One thing that I love about Squarespace is how user friendly it is. While Squarespace as a platform isn't 100% customizable without a developer, I think it's perfect for the DIY enthusiast who's wiling to roll up there sleeves and stretch themselves creatively. The more I use Squarespace the more I figure out what I am able to do with all of it's many options. I just recently figured out how to create multiple columns on pages and there have been many times where I've wanted to change up this space again knowing that I can do so much more. It's very exciting!
Squarespace gives each of it's users the opportunity to make their space unique to their brand and needs. Today I want to do a quick run down of how to customize your Squarespace header. I'm going to provide 4 basic steps to setting up your header and how a few small things can make it unique to your brand and business.
ADDING YOUR LOGO
First things first, add your logo. Each of our logos are unique and specific to our brands and Squarespace makes it easy to implement. Under your Squarespace panel click on Design. Under Design you can access your "Logo & Title" option. Within this option you can upload your logo with a simple click. Once you have added your logo you can adjust it's size within the style editor. The style editor is perfect for customizing your space. Once you open the style editor if you click on the item that you are wanting to change it will bring up the panel specific to that item and you can easily make changes.
*Have you been wanting to create your own logo? Stay tuned and I'll be showcasing some easy ways to create a simple unique logo. Photoshop users, remember to save your image as a png with a clear background.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR BANNER OR BACKGROUND IMAGE
Adding a banner or image to your site will help to set your space apart from others and make it uniquely you. To add an image to your site open your style editor and then find "site background image." This is where I added my blue banner with the leaf accents. We created our banner in photoshop and then uploaded it with a simple click. The tricky part was getting the width just right, but after a few tries we got it just how we wanted it. Not all banners have to be created in photoshop. You can use one of your favorite photos or use other editing softwares.
*Quick tip: Remember to set the size to auto, this will ensure that the image adjusts for each viewing platform; desktop, ipad, or smartphone.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR NAVIGATION BAR
Customizing your navigation bar is quick and easy. Click on "style editor" and then scroll over and click on your navigation bar. It's far easier to find the specific editing tools by simply clicking on the item you want to change. Once the editor pops up for your navigation bar you can update the navigation color, the hover color and the active color. You can also specify the font you want and the amount of spacing between each link. Easy peasy.
ADDING YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT BAR
Being able to add an annoucement bar to my site was really exciting. Prior to Squarespace I was on blogger and I wasn't sure how to add an annoucement bar. When I switched over to Squarespace I loved how easy it was. Your annoucement bar option is under the Design panel. Once you click on annoucement bar you "enable annoucement bar" and then you add the text that you would like your annoucement bar to say. Don't forget to add a link to make sure your annoucement bar is clickable, especially if you'r asking your readers to do something specific.
*Quick tip : You can customize your annoucement further in the style editor. Once you're in your style editor click on your annoucement bar and the options to edit will pop up. You can change the annoucement bar color, the text color, and the font.
I love how easy Squarespace makes it to customize your space with such ease. Each of their templates provide you with a little something different, but within each you are able to make it uniquely you. Have you made the switch to Squarespace? Are you thinking about switching platforms? Do you have any lingering Squarespace questions? xoxo. Samantha