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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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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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2019 Website Trends: Micro Animations and How to Do Them

Bold & Pop : 2019 Website Trends: Micro Animations and How to Do Them

If you haven’t noticed having an interactive element to your website has become increasingly more popular over the last few years. And we’re here to tell you this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Luckily, you don’t have to go crazy when it comes to adding these interactive elements. Think banner slideshows, rotating testimonials, hover animations, and our new favorite… micro-scroll animations! This is where an element appears on your screen (slides in, floats up, bounces in, etc.) as you scroll through the site. Having an interactive element like this on your website keeps the user engaged and actually helps improve their user experience as well!

Keeps the User Engaged:

Our eyes are naturally drawn to movement meaning that elements appearing upon scrolling is more visually interesting than static text and images. This means your website visitor’s interest will be held longer as they continue to scroll further down your page.

Improves User Experience:

Along with keeping users’ engaged, scrolling animations can help direct your website visitors around your website. These animations can help draw attention to specific sections or key content on the page. It’s almost like giving your visitors a map of where they should go next while on your site, but in a fun and interactive way! For example, you may have static text and the animation piece is when a “Read More” button appears as users begin to scroll. Their scrolling indicates that they have finished reading and are now ready for the next action on the site (the “Read More” button). This helps provide them with easy navigation throughout the site and ultimately, a positive user experience.

So what do micro-scroll animations look like?

There are a lot of options out there but here are a few examples:

Fade In

Slide Up

tada



Cool! How do I add this to my site?

First thing you need to do is add the below code to your sitewide code injection. To find this, go to Settings > Advanced > Code Injection and then copy and paste this into the header code injection.

<!--Micrco-Scroll Animation Code Injection-->

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/wow/1.1.2/wow.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/animate.css/3.5.2/animate.min.css" />
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.2.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

Next up, you need to add a code block to the page you’d like the animation on. (Pro tip: Make sure this block is below what you’re animating or it won’t work. We typically add it to the bottom of the page!)

Once you add the code block, copy and paste the below code into the block. You then need to change the spot where it says #block-name and className. Block name is the block ID so you can target that specific content block to animate. If you don’t know how to find this and you use Chrome for your browser, add this extension.

Then to change the className, you want to head over to this site. Here you can see the different types of animation options available. Once you choose, the className is literally just the name in the dropdown you chose (case sensitive!).

So you’ll simply add the #block-name and className to the code in the code block then hit save!

<!--Code Block-->

<script>
$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');
$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');
$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');
$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');
$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');
</script>


<!-- Duration -->
<script> $('#block-name').attr({'data-wow-duration':'1s','data-wow-delay':'0.4s'}); </script>


<!-- Init. script -->
<script>
       new WOW().init();
</script>

If you want to add more lines than the 5 provided (or you have less than 5), just add another (or delete the remaining):

$('#block-name').addClass('wow className');

at the end before </script>.

If you want to have the same animation for all, you can just add the #block-names all in the same section. For example, it would look like:

$('#block-name, #block-name, #block-name').addClass('wow className');

in that particular section of the code.

And last but not least, if you want to change the timing of your animations, go to the section that says <!-- Duration -->. You’ll add the #block-name again and then you can adjust 'data-wow-delay':'0.4s'. For example, it would look something like:

<script>
$('#block-name').attr({'data-wow-duration':'1s','data-wow-delay':'0.4s'});
$('#block-name').attr({'data-wow-duration':'1s','data-wow-delay':'0.5s'});
$('#block-name').attr({'data-wow-duration':'1s','data-wow-delay':'0.6s'});
</script>

This will change the timing of when your animations float onto the page (like the examples we provided above).

And there you have it! Simple animations to make a BIG impact on your Squarespace site!

If you add this to your site, we’d love to see! Drop a link to your site in the comments!

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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2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

2018 is on its way outta here! This year was really a transformative one for our business. We grew a TON… 38% to be exact, hit a lot of our yearly goals early and just felt like we reallyyyy hit our stride. Now don’t get us wrong, it wasn’t all easy and breezy and we learned a lot of great and not so great lessons along the way, but it was a year of so much growth and that’s where the gold is at.

Before we get to the celebration part of our year though we want to take a minute to THANK each and every one of you reading — the ones who have worked with us, the ones who have tuned in to our blog, the ones who are a part of our Facebook Group or the ones who follow us on Instagram or another social media channels! YOU guys are the ones who have showed up for us around each bend and are the reason we have had such an amazing year, so for that we truly want to thank you for being apart of our journey. You da best! 🙌🏻 Now with that, let’s get down to some of the things we accomplished this year shall we?

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Eek! See, we told you it was a big year! And this is just a glimpse! Another one of our favorite things to do at the end of the year is to reflect on our work and some of our favorite projects. Although, this one is always tough because we really do love alllll of the projects we take on! Here’s a peek at some of our favs!


Favorite Squarespace Website Design Projects of 2018

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Magnolia Rhapsody

This simple site got a few custom features to give it the oomph it deserved! Layered photos and graphics with micro scroll animations gave it just the touch it needed.

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Run Like Clockwork

Another site we really got to flex our creative muscles on! Everything from hover animations to pop up text! There was a new interactive element around every corner.

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

EC Beauty Studio & Spa

Can you really go wrong with a gorgeous spa website?! We wanted to keep that tranquil vibe while also giving her a bold look. Color gradients and photo selection did just that!


Favorite Social Media and Influencer Marketing Campaigns

While we worked on some amazing design projects this year, 2018 brought us more social media clients than previous years. However, since those campaigns are typically in progress, you don’t always get to see the work we put into them. Most days we’re behind the scenes planning out their content on a weekly basis, taking photos for their content, networking with others, and executing influencer marketing campaigns to name a few pieces of each campaign. Here’s a peek at some of our biggest campaigns for the year:

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Fitness Industry Social Media & Influencer Marketing Campaign

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Beauty & Hair Industry
Influencer Marketing Campaign

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Health and Wellness Industry 
Social Media Campaign


Favorite Branding Design Projects of 2018

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

EmpowerHER

Working with kickass women is our fav and Kacia Fitzgerald is a powerhouse! So when she decided to launch a podcast and team up with us on the branding… Eek so exciting!

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Pink Lover

It’s no secret we love pink over at Bold & Pop so when we got the opportunity to design a logo for an ecommerce shop dedicated to the love of the color, we were in design heaven! 💕

Bold & Pop :: 2018 Year in Review: Celebrating our Biggest Wins and Fav Projects

Koket Boutique

Being a part of Koket Boutique’s journey this year was incredible! We brought her brand to life with a colorful, yet simple and sophisticated logo and a brand new website this year!


We knew 2018 was going to be big but the growth we’ve had and the projects we’ve been able to work on have completely blown us out of the water! Cheers to 2019 and all it has in store for us!

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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