Happy Tech Tuesday! Happy you found you way here, and chances are that you clicked the link in my IG bio..because that’s where I probably directed you at the end of my post. That’s the call to action that is usually at the end of most people’s post. Whether you’re providing a service, selling a product, providing tutorials, blogs, or fundraising. But let’s say you’re posting everyday, you have multiple things going on…who’s changing that link everyday?? That’s extra work for you, and the other posts are still there with the same directive, right? So today we’re digging into how to make a links pages for a couple different platforms.
First up, Squarespace. Now this may be the easiest platform to create a links page.
- Go into your Squarespace dashboard like you would to manage to your website.
- Scroll down through your listing of pages, to where it says “Not linked” this is where you’re going to create the page, because we don’t need this showing the site menu/navigation.
- Hit the “+” icon and you’re going to be given options to add a new page. Now depending on if your site is Squarespace 7.0 or 7.1 this option may look a little different. You can pick a layout for the page, I’d go with a blank one if you’re minimalist or one that has a banner image at the top, but completely up to you.
- Once you’ve chosen your page layout, it’ll give you the option to name it, Links is typically what you’d go with but if you want to name it IG Links or something, that works, it just should make sense for the page’s purpose and of course so you can identify it when going in to manage.
- Now you’ve got your canvas (the page lol). Go into Edit Mode on the page. Add a title (if you chose blank) by hovering to the left side of the page and clicking on where you see one of those sideways teardrop indicators, meaning you can add a new element or item.
- Add Text first to give the page a heading, It’ll give you regular text, toggle with the heading size/style in the paragraph settings inside of text.
- Repeat the step 5, to add another element to the page, this time it’s going to be a button. You can make the button small, medium or large. Change the text displayed on the button, by default is says “learn more” ya know typical website instruction lol. And add the link you want the button to take visitors to. Then hit apply, and you’ve got your first link button.
Repeat as many times as you want till you have all the relevant links configured. Note, the design of the buttons, ie color, shape, are all based on what’s in your Design settings for your template, you can go in and edit the button style if you’re not liking it, but remember this applies to the entire site. So buttons anywhere else on the site will be affected. To get to the design settings for the button:
- Squarespace 7.0 – Go to Design, Site Style, and at the top type in buttons, to bring up all the relevant style/design options for your site:
- Squarespace 7.1 – Go to Design, then buttons..you can change the shape and if it’s a filled button or outlined. The design elements are a little less granular in this version, it runs with color palettes that apply to the whole site. So the buttons colors will reflect whatever palette you have applied.
Next up, the Wix platform. If you’ve ever worked with me, I’ll tell you that just about anything can be done on Wix in terms of design. So let’s walk through creating a links page on this platform.
- You’ll want to go into the Wix Editor, so on your Dashboard over towards the center you’ll see a “Site Actions” button, Click on it and then select “Edit Site”.
- Once you’re in the editor, on the left hand side you’ll see icons. You want to click the first one at the top that says “Menu and Pages” then you’ll see a list of your site’s pages, and at the bottom you’ll see “Add New Page”. Once you click that, give the page a name “Links” is always good and clean.
- Now that you’ve created the new page (the editor automatically takes you to the new page once you hit done), you can start adding things to it. So back to that menu on the left hand side. But this time you’re clicking the plus sign, this will open up to all the elements you can add to a page. But let’s add a title/heading.
- Now unlike Squarespace you have the free range to make the text be whatever you want, so font style, size, color, go crazy (you can even animate the font)
- Now we’re going to go back to the left, to the left (did you read that in the key of Beyoncé? lol) and hit the “+” again and this time we’re going to select buttons. They make it easy to stay in theme, with a section that has buttons already themed to match your layout, or colors styles you’ve previously applied on other areas of the site.
- Once you select the button, it’ll be added to the page. Now you can go in and change the label on the button, the button size will adjust to the amount of text you put. But if you want more room on either side of the text you can also drag any of the edges to make it wider.
- So now that you have the button formatted, you need to link it something right? Of course you can do this while you’re editing the text but if you didn’t, to get back to edit the link or to check the link setting, click the small chain link icon. You will be able link the button to an external page, a page within your site, a document, to send an email, or even your phone number.
Repeat as needed to create and add buttons to your page. Also remember to hit save and Publish to make these changes/pages viewable on your site. With the design flexibility of Wix you can place the buttons all over the place (no seriously they can be thrown around like confetti on the page…don’t recommend that though lol). You just want to make sure they’re aligned and positioned well, the align to grid feature (where it shows you if you centered horizontally and vertical with other items on the page) is really handy.
I almost forgot! Make sure you go into “Manage Pages” and hide this page so it doesn’t show in your site’s navigation. It doesn’t hide the page from visitors but removes it from the navigation.
I hope this was helpful, got questions by all means let me know! Do you already have a links page for your site, hosted on your site? Will you be making one? Or you sticking with Linktree?