Krishna Solanki Designs


Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

SquarespaceKrishna Solanki1 Comment

If you are wondering what Squarespace blocks are then more than likely you either already have a Squarespace website, or you are thinking to sign up to Squarespace and are probably slightly confused.  

Well worry not my friend, I was once in your shoes - confused and new to Squarespace - and it took me some time to understand what Squarespace blocks actually are.

It's one of those things I learnt along the way and so to save you time, I wanted to write a detailed post to help you learn about Squarespace blocks.  The information I have pulled together is based on my learnings, reading numerous blog posts, and also information I have found on the Squarespace site.

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks.jpg

What are Squarespace blocks?

Squarespace blocks are the bones of your Squarespace website.  They allow you to add content to pages and blog posts to create custom layouts for your Squarespace website.

There are a number of different blocks which will allow to you to add different types of content, let's get started on the Basic Blocks.

Basic Blocks

You can see there are 7 types of basic blocks.

Text Block:

The Text Block is the primary means of adding text to your site. You can use Text Blocks to add headings, links, lists, quotes, and preformatted text.

Markdown Block:

The Markdown Block lets you add text to your site using the Markdown language. The block supports lists, links, bolded and italicised text, and block quotes.

Quote Block:

You can use the Quote Block to add styled quotes and testimonials to your site. Most templates have a default style for the Quote Block that you can change in the Style Editor.

Image Block:

The Image Block adds a single image to a page or blog post. You can resize and arrange multiple Image Blocks to create unique page layouts. Using this block is a great way to break up text and personalize your site.

Video Block:

The Video Block adds an externally hosted video to your site.  When embedding a video using a URL, only YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto, and Wistia are supported.

Audio Block:

The Audio Block adds a single audio file in a player to a page or blog post. You can upload a file from your computer or link to an externally hosted file.

Embed Block:

The Embed Block adds external content to your site by using links to tweets, videos, and more.

Gallery Blocks

Gallery Blocks add galleries of images and videos to pages and blog posts. You can upload images, add Getty Images, embed video, or display content from an existing Gallery Page.  There are four Gallery Blocks, and their design and behaviour are consistent across all templates.

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Slideshow Gallery Block:

The Slideshow Block adds a slideshow of images and videos to a page or blog post. Clicking an item will display the next image or video in the gallery. Clicking a video will play the video.

Carousel Gallery Block:

The Carousel Gallery Block adds a gallery of images and videos to a page or blog post in a horizontal strip without padding between the items.

Grid Gallery Block:

The Grid Gallery Block adds a gallery of images and videos to a page or blog post in a symmetrical grid.

Stack Gallery Block:

The Stack Gallery Block adds a gallery of images and videos to a page or blog post in a single column with one pixel of space between items. Images and videos span the full width of the block.

This is a great option if you want visitors to scroll up and down your gallery. It's also a time-saving alternative to adding multiple Image Blocks on top of each other.

Summary Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Summary Blocks present your content (blog posts, products, gallery or project images, or events) in magazine-style layouts. There are four Summary Blocks, and their design and behaviour are consistent across all templates.

Wall Summary Block

The Wall Summary Block presents your content (blog posts, products, gallery images, or events) in a masonry-style grid, ie, like Pinterest. It works by positioning items in the best layout based on the available space while reducing any gaps, giving it the look of a mosaic.

Carousel Summary Block

The Carousel Summary Block presents your content (blog posts, products, gallery images, or events) in a slideshow-like format, with a set number of items at a time and arrows for navigation.

List Summary Block

The List Summary Block presents your content (blog posts, products, gallery images, or events) in one column with thumbnails on one side and text on the other.

This is a great option if you want to display existing content in a linear, straightforward layout that may not be available in your template's design.

Grid Summary Block

The Grid Summary Block presents your content (blog posts, products, gallery images, or events) in an even grid. This is a popular option if you want to manually recreate the built-in grid designs.

Filter and List Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Search Block

The Search Block adds a search field to your site. You can set the Search Block to show results from across your site or limit results to one content collection.

Content Link Block

The Content Link Block creates a visual link to a content collection or page. This is a great way to display content in multiple places on your site.

Button Block

The Button Block adds a button or call to action to your site. Button Blocks can link to your content, external content, or a downloadable file.

Tag Cloud Block

The Tag Cloud Block displays tags or categories from a Blog, Gallery, Album, or Products Page in a graphic cloud formation. You can display the tags in alphabetical order, by weight, or by activity.

The Tag Cloud Block gives visitors an eye-catching option to discover the topics you cover. It's common to place this block in a sidebar.

