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Blogging with Squarespace

In this guide, you'll learn how to create and manage a blog using Squarespace. You can 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.

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How Squarespace organizes blogs

Blogs in Squarespace are organized in two parts: Blog Pages and individual blog posts.

Blog Pages

The Blog Page is your blog’s landing page. It displays multiple posts in a blog list or grid, depending on your template. Blog lists can show either the full post content or short teaser excerpts. Blog grids show thumbnail images for each post, and may also include text. 

Clicking a post title or thumbnail image opens the individual blog post in its own page. 

You can have multiple Blog Pages on your site. The layout and design options vary by template. Certain templates also have special blog features, such as sidebars.

Blog posts

Blog posts are sub-pages of a Blog Page. Each blog post has its own page and dedicated URL.

The layout, design options, and special features for your blog posts vary by template. You can add as many blog posts to a Blog Page as you'd like.

Step 1 - Add or open a Blog Page

To add or open a Blog Page:

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  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. To add a new Blog Page, click the + icon, and then select Blog from the New Page menu.

click the plus icon

  1. If you already have a Blog Page, click its title in the Pages panel.

You can edit and add new posts to existing Blog Pages in the Squarespace App. The app doesn't currently support adding new Blog Pages.

  1. At the bottom of the app, tap the Pages icon.
  2. Tap the Blog Page in your navigation list to select it for editing.

Step 2 - Create a new post

To add a new blog post:

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  1. In the Blog panel, click the + icon.

click the plus icon

  1. To add a title for the blog post, click in the Enter a post title... box. The title must be 200 characters or fewer.
  2. Your new post includes a Text Block to help you get started. To add more content to the post like an image, gallery or video, add more blocks.
Tip: To edit the blog post in full-screen, click the expander arrow in the top-right corner of the editor.
  1. Tap the + icon at the top of the screen to add a new post.
  2. To add a title for your post, tap in the Enter a post title... field. The title must be 200 characters or fewer.
  3. Your new post includes a Text Block to help you get started. To add more content to the post like an Image or Gallery Block, tap the + icon at the top of the screen select a block. For more help with blocks, visit Adding blocks.  

Step 3 - Add categories and tags

To organize your blog by subject, you can use categories and tags. In combination with Archive Blocks or Tag Cloud Blocks, you can create a layout that helps visitors view similar posts based on their interests.

Note:

  • Tags must be 80 characters or fewer.
  • Categories must be 25 characters or fewer.
  • Tags and categories are case-sensitive. For example, entering Apples, apples, and APPLES creates three tags or categories.
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To add categories and tags, click Tags + or Categories +. To learn more, visit Using tags and categories in a blog.

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To edit a blog post's existing categories and tags:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Tags or Categories, then tap a tag or category to add it to your post. To learn more, visit Using tags and categories in a blog.

The Squarespace App doesn't support adding new tags and categories.

Step 4 - Enable or disable comments

After enabling comments in Comment Settings, you can enable or disable comments for individual blog posts. 

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Near the bottom of the blog post editor, click Comments On/Off.

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The number of comments on a post displays next to the title in the Blog Page panel. 

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Set a time limit for comments

To close the blog post for commenting after a certain time, click never under Comments On, and then set a date and time when comments will be disabled.

choose a date and time

In the post's settings:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the Comments toggle on or off. 

Set a time limit for comments

To close the blog post for commenting after a certain time:

  1. Tap Disable Comments
  2. Tap Scheduled.
  3. Tap the calendar to select the date and time to disable comments.

Step 5 - Add thumbnail images

Blog post thumbnails create tiles on grid layouts and display with the post in some list layouts. If you share your post on social networks, the thumbnail image appears in the post. Squarespace also uses thumbnail images to represent content in other areas like as Summary Blocks.

To learn more about thumbnail images and how they display, visit Adding thumbnail images.

To add a thumbnail image:

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  1. In the blog post editor, click the Options tab.
  2. Drag your image into the image uploader (or click the uploader area to select a file from your computer). You can also click Search For Image to use a stock image.
  3. Click Save.
  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add image at the top of the Post Settings. 
  4. Choose an image:
    • Tap Take photo to take a new photo with your device's camera.
    • Tap Photo library to choose an existing image from your device.
    • Tap Insert from... to choose an image from your iCloud library. 
  5. Tap Done at the top of the screen to save your changes. 

Step 6 - Add custom URLs

Post URL

Every blog post has its own URL, formatted based on your default Post URL Format. By default, the Post URL Format includes the publication date. Here's an example of a default blog post URL:

  • https://example.squarespace.com/blog-title/2017/01/01/post-title

The URL automatically includes the Blog Page's slug. You can change the Post URL slug by adding custom text, using dashes instead of spaces. Here's how the URL would look if you removed /2017/01/01/post-title in the URL above and changed the Post URL slug to /my-new-post-title:

  • https://example.squarespace.com/blog-title/my-new-post-title

You can also add additional information to the URL after a forward slash ("/"). For example:

  • https://example.squarespace.com/blog-title/my-new-post-title/new-photos

To edit the post URL: 

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Click the Options tab, then click the Post URL box and edit the slug.

