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Colin Irwin
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A question re: robots.txt and the domains it applies to. 

Squarespace has its own CDN and delivers images via urls such as static.squarespace.com/static/uniquedirectoryname/imagename.jpg

Each Squarespace site's sitemap.xml lists pages as userdomain.com/pagename and images as static.squarespace.com/static/imagename.jpg

There is a Disallow: /static/ rule in each site's robots.txt. 

My understanding is that this rule should only apply to the domain that the site resides on and not to any external urls that match the pattern, such as images hosted on the static.squarespace.com/static urls.

Is my understanding correct?

The reason I ask is that Google seems not to include in its index many images from Squarespace websites
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There's more.. ..their new logic for social sharing images is deeply flawed - want to use your site logo as a sharing image anyone? Tough - that's what you're getting.

I've got a theory that the image indexing problem could be eased (maybe even resolved) if users could claim their CDN image directory with Webmaster Tools. 
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Add this CSS code to your Squarespace site and trigger cool rollover effects by inserting special codes in image ALT tags. 
Zoom in. Zoom Out. Shake it all about - Free CSS code to add to your Squarespace website that allows you to easily add cool rollover effects to whichever images you want. 
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A croaky voiced walkthrough of a Squarespace site where I implemented language switching between English and Spanish.

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Something I've been tinkering with.. 
See this demo of a Squarespace Cover page with a looping video background. This uses a locally hosted video rather than a video from YouTube, Vimeo or other streaming video services.  Method to follow. 
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Thanks for that - very helpful. It looks like the play button is on a layer above everything else.

I can script around that so that iOS/Android use default content and only computers trigger the script that swaps in the video. 
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I ran a test to measure user engagement on my +Squarespace website. 

The good news is that my true Bounce Rate is far lower than Google Analytics reports and around a third of visitors read to the bottom of my articles. 
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Hey +Rasmus Schübel 2.0 - thanks for the +1 
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If Google Analytics shows a big bounce rate for your +Squarespace Index Pages this article explains that things probably aren't as bad as they seem. 
Squarespace Index pages don't trigger Google Analytics tracking for subpages loaded via Ajax.  This means you can't tell whether users are interacting with Index pages or just abandoning them.  This article explains the problem and then demonstrates a custom script that enables this valuable analytics data to be tracked.
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First attempt at baklava - walnut and pistachio. 
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Looks great +Colin Irwin. You've attempted something we've never attempted! :)
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A demo of some custom scripting that makes it possible to have multilingual / non-English websites in +Squarespace 
Here's a video walkthrough of a project I just completed for Dream Big  that makes their site multilingual. When viewing the Spanish version of the site any interface content that is hard coded in English is automatically replaced with Spanish translations. 
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A free script that lets you run looping video backgrounds on +Squarespace Cover pages.  
Get this FREE addon that allows you to install looping video backgrounds on Squarespace Cover Pages. This solution uses a locally hosted video rather than a video from YouTube, Vimeo or other streaming video services.  
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Squarespace recently discontinued 4 templates - Boutique, Dovetail, Frontrow & Peak.

Check out our searchable ‪Squarespace template list.
Each Squarespace template has a templateID in its source code. We list the IDs for the currently selectable templates and tell you how to seek inspiration by searching the web for IDs. 
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Installing Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools is an essential first step in preparing to build traffic to your +Squarespace website. 
Whether you have a new or a long established Squarespace website there’s a little groundwork you should undertake before embarking on a traffic building campaign. 
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If images from your Squarespace gallery pages (not standalone images or gallery blocks) seem to be missing from Google Images this utility can help. 
The Squarespace gallery image fix utility version makes it possible for Squarespace site owners to easily generate <NOSCRIPT>..</NOSCRIPT> code for inclusion in their Squarespace websites. This is a fix for code omissions that prevent gallery images from being indexed by Google. 
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Got-chyu.
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New media project delivery specialist, with particular strength in defining and improving user experience.
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