How to Send Sexy Automatic Emails When You Publish a New Blog Post

When you write a new blog post on your Squarespace blog, you want others to see it. Unfortunately, Squarespace doesn't have a direct way to send that new blog post out to the people you know want it.

Enter Mailchimp.

Mailchimp is an email marketing service that helps you design and automate your sexy messages. And the best part is that Mailchimp integrates with Squarespace!

With Mailchimp, you can send an automatic email to your audience whenever you publish a new blog post on your Squarespace website.

If that's something you want, let's get started.


First, you'll need a Mailchimp account. Don't worry, it's free up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. You can sign up here.

Next, you'll need to start collecting the email addresses of the people you want to keep informed. Mailchimp calls this a List.

There are two ways to create this Mailchimp List:

Once you created a Mailchimp List full of people that want your blog posts via email, you'll want to create a Mailchimp Campaign - the email you want to send.

Let's speed through these steps:

Click Campaigns from the Mailchimp top navigation. 
Click the grey Create Campaign button. 
A pop-up window will appear. Click Let Us Guide You
Click Connect with new contacts
Then click Share blog updates below that. 
Enter a Campaign Name and choose a List
Click Begin


A new page will appear and you'll want to add in the RSS feed URL for your Squarespace blog. To do this you'll want to adjust the URL template here:

http://sitename.squarespace.com/pageslug?format=rss

Replace "sitename" with your Squarespace username.

Replace "pageslug" with your blog's title in the URL. If you were using my blog URL danscharch.squarespace.com/blog, you'd replace "pageslug" with blog.

Note: if you have a custom domain you'll replace the URL above to be:

http://customdomain.com/blog?format=rss 

Make sense!?

Drop your RSS Feed URL in and choose a timeframe to send emails out. 

Note: Mailchimp does not "send Campaigns to your List unless there's something new to send. For example, if you set your Campaign to send weekly but haven't posted in more than a week, [Mailchimp] won't send to your List until there is a new post on the day your Campaign is set to send."

When you decide your send schedule, click the blue Next button in the bottom-right corner.


Sending to whom?

Decide who you want to send these blog posts to: everyone on the list or a segment

Click the blue Next button again to edit the Campaign Info Setup.


Campaign Info Setup

You'll notice the default subject for an RSS Campaign is the following:

Posts from *|RSSFEED:TITLE|* for *|RSSFEED:DATE|*

*|RSSFEED:TITLE|* is a bit of code that will be replaced when your email is sent by the site title of your Squarespace website.

*|RSSFEED:DATE|* will be the date your Squarespace blog page was last updated.

Feel free to change the info or leave it be. Then click the blue Next button to go to the Template and Design panels.


This is the fun part.

Design the crap out of your Mailchimp emails! Choose from the Layouts or Themes or whatever you want there, and once you click one, you'll be shifted to the Design section.

You have tons of options here but if you want to send an email every time you post a new blog post AND include some of that blog bit content into the email, we can do that here!

You'll notice Mailchimp has tons of design blocks you can drag and drop into the email design (see image above and to the right). Go crazy!

Two of these options are RSS-based (or blog-based) pieces you can add into your email design: RSS Header and RSS Items. You can click and drag each or both of these into the email design on the left, and you can edit the content on the right side of the screen.

RSS Header Style

There are multiple RSS Header options here: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Custom. Each adds a different amount of content into your email with corresponding RSS info. We reviewed *|RSSFEED:TITLE|* and *|RSSFEED:DATE|* earlier.

You might notice *|RSSFEED:DESCRIPTION|* which refers to what you've typed into Squarespace under Settings > Basic Information.

Or *|RSSFEED:URL|* would be your Squarespace blog page URL.

RSS Items

This is a bit more tricky. RSS Items offers a variety of options too: Excerpts, Titles Only, Full Content, and Custom. Just like RSS Header, this block adds in default RSS-fueled content from your Squarespace blog. Click through and see which fits your needs:

  • *|RSS:RECENT|* is "a linked list of the five most recent post titles made prior to the new posts pulled into your campaign since the last send."
  • *|RSSITEM:TITLE|* in this block refers to a blog post title and *|RSSITEM:TITLE|* refers to the blog post published date.
  • *|RSSITEM:AUTHOR|* is the author of the blog, according to Squarespace.
  • *|RSSITEM:CONTENT_FULL|* is "the full content of the RSS item," i.e. your Squarespace blog content

(You can read about a bunch more of these RSS tags here.)

