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3 Functional CSS Code Snippets You Need for Your Squarespace Website

Bold & Pop : 3 Functional CSS Code Snippets You Need for Your Squarespace Website

Whether you’re a fellow Squarespace designer or someone looking to spruce up their current website, we know how much you love our Squarespace coding snippets and tutorials that we give soooo we’re back with some more! In case you didn’t catch the first five (like adding a custom font to your site, you can get them here or five more we provided, you can get those here too!)

Usually the code snippets we share are fun design elements to make your site look awesome but what about the times you need something to just function better from a user experience point-of-view? Today we’re talking about some of those fixes! We’ll be sharing:

  • How to remove hyphens on mobile

  • How to hide the dates on your blog posts

  • How to force the titles in your grid gallery to wrap so all the text will display

Alright now let’s get to the good stuff!

Remove hyphens on mobile

How many times have you finalized your site to be just the way you want only to look at mobile and see half of your headers hyphenated? It looks messy and can make it hard to read your text. Luckily, adding the below text to the Custom CSS section of your site will fix this problem in 2 seconds! To find the Custom CSS section of your site, go to Design > Custom CSS.

p, h1, h2, h3 {
     -webkit-hyphens: manual !important;
        -moz-hyphens: manual !important;
         -ms-hyphens: manual !important;
             hyphens: manual !important;
   }

Remove blog date

Removing the dates of your blog posts might seem like an odd thing to do but if you have evergreen content, this is essential to keeping that content relevant! If you have a great blog post from 2017 that’s still relevant today, then visitors might discredit the post since it’s “old.” So you can see why it might be a good idea to remove the dates. To do this, you’re going to add the below code to the Custom CSS on your site.

.entry-title-wrapper .date { display: none; }

Force title in grid gallery to wrap

Don’t you just hate when you get your grid gallery looking amazing on your desktop and then you make the screen smaller or look on mobile and the text collapses but doesn’t display all of it? This is almost always an issue for us on client sites but we have an easy solution for you! Add the below code to your Custom CSS and voila! Your text will wrap now!

.sqs-gallery-block-grid.sqs-gallery-block-meta-only-title .margin-wrapper .image-slide-title {
     white-space: normal; 
     line-height: 1.5em;
 }

And there you have it! Three simple codes to add to your site to help improve the functionality and user-experience no matter what screen size they have!

Please note: Because we can’t see the backend of your website, we do not provide assistance with the above code snippets.

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5 Easy Squarespace Hacks to use on your Blog

Bold & Pop : 5 Easy Squarespace Hacks to use on your Blog

Is Squarespace a good platform for bloggers? Ab-so-freaking-lutely! In fact, it was my experience switching my lifestyle blog to the platform that actually inspired us to use Squarespace for projects to begin with! Since then we’ve built 50+ websites on the platform and you could say we’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way. So today we’re spilling the beans on some of our favorites features and hacks that you can use on your blog. So if you’re a blogger, have a blog on your website or are just interested in some of the features you can use then you’re definitely in the right place!

You Have Options when it comes to Sidebars

Sometimes picking a template can be tricky because you may like the design elements of some, but the internal functioning of others. So which one do you go with?! Here’s the good news, you have some options when it comes to sidebars. If you pick a template that already has them, great! Then you can just use the internal option, but don’t feel like you can’t have the option if you want it because there are options my friends!

Faux Sidebars

Your first option is creating a faux sidebar. This is a great option is you want more of a landing page for your blog where you’ll show different categories of posts or want things displayed in more of a grid format — meaning instead of landing on one blog post, visitors will land on a page showcasing many of your blog posts. There’s a lot of different design routes you can go down with this one but essentially what you will be doing is creating a column of content next to your summary blocks that micmic the look of a sidebar. Once you click into a blog post, this will disappear but it’s a great option if you want a little about section next to your content when people first land on the blog. Below is an example of how Mallory implemented a faux sidebar on her website.

Sidebar Plugin

If you’re looking for something a little more permanent that will appear on each blog post, then buying a sidebar plugin may be the right choice for you. SQSP Themes offers a great option that can be easily added and is worth every penny of its cost. Both Mallory and I used this on our websites and then we also have it on the Bold & Pop website! Currently, it’s $50 for a single use and $120 for a business license (which we purchased and is a great option for fellow designers). The plugin rocks because the instructions are easy to follow and you’ll get the perks of having a built-in sidebar without having to feel restricted in your template choice. Essentially the way it works is you’ll have a separate page where you’ll put everything you want on your sidebar and then the plugin pulls that info onto your blog pages. So the way you edit it is a little different than one that is built-in but nothing major. Plus, looking at a website you’d never know if the sidebar was built in or a plug-in.

