Reference materials on how to edit the Sustainable Aquaculture Research group squarespace site

Short intro to editing the SARG SquareSpace site
Remember - when cutting and pasting from Word documents or other websites, it is best to paste the text into Notepad and then copy from there into SquareSpace to avoid copying unwanted text formatting
Tips and Tricks on arranging your content blocks the way you want them to lay out.

Learn how to create a Squarespace website step by step with no step skipped. You will learn how to build the website, make a logo, get a domain, edit pages, setup navigation, get support and get your own domain name. 

We should try to standardise to some extent is the size of certain graphics:

Photos for the theme links on the home page should have a width to height ratio of 1.66666 and be a minimum of 750 pixels wide (e.g. minimum size 750 x 450 pixels). However, if the same image is also being used as the banner image on the theme page it would be better to upload one that is at least 1600 pixels wide (and at least 960 pixels high).  The “Focal point” of the images can be set so that they still look reasonable when cropped.

Profile photos should be 200 pixels wide (height can be variable) and project logos should be 160 pixels wide.

News blogs

News blogs are the main way of posting information about current activities of the group. The full news blog appears on the News blog page and a short summary appears on the site home page. You need to set both up separately. 

Start by selecting "News Blog" under "Main Navigation" - Click on the + sign to the right of the navigation heading "News Blog" to create a new blog entry. Enter a new post title in the form that appears - keep it as short and attention grabbing as possible. Then in the main text box below, if at all possible, start by inserting a landscape image at the top of the page. This can be given a caption below the image if appropriate. If you are unable to find a landscape photo, but have a good portrait photo then use that, but embed it within the text - e.g. to the right or left with text wrapping around. Then write the main text content - one to three paragraphs with links to external sites or other content on our site as appropriate (additional photos can also be included). Once complete, use the Tags option at the bottom to add any suitable descriptive words to use to help find the post later. You can also categorise the post (current categories are: events, projects, societal impacts and visitors). 

Once the main post is complete, click on "options at the top of the "Edit Post" screen. Then upload the same image as used at the top of the main blog post into the "Thumbnail image" box. This is used on the site home page. Then in the "Excerpt" section, copy the first sentence of your blog post, or write something else that succinctly summarises the blog post content. This text is shown on the site home page, so keep it short. You don't normally need to make other changes to the form. Once all is complete, you can "Save" - e.g. to allow others to check the post first, or to keep posts for later publication. Alternatively use "Save and Publish" for the blog post to appear on the website.