When you're satisfied, click the blue Next button to get to the Confirm page.

Make sure everything is good to go and then send it off!

Congrats, you scheduled your brand-new, automated Mailchimp email! Now get out there and get blogging!


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see more, please send me a message!

 
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How to Share Your Squarespace Like A Professional

You wouldn't want your home address to show incorrectly, why would you show the wrong URL?

Social media space is valuable. You want to deliver a powerful message in the smallest package possible. Why waste characters on the wrong address?

Every Squarespace website comes with a domain like this: example.squarespace.com. You can customize the "example" part by accessing Settings > Domains and clicking it. However, sometimes you want something more custom, more professional, and more you. 

Purchase your custom domain

If you don't have a custom domain, get one! You have two simple options:

  • Squarespace sells domains for $20+ in Settings > Domains > Get a Domain. Learn more here.
  • Third parties, like Namecheap or GoDaddy, are usually cheaper*. Purchase and host the domain through one of them, and then you can connect the domain to your Squarespace website using the guide here.

Share your custom domain

If you have a custom domain and you want to share professionally:

  • Make sure your custom domain is the Primary Domain. All domains for your website will redirect to the Primary Domain. You can set this by clicking the domain under Settings > Domains and hitting the Make Primary button. Or you can use the guide here.
  • If you're sharing a new blog or gallery post, make sure the Social tab is using the URL pill. You can add this by typing %u. The URL pill will automatically pull the correct domain for the blog post or gallery addition you're sharing. Learn more here.

Add some more care into your shares. Make it professional and build it beautiful.


* You can register your first domain with Namecheap and save about 10% with the code SNOBANQ. You'll also give a year of free WhoIs privacy.

Tips & Tricks to Grow Your Squarespace Skills

You can't grow without getting a bit uncomfortable.

Talented designers across the Internet have taken the time to draft amazing tutorials. Break outside the Squarespace box and experiment a bit with some clever coding solutions. 



Silva Bokis

Template Finder

Template choice is no secret. You can find it right in the Page Source code. Sound difficult? It's not and Silva Bokis makes it easy with a tutorial and searchable database.

Tracking Form Submissions

Ever wonder if your form is working? Silva has you covered. Find out how to easily track Squarespace form submissions in Google Analytics.


Hananiah Wilson

A graphic designer and owner of Hanoona Media, Hananiah has dropped some great and simple code snippets to spice up your blog.

Drop Cap Intro

Start with a bang! Use Hananiah's code and tutorial to highlight sections of text and a drop cap intro. (Shout out to DJ Khalid, star of Snapchat and the hiphop game, and @patrickswong for creating khalidipsum.com - dummy text inspired by the rapper.)

You see the hedges, how I got it shaped up? It’s important to shape up your hedges, it’s like getting a haircut, stay fresh. They will try to close the door on you, just open it. Life is what you make it, so let’s make it. To be successful you’ve got to work hard, to make history, simple, you’ve got to make it. The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Learning is cool, but knowing is better, and I know the key to success. The ladies always say Khaled you smell good, I use no cologne. Cocoa butter is the key.

Pull quote

Continue the slick magazine design with this code to highlight a quote or other text.

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow."
- Woodrow Wilson


Squareplugins

One of the best resources to upgrade the design of your Squarespace website. Explore the colorful grid of available plugins for free or purchase. Well worth the look!

Freebies

Indulge in the Freebies section. You can find code to add a margin around the outside of your website, or hide the announcement bar icon, so no one thinks to close it.

Countdown timer

A sleek and modern version of one of the early relics of MySpace website design. 

Freeze Your Map Block

 

Ever get caught zooming in on a Map Block when you're scrolling down your Contact page? Well worry no more! You can scroll right by with Square Plugins custom code for freezing your Map Block: 

.sqs-block-map {pointer-events: none;}


Muno Space

Muno Creative blasted off with a new focus on sharing tips, tricks and tutorials for making the most of the Squarespace platform. They call it Muno Space. Plus, they are official Squarespace Specialists!

Inline tweeting

Boost your social media by offering your visitors the ability to share your words on Twitter with a few clicks: @@Sending a tweet from Squarespace has never been easier.@@


Rotating testimonials/quotes

Who doesn't want to humble brag a bit? Muno Space makes it easier to smoothly transition between endorsements or testimonials with this code and tutorial. 