Summary Blocks are your BFFs

Whether you want to highlight related posts at the end of your post (like we do here), share different products you sell, or showcase your most recent or popular posts on your homepage then summary blocks are about to be your BFFs. Really though, there are so many options here. The key to using summary blocks is going to be making sure you use the categories feature on your blog posts, tags, or both! This is how you will tell your summary blocks what content you want to appear, so it’s important to keep up with that.

Not only are they really useful but they are so versatile too — in their uses and design. There are 4 different layout options including wall, carousel, list and grid and each can be customized as well. Having different styles allows you to stack multiple summary blocks on top of each other to highlight different categories without them all looking the same. Below is an example of a design we did with summary blocks for one of our clients who has a health and wellness blog.

Maximize using Category Pages

Bold & Pop : 5 Easy Squarespace Hacks to use on your Blog

Adding onto the conversation of using category tags, creating a dropdown or buttons that link to pages filtered by category is another helpful hack for your blog. This allows visitors to easily access content that they are most interested in without having to scroll through page after page. User-experience is key!

You can do this in your navigation or by linking buttons or custom images. I’m going to start by walking you through the navigation option:

  1. Create a folder and title it “Categories” or whatever you would like it named

  2. Within the folder, create a new “Link” page. When you click the add a page or + sign you can scroll down to the “Other” category to find link pages

  3. Give your link a title that will correspond with the category you will be filtering

  4. Click the “Clickthrough URL” and click “Content”. After doing that, find your blog and next to it will be a dropdown arrow. Click that and select either “Choose category” or “Choose tag”

  5. Click the option you would like, then click save and repeat the process for all categories.

The process is similar if you instead decide to link to a filtered category page using a button or a custom graphic.

  1. Add your button, graphic or photo will be linking

  2. Click the “Clickthrough URL” and click “Content”. After doing that, find your blog and next to it will be a dropdown arrow. Click that and select either “Choose category” or “Choose tag”

  3. Click the option you would like, then click save and repeat the process for all categories.

Get Creative with your Homepage or Landing Page Design

Blog websites don’t always have to look so… bloggy! Even if it’s your main jam, you don’t have to have people land directly on your latest blog post. Instead you can create a landing page or more of a traditional homepage design for a personal website. This allows you some flexibility to focus on more things than just your posts and give people a more rounded look at who you are, what you do and easier navigation. This also really opens up the design options for your website. When you’re designing a landing page you’ll want to have the bigger picture in mind in terms of the content you showcase and you guessed it, summary blocks are going to be reallyyyy helpful on this hack too. Here’s a look at how I laid out the landing page on my blog.

Remove Blog Dates

If you’re a news website or something very timely having the dates on your blog content may be helpful, but in many instances they’re more of a con than a pro. Fox example, maybe you create a lot of evergreen content but only blog once a month or you went through a busy season and didn’t get to as many posts as you’d like. If you have the dates on the posts then they may appear outdated. We live in an age that is obsessed with new and fresh advice so if your post isn’t all that new then you may end up having people click off even if it’s still relevant. Luckily there’s a quick fix to this issue that can be used across templates. All you have to do is go to your “Design” page, click “Custom CSS” and then copy and paste the code below. Wa-lah now no one will know if that post was written yesterday or a week ago!

/*** Remove blog date ***/

.entry-title-wrapper .date { display: none; }

Make your Content Easy to Pin

Pinterest is a blogging gold mine so make sure you’re making your content easy to pin. I recommend having one graphic or image that has the title of your post if possible. Now that Pinterest has cut back on showing pin data, the images you pin are even more important. Next up, implement the Pinterest Save Buttons. This feature enables the little pin buttons that show up when you hover over blog images (like the example below)

Bold & Pop : 5 Easy Squarespace Hacks to use on your Blog

You can enable and customize the style of the icon for your website by:

  1. Going to the Marketing Page

  2. Under “Promotion” click “Pinterest Save Buttons”

  3. Then select which pages you’d like them to appear on and pick your customization features

Bold & Pop : 5 Easy Squarespace Hacks to use on your Blog

Another important reminder is to make sure you’ve added file names or alt text to your images because this information will be what Pinterest pulls for the caption of the images. You will find this in your image blocks under “Filename”.

