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Adding content with blocks

Blocks are drag-and-drop features that display content on your site. You'll use them to customize your pages with a variety of content, like text, images, buttons, and forms. In this guide, you'll learn about the different types of blocks available and how to add them to content areas, such as layout pages or blog posts.

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Add blocks to a page

How you add blocks on a computer depends on which version of Squarespace your site is on.

To add a block:

  1. In the Home menu, click Pages.
  2. Select the page you want to edit and click Edit in the top-left corner.
  3. Hover over the section where you want to add the block and click an insert point. The page must have at least one block section to add blocks. If you don't see insert points, click Add Section to add a blank section where you can add blocks.
  4. In the menu, select a block. You can also search for blocks at the top of the menu.
  5. The new block will appear on the page. Depending on the block, an editor may open where you can customize it.
  1. In the Home menu, click Pages. (If you don't see the pages panel, collapse the site preview by clicking the arrow in the top-left corner of your site.)
  2. In the pages panel, select the page you want to edit or add a new page.
  3. Hover over the area where you're adding a block, and click Edit.
Tip: If you’re working with a blank layout page, you'll see a message that reads “This page is empty. Start editing and add content blocks.” This message only appears to you until you add blocks to the page. To visitors, the page will be blank without any text.

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  1. Click + in the top-right corner or an insert point to open the block menu.
  2. In the menu, click a block to select it. You can also search at the top of the menu with words like image, text, or form.
  3. The new block will appear on the page with placeholder content. Depending on the block, an editor will open where you can customize it.
  1. Tap the Pages icon, then tap the page where you want to add the block. In version 7.1, you can only add blocks to collection items, like blog posts or individual events. In version 7.0, you can add blocks to blank layout pages and blog posts. Only some blocks are supported in the app.
  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap + to open the block menu, then tap or press and drag to add a block to the page.
  4. The new block will appear on the page with placeholder content. Depending on the block, an editor will open where you can customize it.

Drag and drop

You can also drag and drop a block if you know where you want to place it on the page:

  1. Drag a block from the menu.
  2. Guidelines and gray boxes will appear to show where you can place the block.
  3. Drop the block to place it on the page. Depending on the block, an editor may open where you can customize it.

Add blocks to other areas

You can add blocks to:

It’s not possible to add blocks to:

Banners and headers

  • You can add a banner or background image to most page sections with a block overlaying them.
  • It's not possible to add blocks to site-wide headers.
  • Change your site title and tagline in the heading editor.
  • Change your navigation links in page settings.

In most templates, it's not possible to add blocks to a banner or header.

You can add blocks to the site-wide header in these template families:

  • Montauk - Add blocks in the header when the Header Subtitle: Custom tweak is selected.
  • Skye - Add blocks in the navigation overlay.
  • Wells - Add blocks in the content area of the navigation sidebar.
  • Some templates have page headers that support blocks. For example, in the Brine family, you can add blocks to the intro area that displays over page banners.

Insert points

Insert points are + icons that show where you can add blocks in page or post editors. They appear above and below existing blocks. This method is helpful if you’d like to choose the block’s placement before adding it.

Why can’t I find the + buttons?

First, ensure that you’re editing an area where you can add blocks. See the list above.

Next, ensure an editor is open. To open an editor:

  • Version 7.1 - Click Edit in the top-left corner of the page where you want to add the block and ensure the page has at least one block section.
  • Version 7.0 - Hover over where you want to add the block, and then click Edit.
  • Squarespace app - Tap Edit or the pencil icon in the top-right corner.

If the editor is open but no + icons appear when you hover above or below a block, a block may already be selected. Click elsewhere on the page to deselect the block, then hover where you want to add the new block.

If you’re still having trouble, it may help to clear your browser’s cache, disable any browser extensions, or update your browser version.

Types of blocks

Use these blocks to add content to your site:

  • 500px - Add images from your 500px account.
  • Acuity - Add online booking with Acuity Scheduling.
  • Amazon (premium feature) - Link to Amazon items. This is useful if you participate in Amazon's Affiliate program.
  • Archive - Display organized lists of links to collection items.
  • Audio - Add players for audio files.
  • Bandsintown - Display tour dates from your Bandsintown profile.
  • Button - Add buttons and calls to action.
  • Calendar - Display items on your pages, like events, as a calendar sorted by day.
  • Chart - Add bar, line, and pie charts.
  • Code - Add custom code or display code snippets. Using JavaScript and iframe code in code blocks is a premium feature.
  • Content link - Add links to other pages on your site with visual previews.
  • Donation (premium feature) - Collect donations to your cause or organization. Requires a connected Stripe or PayPal account.
  • Embed - Add external content with links to tweets, videos, and more.
  • Flickr - Add images from your Flickr account.
  • Foursquare - Add feeds of your Foursquare check-ins.
  • Form - Add forms to collect information from visitors.
  • Gallery - Add galleries of images or videos in carousel, grid, slideshow, or stack layouts.
  • Image - Add images with captions in card, collage, inline, overlap, poster, or stack layouts.
  • Instagram - Add posts from your Instagram account.
  • Line - Add horizontal lines to break up text or visually separate content.
  • Map - Add Google Maps with location pins.
  • Markdown - Add text using the Markdown language.
  • Menu (premium feature) - Display restaurant menus.
  • Newsletter - Add newsletter subscription forms.
  • OpenTable (premium feature) - Add restaurant reservation booking. You'll need an OpenTable Restaurant ID.
  • Product - Display products from store pages.
  • Quote - Add styled quotations or testimonials.
  • RSS - Add links to blog page RSS feeds.
  • Search - Add search fields.
  • Social links - Add icons that link to social media profiles.
  • SoundCloud - Embed SoundCloud players.
  • Spacer - Add adjustable amounts of space or padding between blocks.
  • Summary - Display collection items from your site in carousel, grid, list, or wall layouts.
  • Tag cloud - Display tags or categories in a graphic cloud formation.
  • Text - Add text, including headings, quotes, pre-formatted text, links, and lists.
  • Twitter - Display feeds of your most recent tweets and a follow button.
  • Video - Add externally hosted videos.
  • Zola - Add wedding registries.

The Squarespace app doesn't support all blocks. To add or edit unsupported blocks, log into your site on a computer.

  • Button - Add buttons and calls to action.
  • Gallery - Add galleries of images or videos in carousel, grid, slideshow, or stack layouts.
  • Image - Add images with captions in card, collage, inline, overlap, poster, or stack layouts.
  • Line - Add horizontal lines to break up text or visually separate content.
  • Text - Add text, including headings, quotes, pre-formatted text, links, and lists.
  • Video - Add externally hosted videos.

Discontinued blocks

Use the archive block instead of these discontinued blocks:

  • Author list
  • Category list
  • Month list
  • Tag list

For more help, visit Discontinued features.

Next steps

Now that you've added a block, you can:

Visit the guide for your block to learn about its styling and editing options.

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