  • Special Thanks to @danscharch for his fantastic work on my brand new website. Check it out: http://www.aatifnawaz.com . Go on.
    — Aatif Nawaz
  • Swanky on Squarespace thanks to Dan Scharch of Left Coast Websites! Check out my new domain here :) www.allisonstrong.com!
    — Allison Strong
  • I'm a fan and can personally endorse @danscharch & his website skills. Need a new website? Dan's your man. Trust me.
    — Ruby Veridiano
  • Cannot give a higher recommendation to @danscharch and his company Left Coast Designs. Did an excellent job!
    — Dee Raz

Quick CSS tricks

See the full Squarespace guide for CSS here.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is generally the styling to your website. It is the color, font, and spacing language.

And there are some simple codes you can add right into the Design > Custom CSS section of your website to spice it up.


Broad + Main Design

Courtney at Broad + Main Design offers some great CSS customizations for professional photographers and creatives alike. I've highlighted a few from her blog post here.

+ Reduce the padding/spacing around your Image Blocks

.sqs-block.image-block {
padding: 2px !important;
}

+ Change Gallery Block arrow colors

.sqs-gallery-controls .previous, .sqs-gallery-controls .next {
background: none !important;
color: #b7ab34 !important
}

+ Customize the Line Block

.sqs-block hr {
border-top: 1px solid #cfdbd3;
border-bottom: none;
background-color: transparent;
padding-bottom: 0px;
padding-top: 0px;
margin-left: 0px;
margin-top: 0px;
margin-bottom: 0px
}

Notice the Line Blocks on this post are purple. I was able to do this by changing the border-top color (#cfdbd3).

Likewise, I decreased the padding-bottom and padding-top below 0px to -5px. It's possible this could cause some elements to clash, so it's not always recommended.


Markdown Tricks

 Read the Squarespace guide  here .

Read the Squarespace guide here.

Markdown is a code language you probably never heard of. Wikipedia states it's "often used to format readme files, for writing messages in online discussion forums, and to create rich text using a plain text editor." Rarely used in Squarespace, the Markdown Block can offer some great features.


Create Hide/Show FAQs

Colin Irwin offers plenty of information and code for user experience solutions. Irwin made the process easy here, laying out the simple Markdown and jQuery code needed to make a sleek FAQ format.

You can see this in action with the CSS Tricks from Broad + Main Design above.


Hive Social

Create a Magnifying Glass Search icon in your Main Navigation

Hive Social offers this tidbit by first recognizing that every Squarespace website automatically has a Search page. You can find yours by typing /search after your primary domain. (Or you can try leftcoastwebsites.com/search

Leveraging the Search page, Hive Social shows how to inject code to add the magnifying glass icon. See it here.


Melanie Craft & Co.

Strikethrough and Underlined Text

The Squarespace Text Block has options to turn on bold and italic text, but where is the underline option?  Never fear! Melanie Craft & Co. offer a simple solution with Markdown code to spice up your blog posts and website copy. Check it out here and below:

Upgrade my Squarespace skills:
* Learn CSS tips
* Learn Markdown tricks


Video Backgrounds

Why add an image when you can add video?

Well, video has been tricky for Squarespace for some time. To add a video with the Video Block it needs to be hosted elsewhere, like YouTube or Vimeo.

But Waveney and Ruben of Muno Creative have broken down how to add video backgrounds to your Squarespace website. You can add video banners to regular Pages or video backgrounds to the Cover Page option. Check it out here.


Brian Carroll

Learn the Developer platform

If you want more than the template design, Squarespace offers the Developer Platform, where you can dive into the code side of the platform. As Squarespace says, the Developer Platform "gives you full control over your site's HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while providing you with a JSON API to output content from the CMS."

See the Developer Platform website here or Squarespace Template Developer Brian Carroll's tutorial on getting started.


Know more great solutions?
Want to share them?
Contact me!

Create a Cover Page in Five Steps and Five Minutes

I've heard so many podcasts talk about how simple it is to build a Squarespace website that I thought I'd illustrate it in the best possible way using a real example.

