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Using Index Pages

The Index Page collects images and content from different pages and arranges them visually, creating a single destination where visitors can browse content from multiple sub-pages.

The Index Page is available in certain templates.

Watch a video

To see how the Index Page works, watch this video:

Index Page designs

Each template family has its own Index style that falls into one of three designs:

  • Grid - Each page in the Index creates a thumbnail image on the page. Clicking a thumbnail image opens the connected page. This design forms a visual navigation grid linking to content throughout your site. Here's an example.
  • Stacked - Each page in the Index creates a section in a single scrolling page. The sections stack vertically, allowing visitors to scroll through a lot of information, all with a unified look. Think of it as a digital version of an accordion-folded pamphlet that you can open and see all the pages at once. Here's an example.
  • Slideshow - Each page displays as a full-bleed background image with a content overlay. Clicking a page title opens the connected page. This is a great way to use images to introduce different concepts or portfolios. Here's an example.

Additionally, the Index Page's link in your navigation depends on the template. To create a drop-down menu of pages in your navigation in any template, create a folder. To learn more, visit Folders vs. Index Pages.

Index Page feature comparison

Use this table to compare different Index styles. Templates are grouped by family. If your template isn't listed, it doesn't support an Index Page.

Template  Style Thumbnails Supported Pages
Avenue Grid Required Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout

Bedford family

Anya, Bryant, Bedford, Hayden

Stacked Optional Layout

Brine family

Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West

Stacked Optional Gallery, Layout
Flatiron Grid Required Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout
Forte Slideshow Required Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout
Momentum Slideshow Required Gallery

Montauk family

Julia, Kent, Montauk, Om

Grid Required Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout

Pacific family

Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi, Pacific

Stacked Optional Album, Gallery, Layout
Supply Grid Required Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout

Tremont family

Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont

Slideshow Optional Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Layout

York family

Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York

Grid Optional Album, Blog, Gallery, Events, Products, Projects, Layout

To set up your Index Page, follow the rest of this guide.

Step 1 - Add an Index Page

If your template supports an Index Page, follow these steps:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the + icon, then click Index. If your template has a stacked Index, the Index icon looks slightly different than the screenshot below.
  3. Give your Index a title, then press Enter or Return.

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Step 2 - Edit Page Settings (optional)

You can change the Index Page's settings such as its title and URL slug. In some templates, the title, description, and thumbnail image display at the top of the page.

Desktop Squarespace App

To edit the Index Page's settings:

  1. In the Pages panel, hover over the Index.
  2. Click the gear-icon.
  3. After making changes, click Save. To learn more about the different options, visit Page Settings.

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To edit the Index Page's settings:

  1. Tap the Pages icon.
  2. Tap the title of the Index Page.
  3. Tap the ... icon in the top-right corner.
  4. After making changes, tap Save in the top right corner.

Step 3 - Add, edit, and arrange pages

Next, you'll build the content of the Index by adding, editing, and moving pages. Each page creates a section of the Index.

Tip: You can add up to 100 pages to an Index Page, but we don't recommend adding more than 25. The more content you add, the longer the page will take to load.
Desktop Squarespace App

Add pages

  1. In the Pages panel, click + Add Page below the Index Page. Depending on your template, you may see + Add Section+ Add Galleryor Page, or + Add Project instead.

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  1. Click any icon from the Create New Page menu to add new pages. The menu shows the pages your template's Index supports. For example, Momentum's Index Page only supports Gallery Pages. Layout Pages are called Content sections.

  2. You can also drag and drop existing pages into the Index.

  3. In stacked Indexes only, you can also add sections using Manage Sections.

Note: Disabled pages won't display.

Build the pages

For grid or slideshow Index Pages, add content to any Layout Page or collection page as you would normally.

For stacked Index Pages, click the title in the Pages panel to scroll to that section in the page preview. Add content using the page preview edit annotation. You can also drag sections out of the Index to edit them. Outside the Index, Content sections become Layout Pages.

  • Custom code added to pages within an Index may not render on your live site. To test your code, remove the page from its Index, then view the page directly in a private or incognito window.
  • If you don't see an edit annotation for a stacked Index, move the page out of the Index to add content, then move it back into the Index. You can also disable the page, add content to it, then re-enable it.

Reorder pages

The page order in the Pages panel reflects how they display on the Index Page. Drag and drop pages to rearrange their order.

Tip: For stacked Indexes, see additional tips.

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Review password-protected pages

You can password-protect the main Index in its Page Settings.

  • In stacked Indexes, this password will also protect sub-pages.
  • In grid and slideshow Indexes, add passwords to the individual sub-pages to protect them.

