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Editing sidebars

Some Squarespace templates display content sidebars as part of their layout. These are editable areas where you can add text, images, links, and more. Depending on the template, they may only appear on specific collection pages, like Blog Pages, or site-wide.

Some templates also display navigation links in a sidebar, rather than at the top of the site.

This guide explains how to add blocks to a content sidebar and which templates offer sidebars.

Sidebars are only available in version 7.0.

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Before you begin

  • Sidebar content doesn't transfer between templates. To learn more, visit Switching templates.
  • In most templates, content sidebars display at the bottom of the page when viewed on mobile devices to help with responsive design. In Ishimoto, sidebars don't display on mobile devices.
  • Change the fonts, colors, or other sidebar styles with Site Styles.

Open a sidebar editor

To edit a content sidebar, open a page on your site where the sidebar displays. Hover over the sidebar and click Edit in the annotation.

On smaller screens, your sidebar may appear at the bottom of the page. Hover over the content area to confirm that the annotation is labeled Sidebar before editing.

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Add content with blocks

Click an insert point, then select a block from the menu to add it to the sidebar. One of the best blocks for the sidebar is the Archive Block. You can use this to create text-only lists of content by date, category, tag, or author.

Some popular blocks for sidebars are:

Continue adding blocks until you've added all your desired content to the sidebar.

Create layouts

To preserve the width of a sidebar, content blocks can only be stacked on top of each other. To reorder the content in a sidebar, click and drag the blocks. To learn more, visit Moving blocks

Click Save to publish your changes. Depending upon your template, the blocks in your page sidebar will appear similar to this:

Content sidebar options by template

Before making changes to a sidebar’s display in Site Styles, first navigate to a page that shows the sidebar, then to the Design panel. That way you'll see the relevant tweaks.

Here's how to edit the content sidebars in these template families:

Template family Displays on... Options
Avenue Blog Pages when site Layout Style is set to Left or Right within Site Styles Set the sidebar display:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog Styles and click Blog Sidebar Display.
  3. Select Auto, Right, Left, or Hidden.

Bedford

Blog Pages (unique to each Blog Page) Disable for all Blog Pages:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Sidebar and check Hide Blog Sidebar
Five All pages. Enable within each page’s settings. Set the sidebar display:
  1. Hover over the page title and click gear-icon.
  2. In Page Settings, click Advanced, and scroll to Page Layout.
  3. Click the drop-down to select One Sidebar, Split Sidebars, Full Width (no sidebar), or Two Sidebars.
Forte Blog Pages Set the sidebar display:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog and click the Sidebar Position drop-down.
  3. Select Right, Left, or Hidden.
Galapagos Blog Pages Disable:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog and uncheck Enable Blog Sidebar.
Ishimoto Blog Pages Set the sidebar display:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog Styles and click Blog Sidebar.
  3. Select Right, Left, or Hidden.

Montauk

Blog Pages Set the sidebar display:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog Styles and click Blog Layout.
  3. Select Center (no sidebar), Right Sidebar, or Left Sidebar.

Skye

Blog posts

Set the sidebar display:

  1. On your website, open an individual blog post.
  2. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  3. Scroll down to Blog Post Options.
  4. Enable or disable the sidebar with the Show Sidebar tweak.
  5. Adjust its size with Sidebar Width.
  6. You can also choose to display the Author Profile above the sidebar content.
Wells All pages. Additional sidebar on Blog Pages. Enable an additional sidebar on the Blog Page:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog Sidebar.
  3. Select Hide, Left, or Right.

It’s considered a best practice to delete the content from the blog sidebar when it's hidden. To learn more, visit Wells troubleshooting.

Wexley Blog Pages Set the sidebar display:
  1. In the Home Menu, click Design, then click Site Styles.
  2. Scroll down to Blog and click Blog Sidebar.
  3. Select Right, Left, or Hidden.

These template families support sidebar navigation. Click the links to learn more.

  • Aviator - Offset or Business Card layouts create a site-wide sidebar navigation
  • Bedford - Sidebar navigation displays on pages in folders and Index Pages.
  • Five - When you select Top Navigation Position: None, the navigation links move into the content sidebar.
  • Supply - Site-wide navigation sidebar
  • Wells - Site-wide navigation sidebar with editable content area

To change what displays in navigation sidebars:

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