On Episode 119, The Fighter and The Kid joked that their podcast producer, Evan the Beard, should create a website to start a business for his gang of motorcycle-riding bros to throw parties. Brendan wanted him to call it Studs and Beards. And through the magic of Squarespace, I did it for them. Like a Caribbean tiger!

And you can create your own just as easily. No team of computer scientists needed.

Step One.

Start a new Squarespace Cover Page trial by choosing a layout from squarespace.com/coverpage.

Step Two

After adding your contact information for your free trial, you'll see the Squarespace platform and your new website. Click the Imagery section to add an image.

Clicking this...

 ...shows this.

...shows this.

Step Three

Click the Branding & Text section to edit the text of your website.

Step Four

Add buttons or forms through the Action section. I added a form to Join the Party and a button to see the TFATK website.

Step Five

Almost there! We need to name this 1, 2, cutie pie. 

Click the Domain section and add your custom domain (FREE with an annual Squarespace plan).

Click Settings to update to a Squarespace plan. Need a promo code? Use FIGHTER for 10% off when you sign up with Squarespace. (Saved me 10% on this website too!)

That's all, folks!

Enjoy studsandbeards.com and tell The Fighter and the Kid about it - @fighternthekid!


Need more help?

Check out the Squarespace Cover Page guides here or
contact Left Coast Websites for your Squarespace needs.

Supercharge Your Squarespace

Squarespace makes it easy to build a beautiful website. You know that. You did it.
Why not go beyond beauty? Make it sleek. Make it gorgeous. Make it sexy.

There are amazing people going beyond beauty and beyond the templates all across the Internet. Luckily for the Squarespace community, they are sharing the details of their designs, and you can find some of the very best below!  


Silva Bokis

Template Finder

Template choice is no secret. You can find it right in the Page Source code. Sound difficult? It's not and Silva Bokis makes it easy with a tutorial and searchable database.

Tracking Form Submissions

Ever wonder if your form is working? Silva has you covered. Find out how to easily track Squarespace form submissions in Google Analytics.


Hananiah Wilson

A graphic designer and owner of Hanoona Media, Hananiah has dropped some great and simple code snippets to spice up your blog.

Drop Cap Intro

Start with a bang! Use Hananiah's code and tutorial to highlight sections of text and a drop cap intro. (Shout out to DJ Khalid, star of Snapchat and the hiphop game, and @patrickswong for creating khalidipsum.com - dummy text inspired by the rapper.)

You see the hedges, how I got it shaped up? It’s important to shape up your hedges, it’s like getting a haircut, stay fresh. They will try to close the door on you, just open it. Life is what you make it, so let’s make it. To be successful you’ve got to work hard, to make history, simple, you’ve got to make it. The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Learning is cool, but knowing is better, and I know the key to success. The ladies always say Khaled you smell good, I use no cologne. Cocoa butter is the key.

Pull quote

Continue the slick magazine design with this code to highlight a quote or other text.

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow."
- Woodrow Wilson

Squareplugins

One of the best resources to upgrade the design of your Squarespace website. Explore the colorful grid of available plugins for free or purchase. Well worth the look!

Freebies

Indulge in the Freebies section. You can find code to add a margin around the outside of your website, or hide the announcement bar icon, so no one thinks to close it.

Countdown timer

A sleek and modern version of one of the early relics of MySpace website design. Squareplugins offer a free plugin every month and the countdown timer is the most recent addition. Plus, you'll always want to be checking back for more!


Muno Space

Muno Creative blasted off with a new focus on sharing tips, tricks and tutorials for making the most of the Squarespace platform. They call it Muno Space. Plus, they are official Squarespace Specialists!

Inline tweeting

Boost your social media by offering your visitors the ability to share your words on Twitter with a few clicks: @@Sending a tweet from Squarespace has never been easier.@@


Rotating testimonials/quotes

Who doesn't want to humble brag a bit? Muno Space makes it easier to smoothly transition between endorsements or testimonials with this code and tutorial. 

  • Special Thanks to @danscharch for his fantastic work on my brand new website. Check it out: http://www.aatifnawaz.com . Go on.
    — Aatif Nawaz
  • Swanky on Squarespace thanks to Dan Scharch of Left Coast Websites! Check out my new domain here :) www.allisonstrong.com!
    — Allison Strong
  • I'm a fan and can personally endorse @danscharch & his website skills. Need a new website? Dan's your man. Trust me.
    — Ruby Veridiano
  • Cannot give a higher recommendation to @danscharch and his company Left Coast Designs. Did an excellent job!
    — Dee Raz

Brian Carroll

Learn the Developer platform

If you want more than the template design, Squarespace offers the Developer Platform, where you can dive into the code side of the platform. As Squarespace says, the Developer Platform "gives you full control over your site's HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while providing you with a JSON API to output content from the CMS."