To learn more, see Passwords and Index Pages.

Add pages

After adding an Index Page on desktop, you can add Layout Pages to it on the Squarespace App.

  1. Tap the Pages icon.
  2. Tap Add at the bottom of a navigation section to add a new Layout Page.
  3. Tap the arrow in the top left corner to close the new page.
  4. Tap Edit in the top right corner.
  5. Tap and hold the hamburger icon to the right of the page title, then drag the page under your Index Page and let go when the page is in place.
  6. Tap Done.
Tip: If your template's Index Page supports other types of pages, add them on desktop.

Build the pages

To edit pages within your Index Page:

  1. Tap the title of the page in the Pages tab.
  2. Tap Edit beside the page title on the overlay.
  3. Add text, images, or other content.
  4. Tap Done, then tap Save Changes to confirm.

Reorder the pages

The page order in the Pages panel reflects how they display on the Index Page. To reorder the pages:

  1. Tap Edit in the top right corner of the Pages tab.
  2. Tap and hold the hamburger icons to the right of the page titles, then drag the pages up or down.
  3. Tap Done.

Review password-protected pages

To password-protect an Index Page:

  1. Tap the title of the Index Page in the Pages tab.
  2. Tap the ... icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap into the Add Password field and enter the password you want to use.
  4. Tap Save.

Depending on the type of Index Page, you may need to add page passwords to individual sub-pages:

  • In stacked Indexes, this password will protect sub-pages as well.
  • In grid and slideshow Indexes, add passwords to the individual sub-pages to protect them.

Step 4 - Add page thumbnails

For the best results, add thumbnail images to every page or section in the Index. Depending on your template's Index style, the image may become a navigation thumbnail, a banner, or a background image.

In some templates, you can add a video thumbnail. Grid Index Pages don't support video thumbnails, so use thumbnail images instead.

Desktop Squarespace App

To add Index Page thumbnail images:

  1. In the Pages panel, hover over the title of a page or section within your Index.
  2. Click the gear-icon.
  3. Click the Media tab.
  4. Add a thumbnail image.

Repeat this process for every page within your Index.

To add Index Page thumbnail images:

  1. In the Pages tab, tap the title of a page within your Index.
  2. Tap the ... icon on the overlay next to the page title. This opens the individual page's settings. (Tip: Don't tap the ... icon in the top-right corner because it opens the entire Index Page's settings.)
  3. Under Options, tap Media.
  4. Tap Add Image to add a thumbnail image from your device.
  5. After the image uploads, tap Page Settings to go back, then tap Save.

Repeat this process for every page within your Index.

Step 5 - Set the Index Page as your homepage (optional)

It's common to set the Index Page as a homepage so visitors can easily browse your content from a unique landing page.

Note: It isn't possible to set a page or section within an Index as your homepage.
Desktop Squarespace App

To set the Index Page as your homepage:

  1. Hover over the Index Page title.
  2. Click the gear-icon.
  3. Scroll down in the Basic tab, and click Set As Homepage.

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To set the Index Page as your homepage:

  1. In the Pages tab, tap the title of your Index Page.
  2. Tap the ... icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap Set as Homepage.
  4. Tap Confirm, then tap OK.

Step 6 - Style the Index Page

Your template determines the Index's style: grid, stacked, or slideshow. In the Site Styles panel, you'll find tweaks to help you customize how the Index looks.

Grid

You can change the number or shape of the thumbnails, their padding, and how the page titles display, depending on your template. Use the links below for help with your template's Index.

Stacked

You can change the fonts, navigation elements, and how page content displays. Options vary by template. Use the links below to find the guide for your template's Index.

  • Bedford family - Anya, Bryant, Bedford, Hayden
  • Brine family - Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West
  • Pacific family - Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi, Pacific
Tip: See our additional tips for managing sections.

Slideshow

You can style page names and choose how visitors click through to a connected page. Options vary by template. Use the links below to find the guide for your template's Index.

Managing stacked Index sections

In Stacked Index pages, you can move, add, and delete sections using Manage Sections in the Pages panel.

To open Manage Sections:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the Index Page.
  3. Hover over the top of the site preview, and click Manage Sections.

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You'll see a zoomed-out version of your Index, which you can use to more easily scroll through sections.

  1. Click and drag any section to rearrange it.
  2. Use the + and - icons to add or remove sections.
  3. To return to the Pages panel, click Back in the top-left corner.

