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Blogging with Squarespace

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

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.

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 site. 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.

Blog posts

Blog posts are sub-pages of a Blog Page. Each blog post has its own page and dedicated URL. You can add as many blog posts to a Blog Page as you'd like.

Add 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. Under Collections, click Blog.
  3. Select the Blog layout you want. You can change this later.
  4. Enter a page title, then press Enter. You can change this later.

In the Blog Page's settings, you can set how many posts appear per page, between one and 20. If your blog posts can't display on one page, an Older Posts link appears at the bottom of the landing page. It's not possible to change this text.

You can also use the Blog Page settings to change other aspects of the page, such as SEO title, social sharing image, and podcasting information

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click the + icon.
  2. Select Blog from the pages menu.
  3. Enter a page title, then press Enter. You can change this later.

In the Blog Page's settings, you can set how many posts appear per page, between one and 20. If your blog posts can't display on one page, a link to older posts appears at the bottom of the landing page. Learn about its appearance and styling options in your template's guide

You can also use the Blog Page settings to change other aspects of the page, such as SEO title, social sharing image, and podcasting information

Create a new post

To add a new blog post:

  1. In the Blog Page panel, click the + icon.
  2. Add a title for your post in the Enter a post title... field. 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, click an insert point.
  4. After adding content to your post, click the gear icon in the top-right corner to edit blog post settings like categories and tags, comments settings, and thumbnail images.
  1. In the Blog Page panel, click the + icon.
  2. Add a title for your post in the Enter a post title... field. 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, 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. Add a title for your post in the Enter a post title... field. 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 content with blocks.

Open an existing post's settings

To edit the settings of a post you previously added to your Blog Page, like categories and tags, comments settings, and thumbnail images:

  1. In the Blog Page panel, hover over the post and click ..., then click Settings.
  2. Click the tabs to edit different settings.
  3. After making changes, click Save.
  1. In the Blog Page panel, hover over the post and click Edit.
  2. Click the tabs to edit different settings.
  3. After making changes, click Save.
  1. In the Blog Page panel, tap the post.
  2. Tap ... or the gear icon at the top of the screen, then tap Page Settings.
  3. Tap Save after making your changes.

Edit post settings

After opening a post's settings, click the following tabs to edit corresponding post settings.

 Content

Options

SEO

Social Image

Share

Location

  • In the Address fields, add a location to correspond to the blog post

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:

  1. In the Blog Page panel, hover over the post and click ..., then click Settings.
  2. In the Content tab, switch the Comments toggle on.
  3. To close the blog post comments after a certain amount of time, click Disable Comments, click Scheduled, then select a date and time. 
  1. In the Blog Page panel, hover over the post and click Edit.
  2. Click Comments On/Off in the Content tab of the post settings.

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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  1. Tap Pages, tap the Blog Page, then tap the blog post.
  2. Tap ... or the gear icon at the top of the screen, then tap Page Settings.
  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 a location

You can display the locations for blog posts in Summary Blocks. To add a location to the blog post:

  1. In the Blog Page panel, hover over the post and click ..., then click Settings.
  2. In the post settings, click the Location tab.
  3. Enter an address, then press Enter or Return to drop a pin on the map.
  1. In the post settings, click the Location tab.
  2. Enter an address, then press Enter or Return to drop a pin on the map.

Farro, Five, Native, and templates with grid/stacked Blog Pages can display the location on your blog post.

  1. Save your post.
  2. Tap ... or the gear icon at the top of the screen, then tap Page Settings.
  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 and its settings, you have a few options:

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

Hover over Done and click Save. New blog posts are set to Draft by default.

Save the post and publish as a public post

Hover over Done and click Publish.

Alternatively, in the post settings, you can click Content, select Published, then click Save. Then, click Done.

Schedule the post to self-publish in the future

Hover over Done and click Schedule... to choose a date and time.

Alternatively, in the post settings, you can click Content, select Scheduled, choose a date and time, and click Save. Then, hover over Done and click Exit Edit Mode.

To learn more, visit Scheduling blog posts.

Save the post and put it aside for review by a senior editor or other contributor

In the post settings, click Status, select Needs Review, and click Save. Then, hover over Done and click Exit Edit Mode.

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 ✓ after editing, then tap Save and Publish.

Save the post and keep it as a draft

Tap Done or  after editing, then tap Save Changes.

Delete the most recent edits

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

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

  1. Tap ... 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.

After publishing a post, a window appears confirming the post is live. The window also displays your blog post's public URL, icons linking to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and a button to create a campaign draft.

If you didn't push your post to social media automatically, this is a great way to share your post manually. Click Copy next to your blog post's public URL, then click the Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn icon and paste the URL into a post or tweet.

You can use the Status setting to 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.

Style the Blog Page

How you style your Blog Page and posts depends on your site's version.

  1. On the Blog Page, click Edit.
  2. Hover over the blog section and click the pencil icon to change your layout and style the blog section.
  3. Hover over Done and click Save.

Blog layout

When styling the blog section, click the Layout drop-down to select from:

  • Side by Side Blog - Post thumbnails display beside the post titles and other metadata.
  • Single Column Blog - Post thumbnails display above post titles and other metadata in a single column.
  • Masonry Blog - Posts appear in a masonry grid layout where rows vary depending on the amount of content.
  • Basic Grid Blog - Posts display in a fixed grid layout.
  • Alternating Side by Side Blog - Post thumbnails display beside the post titles and other metadata on alternating sides.

Each layout has its own styling options. Those settings apply to all Blog Pages using the same layout on your site.

Blog posts

To style your blog posts:

  1. Click a post in the Blog Page panel, then hover over the preview and click Edit.
  2. Hover over the post content and click the pencil icon. These settings apply to all blog posts on your site, including those on other Blog Pages.
  3. Hover over Done and click Save.
  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 done, click Save, then 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.

Blog layout

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.

To see the layouts and features for each family, visit our template comparison charts.

Manage blog posts (computer only)

You can manage your blog posts in the Blog Page panel:

  • 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.
  • Click All to filter the results to DraftScheduled, or Published.
  • You can move blog posts from one Blog Page to another.
  • 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.
  • Click DraftsReview, or Scheduled to filter the results.
  • You can move blog posts from one Blog Page to another.

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These videos apply to version 7.0.

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