See the Developer Platform website here or Squarespace Template Developer Brian Carroll's tutorial on getting started.


If you've been able to upgrade your website at all with this article, @@please let me know!@@ 

And if you're eager for more, check out my original compilation of tips and tricks here!

The Simple SEO Options You're Not Using on Squarespace

If there was a Search Engine High School prom, you'd want Google as your date.

Forget the pretty artist or the handsome jock, Google is the charming bookworm. And Google likes words. Purposeful, clear words. If you're silent, Google will ignore you. If you're repetitive, talk to the hand.

What you need to prepare in Squarespace is how to use your words. There are two simple fields in Squarespace that can help make it easy for search engines like Google to find you and most people don't bother to fill them out at all!

Site Description

Found in Settings > Basic Information. This is, ahem, a description of your site, or a short bio. 

If you've made a portfolio website, be sure to include your name here. If you're a business, be sure to use keywords that customers would use to describe your product or service.

Search Engine Description

Found in Settings > Marketing > SEO.
The description says it all - "One or two short sentences that describe your website. This description is used in the search results of search engines like Google." You're literally telling Google who you are!

This is the info that shows beneath your site name within Google search results.


For more information, visit these Squarespace guides:
Basic Information Settings
Adding search engine and page descriptions

The Single Greatest & Most Graphic Squarespace Ad

If you've heard a podcast or two, you've no doubt heard a Squarespace ad. Or if you're jamming out on Soundcloud. Or if you've been in a NYC taxi. Squarespace advertises plenty. But the best part of Squarespace's podcast advertisements is the freedom they give entertainers to create those advertisements.

If you spend enough time watching the #Squarespace hashtag on Twitter, you'll notice people have their favorite podcasts and ads. I've seen fans of RuPaul, Marco Arment, Back to Work, Slashfilm, and Indoor Kids call out their favorite ads, alongside the scores of people loving or hating Squarespace's mash-up tracks from Jai Wolf and Geographer:

 

But none of them hold a candle to stand-up comedian Duncan Trussell.

Before his conversation with spiritual leader Jack Kornfield in Episode #148, Trussell unleashes an epically nightmarish and existential exploration of what it means to build (or not build) your website with Squarespace.

The stand-up comedian has a knack for explaining things in a wildly spiritual and psychedelic way. In Episode #148, he does not disappoint. (You can hear the NSFW ad here, two minutes in. It ends about ten minutes in.)

The Good

After reading the features of the platform without slipping, the copy quickly breaks down to so much more. Trussell poetically equates website design to technologically fishing in the digital ocean and throwing a boomerang into the bits and bytes of the Web.

He even characterizes website design as a form of idea sex:

Don’t you want to see what happens if you extend your technological proboscis and shove it deep into the warm innards of the Internet to see what kind of weird stuff is gonna come back?

The Bad

Then he goes down an existential wormhole. He admits his own shortcomings when he tried to become a web designer years ago meanwhile waging war on the millions of cockroaches in his Echo Park apartment. Trussell's "poor decision to be a pseudo-charlatan web designer" mixed with the fumes of roach-killing bug spray assures Trussell he will be reincarnated into a cockroach in the next life. 

Some more gems:

It makes you seem dangerous to have a low-grade website, it makes you seem like you’re up to no good. It probably gets you on a thousand NSA watchlists.
You can ruin your life with a bad website.
You don’t want some awful website hanging out there like some kind of scrotal mistake on the digital sea.

The Ugly?

Much like his own podcast, Duncan Trussell takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. Shortly after going downhill from making a bad website to a nightmarish raid on your home and family by "jack-booted thugs", Trussell offers the only thing worthy of saving you from such torture: Squarespace.

Enjoy!

Smartphones Might Be Why You're Not Showing Up On Google

Smartphones are everywhere. There is a good chance you're reading this on yours too. On the toilet.

Google knows this. (No, not the toilet part. Maybe?) They're not dumb. To adapt to an ever-changing technological world, Google began ranking mobile-friendly websites higher in search results...

