Join Brian Wood for an in-depth discussion in this video Add content to a cover page, part of Squarespace 7: Intermediate Techniques.
- When it comes to cover pages, you have some formatting control. And the page actually starts from one of several templates that are specific to cover pages. Now, these are outside of the templates that come with Squarespace. In this video, you'll pick a template to use and then you'll add content like contact information and social media to the cover page. If you look at the content down here, you're going to see what's called Change Layout. To me, this is the first thing we should discuss and do. If you click on this or the button Change Layout, it's going to show you a series of layouts that you have.
Now, the layouts are filtered according to what you want to use the cover page for. We actually have a Landing page, okay? We have a Profile. We have a Video that can show up which is kind of neat. And we have Location. If you click on one of these, such as Landing, it's going to sort the page types by whatever it is, so these are Landing pages, essentially, okay? Now, Landing page can be an introductory, you know, page to the site itself, just something a little more aesthetically pleasing, for instance.
I'm going to click on All Layouts. Why don't you choose that? And then scroll down and you'll see all the different types of layouts we have. Now, we can of course edit the content. This is not stuck in place here. But some of these are, actually, really well designed, I think. We're going to go with one that's kind of simple. As Party Planners, we're going to have an office and we're going to open up some kind of place for people to come, essentially. So we want to announce that as well, so if you come to Flagship here, and you can choose any one you want, but just know, going forward, that your content and things are going to look different.
Click Select, and it's a little different from the actual, the main templates that we have in Squarespace, where, it's not really going to preview it, it's just going to say, Okay, there it is. You've got it. Go ahead and click Save, and if you click back on the arrow there in the upper left corner to go back to Cover Page, you can see that we now have this layout. If you scroll down a bit, you can see all the different types of content we now have to set. Let's start with Branding & Text. Go ahead and click on that, and we can do things like add, you know, text.
You can see right there, it's, you know, it's Chy-dale or Chi-dale, or whatever that is. We can also upload a logo if we want to. Once again, logos within the guidelines, JPEG, GIF, or PNG. Let's just put a little text here. We're just going to type in Party Planners, something like that. You're going to see it's going to do an uppercase for us, automatically, and we also have a headline, if you scroll down. This is kind of like, to me, this is sort of like the heading and the sub-head, okay? That's your call. We can say something like Site Coming Soon, and you guys got to be careful about doing things like that because, you know, people will never come back.
I mean, that's something we have to be very careful of. And then we have a body of text, and we can have this if we want, or we can simply delete it. You can do that too, keep it really simple. It's your call. You also see an option down here for displaying the Social Icons, if we have those. Now, those Social Icons are set up in the main settings for the site itself. All right, well we've got our main content here. Not too bad. Go ahead and click Save. Go back to Cover Page, and if you scroll down, you can see Map Location.
Now, I'm going to scroll up so I can see, this is the map right here. Click Map Location, and you can see that it's just putting a location out there for us. If we want to, we can change this. Let's come down here and enter a different address. We're just going to do, like, 6410 Via Real, and I love the fact that it's actually filtering here. Whoops. There we go. Carpinteria. Nice, United States. Beautiful. There's our map location, and we can also, if we want to, kind of drag the pin around, change the location a bit, you can do that too.
Go ahead and click on Save, and go back to the Cover Page. Okay, so there's our Map. If you come to Action here, I'm going to scroll down first, actually, so you can see this. Click on Action, and you're going to see, we have buttons, if you want, right here. This button is an Action, which means somebody clicks on it, it goes somewhere. We can also have Naviation if we want to. If you click on Navigation, you can say, Hey, let's go to a URL, and the URL, if I click on this, could actually be content that we have, like pages in our site.
Which is pretty neat. Go back to Button over here, you're going to see Get Notified. If we really want to, we can get rid of this, okay? I'm actually going to do that. Right now it's going to Squarespace.com. If you click on the trash can, you can see it's going to remove the URL, but if you actually select the text and the Button, and delete it, you can see that it's gone from the page, mostly, okay? Now, we can also add a form. We're going to do that in a separate little video next, so why don't you do this first. Go ahead and click on Save, and go back to Cover Page, and down here, we have Style.
Go ahead and click on Style, and you're going to see, it's going to take us over to the Styling, which is actually really, pretty cool. You can see a lot of the different things we can do here. If you want to, you can change all kinds of things. I love the fact that we can go into the Map and actually make it, like, light, scroll up a little bit. We can also make it blue. Got a couple different options there, if you want to do that. That's what I was doing. I was just kind of playing with things. Go ahead and try some things. Try changing the positioning of the content, the coloring, the fonts, do things like that.
And when you're done, go ahead and click Save. Go back out to Cover Page, and you should see the main formatting, once again. Like I mentioned earlier, it is important to have the right information on a Cover Page. It really is more than just a pretty picture. It can be used as a simple but powerful way to display the right amount of information, depending on the situation. Sometimes, simpler can be better.
- Adding an events page
- Creating cover pages
- Adding photo albums
- Setting up a products page
- Working with inventory
- Tracking orders
- Accepting donations
- Improving SEO
- Adding audio, video, calendars, newsletters, and social media feeds
- Customizing your domain name
- Password protecting certain pages