SSDG Vol 5| Learning Custom CSS
Intro to Learning Custom CSS for Squarespace
SSDG VOLUME FIVE
In Volume Five of Squarespace Design Guild, we dive into CSS on a few levels.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This class is for squarespace lovers! From blog site owners to brick and mortar shop owners, to designers who use squarespace as their platform of choice for clients, this course will introduce you to the world of CSS.
By no means is this a full developer course in writing code, you will get familiar with css, the easiest code to write, as well as feel more comfortable knowing what is and is not possible within the platform using ONLY css.
We go through not only the basics of css, but then where to add CSS to your site, HOW to find new items to edit as well as when your advanced css is going to cause a problem. Knowing what is safe and not, is the first step in editing your site for yourself and friends, family and clients.
With tutorial videos, workbooks and a directory of all the CSS tag listings I like to use, you will be able to walk away feeling confident in getting a bit more familiar with your own site.
- Knowledge of basic squarespace site usage, you should feel comfortable in using most blocks, and navigating around a squarespace site, css edits are an advanced step in going beyond the normal edits, so you should feel comfortable using the rest of the design tweaks available.
- Chrome Browser. We will be using CHROME as our go-to for learning about CSS.
WHO THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR:
- Those looking for quick fix answers for a one-time problem. This course will help you feel comfortable editing and learning css on your own, as well as using your own site as the basic starting place to learn squarespace css.
- Those looking to change the functionality in how squarespace works, functions and can be used. Think of CSS as the visual makeover your site can get.
- Those looking to change the way a template is set up or works. An example of this would be adding a sidebar to a template without a blog sidebar.
YOU CAN BE A CSS ROCKSTAR
It's time to take your Squarespace site to the NEXT LEVEL, not by using one-off tips and tricks, but learning how to identify and change what your site looks like using custom CSS.
LET YOUR SITE SHINE!
Hi Squarespace lovers, I'm Meg, the crazy creative behind the start of SSDG. What started as a side project and a wish for a place for my own creative self to learn more about how to be the best squarespace designer I could be, spawned this project. I'm a graphic designer with my studio www.megsummerfield.com where I spend most days helping my amazing clients with their branding.
As a foodie and a designer, you would be surprised if I didn't have a food blog ... right? Yeah, well Summerfield Delight is what really spawned my creativity towards squarespace.
I hail from the small state of Rhode Island, where I work in my artist loft in a 'burb of Providence. You will sometimes see my crazy cat Mabel show up in my feed, she's my crazy studio side-kick. Outside of designing, I'm probably testing new Vegetarian restaurants or taking the paddle board out for a spin!
This site was developed and design originally for Squarespace Design Guild Members. Please note that all aspects of this course assume a good amount of knowledge about the squarespace platform, as well as a basic background in web-design and basics of css. By basics we mean, if you saw css you should be able to identify it as css, vs html etc. We don't expect you to be code masters!
Frequently Asked Questions
“We all hear that when you see a Squarespace site, you know it's a Squarespace site. But the allure of fast customization without code and an easy to use interface is hard to pass up. I can completely understand why it could be hard to convince a client (or yourself) to make the switch to SS when a template design isn't the sexiest thing around.
But oh, don't let the templates fool you into thinking that's all they can do. Squarespace provides amazing templates, but you can take them up a notch once you know how to apply CSS within the Squarespace framework (and without entering into developer mode.)
Meg is an all around Squarespace guru, and if SSDG isn't on your radar it needs to be. Before the SSDG course for Learning Custom CSS for Squarespace, I thought there was a tight cap on what was possible to achieve with Squarespace. With this course I am able to take my Squarespace abilities further than I could have tried on my own and I know that I'm doing them correctly.
Not even halfway through the course I was writing Meg and showing her screenshots of what I was able to do with what I learned. I'm still surprised at all the tricks I'm able to discover from what was taught. I can't wait to see what I'll be able to do next!”
- Liz W, SSDG Member
"As a brand designer, I have by default found myself working within the Squarespace platform to transition my client's brands onto an online platform. Through trial and error I have become increasingly comfortable designing in Squarespace, but it wasn't until this course that I felt I could promise and deliver a quality web product unique to each of my clients and distinct in their industries. I often think I have to choose between the role of designer and developer, but with this course I am able to confidently offer a custom product to my clients that I am proud of. Meg broke down coding languages that I thought would be complicated into a simple step-by-step process that I quickly picked up on and utilized in my process. I easily and quickly went through the lessons, feeling that I was learning at a speed I could not have accomplished on my own. I highly recommend this course!”
Kadie, SSDG Member
“If you're a designer offering Squarespace services, or want to distinguish your own site from the preset templates, this course is for you! Meg shares her step-by-step process for customizing Squarespace through easy to follow tutorials on CSS that you can implement within a couple hours. Even if you don't have any experience with coding, you'll find the application of this course a breeze to take action. I can't recommend this course enough!”
Jamie S,. SSDG Member
One thing I have come to learn about Meg is that she goes above and beyond in providing excellent quality tutorials and knowledge on the Squarespace platform. The CSS course she provides is full of valuable information that teaches you exactly how to edit the CSS on a Squarespace site no matter what template it is. She sprinkles her graphic design knowledge throughout the course to give even more value. I love how I can watch and rewatch the tutorials at any time and watch her go through each scenario step by step. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to take their Squarespace site to the next level.