Six months ago.

You might have missed the memo or it was piled under a bunch of other amazing news. Something like the eighteen baby pandas photographed today.

 That's normal nowadays. No, not the pandas, missing out on important information. But this news is straight from the biggest, most-used search engine on the planet. And if your website isn't mobile-friendly, people might not find it. 

The good news is that Squarespace has done this automagically (yes, automagically) since September 2012. As soon as your website is built with them, it can adjust properly to any device - iPhone, Android, iPad, or your regular computer. Squarespace is mobile-friendly.

If you're not on Squarespace, there is a chance you're only hurting yourself. Sometimes services, or even designers, require you to pay them to build multiple versions of your website. And then you're paying for it in a different way too, you're not being found. It means a smaller audience, less sales, and fewer views. That's old school and no good. 

You can test your own website for mobile-ready capability here.

 And if you're interested in moving your website to Squarespace, or starting fresh, Left Coast Websites can help. Check out our Packages here or click in the Main Navigation.

The One Detail Most Squarespace Users Forget

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was famous for focusing on the details. He made sure his players did too, right down to their socks. Because crappy, bunched-up socks meant blisters, and blisters meant crappy footwork, which meant crappy shots, drives, and games. Wooden said:

"It's the little details that are vital.
Little things make big things happen."

The design of your website is no different. Website builders have giant Customer Care teams because people want to know everything. They want to perfect their presence, and you do too!

But there is one bit of customization so many expert Squarespace users neglect to change: the favicon.

What's a favicon?

Google told me a favicon is "an icon associated with a URL that is variously displayed, as in a browser's address bar or next to the site name in a bookmark list." It's a small image, but it can be another nice touch to your compelling design.

 Learn more about Squarespace's favicon journey  here .

Learn more about Squarespace's favicon journey here.

And like most everything else in Squarespace, you can swap out that ugly, default black cube for something cool really easily. Just grab yourself a tiny square image and follow the steps here.

Simple.


Know a website with a kick-ass favicon? Someone going to lengths even John Wooden would appreciate? Reach out to me on Twitter (@danscharch).
I'd love to check it out.

Why Squarespace is Bad at Resumes - And How to Fix Them

You're an outsider. You're a rebel. You're aware that silly paper resumes are a thing of the past and even hiring managers don't want to read them. So you want to make a resume on your personal website, add a bit of flair to your skills. And Squarespace, with all of its benefits, falls a bit flat. And why wouldn't it? It's not made for that. 

But you have a job application to bang out and, damnit, you're gonna do it!

Below you'll see some strategies and tricks around the things that make resumes difficult while building your personal website using Squarespace.

Beware: Columns

Squarespace sucks at resumes because resumes suck. All those rows and columns, c'mon! Why not design a bit better in the 21st century? 

What we need to remember here is Squarespace allows you to build pages with a 12-column layout. You'll notice this when you drop content side by side and change the widths. The columns snap as you move things.

In other words, as Squarespace notes in this guide:

In layouts with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 12 columns, all columns have an equal width. If you have a different number of columns, they'll need to have different widths.

Mobile

On top of the regular column layout, Squarespace's responsive design displays your content in an organized way on every device. The problem is that sometimes that organization makes no sense if someone wants to read chronologically. You could end confusing the hiring manager seeing your beautiful website and that's the last thing you want to do. 

The best option here is to check your website through your phone or re-size your web browser to see how the blocks stack on top of one another, as you build. If you're having trouble, Squarespace has a great Help article to explain this phenomenon.

With that being said, Squarespace has a ton of potential for designing something better than a paper resume.

So what do we do? Below are some strategies for taking your resume to the next level.

Tell Your Story

A resume is essentially your narrative of your work experience. You want to show how you've developed, what you've done, and where you've gone.

This is your time to shine! Use your words!  

A good example is Red Russak. He kept it simple and straight-up, writing his bio out with his yearly accomplishments as hyperlinks.

Get Visual

Why not make your work experience pop with some company logos? You can use the Grid Gallery Block feature to upload company logos and then link each of them to a separate page you can build, explaining your work responsibilities and even showing off some images or videos you may have to accompany that. Check out how Joshua McCartney and Ellen Skye Riley did this.

If you're having trouble finding company logos or you simply want to use another image, The Noun Project has tons of amazing vector images for free (with copyright included) or for purchase. Case in point to the right.

