In your Pages list, find your blog collection, or if you have more than one blog collection, find the one you want to add a post to.

Keep in mind . . . you're looking for the blog collection and not any display pages of your blog.

The collection could be titled anything so I can't simply say "Look for the line called 'Blog'", but the giveaway is it's the line with the [a] icon:

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Find that line and click it.

You'll then see a list of all your blog posts and their statuses ... or not if you have no posts, like this:

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Here's the current list of posts on my How To blog:

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In this view, you can:

  • View posts by status groups by clicking tabs across the top:
    • All
    • Drafts
    • Review . . . when people write posts on your blog(s) and you want to review them before they go live, tell your author(s) to keep posts in "Draft" status as they write and then bump to "Review" when they are done and it's time for you to sign off
    • Scheduled . . . denotes a post will go live at a set date/time
  • Edit or Delete posts by clicking their titles and then clicking [ Edit ] or [ Delete ]
  • adjust blog settings by clicking the gear icon
  • start a new post by clicking the [ + ] icon
  • search for a post
 

To start a new post, click [ + ]

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Here's what you'll see next.

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The Content editing pane is self-explanatory:

  • "Enter a post title..." in the Title Box
  • "Write [your blog post] here..." in the Body Content Box
  • Add tags
  • Select categories
  • Turn Comments On or Off
  • Change the status to Draft/Review/Scheduled/Published

The Body Content or "Write here..." Box works just like the WYSIWYG page editor.

You can add images, buttons and other blocks.

HOWEVER, you content here will display following Squarespace's super basic styling settings (such as b&w buttons and the same typeface for headings instead of the one you chose).

It's all good, this is just a preview box. When you publish your post, your content will appear stylized according to you site's style settings.

BODY CONTENT BOX PREVIEW

Notice the bullets are all in a row and not indented, and the "To start a new..." headline isn't my typeface.

ACTUAL CONTENT VIEW Notice the bullets are now indented as designed as the headline isn't showing my headline typeface.

ACTUAL CONTENT VIEW

Notice the bullets are now indented as designed as the headline isn't showing my headline typeface.

 

To see your post fully stylized, publish it.

Once a post is published, you can edit further using the in-page WYSIWYG editor where you see your page stylized as you work on it. You may like this better than editing in the Body Content Box, which stylizes with Sqaurespace's defaults.

Access the in-page WYSIWYG editor by opening the post page in your Squarespace backend, rolling over the body content, and clicking edit.

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Other Tabs

Options

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Thumbnail Image

For most templates, the thumbnail image sets the banner image for the page of the individual post, and the title text lays over that.

The thumbnail image is also what will display when the post is listed in a gallery/summary, if you choose to show the thumbnails.

 

Post URL

This will be generated automatically upon saving your draft, and will follow whatever rules you have set up in Settings >> Website >> Blogging which you can access by adjusting this link with your Squarespace project domain

http://yourprojectdomain.squarespace.com/config/settings/blogging

In the Post URL space, you can also manually adjust the post's URL.

 

Author

Sets who the post is attributed to. "Author" is one of the metadata fields for blog posts and displays only if you set up your pages and summaries/galleries that way.

 

Source URL

If you write a blog about a book or about a video on YouTube, you could include a URL to the thing (and only one thing) that the post is about. The check box below gives you the option of hyperlinking the title text of your blog to that same URL.

 

Excerpt

As noted in the image, the excerpt is used on the "blog list page," i.e. it's the blurb that shows in post-preview formats, rather than showing the entire contents of a blog post. Like this:

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Featured Post

This is a function that allows you to filter which posts get displayed throughout your site. In WordPress themes, the similar option is often called making a post "sticky."

For example, if you have 100 blog posts and 7 of them are your favorites, you could set those 7 as "featured." And then, on your "about me" page you could have a summary titled "My Favorite Posts of All Time," and then set that display to only show "featured" posts. And in six months when you have another favorite ... you set that as "featured" and it will now appear on the list of favorites.

 

Location

Some templates are travel / expedition oriented and so the blogs are set up to work like travelogues or explorer journals. If you're curious, choose a location for one of your blogs and see where that location information gets displayed on your site.

If you don't like how your template's location function works on blog posts, you can insert a map block anywhere you like.

 

Social

If you want this post to autopublish in any of your social accounts, connect those accounts to your Squarespace account first.

After that, select which ones you want this post pushed to.

Once you've selected accounts to get updated with the new content, those accounts will publish posts/tweets/etc. about this new blog post as soon as you set the post status to publish . . . (or at the time you schedule it to publish).


 

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