Archive Block

The Archive Block creates organized lists of links to blog posts, gallery images, products, and events. You can display content by tags, categories, author, and date.

This block encourages visitors to find content that interests them. You can use it to create a text-only index or add navigation to sidebars, footers, and other areas. The lists update automatically when you add, edit, or delete content.

Commerce Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Product Block

The Product Block displays a product from a Products Page on a Regular Page or blog post with an optional Add to Cart button. This is an alternate way to display products from your store, letting you promote them on a homepage or create a customized layout different than your template's Products Pages.

Amazon Block

The Amazon Block displays and links to any item on Amazon. When a visitor clicks the block, they'll be directed to its page on Amazon. This is a great way to highlight an item you're selling, promoting, or reviewing without Associate links or third-party code embeds.

Donation Block

You can use the Donation Block to allow visitors to donate to your cause or organization. You can also use it to set up a customized cash gift registry on a wedding website.

The Donation Block appears as Donate button on the page. When a visitor clicks the button, they're led to a page where they can enter and submit a donation amount.

Chart Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Chart Blocks for creating data visualizations on your site. Charts are great for explaining relationships between different series of data in a compelling way.

Bar Chart Block

The Bar Chart Block adds a bar chart or bar graph to a page or post. Bar charts are typically used to compare values and/or track their changes over time. You can compare multiple results for the same subject.

Line Chart Block

The Line Chart Block adds a line chart (line graph) to a page or post. Line charts are typically used to display changes over time. You can compare changes between multiple subjects by adding multiple lines.

Pie Chart Block

The Pie Chart Block adds a pie chart (also known as a pie graph or donut chart) to a page or post. Pie charts display data as “slices of pie” or parts of a whole. They’re useful for showing poll numbers, preferences, or percentages.

Social Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Twitter Block

The Twitter Block displays a feed of recent tweets and a Follow button that leads to your Twitter profile. This block is a great option for embedding tweets on your site without third-party widgets.

Foursquare Block

The Foursquare Block displays a feed of your Foursquare check-ins.
This block is designed to display activity from a personal Foursquare account. It doesn't display information from a business listing on Foursquare like reviews or tips.

Social Links Block

Use the Social Links Block to link to social media profiles on any parts of your site that support blocks.

RSS Block

The RSS Block adds a link to an RSS feed of your Blog Page. It includes an RSS icon and the Blog Page's title. Clicking the icon opens a new page with the blog's RSS feed. Visitors can copy and paste its URL into any RSS reader. It's common to place this block in a sidebar.

500px Block

The 500px Block displays images from your 500px account on your site.

Instagram Block

You can use the Instagram Block to display Instagram photos on your site.

Flicker Block

The Flickr Block displays images from your Flickr account on your site. This is a great way to create a gallery of your Flickr photos without using Gallery Blocks or Gallery Pages.

SoundCloud Block

You can use the SoundCloud Block to embed tracks, playlists, and profiles content from SoundCloud.

More Blocks

Krishna Solanki Designs - Everything You Need To Know About Squarespace Blocks

Spacer Block

The Spacer Block adds an adjustable amount of empty space between blocks. You can use the Spacer Block to create padding and white space on pages and blog posts. The Spacer Block can also help resize images and other blocks.

Line Block

The Line Block adds a horizontal line (<hr> in HTML) between blocks on your site. This is a great way to break up text or visually separate content on pages, posts, sidebars, and footers.

Form Block

The Form Block adds a form to collect information from visitors. You can use the Form Block to create a contact form, survey, poll, signup form, application, and more.

Newsletter Block

The Newsletter Block adds a newsletter subscribe option to your site allowing your visitors to sign up to your newsletter. 

Map Block

The Map Block embeds a Google Map with a location pin on your site. This is a great way to display your business or event's location.

Code Block

You can use the Code Block to add custom code to a page, blog post, sidebar, or footer.  The Code Block is a good option if you want to embed third-party widgets or customize a page beyond what's possible with other blocks. You can also use the Code Block to display code snippets.
The Code Block renders HTML and Markdown.

Menu Block

You can use the Menu Block to display your restaurant's menu on your site. This is a great alternative to embedding .pdf menus, which aren't always as SEO-friendly as text directly on the page.

Calendar Block

The Calendar Block displays upcoming events and collection items, sorted by publication date. While the Calendar Block is ideal for displaying events from an Events Page, you can also use it to display chronological links to blog posts, products, gallery images, and album tracks.

Zola Block

Use the Zola Block to display a selection of items from your Zola wedding registry.

