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Blogging with Squarespace

In this guide, you'll learn how to create and manage a blog on your Squarespace site. You can add a Blog Page, create blog posts, tag and categorize posts, create post excerpts, enable comments, push your posts to social media, and more.

Tip: You can update your blog on the computer, or through the Squarespace App. It's not possible to update your Squarespace blog via an XML-RPC client.

Watch a video

This video applies to version 7.0.

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 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.

Add or open a Blog Page

How you add or open a Blog Page depends on which version of Squarespace your site is on.

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click the + icon.
  2. Choose Blog from the pages menu.
  3. Enter a page title, then press Enter. You can change this later.
  4. If you already have a Blog Page, click its title in the Pages panel.
  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click the + icon.
  2. Choose Page from the menu.
  3. Under Add a Page, click Blog.
  4. Click the Blog layout you want to start with. You can always switch the layout later.
  5. Enter a page title, then press Enter. You can change this later.
  6. If you already have a Blog Page, click its title in the Pages panel.
Note: Adding new Blog Pages is only possible in the iOS version of the Squarespace App.
  1. Tap the Pages icon.
  2. To add a new Blog Page, tap Add at the bottom of the navigation.
  3. Tap Blog.
  4. Enter a title for your new Blog Page, then tap Create.
  5. If you already have a Blog Page, tap its title in your navigation list.

Create a new post

To add a new blog post:

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

click the plus icon

  1. To add a title for your post, click in the Enter a post title... box. Titles must be 200 characters or fewer.
  2. Your new post includes a Text Block to help you get started. To add more blocks to the post, click the + icon or an insert point.
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... box. Titles must be 200 characters or fewer.
  3. Your new post includes a Text Block to help you get started. To add more blocks to the post, tap the + icon at the top of the screen. For more help with blocks, visit Adding blocks.

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.

Formatting tips:

  • Categories must be 25 characters or fewer.
  • Tags must be 80 characters or fewer.
  • Tags and categories are case-sensitive. For example, entering Apples, apples, and APPLES creates three categories or tags.
  • You can add as many categories or tags per item as you'd like.

This video applies to version 7.0.

To add categories and tags, click Tags or Categories in the Content tab of the post editor. To learn more, visit Adding tags and categories.

The Squarespace App doesn't support creating new categories and tags. To add existing categories and tags to a blog post:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Tags or Categories.
  4. Tap a tag or category to add it to your post, or use the search box to find the tag or category you're looking for. To learn more, visit Adding tags and categories.
  5. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Enable or disable comments

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

To enable or disable comments, click Comments On/Off in the Content tab of the post editor.

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, then set a date and time when comments will be disabled.

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To enable or disable comments:

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

Set a time limit for comments

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

  1. Tap Disable Comments. This option only appears if Comments is toggled on.
  2. Tap Scheduled.
  3. Tap the calendar to select the date and time to disable comments.
  4. Tap Back to return to the post settings, then tap Save.

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 Summary Blocks.

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

To add a thumbnail image:

  1. In the 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 reuse an image or add a stock image.
  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:
    • Take a new photo - Tap Take photo or Camera.
    • Choose an image from your device - Tap Photo library or Files.
    • Choose an image from iCloud - Tap Insert from....
  5. Tap Save.

Add custom URLs

Post URL

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

  • https://example.squarespace.com/blog-title/post-title
Note: If you created your site before March 13, 2019, your default Post URL Format also includes the publication date.

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 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:

In the post editor, click the Options tab, then click into the Post URL box and edit the slug.

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Post URL and edit the slug.
  4. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Source URL

To attribute the post to another source or a related link, add a URL to the Source URL box. Depending on your template, the source URL may display on the Blog Page or post. You can also set the blog post title to link to the source URL. To learn more, visit Linking a blog post title to another page.

To add a source URL: 

  1. In the post editor, click the Options tab.
  2. Click into the Source URL box to add a source URL.
  3. To link the blog post title to the source URL, check Post Title should link to Source URL.
  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Source URL and add a URL to the Source URL box, then tap Post Settings to go back.
  4. To link the blog post title to the source URL, toggle Link Title to Source URL on.
  5. Tap Save.

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 style 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:

In the post editor, click the Options tab in the post, then 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 or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Author.
  4. Tap a new author name.
  5. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

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.

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

To add an excerpt:

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Excerpt.
  4. Add your excerpt text in the Excerpt field.
  5. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Set an SEO title and description (computer only)

Add an SEO title and SEO description to provide relevant details for search engines to display when your blog post appears in search results.

To add an SEO title and description, click the SEO tab in the post editor, then add your SEO title and SEO description. A preview displays showing what your product's details may look like in search results.

Push content to social media

You can automatically push blog content to the following social accounts:

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.

To automatically push blog content to social accounts:

  1. In the post editor, click the Share tab.
  2. Switch the toggle on for any social account where you want to publish this post.
  3. For some social accounts, you can customize the text accompanying the post by entering text or variables in the box to the right of the toggle. You'll see a preview of this text below this box.
  4. To automatically share the post on the social profiles you selected, publish the post.
Tip: To customize the image that appears with your post on social media, you can upload an Alternate Social Sharing Image in the Social tab of the post editor.
  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Social.
  4. Tap a social account, then tap the Send updates toggle to switch it on.
  5. For some social accounts, you can customize the text accompanying the posts by entering text or variables in the Posting Format box. You'll see a preview of this text below this box.
  6. Publish the post to automatically push it to the selected social accounts.

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:

In the post editor, click the Location tab. Enter an address, then press Enter or Return to drop a pin on the map.

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap the ... icon or the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Location.
  4. Enter a Business Name and Address.
  5. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Save or publish

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

To Do this
Save the post and keep it as a draft

Click Save.

Blog posts are set to Draft by default, but if you've previously selected Schedule or Needs Review, click the status label and select Draft before clicking 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 and select 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 and select Needs Review, then click Save.

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

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

Tap Done or the ✓ after editing, then tap Save and Publish.

Save the post and keep it as a draft

Tap Done or the after editing, then tap Save Changes.

Delete the most recent edits

Tap Done or the ✓ after editing, then tap Discard Changes.

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

  1. Tap the ... icon or the gear 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.
  4. Tap Post Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Create a Campaign draft (computer only)

After publishing, you can draft an email campaign that includes the post content. This is a good option for followers who prefer to read your latest content in their email instead of on your site.

This doesn’t sync your blog with your campaign, but creates a copy of the most recently published version. If you update the post before sending the campaign, create a new campaign from the blog post, or update the campaign manually.

To learn more, visit Building email campaigns.

Style the Blog Page (computer 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.

How you style your blog's landing page depends on which version of Squarespace your site is on.

  1. Go to your Blog Page. 
  2. In 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.
  1. Go to your Blog Page and click Edit.
  2. Hover over the blog section and click the pencil icon to adjust the layout and style. For more details, visit Version 7.1 style and design options.
  3. When you’re happy with how it looks, click Save.
  4. In the Design panel, use the Blog Posts options to style your posts.

Manage blog posts (computer 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, hover over the post title and click Edit.

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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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