Join Brian Wood for an in-depth discussion in this video Insert an album page, part of Squarespace 7 Intermediate Techniques.
- Now that you have an idea of what an album page is, and, well sort of how it works, in this video, we'll jump into creating one, and then set the main page settings. So let's get started. With your site open, if you come to the Pages on the left over here, you're going to see that we've got a lot of our pages out here, and a lot of this is demo content, because we chose this specific template. We're going to create a brand new page now. So if you come to the plus here, click on the plus, you'll see it says Create New Page, and you're going to see Album.
Go ahead and click to select that, and it will create the album page. We're just going to keep the name. You can call it whatever you want, obviously, but I'm going to type in Album, press Enter or Return, and it should create the album and jump right into it. Now unfortunately, you're going to see, we have a rather large header here if you are using the same template, so I'm going to scroll down. It's kind of annoying, because if the page refreshes, it goes to the top. Anyway, I'll stop there. When you create an album page, there's a lot of things we need to do here. We need to do things like add any artwork, which really kind of makes sense.
We want to add any information about it, general information, you want to add the actual tracks to it. But the first thing we want to do is set settings like every other page we set up. So the first thing I'll do is come in here, it's a little gear icon, and click Album Settings, and we'll take a look. A lot of these are not new. If you've created any other kind of page before, you've seen most of these. I'm not going to take a look at every single one of these options, because we've already gone through this a million times. You're going to see we have what's called Navigation Title.
That's what shows up in the Nav. Page Title, you can see right here. This is what shows up, I don't need to say this, at the top of the browser window. There you go. Do we want to work on it and not have it be enabled? That's a great way, if you remember, to work on something and not have it be live if the site is already live. We also have, because of this template, or rather with this template, we have different page layouts. You'll see we have Full Width, Left Sidebar, and Right Sidebar. You're not always going to see the same things here, because of the template that you've got attached.
You can try whatever you want. Go for it. I'm going to leave it as-is. The description, once again, this is meta information. Some templates will display this information, and almost all pages will simply use this for search engines, to be indexed. So as a description, we want to type in something that sort of encapsulates the page. This is best practice. You do want to do these. A lot of us get kind of lazy. I do, too. Our best album to date. You fill it in, okay? Best practice, you want to use keywords.
You want to go in and say, "Let's do this. "Let's make it so that if somebody is typing "on these words, what's going to describe this," okay? Scroll down here, you're going to see that we have URL Slug if you want to change that. That's just what shows up, essentially. You can make it unique here. We can assign a password. We don't want to do that right now. We can set a thumbnail image, and a lot of times, this will replace the header image up there, if you remember that. We're not going to touch that. And we can set it as homepage, which I don't really want to do right now.
I'm going to click Save, so go ahead and click Save. That should save it out there for you, and we've got our page set up now, and we've got our settings, some pretty simple settings. And you can see that it is now showing up up here. We have Album, and we should be able to go to it. Now just one little thing I want to mention here. As far as an album page is concerned, this can only have one album on it. Now, an album can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but that means you can only have one set of tracks. Or think of it like an actual CD or album you buy in iTunes, or something like that, where it's maybe six songs, or 12 songs, or 30 songs, I don't know, that encapsulate an album.
You can use this how you want, but you cannot have more than one album on an album page. Hopefully that makes sense. You can, if you want to, create this or put this on let's say an index page for certain templates, but right now with an album page, you can only have one album. I do not need to mention this, but album pages are definitely not something everyone will use for every project, as you can see. I don't use them at every site, but when the occasion arises, I am glad they are there. And I have used them on a site I used before, putting up MP3 content on lectures that I've given.
Not necessarily music, so it can be used for a lot of things. With our page set up, and ready to receive formatting and content, we're going to add some more of that, we're also going to add our tracks.
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- 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