How to Create a Cover Page in Squarespace
We get asked about how to create cover pages (and landing pages) all the time! In this guide, you will learn how to create a cover page in Squarespace and a variety of uses for cover pages. Get started below and start capturing your audience's attention and emails for your newsletter!
Steps to Create a Cover Page
After logging into your Squarespace site, you’ll want to go to Pages > Not Linked + > Cover Page.
Then you will want to go into your cover page’s editor. The first thing you need to do is select a layout. We chose the Card layout for our cover page, but depending on what you want to do with yours, you may need to pick a different one. We’ll talk more about that later!
If you scroll down in the cover page’s editor, you will see a variety of styling options. These will be different for each cover page option but for now we will briefly go over the option here. First, go to Branding. Here you can upload your own logo, change the headline, and body of the text.
In the Media tab, you can add a background image of your own.
Next, you'll want to update the form or call to action. This could be a link to your newsletter sign-up or contact form. You can explore Squarespace's form options by clicking Edit Form.
Don't forget to style your layout! We adjusted the fonts and colors of everything to match our brand.
As I mentioned above, each cover page layout has different options. Here's a quick checklist of items to include on any cover page:
Quality Design: Your home page should match the rest of your site's brand, including colors, fonts, graphics, and images.
Call to Action: Create a call to action that matches the purpose of your cover page. If you are in the middle of building your site and want to continue capturing potential customer's emails, you can display the sign-up for your newsletter. If you are using your cover letter as the welcome page to your site, you'll want to make it easy to move into your website.
Social Links: Definitely add your social links to the cover page, this is a quick way for your audience to easily connect with you.
Logo & Tagline: Along with your branding, make sure to show off your logo and enticing headline to get your audience's attention! Let them know what you do, how you can help them, and give them a call to action instantly.
How to Use Your Cover Page
A cover page can be used in several different ways! Two main uses are as a coming soon page and as a landing page to promote a specific piece of your business. Determining how you will use your cover page will help you determine which layout you need.
A coming soon page can be used if you're working on your website but still want to let visitors know where your website is at. We recommend creating a call to action and including all of the details above so that your visitors can connect with you even if they can't access your website. Below is an example of a cover page from Dearest Olive Studio!
You can also create a landing page to show up before someone enters your site to promote a course, ebook, event, or newsletter. Your landing page can highlight something specific and even be directly linked from sources like Instagram.
Or you can have a menu that links to pages within your site, like Alyce Youngblood's site.
Are you already dreaming up ways to use your cover page? Go for it, it can be a great asset to your website. If you're already rocking a sweet cover page, leave a link in the comments! I'd love to check it out.