How to Configure General Settings on Squarespace - dummies

How to Configure General Settings on Squarespace

By Kris Black

You’ll find a variety of settings to configure in the General screen on your Squarespace account. This catchall area collects some one-off settings as well as groups of settings that affect your entire site.

Third-party services

Squarespace understands that you may want to use third-party services to enhance or customize your site. These services typically provide the same code for any website owner to add to their site, with a unique identifier in the code for each website.

The first group of settings in the General screen enables you to add your unique identifier for the following third-party services:

  • Google Analytics: Provides more robust website traffic and statistics information than what you have available in Activity.

  • Typekit Kit ID: Fonts added in a kit in your Typekit account will be available to select in Style Editor.

  • Disqus Shortname: Replace the Squarespace commenting system and add more features for commenting on your site.

  • Amazon Associate Tag: Earn money when someone buys a product on from a link on your site.

Although you don’t need to use any of these third-party services, they can provide you with more options to analyze your site’s activity (Google Analytics), customize your site’s design (Typekit), engage more with site commenters (Disqus), and earn some sweet, sweet cash (Amazon Associates).

Overall site configurations

These next few settings are only similar in that they can have an effect on your entire site:

  • Site-Wide Password: Temporarily block access to your entire site by requiring visitors to use a password to view your website.

  • Template Settings: Adjust a couple of settings affecting your site’s template:

    • Disable promoted blocks used by some templates to give special treatment to the following blocks if they’re placed first in a blog post: image, gallery, map, quote, and video.

    • Disable mobile styles so your site looks the same on mobile devices as it does on computers.

  • 404 Page: If visitors come to your site and the page they link to is no longer available, they will get a missing page message error, known as a 404 page error. You can use the Squarespace default page for this, or you can choose a page you created in Content Manager by selecting it in the drop-down menu.

  • Homepage Title Format: Configure how the site and page title appears in the browser when viewing your home page.

  • Collection Title Format: Configure how the title of collection pages (blog, gallery, and products pages) appears in a browser.

  • Item Title Format: Configure how the title of your item pages (blog posts) appears in the browser on your home page.

  • Markdown Editing: When a text block (pages and blog posts) appears by default, replace it with a markdown block.

  • Post URL Format: Configure the format of the URL for a blog post.

  • Simple Liking: Disable the Simple Liking feature on blog posts.

  • Comments: Configure the comment settings.

  • Promotion/Indexing: Allow Squarespace to feature your site in promotional areas of their site, such as the Templates page.

  • Escape Key to Login: Disable the use of the Esc key to display the login page for your site.

Comment settings

If you have a blog page on your site, you may have enabled commenting in your blog posts. You can allow or disallow commenting for each individual blog post in the Edit Post window. In the General screen, however, you can control many more aspects of commenting than just switching commenting on and off per post:

  • Enable Comments: Turn commenting on or off for your entire site.

  • Comment Likes Allowed: Allow commenters to like someone’s comment.

  • Comment Flags Allowed: Allow commenters to flag a comment, typically to indicate inappropriate conduct.

  • Approval required: Require your approval before a comment is posted to your site.

  • Anonymous Comments Allowed: Allow commenters to post without providing identifying information. If anonymous comments are not allowed, commenters will need to verify themselves with one of the four account types: Squarespace, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

  • Threaded: Allow commenters to directly respond to a specific comment.

  • Avatars Visible: Show a commenter’s avatar next to his or her comment.

  • Enable Comments by Default when Posting: Comments are allowed by default when creating a new blog post.

  • Auto-Disable Comments Default Value: Disable comments after a set time period ranging from never to 90 days.

  • Default Comment Sort Order: Sort comments in blog posts by newest first, oldest first, most liked, or least liked.

  • Auto-Moderation Flag Count Threshold: Choose how many flags a comment can receive, ranging from off to 20 flags, before being set to Awaiting Moderation.

These comment settings will affect commenting across all blog pages you have added to your site.