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Using blog excerpts

Blog excerpts give your readers a taste or teaser of a full blog post. If you write longer posts, or if your posts are heavy with images or videos, showing an excerpt instead of the full post makes it easier for viewers to browse your content in one place. When readers see a teaser that grabs their attention, they can click "Read more" to read the post in full.

You can add an excerpt in the Options tab of any blog post's settings.

Tip: if you don't have a Blog Page yet, visit Blogging with Squarespace to get started.

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Add an excerpt

Add your excerpt text in the Options tab of any blog post's settings.

To add an excerpt to a new post:

  1. Create a new post and add your post's content in the Content tab.
  2. Click the Options tab.
  3. Add introductory text or a summary of your post in the Excerpt field.
  4. Save the post and refresh the page.

To add an excerpt to an existing post:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click your Blog Page.
  2. Click a post title, then click Edit.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Add introductory text or a summary of your post in the Excerpt field.
  5. Save the post and refresh the page.

To add an excerpt:

  1. Tap Pages, then tap the Blog Page.
  2. Tap the blog post, then tap the ... or the-gear-icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Under Options, tap Excerpt.
  4. Enter the excerpt text, then tap Post Settings to return to the previous screen.
  5. Tap Save.
Tip: In most templates, the excerpt will automatically include a "Read More" link.

If the excerpt doesn't appear on your site

Some templates give you the option to add excerpts without displaying them on your site.

If you've added an excerpt, saved, and refreshed the page, and the excerpt doesn't appear, you may need to enable excerpts in Page Settings, Site Styles, or both. Follow the steps below to enable excerpts for your template.

Step 1 - Enable excerpts in Page Settings (computer only)

You can either display full posts or excerpts in these template families:

  • Brine
  • Tremont
  • York

 To show excerpts, enable them in Page Settings:

  1. From the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Hover over the Blog Page and click the .
  3. In the Advanced tab, use the Post Display drop-down menu to choose Excerpt.
  4. Click Save and refresh the page.
Tip: If you have multiple Blog Pages, enable excerpts in each Blog Page's Settings.

If the excerpts still don't appear, or if you're using a different template, move on to the next step.

Step 2 - Enable excerpts in Site Styles (computer only)

Use the following style tweaks to show excerpts in these template families:

  • Brine - Show Excerpt in the Blog: List section
  • SkyeShow Excerpt On Blog List in the Blog Grid Options section
  • TremontShow Excerpt in the Blog: List section
  • YorkShow Excerpt in the Blog: List section

Add an image (some templates)

Some templates can display an image with the excerpt. This is a great way to add a visual preview of your full blog post. The style varies by template. Here's an example of how it looks in the Pacific family:

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Depending on the template, you'll create this image with thumbnail images or Promoted Blocks:

You can add an image to excerpts in these template families. To learn more, visit your template's guide.

  • Avenue - Promoted Blocks
  • Aviator - Promoted Blocks
  • Brine - Post thumbnails. Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.
  • Farro - Post thumbnails
  • Five - Post thumbnails
  • Flatiron - Promoted Blocks
  • Ishimoto - Promoted Blocks or post thumbnails. Promoted Blocks override thumbnail images.
  • Montauk - Promoted Blocks
  • Native - Post thumbnails. Display as a circle. Won't display on mobile.
  • Pacific - Post thumbnails
  • Skye - Post thumbnails
  • Tremont - Post thumbnails. Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.
  • Wells - Promoted Blocks. Disable promoted blocks to display post thumbnails instead.
  • Wexley - Promoted Blocks
  • York - Post thumbnails. Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.
Tip: In any template, you can display thumbnail images with excerpts in a Summary Block.

Read More links

In all templates:

  • Visitors can click the blog post title to read the full post.
  • You can include a Read More link in a Summary Block.

Most templates include a "Read More" link in the excerpt to prompt people to click through to the post. Some include a + or symbol as well.

These template families don't include "Read More" links:

  • Farro
  • Galapagos - Displays "Continue" and an arrow instead of "Read More"
  • Pacific
  • Skye

In most templates, the "Read More" link follows the font of your site's body text, and the color of your body link text. These template families have different style settings:

  • Brine - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section of Site Styles.
  • Five - No font style options.
  • Native - No font style options.
  • Tremont - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section.
  • York - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section.

Excerpts vs. full posts

How your Blog Page displays posts that don't have excerpts depends on your template's blog style.

In most template families, if your blog post doesn't have an excerpt, the full post displays instead. This means you can mix excerpts and full posts on your blog landing page. This example is from the Adirondack template:

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In templates that support the grid/stacked Blog Page (Brine family, Tremont family, York family), you can either have excerpts or full text, but not both. If you've enabled excerpts, and you've chosen the stacked layout, ensure all your blog posts include excerpt text. Otherwise, you'll end up with blank areas on your blog landing page, like in this Brine example:

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Templates with grid-only Blog Pages never show full posts. This includes these template families:

  • Farro
  • Skye

Here's an example in the Farro template:

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Examples

A good excerpt piques your readers' interest. The type of excerpts that work for you will depend on your content and your readers, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Describe the post

Summarize the post in a sentence or two so readers know what it's all about. Here's an example in the Native template:

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Tease the first paragraph

Copy and paste the first paragraph of the post and end it with an ellipses (...) to give readers a taste and show there's more. Here's an example in the Avenue template:

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Ask a question

Asking an intriguing question can prompt readers to click through to learn the answer. Here's an example in the Farro template:

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Display excerpts in a Summary Block

Summary Blocks can present your latest blog posts in magazine-style layouts. You can add Summary Blocks to any area where you can add blocks, such as a Layout Page, content sidebar, or page header.

For example, you can create an alternate landing page for your blog that includes excerpts and thumbnail images:

  1. From the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the + icon and click Page, then Start Editing.
  3. In the page editor, add a Summary Block.
  4. In the Content tab, connect the block to your Blog Page.
  5. In the Display tab, ensure Show Excerpt, Show Thumbnail, and Show Read More Link are checked.
  6. Use the other options to style your block.
  7. Click Apply.
  1. Tap Pages, then tap Add under a navigation menu.
  2. Tap Pages to choose a blank Layout Page.
  3. Enter a page title, then tap Create.
  4. Tap the new page, then tap Edit or the pencil icon in the top right corner.
  5. Click the + icon, then tap a Summary Block to add.
  6. Tap Content, then tap the Blog Page you want to connect. Tap Summary to return to the block settings.
  7. Tap Layout and choose the options to style your block. Tap Summary to return to the block settings. 
  8. Tap Display, then switch the toggle on for Show Thumbnail, Show Excerpt, and Show Read More Links. Tap Summary to return to the block settings.
  9. Tap Done or , then tap Save Changes

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