
Style Editor: This is where the bulk of your editing will take place. You can adjust colors, padding, etc. and I will be offering another post specific to this section.
Lock Screen: A lock screen is used when you want certain pages to have a password, such as client portals, pricing, etc.
Announcement Bar: This is the bar at the top of your site that can display any text, such as your vacation schedule, a promotion you are having, etc.
Mobile Information Bar: A simple notification to visitors on mobile devices, and will appear at the bottom of your mobile site giving visitors quick access to directions, hours, an email address, and phone numbers. You can enable or disable this feature.
Squarespace Badge: I always disable this for my customers.
Custom CSS: If you are handy with CSS, this is where you will enter special code to change the look of certain items on your site. If you are not a designer, it is not recommended that you modify any part of this code without checking with your website designer first. If you switch templates, all of your code will be deleted so you should copy all coding and save it before switching templates, just in case!
Advanced: This section is more for designers, but it is a way to upload specific fonts to your site.
Squarespace has great analytics for your site, if you just want a quick update on how your site is performing. It will give you various metrics so you can keep track of your site performance, and which pages are the most popular.
This is where you can manage blog post comments. If you have a new comment, you will see a number next to "Comments".
This is where you can update your account settings.
Squarespace Account Information: Billing & Account
Search Engine Description: Marketing -> SEO
Social Media Accounts: Connected Accounts
Google Analytics Account Number: Advanced -> External Services