Opentable Block

You can use the OpenTable Block to add restaurant reservation booking to your site.

Bandsintown Block

The Bandsintown Block displays tour dates from your Bandsintown profile. Visitors can buy tickets through links in the block.

I hope this article was helpful and I hope it saves you time as well.

An Introduction To Squarespace SEO

SquarespaceKrishna SolankiComment

I set up my website over a year ago on Squarespace and I haven't looked back.  Squarespace is just such a great platform I can't rant and rave about it enough.  Many moons ago I used Wordpress for my website, but I got bored and found it tedious to continuously keep with.
Related articles:

Since moving to Squarespace I have been so busy working on my business and blog posts that I shamefully (and unintentionally) neglected a really important aspect - SEO.

You have probably heard the word being thrown around between other business professionals, or in that Facebook group, so today I wanted to share an introduction to Squarespace SEO.

Krishna Solanki Designs - An Introduction To Squarespace SEO

What is SEO?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation.  In a nutshell, it is the method, action, or steps you take to reinforce how your website is searched for, by search engines like Google.

Why is SEO important?

As a business owner, it is really important if you have a website or a blog as SEO will help you gain traffic and rank highly in Google searches.  People will be able to find you on the internet more easily if your SEO is on point.

General SEO points

Regards to the above, there are 2 general points I think every business owner should be aware of.  Content and Inbound links.

  1. Content - This is probably one of the most important points of any website.  If the content is "|meaty and meaningful" it will bring visitors to your site.   Google also thinks in this way, so you can improve your SEO by creating rich and relevant content for your audience as well as helping Google find you. That's great news all round I think!
  2. Inbound links - These are links that are on another website but point back to your site.  So for example, if a credible website links to your website then you have a higher chance of increasing your traffic and therefore you are a credible source - which Google will like! So more chance of being ranked higher.

It all really does go hand-in-hand.

Squarespace SEO

In case you were not aware, Squarespace is already SEO friendly (another reason why I love Squarespace).  This means, in my opinion only, that it is already 1 step closer to making my life easier then if I was on Wordpress. I remember the days when I was looking for, and totally confused by trying to find the perfect plugin for my Wordpress site. Thankfully I don't have to worry about that with Squarespace!

Although like I have mentioned Squarespace is already SEO friendly, there are a few things you can do to make sure your site is optimised. for SEO.

1 | Squarespace settings

Under the "Settings" tab, make sure you have filled in the "Business Information" (under General), "Basic Information" (under Website) and "SEO" (under Website > Marketing), with your business name, business description (using keywords), and also your location.

Krishna Solanki Designs - An Introduction To Squarespace SEO - Squarespace settings

This is what I have put under my Site Description and Search Engine Description:

"Krishna Solanki Designs | Cambridge, UK, based Digitial Designer that works with startups, small businesses and side hustlers to build strong brands and beautiful websites.
My name is Krishna Solanki and I’m your lady if you are after any of the following creative types of work: branding, logo design, website design, iPhone & iPad app design, icon design, flyers and posters.
My passion is helping and working with startups, small businesses, founders, entrepreneurs and side-hustlers."

2 | Page settings

Every page you create on Squarespace has the ability to be further optimised for Squarespace.  You will notice that each page has a "settings cog" icon when you hover over that page.  Once you click on the icon, a pop-up will appear which is where you can add the extra detail.
There are a few things that you should definitely populate, and they are:

  1. Page Description - This is what Google looks for and reads when indexing your page (Note: I have populated my page description now, not like in the image!)
  2. Navigation title - This is what shows on your website so can whatever you want to call that page
  3. Page Title - This is what Google will list your page as - So keep this relevant to what the page is about.


Krishna Solanki Designs - An Introduction To Squarespace SEO - page settings

Note: Make sure you use keywords and complete sentences that make sense.  Write for people not engines as this will make you more legit in Google's eyes, and therefore easier to be found by a real person searching for you/your services.

3 | Page SEO

Another way to make your pages and website SEO friendly as by using heading styles in your copy.  Clear headings that describe the content, not only make it easier on the eye to read but they also make it easier for search engines to detect what the page and website are about.

