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Using the Wells template

Wells is a portfolio template popular with artists, photographers, and other creative businesses. With its sidebar navigation, prominent gallery pages, and clean design, Wells puts your work front and center.

See the left navigation sidebar for information on building and customizing specific parts of your site. If you haven't yet picked a template, you can get help with initial installation at Getting started with Squarespace.

Note: Visit the Wells Live Preview page for examples of real customer sites using this template. If you've already created a site, you can switch your template at any time.

Special features

Customizable sidebar navigation

Wells displays the Main Navigation and Secondary Navigation in a navigation sidebar on all pages. The sidebar can display on the left or the right.

Gallery Page with multiple display options

The Gallery Page in Wells can display as a slideshow or thumbnail view. Visitors to your site can switch between the two views for faster navigation.

Blog sidebar

Blog Pages and blog posts in Wells can display a customizable sidebar.

Quick start

Certain tweaks and settings can make a big impact on how your site looks and behaves. Play with the following options until you settle on a design you love.

To open any panel, press the ? key and search for its name.


Open the Site Styles panel. These are some key tweaks that affect the whole site:

  • Site Wide Options > Site Background
  • Sidebar Options > Sidebar Text Alignment
  • Sidebar Options > Sidebar Width
  • Sidebar Options > Sidebar Position
  • Site Navigation Options > Navigation Color

Gallery Page

The default homepage in the demo content is a Gallery Page. To get a feel for how this works, add a Gallery Page with at least three images. Save and refresh. Then open Site Styles and experiment with these tweaks:

  • Gallery Options > Gallery Style
  • Gallery Options > Initial Gallery View
  • Gallery Options > Thumbnail Aspect Ratio and Thumbnail Width

Next step

To get started building your Wells site, visit Wells structure and style.

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Using the Wells template