Let’s get social!
Social media is an unavoidable part of most people’s daily lives now. You may not have to embrace it for yourself, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to go away. In that case, why not make it work for you?
Or maybe you live and breathe social media and are looking for a great way to connect your awesome website with your butt kicking feed? Either one is good.
Starting a web design business meant having to embrace at least one social media platform to help me get the word out about myself and my work. I chose Instagram because it’s currently a place that brings me happiness. On the whole, it feels more creative and supportive than anywhere else.
Squarespace integrates nicely with Instagram and gives you the ability to pull in your latest posts for displaying anywhere on your website. It’s an easy two part process that shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to accomplish.
Part one: Settings
We’re going to be going through the Squarespace menu for this first part. There’s a bit of clicking involved so get your index finger ready.
1. In the Squarespace menu, click Settings.
2. Click Connected Accounts.
3. Click on the Connect Account button.
4. Choose Instagram from the list of options.
5. A window will pop up with an Instagram login screen. Log in to the Instagram account you want to have featured on your website.
6. In the Instagram Settings window that pops up, ensure that Download Data is checked and click the Save button in the lower right corner.
Part one: accomplished.
Part two: the Instagram block
We’re going to insert an Instagram content block into your website now. Decide where in your website you want to feature your Instagram posts. This can be in a main page, your footer, or even as the first item people see on your home page.
1. Click on the Insertion Point where you’d like the Instagram block to go.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the Content Block window, under the “Social Blocks” heading, and click on the Instagram button.
3. A grid block will appear at the Insertion Point you chose, populated with your ten most recent posts. In the “Account” tab of the “Grid” window that popped up, you can adjust the slider to dial in how many posts you want to feature.
4. In the “Design” tab, you can adjust the appearance of the block, including the aspect ratio of the images and how many images should appear in each row.
5. Click Apply in the lower right corner of the “Grid” window followed by Save on the “Editor Window.”
Part two: accomplished.
In just a few quick steps, we’ve connected your Instagram account and are now showing the world what you’re posting on Instagram, right from your website.
Best of all, this block is completely automated. Anytime you post something new on Instagram, that image will appear on your website without any extra effort from you.
It’s features like these that continually make me impressed with Squarespace. The Instagram connection is easy to use, visually appealing, and really handy.
Give it a try, cats.