After adding a Blog Page in the pages panel, you can create a blog with fresh and exciting content that's sure to fascinate your viewers.
In this guide, you'll learn how to add a Blog Page, create a blog post, tag and categorize posts, create a post excerpt, enable comments, push your posts to social media, and more.
Step 1 - Add or open a Blog Page
In the Home Menu, click Pages.
Add a new Blog Page
Click the + icon to add a new page.
Select Blog from the New Page menu.
Note: Learn more about adding new pages to your site in Adding pages to your navigation.
Open an existing Blog Page
Click on the Blog Page in your navigation list to select it for editing.
Step 2 - Add a post
Click the + icon in the Blog panel to add a new post.
Step 3 - Add content
The Blog Post Editor will open. A Text Block appears automatically to get you started. To enter a title for your post, click in the Enter a post title... box.
For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks with Insert Points.
You can add more content to a blog post using the same blocks and tools that you'd use for a regular Page. Visit Building a page to learn more.
Note: New blog posts are immediately saved as drafts.
Step 4 - Add categories and tags
You can use categories and tags to organize your blog by subject. In combination with the Archive Block or Tag Cloud Block you can create a layout that allows visitors to view similar posts based on their interests.
To start adding categories and tags, click Click to add tags or Click to add categories. To learn more, visit Using tags and categories in a blog.
Note: There is a 25 character limit for categories and an 80 character limit for tags.
Step 5 - Enable or disable comments
Enable or disable comments for a blog post by clicking Comments On/Off in the Blog Post Editor.
If comments are enabled, visitors can comment as long as the post is published.
Set a time limit for comments
To close the blog post for commenting after a certain time, click never to set a date and time when comments will be disabled.
Click inside the calendar to select the date and time you'd like to disable comments.
Step 6 - Add thumbnail images
Squarespace uses thumbnail images to represent content in various indexed views. If you share your post on social profiles that support images, like Facebook, the thumbnail image will appear in the post.
To add a thumbnail image, click the Options tab and drag your image into the image uploader. Click Save.
Note: You can also click the image uploader to open a file selection menu and then select a file from your computer.
To learn more about thumbnail images and how they display,, visit Adding and using thumbnail images.
Step 7 - Add custom URLs
Every blog post has its own URL, formatted based on your default Collection title format. To edit the post URL, click the Options tab, then click in the Post URL box and edit the slug.
The slug will automatically include /blog/, but you can add any custom text after, separated by dashes. Here's an example of how that might look:
You can also add additional information to the URL after a forward slash ("/").
To attribute the post to another source or a related link, add a URL to the Source URL box.
To link the post title to the Source URL, check Post Title should link to Source URL. Leave this option unchecked to add the source URL to the bottom of the post without linking the post title to it.
To learn more, visit Linking a post title to external content.
Step 8 - Select an author
By default, the author of the blog post is the contributor who first created it. If your site has Basic Authors or other contributors with Content Editor permissions, you can select a different author name from the Author drop-down menu in the Options tab.
The author's name will display in the blog post and the main Blog Page, depending on your template and Style Editor settings. You can also set it to display in the Summary Block.
Step 9 - Add an excerpt
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."
If you don't add a post excerpt, the full post will display on the main Blog Page.
To learn more about excerpts and how they display, visit Using Blog excerpts.
Step 10 - Add a location
Click the Location tab to add a location for your post. Press the Enter or Return key after completing in the address fields to drop a pin on the map.
Note: Not all templates use or display location information for blog posts. The style of display is unique to each template.
Step 11 - Push content to social media
These social accounts offer the option to automatically push blog content to profiles:
To push content, first connect your social accounts. Squarespace can send the title, URL, and author of the blog post to each connected account when you publish a post.
For each blog post you want to share, click the Social tab in the Post Editor.
Toggle Social to ON for any social account where you want to publish this post.
Customize the format of posts sent from Squarespace. Hovering your mouse over the ? icon will display a list of variables you can use.
When you publish the post, it will automatically post to the selected social accounts.
Step 12 - Save or publish
All posts are initially saved as drafts. When you’re done editing a post, you can:
- Click Save to save the entry and keep it as a draft.
- Click Save & Publish to save the entry and publish it as a public post.
- Schedule the post to self-publish in the future. To learn more, visit Scheduling blog posts.
- Label it as Need Review. This is helpful if you have a senior editor who reviews multiple authors’ work.
- Revert to Draft.
Step 13 - Manage blog posts
You can manage your blog posts in the Blog panel.
Filter and search
- Draft, Published, Scheduled, and Needs Review posts are ordered by their last saved date, from newest to oldest.
- Scheduled posts appear at the top.
- Search for a blog post for editing or publication using the search bar at the top of the panel.
- Filter the search to show all results, drafts only, or published posts only.
Edit a post
To edit an existing post, hover over the post title and click Settings.
To move one blog post to another Blog Page, press and hold the Shift key and click the items you want to move.
Continue holding Shift to select multiple posts. Once you've selected the posts you'd like to move, click Move To.
In the Select Destination Collection window, select the destination page and click Move Items.
Note: You’ll only see the Move Items button if you have more than one Blog Page.
Note: Visit Blog Settings to learn about other customization options for your blog.
Change the publication date
You can change the publication date of a blog post before or after it's published. This changes the order in which posts appear on a Blog Page.