Not only is this important for creating content that is optimized for Pinterest but it’s also really important for your SEO. So if you aren’t already in the habit of adding it in when you upload images, now is the time!

Squarespace is such a great platform for many different types of businesses, bloggers included and it’s even better when you know about how you can implement features on your website. I hope you’ve found this post helpful and let us know in the comments if you have any further questions or could use some help with your website!

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How to Write an About Page for your Website that Makes an Impact

Bold & Pop : How to Write an About Page for your Website that Makes an Impact

Raise your hand if you’ve settled on the about page of your website or put off redoing it because… well, it is hard AF to write about yourself sometimes! Girl, we have been there. Here’s the thing though, your about page is SO dang important -- even more so if you’re a service-based business. Not only is it where you showcase why you’re credible and more info on your business but it’s a place where you can really highlight your personality and why people would want to work with you. And spoiler, people want to work with people who they feel like they have a connection with! Tackling our own about page was on our to-do list this year, so now that we got it done (and survived) I’m spilling tips to help you crush yours too!

Your tone of voice is everything!

Your about page should speak to your target audience. Plain and simple! This page is literally dedicated to telling others who the heck you are, what you do, and whyyy they should be banging on your door to work with you. So before you do anythingggg and start nailing down the nitty gritty of what you want to include, you need to sit down and think about who the heck you’re talking to.

If you work with fun, outgoing go-getting women then make sure your copy reflects that! You’re not going to catch their eye by writing a blah boring bio… snoozefest. Instead, consider writing catchy fun headlines that will draw them in and make it more conversational like you were new friends getting to know each other over some coffee. Kind of like how I’m doing in this blog post! On the flip side, if you work with larger corporations or in an industry that is a little more formal, then writing punchy, fun copy probably isn’t going to cut it. Know your people and make sure your tone matches what they’re looking for! And if you don’t know who your people are yet, because you’re just getting started, then write for who you want your people to be! When we started Bold & Pop we knew our brand was going to be bright, colorful and happy! And while we work with clients with all sorts of design styles, one thing we wanted to make sure shined through is that we’re fun and positive women who just want to support our clients — so you’ll notice our copy reflects that!

Hash out the details

While your tone of voice is actually going to be what draws people in, you also need to make sure your page actually has some meat! When Mallory and I were working on our about page revamp we did an outline of different things we wanted to highlight including different facts, like how long we’ve been working in the industry, types of clients we’ve represented, where we went to college, press outlets we’ve been featured in — all of that legit credibility stuff. We also thought about some different fun traits about our personalities that we wanted to highlight too. Like I mentioned, your about page is somewhere for people to get to know you and start to feel a connection with you — before they actually know you. So think about this, every detail you provide is another chance for you to be relatable (or just interesting) to others. Oh you’re big into country music? ME TOO! You went to college in Oregon? I love Oregon.. Now of course you don’t have to list everyyy detail about yourself but ones that make sense to highlight open up those touch points for others to connect on.

Break things up

On top of outlining some of the key details, another helpful tip is to think about how you want it structured. There’s no wrong or right way to do this, but we knew we wanted to section out different parts of the things we wanted to touch on. Plus, with people’s attention spans forever decreasing, breaking sections up with graphics and/or photos will make the user-experience a lot better. You want to give people lots of good info, but you also don’t want them to feel like they’re reading a novel on your life. By breaking things up, you can still include lots of details without it feeling overwhelming.

I recommend doing this by starting with the content sections you want to include and think about fun ways you could highlight some differently. For example, we knew we wanted to have an introduction that let people know who we were and a high-level background of our experience so that they knew exactly what we did if that’s as far as they read. From there, we then wanted to include our Co-founder story of how we met and started working together because it’s kind of a funny story, and then we went into our individual bios, then after that we decided we just wanted to have another fun section with more personal details on our personalities. To break things up but also be able to cram in a lot of metrics about our Bold & Pop careers, we created a ticker animation feature that showcased some of those metrics without having it in paragraph form. We also added a slider image with photos/graphics to highlight some of our personal interests to break things up a bit.

Writing an effective about page is all about connecting with your audience, highlighting why you are as awesome as you are, and make the experience of doing both one that is easy and enjoyable! Hopefully you’ve found these tips helpful. Feel free to pop over to ours to see the final product and as always drop any questions/comments you have below!

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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