Here you will find some documentation about your specific site's structured use of its template. Squarespace has vast tutorials in its help section, but this information is specific to your site.

First, a quick style sheet:

THIS IS HEADING 1

This is Heading 2

THIS IS HEADING 3

This is text set with "quote" as its style

This is body text (aka Normal)

Your site is built on a template called MONTAUK.

We are using "folders," "pages" an "event page" to put content onto the site. Your home page is a "page" which text and image blocks on it.

Logging In

To log in to your site, go to www.squarespace.com and login with your credentials.

The Back End

When you’re logged into SquareSpace you’ll see a menu on the left side. OR an arrow in the upper left corner that, when clicked, gives you that left-hand menu.

The menu choice you’ll use most is the top one: PAGES. That’s where all your site’s content is edited. When you need to add or change something, 90% of the time it will be in the PAGES part of your site.

When you click on PAGES you’ll see a map of your site. At the top you’ll see MAIN NAVIGATION and below it all your main menu choices, in the order they appear on your nav bar. If you were to grab any of these and move them, you’d see (after refreshing the page) that the order of the nav bar has changed to reflect your reordering.

That + beside the words MAIN NAVIGATION? If you click it, that creates a new page. The + to make a new page also appears below the items in any folders you have. But you may still drag something into or out of a folder at any time.

Page Configuration (the "gear" menu)

Hover the mouse over one of your pages. You will see a GEAR appear.  When you click on that gear, a menu appears on the right-hand side of the screen. There is some important stuff on this menu. There are three places where the name of the page appears: Navigation title, page title and a little further down URL slug. I find it helpful to keep these things the same. Your pages should be named in a way that makes it easy for you to remember them. So if you’re writing an email you can just tap out the address of the page you want to include without having to look at your website to see what the page is called.

And you will notice a check box for ENABLED. If you uncheck it, the page becomes invisible to the outside world, but not to you. It’s name will be grayed out in the menu so you’ll remember it’s not enabled.

Also on this menu is something called a thumbnail image. That thumbnail will show up if you post the page link to social media.

Tip: if you're ever getting unpredictable images on pages, check the thumbnail.

Also in this menu is the ability to add a password for the page. We’re not using that ability for anything right now, but if you ever wanted to create private content, that’s one way to accomplish it. You can password ANY PAGE on a squarespace site.

Most SquareSpace menus also have an ADVANCED choice. See it on the top right? If you find yourself needing to inject code on a webpage, it goes there. When would you do this? Facebook tracking pixels and conversion pixels. Or third-party apps.

"Not Linked" Pages = Hidden Pages

Scroll down below and find another list of pages under the heading NOT LINKED. These are also pages in your site, but they do not appear in the main nav. 

So what’s down here? A few things:

1.  Stuff that’s hidden only because it acts as a reservoir of material that we’re pulling onto other pages. Like your individual book pages for example that your "main" book page is pulling from. 

2. Stuff that's hidden because it's only meant for certain visitors--like reviewers who get ARCs, or people who are responding to a freebie offer.

3. Pages that we’re building or not ready to put into the main nav. We can drag those  out of the NOT LINKED menu into the main nav whenever we’re ready.

In fact, the page you're reading right now is a hidden page.

Editing Content

To edit content, navigate to the page you’d like to update. When you bring the mouse over the content, you’ll see PAGE CONTENT: EDIT | SETTINGS. Choose edit. (Settings would take us to our configuration menu, the same one we activated with the gear in our pages menu.)

Now all the content that’s part of the main portion of the page is editable.

1.       You can highlight text and then edit it. You can format text that’s already there.  Note: Squarespace gives us a normal text setting and a couple of heading selections. H1 is for big title text and H2 & H3 are usually medium-sized.

Note: Changing the color of these is a design function. Visit DESIGN and STYLE EDITOR to see how it works. But word to the wise - you ONLY get a limited amount of choices for fonts/colors. 

2.       Hover your mouse around the edges of objects and text and you’ll see insertion points appear! It takes a little time to get used to these and their functions. If you click to insert something you’ll get a vast menu of choices. SS is built to accommodate restaurants, artists, musicians, etc. So some functions like OpenTable won’t be useful. The choices you’re most likely to make are: text, images, buttons, spacers and lines. And products! The products you’ve already built are available to you for insertion on a page.

3.       Moving stuff around on a SquareSpace page takes some practice. Grab an object and move it around, watching all the places that SS volunteers to put it. The page will divide itself vertically into columns, sometimes with unexpected results. You can always hit CANCEL and then DISCARD to undo the mess you’ve made!

Squarespace offers you a tutorial on adding stuff (called blocks) hereIf you watch any Squarespace tutorials at all, watch this one!!!

You can also add a brand new page and then edit it. Tutorial here.

Using Squarespace's built in social icons versus the social icon images

Every Squarespace template comes with built in Social Media Icons - you can see those at the bottom of the page. They all look uniform and evenly spaced. But you can also add your own social media icons (like I did on the "About Babs" page. However, sometimes it's a little bit difficult to get the social media icons you brand yourself to look as uniform as the built in ones. But you can do a hybrid approach like I've done here. 

The most important thing to remember about Squarespace's built in social icons is that you have to connect them in the "Connected Accounts" section of the settings menu. It will ask you to log into the social media network in order to connect them. Right now, my accounts are linked just to show you what the icons look like - I'll disconnect them when I hand it over to you so you can connect your own accounts. Read THIS tutorial to see how to connect your account