How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

One of the myths about Squarespace is that Squarespace is not good for blogging. That is definitely not true. You can use Squarespace perfectly fine for blogging. I think this misconception is partly because many people don’t know about summary blocks and don’t know how to automatically display recent blog posts or specific categories of blog posts on different pages so they shy away from blogging on their Squarespace website.

To sum it up, Squarespace summary blocks can be used for blog pages and also for product pages to display a predefined selection of blog posts or products in a specific page and place on your website.

 In this blog post I wrote about how to use the summary blocks and what I use them for.

It also includes a video tutorial on how to use them.

Six tips for better time management

Six tips for better time management

I am a mom to four kids, I am a wife, I am an entrepreneur, I am a blogger, I am training for triathlons six days of the week, I am volunteering at my kids school and I do so many other things like all moms and all entrepreneurs do. Oh and by the way, I need a lot of sleep ;-)

And I get this question a lot: “How do you do it all?”

So in this blog post today I wrote down my top 6 time management tips, my main rules I follow to make the most of my time while still sleeping 7-8 hours every night.

How to connect Mailchimp to your Squarespace website

How to connect Mailchimp to your Squarespace website

Creating a mailing list is a very important part of connecting with your customers.You may want to  collect emails from your website or have a Freebie (opt-in) that you want to give to potential customers that visit your website. In this blog post I am going to show you how simple it is to connect your Mailchimp account to your Squarespace website and use Mailchimp to deliver freebies.

My Squarespace website design process for Jodi Davies Photography

My Squarespace website design process for Jodi Davies Photography

When Jodi, a photographer in Dubai, contacted me to design her website and I saw her beautiful photographs I was very excited to be able to help her grow her business.

Jodi had heard about me through a friend and got in contact with me because she was leaving Dubai and her job and wanted to take her side business – family photography – full time once she had returned to England. Therefore she needed a website. We met up to discuss her ideas for the website and Jodi told me in which direction she wanted to take the business. Of course she also showed me her photographs as well as the websites she liked and we immediately clicked and kind of knew we would be working well together.

How to use the index pages in Squarespace

How to use the index pages in Squarespace

In Squarespace you can create all sorts of different types of pages besides the normal page. The so called index pages are a great tool to create different kind of effects and in this blog post I am going to write down how to create them and what you can use them for. There is also a video inside the post where I give an even better demonstration.

Why you should display your prices on your website

Why you should display your prices on your website

When I speak to my customers there is always a point when the question arises whether or not they should display their prices on their website.

If you have an online shop there is no question about it, of course you display your prices. However if you have service based business or a product based business but don’t have an online shop - may be you just want to display your products somewhere - the same question still arises. Should you display your prices on your website?

 When talking to my clients I realized that many are very hesitant of putting their prices on their website. They feel it’s like putting a label on them.  I get so many answers like

“What if I am too expensive?”

“What if my competition sees the prices?”

“My price depends on the customer and I always do custom quotes.”

“Nobody else does it.”

In this blog post I wrote down 5 reasons why you should display your prices on your website.

And I will be answering your above questions!

How to add a custom font to your Squarespace website

How to add a custom font to your Squarespace website

Squarespace gives you option of using different types of fonts. You can determine 3 different fonts for headings 1 to 3 and you can determine one font for the body text. And you can also determine the font of a quote as well as different fonts for your navigations.

However sometimes you might want to add another specific font for your brand that is not available within Squarespace. And this needs to be done with a little bit of coding as well as uploading your font files. In the video tutorial in this blog post I am showing you how you can easily do this.

What is personal branding?

What is personal branding?

When we think about a brand we mostly think about a logo and a website may be. We are thinking of big companies who are well established and well known brands. However EVERY business, whatever its size is a brand and should be branded well.
Read here what branding is and why it is so important.

 

In addition the word personal branding is also used more and more these days and often people don't really understand what that actually means and that personal branding is not constrained to celebrities.

In this blog post I want to write about what personal branding is, why it is so important and how you can implement it for yourself immediately.

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

Having a form on your website is very helpful and it can actually be used in many ways.

Squarespace makes it very easy for your to add a simple and beautiful contact form. But you can also do a lot more with Squarespace’s form block. In this video blog post I am showing you what you can do with the form block on Squarespace and you will find some ideas you can do with it below the video as well.

My number ONE website design TIP

My number ONE website design TIP

There are many things you can look out for when designing your website. I have written about a lot of them in the past.

