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Using blog excerpts

Blog excerpts give your readers a taste or a teaser of a full blog post. If you tend to write longer posts, or if your posts are heavy with images or videos, a blog excerpt makes it easier for viewers to scroll through your blog and click posts to read in full by clicking "Read More."

Without an excerpt, your blog post displays in full on your main Blog Page for most templates.

Note: The Galapagos template displays "Continue" instead of "Read more." The Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, and Shift templates display "View post" when the Blog Layout is set to Columns. 
Note: If you're using certain templates, you must enable excerpts in Blog Page settings

Step 1 - Choose the Blog page

In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click a Blog Page

If you don't have a Blog Page, visit Blogging with Squarespace for more information.

Step 2 - Select a blog post

Click a post title, then click Edit. You can also add excerpts to new posts before they're published. 

Step 3 - Add a post excerpt

Click Options. Add introductory text or a summary of your post in the Excerpt box. 

Step 4 - Add a thumbnail image (optional)

Thumbnail images are a great way to add a visual preview of your full blog post. They'll also represent your post if you share it on social media.

You can add a thumbnail to any blog post, but only some templates will display this in the excerpt. If your template doesn't display thumbnail images, you can also use a Summary Block to filter and display your Blog Page content.

To add a thumbnail image to your post, click the Add an Image arrow or drag a file from your desktop. 

Tip: In grid format Blog Pages, the thumbnail becomes the post tile.

Images in excerpts

The following templates can display either thumbnail images or Promoted Blocks with blog post excerpts. This table groups templates by family. 

Template

Type of image

Special notes

Avenue

Promoted Block

 

Brine, Clay, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Marta, Mercer, Mojave, Motto, Nueva, Rally, Rover, Sonora, Thorne

Post thumbnail

Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.

Farro, Haute

Post thumbnail

 

Five

Post thumbnail

 

Flatiron

Promoted Block

 

Ishimoto

Promoted Block
Post thumbnail

Promoted Blocks override thumbnail images.

Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, Shift

Post thumbnail (Columns layout only)

Select Blog Layout: Columns in the Style Editor.

Native

Post thumbnail

Displays as a circle. Won't display on mobile.

Pacific, Bryler, Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi

Post thumbnail

 

Skye, Foundry, Tudor

Post thumbnail

 
Tremont, Carson, Henson Post thumbnail  Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.

Wells

Promoted Block
Post thumbnail

Check Disable Promoted Blocks in the Advanced Design panel to display post thumbnails instead.

York, Artesia, Harris, Lange, Jasper, Shibori

Post thumbnail

Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt tweaks.

Enable excerpts from Blog Page settings

The following templates manage excerpts from each Blog Page's Settings. This list groups templates by family:

  • Brine, Clay, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Marta, Mercer, Mojave, Motto, Nueva, Rally, Rover, Sonora, Thorne
  • Tremont, Carson, Henson
  • York, Artesia, Harris, Lange, Jasper, Shibori

Use the following steps to enable excerpts: 

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the for the Blog Page.
  3. In the Features tab, select Excerpt.
  4. Click Save.

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