Summarize Your Work

Even better than the Grid Gallery Block might be the Summary Block. Instead of building several pages for each company you know, you could create one Blog page in your Not Linked section (so it's not visible in the Main Navigation) with an entry for each company. Add a blog post thumbnail in the Options section to represent it and then use a Summary Block on your Work Experience page. The Summary Block will automatically be fed by the blog post you made and you can style it with a Wall, Carousel, Grid, or List layout. 

Download Button

Forget that lame ol' text link! You can create a button specifically for someone to download your resume if they want to share or print it later. Check out the Button Block guide here and note Step 3 shows you how to link the button. The File option there will allow you to upload a resume file. Boom!

Bullets

If you want to use bullets to outline your past work duties, it's best to either use a single column on a page, or multiple columns with minimal style changes between them. Devon Stank and Ximena Vengoechea created some good examples of keeping it minimal with bullets.

A Living Resume

Because maintaining a website can be a hassle and it helps to have yourself in as many spots as possible, why not create a living resume? Rachael King used this visual and interactive strategy through Pinterest to highlight her work. And 2.9K Followers is nothing to sneeze at.


That's all, folks!

Or is it!? Do you have a cool resume strategy you'd like to share with the world, and more specifically, me? Fire off a comment here or hit me on the Twitter (@danscharch). Sharing is caring!

And if any or all of this makes your head spin and you just want someone to talk to you like a human being and build your website, check me out and we'll talk!

Ten Steps to Kickstart a Squarespace Trial

While Squarespace makes it easy to create an extraordinary website, it can be overwhelming jumping right in. There is so much you can do, and so much you want to do! But to make things just a bit simpler, I've created these ten steps to perform before doing anything else creative you'd like to do.

 

1. Choose your template

Duh! This is where the fun begins. Squarespace keeps it simple with less than 30 templates,  but there is so much possibility! If you haven't already, find your favorite template here.


2. Sign up for a trial

Name, Email, and Password.
That's it. No credit card needed.

Now the clock starts. You have 14 days to create your brand new, beautiful website.


3. Set Your Site Title

Click through the prompts and find the Site Title section. Name this sucker, make it your own!

You can change it later by hovering over the Site Title on the page and click Edit, or head to Design > Logo & Title to set your Site Title.


4. Change the default domain

Squarespace offers a free domain with every trial website you create, however, it will look like this: leftcoastwebsites.squarespace.com. There may even be numbers in the URL, making it look unprofessional. You can change this by going to Settings > Domains > and clicking your Built-in Domain there to rename it.


5. Create your first page, set it as Home

Now that your website has a name and an address, let's create the first page. Click the Pages panel option and click the + symbol. A few options will appear, click the regular Page one. Name it Home.

Choose a Starter Layout you'd like to start with, like About, Contact, or Details, or keep it Blank and click "Start Editing".

Now set it as the Home page using the guide here. (You can change this later.)


6. Delete the demo pages right away

You don't need no stinkin' Demo pages! They may be cool to look at and try to model your website after, but simply editing them can cause problems with your website down the line. It's best to start from scratch. If you're unsure how to delete pages, check out the guide here.


7. Decide on "Powered by Squarespace"

By default, templates may have the text "Powered by Squarespace" in the website footer. Some website builders require this, however, Squarespace does not. If you'd like to remove it before it shows up on all the pages you create, you can hover over the footer area and click Edit. You should then be able to see a small trash icon to delete the Text Block. For more guidance, check out the guide here.


8. Set Your Search Engine Description

Once you start a website, it's possible for search engines to read your site content and make a search engine result it thinks represents you. The sooner, the better to set a Search Engine Description which is the sentence or two displayed when someone finds your website in search engine results. You can edit that under Settings > SEO. For more guidance, check out the guide here.


9. Set Your Social Sharing Logo

When sharing your website (trial or not) on social media, you'll want a possible social media icon to show. People like pictures so why not use that to your advantage? Go to Design > Logo & Title and scroll down. After setting this, for Facebook specifically, you'll want to run your URL through the debugger (here) so Facebook is reading the most recent content of your website. Check out the guide here for more guidance.


10. Get building!

Go ahead! Build pages, create content blocks, and make it your own!

Squarespace's Video Series: Next Steps with Squarespace might be a good place to start.