However if you are just starting out, you are probably having a slight overwhelm at the moment. You might be doing everything yourself and you know you need a website but you don't know where to start. I totally get you. I have been there as well!

That is why I thought about the one tip that I would give you for your website. And to be honest this also applies to your business in general. Especially in the beginning.

How to add a logo testimonial to your Squarespace website

How to add a logo testimonial to your Squarespace website

You might have seen websites which showed the logos of brands the company has worked with or logo of magazines the company has been featured in. 

This can easily be done in Squarespace as well and in this video blog post I will show you how.

When an why you should use your own name for your business

When an why you should use your own name for your business

Many people consider using their own name for their business but don’t know whether it is the right decision or not. Others don’t even consider using their own name but it would actually be a great name for their business model.

In this post I am writing about when you should use own own name for your business, why using your own name can be great for your business as well as what the advantages and disadvantages are

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

As you might know by now, I love building websites for my clients on Squarespace. And I would - 95% of the time - recommend Squarespace to my clients and also anybody else who wants to build their own website. It is easy to use and update and I love their beautiful and optimized templates. You can read more about why I love Squarespace so much here.

One more reason why I like Squarespace so much is, that they make a lot of things very easy for us, especially for the non techie entrepreneurs among us. Some of the things are very important and you basically just need to double check that everything is done before you launch your website.

Today I have written down a list of things you need to remember before you launch your new website with Squarespace, find my pre-launch checklist for your website, also to download, below!

What I learned from starting three small businesses

What I learned from starting three small businesses

I have started and run two other small businesses before I started MNFL Design in 2015. The first one I founded in 2009 and the second one in 2013. And both those businesses I started with a partner before I decided to go solo for MNFL Design.

I have learned a lot along the way with my three businesses and I’ve run into many problems as well. And I’ve also watched other start-ups and I’ve seen many ways of how to go about starting and running a business, I’ve seen in which areas they did well and where they had problems. Especially now with MNFL Design and helping other female entrepreneurs start their business.

 

Therefore I decided to write down my 6 key things I learned from starting a small business. And these things are totally personal, they might be different for you but they might also give you something to think about and help you when you are starting out as an entrepreneur.

How to choose your brand colors

How to choose your brand colors

I have recently written a blog post about the power of using one bold color for your brand consistently. I used the example of Tiffany among others.

Recently I got the question on how to choose this one color? And what to do when the color you want to use is already used by a brand that is much bigger than you are?

So in this blog post I want to write about how I choose colors for a brand and if you want to use only one or two main colors, how to make sure you are choose the right one.

How to differentiate your brand

How to differentiate your brand

There are many ways to be different from other brands. Of course there is always your

product or service that is different, your story behind it is different, your brand and your logo will look different, your images will be different.

However how do you really differentiate your brand from all the others out there? Now with the world having become so small and brands being accessable basically from everywhere it might seem so difficult to stand out from the crowd. There are so many brands on social media and the internet and it might seem overwhelming. It seems like there is always someone else who is doing what you are doing and who is similar. However I am telling you there is room for you and you are different. Not only because of yourself as a person and your unique story (link) but I think there is one huge way to differentiate your brand from everybody else. And that is being CONSISTENT!


Owning one color for your business

Owning one color for your business

In recent weeks I talked about why it is important to show the heart of a company: the owner! Who it actually is that started the business as well as the why and the how. By telling the unique story of the founder of the business you will set your business apart just because nobody else has the same story. And by knowing the person behind a business, customers are more likely to connect on a personal level and they will remember your business over others! This is also part of branding!

However there is another very important aspect of branding and I often feel that people forget about it or shy away from it. And that is: choosing ONE brand color!

8 simple ways to improve your homepage

8 simple ways to improve your homepage

Today I want to share with you eight tips on how to improve your homepage and make it more user friendly.

Visitors decide within seconds if they want to stay on a website or not, they scan the content and images and decide whether this website will be able to help them find the answer to their problem or question or not.

Most of the time a visitor lands on your homepage first. Make the most of it! Use your homepage to make your visitors curious about you within three seconds.

You might have a website already and don’t have the time or money to hire a designer and re-design your website completely. And often this is actually not needed. With just a few simple steps you can improve your homepage dramatically already and make visitors stick around and fall in love with you.

How to grow your Instagram following and engagement

How to grow your Instagram following and engagement

In this post you will find out why you need to show you and your face on social media as well as for your brand and how to get out of your comfort zone and get started.

This blog post is a little more personal than usual and contains a lot of open thoughts where I am still trying to find answers to. Please let me know if you can relate and any comments or tips you might have!