Squarespace has two types of galleries: Gallery Pages and Gallery Blocks. We often hear the question, "What's the difference between a Gallery Block and a Gallery Page?" This guide covers the primary differences, best practices, and other things to consider when adding a gallery to your site.
Gallery Blocks can be used on Layout Pages, blog posts, and other content areas. You can upload images, add stock images, embed video, or display content from an existing Gallery Page with Gallery Blocks.
Gallery Blocks come in four variants that display images and videos in unique ways. These are:
Since Gallery Blocks are a powerful feature with lots of options, specific instructions on the various Gallery Blocks can be found in Using Gallery Blocks.
Benefits of Gallery Blocks
Consistency between templates
All four Gallery Block designs can be used with any template. Switching templates doesn't affect Gallery Blocks.
Work with other content blocks
Gallery Pages support limited amounts of text. Gallery Blocks can be used on Layout Pages with any combination of other blocks. Gallery Blocks are ideal for pages where you want to include a mix of galleries and text. For more on Content Blocks, visit About blocks.
Can be used anywhere
Gallery Blocks can be added to any content area, including Layout Pages, blog posts, product's Additional Information section, headers, footers, and sidebars (if supported by your template).
Pull images from Gallery Pages
Gallery Blocks can pull images from existing Gallery Pages. This lets you use a Gallery Page as the primary home for your images, then use the Gallery Blocks to display them on other pages or blog posts.
Gallery Pages are unique to their template and have a specific design intended to work with that template. Like Gallery Blocks, Gallery Pages let you upload images, add stock images, and embed video. For more information, visit Using Gallery Pages.
Gallery Pages use Slideshow, Slider (Carousel), Grid, and Stacked designs. Depending on the template, the Gallery Page will either have a fixed design, an option to change between designs in Site Styles, or give visitors an option to adjust the gallery design for themselves. We have a list of template-specific Gallery Page designs here.
Here are examples of template Gallery Pages:
Benefits of Gallery Pages
Many template Gallery Pages have special features that aren't available in Gallery Blocks. For example, Momentum's Gallery Pages display full-bleed images, where the image takes up the entire page. You can view all templates and explore their Gallery Pages on our templates page.
You can share Gallery Page images in two ways. First, many templates support deeplink URLs. These URLs link directly to an individual image and can be used to share the images on social media, via email, and more.
Second, all Gallery Pages support social sharing. This lets you push an image from your Squarespace site to a connected social profile.
Work with Index Pages
An Index Page is a collection of thumbnails that links to other pages. Index Pages vary by template, but many Index Pages work best with Gallery Pages and display images differently when the two pages types are used in combination. To learn more about the Index Page and which templates support it, visit Using the Index Page.
Work with Summary Blocks
Summary Blocks display existing Gallery Page content in magazine-style layouts. This lets you use a Gallery Page as the primary home for your images, and then use Summary Blocks to showcase them on a page or blog post in a design that isn't available in Gallery Blocks or your template's Gallery Page. With Summary Blocks, you can display extra metadata like tags, categories, and publication date. To learn more about the Summary Blocks, visit Using Summary Blocks.
How your Gallery Page or Gallery Block displays on mobile depends on its format. For Gallery Pages, it also depends on your template. To learn more, visit How will my site appear on mobile devices?
Should I use Gallery Blocks or Gallery Pages?
There's no single answer that works for every site. We recommend browsing the various template-specific Gallery Pages to find one that appeals to you. If you find a template you love but aren't a fan of its Gallery Page, using Gallery Blocks is a great workaround. Or if you love the Gallery Page but want to include additional content, Gallery Blocks on a Layout Page is a great way to accomplish this.
As a final note, when using either gallery, pay attention to the amount of content on the page. Large image files or excessive number of images can cause your site to load slowly.
To avoid these issues, we recommend reviewing our guides on image formatting and keeping your site mobile-friendly. Rather than placing all your images in a single gallery, you can use multiple Gallery Pages to display your work by category with a Gallery Block bring attention to specific images on your homepage.
Displaying Gallery Page images in a Gallery Block
You can use a Gallery Block to display images and videos from an existing Gallery Page. This is a good way to explore a different gallery style for your gallery images than your Gallery Page supports.
Tip: To pull individual images from a Gallery Page, instead of the full gallery, reuse them from the Imported tab in Image Search.
- From the Home Menu, click Pages.
- If it's not there already, drag the Gallery Page into your Not Linked section so it won't appear in your navigation links.
- Click the + icon and click Page to create a Layout Page.
- Give your page a title and choose the Blank layout, then click Start Editing. For detailed steps, visit Building a Page.
- In the page editor that appears, click Add Block.
- Click to add a Slideshow, Carousel, Grid, or Stack Gallery Block. (You can change the style of your Gallery Block later.)
- In the Gallery Block editor, click Use Existing Gallery.
- Select the Gallery Page and click Apply. Your Gallery Page images will appear in the Gallery Block.
- Review your Gallery Block's guide to learn how to style it.
Keep the Gallery Page in your Not Linked section. If you delete the Gallery Page, the images will disappear from the Gallery Block as well. You'll also use the Gallery Page to update the Gallery Block:
- Add new images or videos to the Gallery Page and they'll appear in the Gallery Block. The Gallery Block can display up to 250 Gallery Page items.
- Add captions and clickthrough URLs within the Gallery Page.
Tip: You can also display Gallery Page images in a Summary Block to create magazine-style layouts.