Display other content

To display content from an unsupported page type within an Index, add a Layout Page to the Index. Then use the following methods to display the content on that Layout Page:

  • Blog posts - Add a Summary Block and connect it to a Blog Page.
  • Products - Add a Summary Block and connect it to a Products Page. You can also add individual products with the Product Block.
  • Gallery images - Add a Gallery Block. You can connect it to an existing Gallery Page or add images to it directly. You can also add individual Image Blocks.
  • Events - Add Calendar Blocks and select the collection to display.
  • Album tracks - Add Audio Blocks and add tracks to them directly.

You can also use the Archive Block to create a list of new blog posts, gallery images, products, and events.

Tip: Move collection pages (such as a Blog Page) to the Not Linked section so they don't show in your navigation.

Momentum

The Momentum template only supports Gallery Pages. To link to other content on your site, add a link to the description of any gallery image, or add pages to your Main Navigation so the links show in the navigation bar.

Special URLs

In the templates listed below, Gallery and Layout Page sub-page URLs include a hashtag (#) when they're opened from the Index Page. Here's an example:

http://www.mydomain.com/#/page-title

The hashtag version of the page has special formatting. Click the links to learn more:

  • Avenue - Uses thumbnail navigation. Page headers and footers don't display. For Gallery Pages, images stack vertically and page titles and descriptions display.
  • Flatiron - Navigation thumbnails and arrows. Layout Pages display page titles and descriptions.
  • The Montauk family (Julia, Kent, Montauk, Om) - Uses thumbnail navigation. Layout Page banners don't display; instead, they show the Index Page banner.

The version of the page with special formatting doesn't appear if there's no hashtag. This happens when:

  • A visitor goes to the sub-page's direct URL (with no hashtag).
  • The sub-page has a password.
  • The visitor opens the sub-page in a new tab or window.

Search engines don't index the hashtag version of the URL. This stops them from seeing duplicate content for your website, which is an SEO best practice. Visitors who go to sub-pages from search engine results see the version without special formatting. To prevent these pages from appearing in search, add a noindex tag to each sub-page.

Passwords and Index Pages

You can use page passwords to prevent Index content from being publicly visible.

Password-protect any main Index Page in its Page Settings.

How you password-protect sub-pages depends on the Index style:

  • For grid and slideshow Indexes, add a password directly to each sub-page.
  • For stacked Indexes, the main Index Page's password protects the sub-pages as well.

For password-protected sub-pages in grid and slideshow Indexes:

  • The sub-page's thumbnail displays normally in the main Index Page.
  • When a visitor clicks that thumbnail, or goes to the direct URL, they'll be prompted to enter the page password.
  • If the sub-pages have special Index formatting, it won't display.

For password-protected stacked Indexes:

  • If a visitor goes to the direct URL for a sub-page, they'll be prompted to enter the page password for the main Index Page.
  • In the Pages panel, the password field is hidden for sub-pages. Drag the page out of the Index to set a password. After you've added a password to a page, you can't drag it into an Index.
  • Special formatting won't display for Avenue, Flatiron, or the Montauk family (Julia, Kent, Montauk, Om).
Note: In the past, you could add passwords to sub-pages in a stacked Index. If your sub-page already has a password:
  • The page's thumbnail image and content appears in the Index.
  • The login prompt won't appear unless the visitor goes to the direct page URL.
  • If you delete the password, the password field will disappear.
  • If you drag the page out of the Index, you won't be able to drag it back in until you remove the password.

SEO and social sharing 

Because Indexes are collections of pages, search engines and social media sites interact with them differently than other pages in Squarespace. Search engines may direct visitors to pages within your Index, rather than the Index Page itself. On some templates, pages appear differently when viewed directly rather than through the Index Page.

If you share a page within an Index on social media, the site may display the Index Page instead of the specific page you're trying to share. Use these best practices to share a specific page:

  • Use the page's direct URL. If your page's URL includes a #/, remove that before sharing.
  • Add a thumbnail image and page description in the Index Page Settings.
  • Demo pages contain a noindex tag that makes pages invisible to search engines. We recommend removing all demo content from your Index Page.

Replicate an Index in other templates

If your template doesn't support an Index Page or the Index Page style you like, there are ways to recreate the look of an Index on any template:

Use a Stacked Index to create shorter pages

By adding just one or two sections to a Stacked Index, you can use the Index's features and styles while creating the look of a single, non-stacked page.

Here's an example in the Brine template that uses one content section with a thumbnail to create a page with a background image:

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Here's an example in the Pacific template that uses one content section to create a bold heading:

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Here's an example in the Brine template that uses a gallery section and a content section to create a page with a slideshow banner:

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