4 | Image settings and image SEO

Google can't read images and because of that, you need to make sure there is a relevant line of text (the "alt text") that references every image you put on your website, page, blog post.
Luckily Squarespace provides a few ways of being able to add text to an image.
Using a previous blog post as an example:

  1. In "Edit mode", hover over the image,
  2. You will be able to see a bar that shows an "EDIT" button for the image.
  3. Once you click this a pop-up will appear.
  4. On this pop you should populate the "Filename (Optional)" input box - This is what Google will read as your image so it's important to fill this in.
Krishna Solanki Designs - An Introduction To Squarespace SEO - image settings
Krishna Solanki Designs - An Introduction To Squarespace SEO - filename settings

You will notice your written text appears just below the image.  You have the option "Do Not Display Caption" which basically hides the text so it is not visible.  I often choose this option as sometimes the extra text can make it look messy.

Note: Again, make sure you use keywords and complete sentences that are relevant to your image.  Something I recently learnt is that this text is also what is shown when anyone "pins" the image on Pinterest!

Before I finish off this post it is worth noting that all of Squarespace's templates are built being mobile optimised and SEO friendly.  This means that your Squarespace website will be ready to be found even before you make the extra additions/updates with the tips above.  Saying that, SEO optimisation is an on-going strategy, so it's best to learn about how to update, maintain and improve your website SEO sooner rather than later really.

What steps did you take to ensure your website is SEO friendly?

downloadable Printables


New downloadable printables for your home, office, kids bedroom/nursery to...anywhere you like!
The shop is now open and new products are being added weekly, so don't be shy visit the shop or sign up here to find out when more beautiful printables are added.

Krishna Solanki Designs - Dowanloadable Printables on my Etsy Shop available now

10 Reasons Why Squarespace Is Best For Your Business

SquarespaceKrishna SolankiComment

As a small business owner, startup founder, entrepreneur or side hustler your business will definitely benefit from an online presence.  Choosing a platform that works for you doesn't have to be hard.  You want something simple, easy to use and easy to maintain, right?
Well my friend, today I am giving you 10 reasons why Squarespace is the best platform for you and your business.

1 | Setting up is easy

If you don't have a custom domain set up or a professional email address, Squarespace can handle both elements. No need to find a hosting company, as its all integrated with Squarespace, as is Google mail.  With a few clicks you will have your website URL and email up and running in no time.

2 | It's responsive

This means your website will look amazing on mobiles, tablets and desktop.  Whether you want a simple website, a portfolio, an online shop, or a blog.  The one thing you definitely want is an ease of reaching your customers and clients.  Every Squarespace template is compatible, cross platform, so there is no need to worry about your website looking broken when viewed on a mobile.

3 | It's beautiful

All the templates are so well designed that you use them as they are or use them as the base of your own website design. Being able to add your own design to each template means you can truly keep your website on brand.

4 | It's affordable

Paying annually is cheaper than monthly.  There are 3 packages and it's easy to upgrade if you need to. Obviously, the package details are different depending on price, but they all offer 20+ pages and galleries, 2+ contributors, fully integrated commerce, 2+GB storage, mobile and tablet compatibility, free custom domain and 24/7 customer support.  You really do get a lot for your money!

5 | It's user-friendly

One of the best things about Squarespace is that it's user-friendly.  You don't need any coding knowledge, but if you did want to add custom coding you can!  The drag and drop feature makes it easy to build pages, add images, and posts are easy to publish too.  ITs very intuitive so you don't have to spend AGES trying to work out how to do "stuff".

6 | Its easy to maintain

There are no worries with regards to plugins, or "backend coding".  Making changes are done at the click of a button.
One of the great things about it is that you can see the changes you are making, visually, so you can sanity check it and then when you are happy, press the "Save" button and its done. Change made.
The good thing about Squarespace is that it will do as much or as little as you want it to. It works with you, for you - if that makes sense!

7 | Its flexible

Although I totally recommend knowing and understanding the what you want from your website, Squarespace is great at being flexible in terms of templates.

8 | Support is good

Rest assured that if you ever need any help directly from the guys at Squarespace they will be there. To date, I haven't actually hit a spot where I think "OMG, I need some serious help here!" - I think that's probably because of all the reasons above really. However saying that I have had queries and questions and been "stuck" occasionally.  In that situation, I've easily found answers!

9 | Social media integration is on point

You don't have to be on ALL the different social media platforms out there, but I imagine you are on at least 1 - Facebook!  With Squarespace, you have an easy way of integrating all your social media links on your site. The widget is customisable to suit your needs and is so straightforward to link them together.

10 | It's secure

No spammy comments. Nothing. Speaking from experience I haven't had any issues with security. It's been peace of mind knowing that Squarespace is doing a fab job of keeping my content secure and I haven't had to do anything "extra" for it! Thanks, Squarespace!

