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.
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:
- Archive Block - Add an organized list of content links.
- Text Block - Add any custom text.
- Newsletter Block - Add a newsletter subscription form.
- Tag Cloud Block - Add a graphic cloud of tags.
- Line Block - Add dividers between blocks.
Continue adding blocks until you've added all your desired content to the sidebar.
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:
|Blog Pages (unique to each Blog Page)||Disable for all Blog Pages:
|Five||All pages. Enable within each page’s settings.||Set the sidebar display:
|Forte||Blog Pages||Set the sidebar display:
|Ishimoto||Blog Pages||Set the sidebar display:
|Blog Pages||Set the sidebar display:
Set the sidebar display:
|Wells||All pages. Additional sidebar on Blog Pages.||Enable an additional sidebar on the Blog Page:
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:
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: