Before you really jump into adding content to your site, you should make sure that you have the correct template chosen. You can always switch templates later and some of the content will be saved, but most likely disabled. In this video, learn the best way to choose the template that is right for you and also how to change your mind later—and what the ramifications can be.
- [Instructor] Before you really jump into adding content to your site, you want to make sure you have the correct template chosen. Now when we first started, we chose one because we had to. Later on, you can always switch a template and some of the content will be saved, different things that you do will be saved, some won't. In this video, I just want to give you a little bit of heads up on the best way to choose a template, at least some different ways to do it, and also how to change your mind later and what the ramifications could be. So, hopefully you're logged into Squarespace with your unique ID.
If you come to Design over here on the left, click on that category, you're going to see Template. Click on Template and what you can do is you can actually switch between different templates. This is the current live template. If you click, there's actually right up here, Learn more about switching templates, I'm going to show you that in just a second but if you click Install New Template, it'll take you back out and show you all the templates, pretty much where we started from. You can sort based on category and if you come in here you're like, oh, I like Bedford.
You can actually put a little heart and say I really like that one, save it for later, or just click on Bedford for instance, it'll show you what it looks like, just a quick preview. You can then start with it a preview, I'm going to click Start With Bedford, why don't you do that, then you can see it gets installed on your site quote on quote but it's not going to change your design right yet. So you'll look in here, you will see that we now have two templates installed. If you want to, you can preview what it looks like with your content or you can, basically, say, let's make it live, you have to preview it first.
So, click Preview, it's going to take all your content, which we don't really have anything yet, so don't worry about that, but if you go in and you start adding pages and working with things, it's going to take that content and just fit it into this template. You're going to see here, it's going to say, okay, Previewing, this is the one we're looking at. What's really cool is that this is not live, the world doesn't see this one, they still see the other one, that was the live one. See right there it says Live? If you want to, you can either cancel the preview or you can set this as the live template. If you, right now, make changes to the template content itself, we're talking design changes that affect the template only, not the pages and page content, that won't affect your other site.
If you start changing pages, adding images, doing things to the site content, it'll affect both. So, even if you go to put back or, say, ah, let's not do this preview, it'll still be affecting the Hayden one, okay? So the Hayden template. Now, really quick, if you were to go up, scroll up here, and click on learn about switching, you'd probably go to something like this. This is going to be a little different but you're going to see Squarespace has help, it's support.squarespace.com, and you can go through and choose the right template.
It shows you what to think about. There are different templates for different things, so if you want to sell stuff, there are specific for selling, for instance. If you can scroll down here, you're going to see that there's a lot of stuff that appear on some and not others, you can change that if you want to, et cetera, but what I would suggest doing is I would go to this website here, I would go to usingmyhead.com and right now it's still available, you can see it out there Squarespace, there is actually a Squarespace 7 template comparison. I'm going to go to that one, this is the old one.
Here you'll see it's still usingmyhead.com, this is a side by side, if you look down here, scroll down, it's going to show you, not all of 'em might be in here, just know that, okay? Because you can see that some of them are here but it's going to tell you what you can do and what you can't do on certain. Like social icons for instance. In one of these, they don't even show up, like, on actually some of these, they don't show up. Does it have a sidebar? If you really want a sidebar, to start with you're not going to use the Adirondack template, for instance. So, come in here, look for the template name you like, go and see what's available, look at each thing, and this is going to make more sense the further you get into Squarespace but I'm going to go back over to my site and if I'm done previewing and I'm like, eh, I don't really want to switch templates, you can do it, don't worry.
Click Cancel Preview. It's going to take the template but it's going to keep it in your site, look right here. You can uninstall it if you really never want to use it, that's totally cool, you can always install it later on, or you can preview again and make it live, so it's up to you, but this is a way for us to go and switch between templates. Click on the arrow over here to the left, that should take you back out to home, and click back out again and you should see all the main categories out here.
Don't be afraid to change your mind in Squarespace when it comes to the template but, at the same time, you want to be careful how far you go because if you start making a lot of changes to content, to tweak it, to match a template or work with a template, if you switch to template later on, those changes might look weird or different or not work in the other template, et cetera, so, remember, if you really want a certain feature in your template that isn't there, think about switching it, think about switching to a different template. A lot of these templates you can add specific features that you want later on but it's always good to start with the right template.
- Signing up with Squarespace
- Editing your profile and site settings
- Changing a template
- Editing a logo and title
- Adding pages and navigation
- Inserting banners, images, videos, and maps
- Adding and styling text
- Arranging content
- Registering a domain