 

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Post URL and edit the slug. 

 

Source URL

To attribute the post to another source or a related link, add a URL to the Source URL box. To learn more, visit Linking a post title to external content.

To link the post title to the Source URL: 

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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.

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Source URL and add a URL to the Source URL field. 

Step 7 - 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 Administrator or Content Editor permissions, you can select a different author.

The author's name will display in the blog post and the main Blog Page, depending on your template and Site Styles settings. You can also set it to display in Summary Blocks and Archive Blocks. To learn more, visit Managing blog post authors.

To edit the author of the blog post:

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In the Options tab of the blog post editor, select an author from the Author drop-down menu. 

Choose an author name in the post settings:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Author.
  4. Tap a new author name. 

Step 8 - Add an excerpt

Blog excerpts give your readers a taste or a teaser of a full blog post. If you write longer posts, a blog excerpt makes it easier for viewers to scroll through your blog.

To learn more about excerpts and how they display, visit Using blog excerpts.

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To add an excerpt, click the Options tab, then add your excerpt text in the Excerpt box. 

click options tab to see excerpt box

To add an excerpt:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Excerpt.
  4. Add your excerpt text in the Excerpt field. 

Step 9 - Add a location

Farro, Five, Native, and templates with grid/stacked Blog Pages can display an optional location on the Blog Page. All templates can display the location in Summary Blocks. The style of display is unique to each template.

To add a location to the blog post:

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Click the Location tab. Enter an address, and press Enter or Return to drop a pin on the map.

click the location tab

Add a location for your post:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Location.
  4. Enter a Business Name and Address

Step 10 - Push content to social media

These social accounts have the option to automatically push blog content to profiles:

To push content, first connect your social accounts. Blog posts will only push to a social account once. If you edit your post and want to share the updated version, share your blog post manually.

To learn more, visit Sharing content on social media.

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In the blog post editor, click the Social tab.

  1. Switch the Social toggle to on for any social account where you want to publish this post.
  2. Optional: customize the text accompanying the posts by entering text or variables in the field to the right. You'll see a preview of this text below the field.
  3. To automatically share the post on the social profiles you selected, publish the post.

For each blog post you want to share, turn the Social toggle on for any social account where you want to publish this post.

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Social
  4. Tap a social account, then tap the toggle to turn it on. Customize the text accompanying the posts by entering text or variables in the Posting Format field. See the list below for the variables you can use.
  5. Publish the post to automatically push it to the selected social accounts.

Step 11 - Save or publish

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When you’re done editing a post, you have a few options:

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Save the post and keep it as a draft Click Save.
Save the post and publish as a public post Click Save & Publish
Schedule the post to self-publish in the future Click the status label above Save & Publish, then click Schedule.To learn more, visit Scheduling blog posts.
Save the post and put it aside for review by a senior editor or other contributor Click the status label above Save & Publish, then click Needs Review
Save the post and keep it as a draft Click Draft.

To change the status of a post after it's saved or published, click the status label above the Save button.

click the post status

When you’re done editing a post, you have a few options:

To Do this
Save the post and publish as a public post

Tap Save and Publish.

Save the post and keep it as a draft

Tap Save Changes.

Delete the most recent edits

Tap Discard Changes.

To change the status of a post after it's saved or published:

  1. Tap the ... icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Post Status.
  3. Tap a new status. From here, you can also:
    • Tap Needs Review. This is helpful if you have a senior editor who reviews multiple authors’ work.
    • Tap Schedule to set the post to self-publish in the future. To learn more, visit Scheduling blog posts.

Step 12 - Style the Blog Page (desktop only)

Most templates have a template-specific Blog Page design with its own style settings. All blog designs fall into one of three categories:

  • List - The landing page stacks posts vertically.
  • Grid - Thumbnails representing each blog post display in a grid.
  • Grid/list - You can choose a grid or stacked list layout.

For a list of options by template, visit Blog features by template.

To customize how your landing page looks:

  1. Go to your Blog Page. 
  2. From the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  3. Scroll down to the Blog sections to experiment with different settings.
  4. When you're happy with how it looks, Save and exit Site Styles.
  5. Open a blog post.
  6. Re-open Site Styles and scroll down to the Blog sections. In many templates, blog posts have separate style tweaks that only display when you're on a blog post.

Step 13 - Manage blog posts (desktop only)

You can manage your blog posts in the Blog Page 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, click the post title and click Edit.

click edit

Move posts

To move blog posts to another Blog Page on your site:

  1. Press and hold Shift and click the item you want to move. Continue holding Shift to select multiple posts.
  2. After selecting the posts you'd like to move, click Move. You’ll only see the Move button if you have more than one Blog Page.
  3. In the Select Destination Collection window, select the destination page, and click Move Items.

To learn more, visit Moving content between pages.

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.

Tip: Visit Blog Settings and Blog features by template to learn about other blog customization options.
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