So there you have it!  10 reasons why Squarespace is best for your business.  Are you using Squarespace - What are your thoughts?
Are you interested in setting up a Squarespace site for yourself, your small business or your startup?  Well luckily for you, I offer a design and development service to give you peace of mind and ease. Why not head over to my work with me page to check out the packages I offer?

FREE art prints

In other news, have you downloaded your FREE art prints? These are perfect for your home, office, studio, or workshop!
Go go go!!..

The Basics Of Setting Up Your Squarespace And MailChimp

SquarespaceKrishna Solanki1 Comment

If you have taken the leap into setting up your business online and made the decision that you want to start gathering email addresses, then this post is for you.
There are a bunch of ways to take your next step, however, this post will guide you through the basics of setting up and integrating your Squarespace and MailChimp accounts.

The Basics Of Setting Up Your Squarespace And MailChimp

Squarespace and MailChimp

Firstly a little bit about Squarespace and MailChimp.  Squarespace is an awesome platform, it's really user-friendly, simple to maintain and user-friendly as well. It's the platform I use for myself and always recommend it to my clients as well.  MailChimp is a simple email marketing software which gives you a number of easy options for designing, sending and saving templates of your emails.
MailChimp integrates exceptionally well with Squarespace.


Using MailChimp as your Email Marketing Software

As mentioned, MailChimp integrates really well with Squarespace, but before you get going in Squarespace you need to action a few things in MailChimp.  You need to:

  1. Set up an account
  2. Create a List

The extra, nice to have, elements that I think really help connect your emails to your brand are to design your emails, these can be as simple or as fancy as you like.
I have custom designed a few response emails in MailChimp, and I really do think these elevate my brand.  You can do this in the "Create your signup forms - General forms (build, design, and translate signup forms and response emails)" area.

Set up a MailChimp Account:

Setting up an account is really simple.

  1. Go to the MailChimp website
  2. Click on the orange button that says "Sign Up Free" in the top right-hand corner
  3. Follow the steps on screen.

Post set up, you will see your Dashboard every time you log in. This shows you an overview of your account, stats on the latest campaign sent out and how many people have subscribed to your list.

Create a list:

A "List" is a term that MailChimp uses to organise your subscribers.  They are a requirement for integrating your Squarespace to your MailChimp account, and they are the foundation of every email campaign you send out going forward.
You can create a new list by clicking on the "Lists" link in the main navigation.
There are some basic setup details that you are promoted to enter every time you create a new list for your customers, subscribers, clients, etc.  It's really straight forward.

Connecting your Squarespace to your MailChimp list

Ok, so you have set up your MailChimp account and have a created a list which is ready to be connected to your Squarespace.  Now, what?
Well there are a couple of ways to connect your accounts and to start collecting email addresses, two ways I have tried and tested are:

1 | The Newsletter Block - 4 step process

Step 1 : In a page or a post, insert the Newsletter Block from the selection.
Step 2 : By default, the Newsletter Block displays one Email Address field, and you are given the option to display input boxes for the subscribers first and the last name.  By checking this, the person will need to provide both details.
Step 3 : Enter the title and description of the block.  These will be displayed on the block itself once entered.  The Disclaimer box is similar to any small print you wish to state and will display under the input fields in a small text size.
Step 4 : Click on the Storage tab, in the top-right hand corner of Newsletter Block editor and connect your MailChimp account by clicking on the "MailChimp" box.  You will need to select the list to which you want the subscribers details to be saved too.  This is why it is important to have your MailChimp account set up and list created before trying to integrate your Squarespace account or before collecting emails.

2 | Form Block - 4 step process plus options

The form block allows you to collect extra details if you wish when users sign up to your list.
The setup is really similar to the Newsletter Block setup with the addition to being allowed to add extra fields of information, like message and subject.
One of the best things about using the Form Block is that in the Advanced tab, in the top-right hand corner of the Form Block editor, you are given the option to present the form in "Lightbox mode".  This section is on the Advanced tab - just make sure you SCROLL DOWN as it is so easily missed! The Lightbox mode basically replaces the form with a button, and once the button is clicked a lightbox/pop-up box appears.  This is great for placing on cover pages or if you have a long form.
Related : 5 Squarespace Tips and Tricks

As you can tell, setting up and connecting your Squarespace and MailChimp accounts is quite straight forward.  This is another awesome feature of both platforms and one of the reasons to why I use both for myself and recommend them to my clients.

Do you use MailChimp?  What are your thoughts? I would love to hear what you think.

FREE art prints


In other news, have you downloaded your FREE art prints? These are perfect for your home, office, studio, or workshop!
Go go go!!..