Links to imported content don't work

Links to imported content don't work

23.Oct.2021

When you import content with links, like a blogroll for example, there's a good chance the link structure doesn't match Squarespace's. This can cause errors or prevent pages from loading completely.

 

First, choose the page tab instead of entering direct URLs when linking to external content. Then remove any formatting around the URL (e.g., http://).

If your imported links still don't work after removing formatting and replacing them with page tabs, try resetting them using this article:

 

Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) SQUARESPACE SUPPORT LINK HERE

Closing remarks: I was surprised that it worked so well! The instructions were easy to follow, and the problem was solved quickly.

 

Note: A resource box with author information is optional. Resources/references are great to provide, but they aren't necessary because...

 

1) This isn't a scientific article where people will trust your authority more if you have references; it's an informational article, so the reader isn't as concerned with who wrote it as much as how well it's written and whether or not they can solve their problem by reading it.

2) Including resources or references takes up valuable space in which you could be providing more helpful content (e.g., an alternate method for solving this problem). If possible, try incorporating links into the text instead of putting them in a separate list below it.

 

Note: This is an example of what not to do when writing a resource box/references. It's best practice to include web sources in-text instead of below the article like this:

Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) A great guide on how to fix this issue is written by Squarespace Support HERE

Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) Even better, check out our Help Center for more resources HERE

EDITORS TIP! Put author information at the very end of the article, preferably after the closing remarks. -- People are reading your content from top to bottom, so put your name where it will get the most visibility and then build upon that with links and resources.

 

This is an example of what not to do: "Author name HERE" Resources:

1) Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) 2) Squarespace Help Center (link #1) 3) Resource Box (link #2, which leads us back to the article we were just reading!) 4) Other helpful resources (link #3).

This is an example of how it should look: Resources: 1) Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) 2) Squarespace Help Center (link #1, which leads us back to the article we were just reading!) 3) Resource Box (link #2, which leads us to this article's very own resource box) 4) Other helpful resources (link #3, which also leads to the very same resource box).

 

Note: Since this is an example of what not to do when writing a resource box/references, there are no external references. Links are only included in-text.

Title image created by author using Canva. Article image created by author using Squarespace's cover page template and Canva. The "Squarespace Blog" logo was created by author with Squarespace Logo Maker. Special thanks goes out to my colleague who provided invaluable help with formatting the reference list at the end of the blog post. All other images were either found on Unsplash or the author's own personal archives (with the exception of the featured image which was created using Canva).

For more information, please check out my bio below. Thank you so much for reading!

 

-- "Author Name HERE"

About Me: I'm an art director who has worked for larger than startup agencies in San Francisco and Chicago, where I've done everything from directing photo shoots to designing custom typography for magazines' web platforms. Now that I work in-house full-time at a design agency in Indianapolis, most of my time is spent teaching clients how to use Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Illustrator and Photoshop CC. However, these days it's just as important to know how to design on the web, so I'm constantly updating my Squarespace knowledge. In addition to writing these articles for 3rd party publications, I also post my own personal blog posts about Squarespace and DIY projects over on my website: www.carlyshafferdesigns.com .

Carly A Shafer Art Director at a design agency in Indianapolis, IN USA

3rd Party Resources: 1) Squarespace Blog: Resolve broken links to imported content (blog post link) 2) How To Fix Broken Links After Importing Content Into Squarespace (article link) External sources only used in-text or where necessary. 3) Squarespace Logo Maker (video link) Used to create the company logo. 4) Canva (website link) Used for creating images throughout the article. 5) Adobe Creative Cloud (app links, all CC apps are free now!) Used for editing images throughout the article. 6) Unsplash Photo Pool (photography website link) Source of every image in this post except for the featured image which was created by author using Canva. 7) My own website! www.carlyshafferdesigns.com Source of my personal blog posts about Squarespace and DIY projects. External sources only used in-text or where necessary...

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