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    Chris_SQSP reacted to VanessaBaird in Feedback on Artist Website + Business   
    Thank you so much for your through response! This is such a big help. I've already made some changes and will continue to work/play with the design over the next few weeks. Again thank you! I really appreciate the time you spent on this!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to ElizabethMacLean in Feedback on Artist Website + Business   
    Hi, Vanessa!
    First off, congrats on building your own website. Here are a few thoughts for you to consider.
    On your home page, show off your most recent work (this can be one large image, or a series of images, but go for the *wow* factor). I think I'd use one really fabulous large image, and link it to the portfolio category that fits that work. This way, when you have new work, your site will look different, and that gives visitors a reason to return periodically to discover what's new. Same thing with the section that pertains to your online shop, so it's a "What's new" teaser to visit the shop. 
    On the portfolio page, move the text under the images, since you want to show off your art. I'm not sure how I feel about the white overlay, since it. obscures your work. Give that some thought. Also, because you only have 4 categories, maybe tweak the design settings so you only display 2 images per line. 
    On each of the portfolio pages, under the works, include images or links to another portfolio category, to keep visitors moving through your site. It's a teaser to check something else out.
    Change the name of "The Showroom" to "Shop" - that describes exactly what it is, and what you want visitors to do. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. 
    Because your niche is Fine Art, I would remove "Home Decor" and instead include a few words (or brief sentences) that describe your fine art (it's also going to help the right audience find your site based on search words they might use). For example, keywords like "abstract painting and sculpture," "understated," "contemporary," etc.
    Within your shop, consider changing home decor to "art objects" or "sculpture" or something that reinforces the one-of-a- kind/bespoke nature of what you create, which is more consistent with the world of fine art. Home decor can be anything, and your work is anything but run-of-the-mill home decor. They are collectible. Use that language and encourage your visitors to think and behave like collectors. 
    I hope this is helpful! Best of luck to you!

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    Chris_SQSP reacted to derricksrandomviews in What do you wish you knew before starting your blog?   
    Custom Domains have a registration fee, that renews every year on date of purchase. After an inital two week trial, the website has its own fee as well. Squarespace has different billing plans, monthly and annually, and all are based on what you want the site to do, for personal things like a blog or for business, selling products and needing specialized coding capabilities. I suggest if you have more questions, post them here in the Getting Started with Squarespace section of this forum on its own thread.  We will be glad to provide you with help. 
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to derricksrandomviews in What do you wish you knew before starting your blog?   
    Wish I had known more about summary blocks and the fact you can make a "list" of blog posts a whole lot more exciting looking with some design tweaks. 
    Another thing I wish I knew is that you can isolate and group  blog posts using a category filtered by a hyper-link.  They will show up in list layout or as featured posts, depending on how your blog is styled, and  your template setting, but these posts look like they have their own 'page" without actually having to use one. So I mix things up on my site, some posts in a summary block on their own pages, and some grouped using hyperlinks. Those links can go anywhere, on the nav bar, in a folder on a button. And those links can be used outside the site, in emails, social media posts, lots of things. The url slug will take you to the first item in the folder. 
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to Junipurr in Feedback on Cat Parenting Website   
    Site URL: https://guitar-dragonfly-4xlh.squarespace.com/
    Hi Squarespace community!
    I just piloted my first website, Junipurr Studio, a digital hub for cat parents to share resources for cat care and animal advocacy.  I would love your feedback on the design (and content, if the subjects interest you)! Any feedback you'd like to share would be much appreciated.
    A few questions, in case specific prompts are helpful: 
    Is the mission of the site clear? Are the color and image choices pleasing and relevant?  Is the website layout logical? Resources page - It's currently a long page with anchor links. Would changing it to tabbed sections or something else be better (for mobile and desktop)?  Blog main page - Is the spacing between text for each post confusing? If so, how do I change that? (The spacing menu in Design doesn't seem to allow for this level of control) Thank you for your time and expertise!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to Jo_SQSP in How do you ensure your online store is set up for success?   
    There are a variety of details to consider when setting up your online store, all in service of the ultimate goal: helping your customers find what they’re looking for and complete checkout smoothly. 
    Get a head start by brainstorming tags, categories, and subcategories so customers can quickly find what they are looking for and browse related items. Think early on about which shipping options and potential discount codes might serve you best. These kinds of  decisions can have a direct impact on performance.
    How do you make sure your online store is set up for success? Share in the comments below!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to creedon in Lightbox form: How to add form field placeholders?   
    Add the following to Settings > Advanced > Code Injection > HEADER.
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.5.1/jquery.min.js"></script> Add the following to Page Settings > Advanced > Page Header Code Injection for the contact page.
    <script>   $( ( ) => {        /*            add placeholder text to first and last name fields in "Get in touch!"       form for v7.1 site.              SS version : 7.1              */            const dataFormId = '601ced4f7050527e47ff6076';     const firstNamePlaceholderText = 'first';     const lastNamePlaceholderText = 'last';          // do not change anything below, there be the borg here          let $form = $( '[data-form-id="' + dataFormId + '"]' );          $( '.first-name input', $form )            .attr ( 'placeholder', firstNamePlaceholderText );            $( '.last-name input', $form )            .attr ( 'placeholder', lastNamePlaceholderText );            } );        </script> Let us know how it goes.
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to mahpotofu in Lightbox form: How to add form field placeholders?   
    Creedon sir, it works marvelously! Much gratitude for your magic.
    Thank you all for your time!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to ArtW in Using squarespace-server doesnt compile any custom styles   
    I missed a very simple step like I thought so. If anyone else is running into this issue, remember to actually add the less file name to your template.conf array 🤦‍♂️
    "stylesheets" : [ "base.less" ]  
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to Jo_SQSP in What advice would you give to someone just starting out on personal branding?   
    A cohesive brand is made up of many smaller decisions, from color palette to language used on social media. Where would you begin?
    A product is never just a product, right? Choosing certain products or services is often done with the general experience we think they will provide in mind. The goal of branding overall is to stand out from the crowd, to have a name that will be remembered, preferred, and even admired. 
    Share your must-haves in the comments below.
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to SQSDesign in What are the 3 things that make you feel a website is polished and professional?   
    Great question @Jo_G!
    The deceptively simple answers are
    1. Compelling imagery
    2. Stylish copy
    3. Perfect functionality
    Great design articulates ideas with zero clutter. The mistake most people make (even seasoned designers!) is not editing enough. Once you achieve elegance in form and function, your content can shine!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to Jo_SQSP in Get to Know Squarespace Scheduling webinars   
    Hello and welcome to Scheduling on Squarespace!
    Are you interested in learning more about Squarespace Scheduling, like how to set up your Availability or book your first appointment?
    The Squarespace Scheduling team invites you to join us for one of our Get to Know Squarespace Scheduling webinars. In this expert-led webinar, you’ll learn the basics of the new built-in Scheduling tool and get to know more about our features and pricing plans. During the webinar, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have with our team standing by to assist!
    The webinar is free, yet space is limited. Register now to secure your seat:
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    As a note, these webinars are specifically for the Scheduling tool, so you can be using either the latest version of the platform, version 7.1, or the legacy version (7.0) .
    We’ll see you there!
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    Chris_SQSP reacted to Jo_SQSP in Announcing: Expert AMAs   
    The Squarespace Community team is excited to announce our very first Expert AMA on the Squarespace Forum.
    You’ll have the opportunity to submit all your burning SEO questions to a strategic marketing and SEO expert.
    Check back in on Monday March 30th to find out more!
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