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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 Optimize your Squarespace Ecommerce Website

Bold & Pop : How to Optimize your Squarespace Ecommerce Website

It’s no secret we’re HUGE fans of Squarespace and we’ve shared everything from how to choose a template, why the Brine family is our favorite template, various coding for customization andddd how to set your SEO up properly. The one big piece of Squarespace we haven’t talked too much about is their ecommerce functionality but Squarespace has been upping their game when it comes to this. Along with having a secure and easy checkout with a great shop design, there are a few lesser known features that you’ll want to make the most of if you have an ecommerce site. These are focused on helping you increase conversions in an easy way (literally you just have to enable a few things!).

Bold & Pop : How to Optimize your Squarespace Ecommerce Website

Image Zoom

Pretty standard on most ecommerce platforms but you definitely want to have this enabled! It allows customers to get a closer view of the product they’re interested in which can be the difference in making a sale or them walking away. If you enable this, make sure you have high quality images so they’re crisp and clean on zoom.

If you don’t have this enabled, head to the Design > Site Styles > Products: Image Zoom and make sure you enable it. You can also adjust how much it zooms in to fit your preferences!

Alternate Image

You can also enable an alternate image to show on your main shop page. This is great if you have a product that comes in different colors or has details on different sides you’d like the show off. Basically if a customer comes to your shop and they hover over a product, the main image will switch out with the alternate so they get to see both! This encourages them to click through to the product listing to learn more (and hopefully purchase!).

To enable this, go to your Site Styles. It may simply be clicking to enable the alternate image option or it might be under Item Hover Behavior which you’d then change to Show Alternate Image.

Quick View

Enabling quick view is an awesome way to provide customers with more product info without having to fulling click into the product listing. This also allows them to purchase right from the main shop page!

You can enable this in Site Styles as well!

Free Shipping

A lot of our ecommerce clients provide free shipping (customers do love to have free anything!) but it can get a tad tricky on Squarespace. They do allow an easy to enable automatic free shipping option but only on their advanced commerce plan (this plan also provides abandoned cart notifications too!).

The problem is this plan doesn’t always make sense for everyone so if you want to provide free shipping for customers on the basic commerce plan, you can either provide customers with a coupon code or our recommendation would be to set up a flat rate shipping option in the backend of Squarespace and simply make it $0. #SquarespaceHack FTW

Add a carousel summary block to Additional Info

Related Products

Unfortunately this is one area that is still lacking a bit for Squarespace, BUT we have a hack to help you still add related products!

Choose your shop page in the Content tab to popular with products

Chances are you’ll add products and use categories in your product listing to sort them for customers (and if not, you definitely need to categorize your products for this). What you need to do is, go to the backend of your shop page and click into a product to edit. Click the tab on the product page that says Additional Info. Once you’re in that section, you’ll want to insert a summary block (we recommend a carousel layout). Once inserted, you’ll have to choose the content you want to populate the summary block with. Choose your shop page and then you can change the layout to your liking (we suggest changing the Header from “Featured” to “Products You May Also Like” or something along those lines).

You can save as is here or you can go to the Display tab and sort the products shown by category or even tags. It will really depend on your product but if you sell shirts, you might not want to display all shirts as related products. You might want to help customers complete their outfit so maybe you sort by tags instead. For example, if you have a summer collection, you might want the related products to be sorted by the tag Summer Collection.

Along with these awesome features…

Squarespace also offers some really amazing other ecommerce features you’ll want to know about including:

  • Inventory management with notifications on when you’re running low on an item (you can set what level you want this reminder at!)

  • Subscription option available so you can sell a monthly, yearly, etc. subscription

  • Variants so you can add different colors, sizes, etc. all under one product listing

  • Easy drag and drop merchandising so you can have your product listed in the exact order you want

  • Abandoned cart recovery with automatic emails sent to customers to remind them they left something behind

  • Multiple payment options so you can enable them all and give customers a choice or you can choose which one works best for your store

  • Built-in analytics so you can track your sales and any other important pieces of information to make the most of your shop and marketing efforts

And there you have it, some lesser known features you can use to really amp up your ecommerce site to help boost those conversions!

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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