Use a text-only or visual index to organize blog posts.
A recipe or content index is a great way to organize your blog posts so visitors can quickly browse your content.
Create a text-only index using the archive block, or create a visual index with a summary block. Whatever option you choose, the page will automatically refresh when you add new content.
Although this guide uses food and recipe blogs as an example, you can follow these steps to create any browsable archive of past content, no matter your site's subject.
Before you begin
- To follow this guide, you'll need a blog page on your site. If you don't have a blog yet, visit Blogging with Squarespace to get started.
- The index we're describing in this guide is different than the index page some version 7.0 templates include.
Organize your blog posts
Before creating the index, ensure all posts have the right labels and information so you can choose how your index will arrange later. You can organize the index by month, year, author, category, or tag.
For example, if you want to display links in the index in alphabetical order by category, edit blog posts and ensure they're all placed in the categories you want.
We recommend using categories for broad groups like Dinner, Snacks, and Dessert and tags for more general keywords like ingredients.
To learn more, visit Categories and tags.
Add the page with the index
Next, we'll add a new page that will contain the index:
- Open the Pages panel, click +, then click Blank Page.
- Click Edit on the new page, then click Add Section.
- Click Add a blank section.
Create a text index
If you want to create a text-only index with an emphasis on links, we recommend the archive block:
- On the new page, click Add Block and select Archive. For more detailed steps, visit Adding content with blocks.
- Click the archive block, then click the pencil icon to open the block editor.
- Click your blog page.
- Click the Display tab and select Index from the Layout drop-down menu.
- To create a multi-column index, check Break Into Multiple Columns to create a multi-column index. We recommend this option if your index will occupy a full page and/or if you have a lot of content to display.
- Select a criteria from the Group By drop-down menu. The criteria displays as the headings for your index. Select Month or Year to organize your index chronologically or Tag or Category to organize it by subject matter. For more detailed steps, visit Archive blocks<.
Create a visual index
To create a more visual index, use a summary block:
- On the new page, click Add Block and select Summary.
Note: Summary blocks can display in Wall, Carousel, List, or Grid designs. You can change the design at any time.
- Click the summary block, then click the pencil icon to open the block editor.
- Click Select a Page, then click your blog page.
- Click the Layout and Display tabs to customize the summary block's design, the number of posts, and information displayed. Unlike the text-only archive block, summary blocks can display featured images and excerpts for each blog post. For more detailed steps, visit Summary blocks.