How to Configure Basic Settings for a Blog Post on Squarespace - dummies

How to Configure Basic Settings for a Blog Post on Squarespace

By Kris Black

If you’re using Squarespace in order to design a blog page, you have three settings specific to blogs beyond the basic web usage to configure:

  • Posts per page: Control the number of blog posts that appear on each page of your blog.

  • Post by email address: Send blog posts to your site by e-mail.

  • Quickpost bookmarklet: Instantly post to your blog from anywhere on the web, even if you’re not logged into your website.

How to choose the number of posts per page

You can think of a blog page, which is a collection page type, as a container that holds all the blog posts you add to the page. You can control the number of blog posts that appear per page.

A powerful feature of a blog page is its capability to filter and display blog posts in various configurations. Your blog can display posts in two types of views:

  • Filtered page view: This view adapts to show only blog posts that are within a particular configuration or are organized by a specific category or tag.

  • Blog post page view: Blog posts can be viewed at their own, unique URL. The unique URL is the page where people can comment about the blog post.

The difference between these two views is that the filtered page view is dynamic and adapts to show the number of posts you configured using the Posts per Page setting in the Configure dialog box. You can choose to display from 1 to 20 posts per page.

To adjust the number of posts per page, do the following:

  1. Open the Configure dialog box for your blog.

  2. In the Posts per Page option, move the slider to adjust the number.

    The Posts per Page option is just below the Page Title option. Click and drag the dot in the slider control to adjust the number of posts to display per page.

The type of content you put in your blog should determine the number of posts you display per filtered page view. Also consider how you want people to experience your content.

Following are some considerations when determining how many posts to display per filtered view:

  • Image-heavy posts: If you add several photos or very large photos in your blog posts, consider limiting the number of posts that are displayed in the filtered view. Although Squarespace serves your website from a super-fast data center, consider those site visitors who may be accessing your site from a mobile device over a cellular Internet connection.

  • Excerpts to preview your posts: Consider using excerpts to show a preview of a blog post in a filtered view in which multiple blog posts are displayed on a page of your site. To view the entire blog post, a visitor would need to click the blog post title or a Read More link.

  • Serialized content: If you write, draw, or create serialized content, you may want to limit how many posts are displayed per page to better control the experience of your creation.

  • High frequency of posting: If you’re a power blogger, you may find yourself publishing blog posts frequently. If this is the case, displaying more posts per page will make it easier to see more of your content on one filtered view. You may even want to consider using the excerpt feature.

How to install the Quickpost bookmarklet on Squarespace

Are you a frequent blogger or someone who doesn’t like to interrupt your web surfing by logging into your site? If you install the Quickpost bookmarklet, you can instantly publish to your blog from anywhere on the web.

To install the Quickpost bookmarklet in your web browser, do the following:

  1. Open the Configure dialog box for your blog.

    Scroll to the bottom and locate the Quickpost bookmarklet setting.

  2. Drag the Post to Squarespace bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar.

    If you manage more than one Squarespace site, you may want to give each bookmarklet a unique name so you know which is which.

Using the bookmarklet is easy. When you want to post without having to load your site in your browser, do the following:

  1. Click the bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar or menu.

    A new Edit Post pop-up window appears.

  2. If necessary, log into your site.

    If you’re not already logged in to your site from an older session, the login screen appears in the pop-up window.

  3. Start configuring your blog post.

    You have access to all Edit Post features for composing your entry.

  4. When you’re finished, save the post as a draft or publish it to your site.