There are multiple ways to approach website creation. You could code the whole thing from scratch, of course. Or you could hire a pro to do it for you. But if you’re short on time, Squarespace is a great option.
In fact, Squarespace serves as an excellent method for building a custom website without having to lay a finger on code or spending a large lump sum on a professional web developer. It’s truly a win-win. And that’s the focus of the course we’re talking about here today: Squarespace Tutorial for Beginners.
In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get a Squarespace site off the ground from a general walkthrough of features all the way through watching your site go live.
Follow along and just see what you can learn in a little under an hour and a half!
Who is This FREE Course For?
- Anyone who’s interested in learning new skills
- Beginner web designers
- Hands-on business owners
How to Build a Squarespace Website
1. Welcome to the Course!
The introduction to this course lays out what you can generally expect: a thorough rundown of how to create a website using Squarespace without touching a single line of code. This is a great option for many who have a need to build a website but just don’t have the time to learn all the finer nuances of web design and development.
2. Getting Started with Squarespace
In this lesson, you’ll learn all about Squarespace. Squarespace is a website builder that allows you to create pretty complex websites, including both blogs and eCommerce sites without coding a thing. You don’t even need to have a sense of design to use it.
You’ll be guided through the entire setup process from creating an account, selecting the type of site you want to build, and more.
3. Working With Pages
Every website needs pages to be functional and useful. Now, which pages you include will depend on the type of site you are building. For instance, a restaurant would need a menu. An artist’s portfolio site would need, well, a portfolio. In this lesson, follow along as we explore different page types you can use and methods for creating them, including:
- Blank page
- Page layout
4. Adding and Editing Content
Squarespace makes the task of content creation super simple. It employs a visual builder, so what you see is what you get as you’re writing page content. This lesson showcases how to edit content within a template as well as how to add new content sections.
5. Styling the Website
Squarespace has a really great toolkit for styling websites. And the best part about it is it provides a lot of options you can put to work immediately. This means you have a lot of diversity in choosing the fonts, colors and even the animations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn all the different ways to style your website, including how to style individual sections or elements as well as how to change the styling of your entire site’s design in one click.
6. Creating a Blog with Squarespace
A blog is a great addition for most websites because you can use it to write interesting articles for promoting yourself or your business, educating your clients, or driving traffic to your website. In Squarespace, you can add a blog just by pressing a button or two.
Here, you’ll learn how to select from multiple layouts and how to write your first blog post.
7. Creating a Store with Squarespace
Usually creating an online store can be pretty difficult, especially if you’re using a dedicated eCommerce platform like Shopify. However, you can add an online store to an existing Squarespace site with just a click or two. It really is that easy.
In this lesson, you’ll see firsthand how simple the process is and just how within grasp your eCommerce dreams can become.
8. Working with Contact Forms
Adding a contact form to your website is a good idea as it makes it easier for those interested in your products or services to get in touch with you. In Squarespace, you don’t need anything extra to add a contact form to a page -- no plugins or add-ons required. The feature is built-in and this lesson illustrates how to make one for yourself.
Once you’re done with the lesson, you’ll learn how to insert forms, customize their fields, add fields, and change styling.
9. Publishing with Squarespace
Publishing is the last step in the creation of a website and with Squarespace you can publish at any time if you are on a paid plan. Here we’ll explore your plan options with Squarespace, including:
- Commerce Basic
- Commerce Advanced
You’ll also learn how to purchase a domain through Squarespace or connect one you purchased elsewhere with your Squarespace account.
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