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Using the Native template

Whether you’re setting up a blog or a site for your business, Native is a versatile template built to share your ideas or products with the world. Native’s special features include a customizable header, category product navigation, and circular thumbnail images on excerpted blog posts.

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 Native 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

Site description in the header

Use the site description to tell your readers or customers what your site is all about.

Unique blog post options

In Native Blog Pages, round thumbnail images display above blog post excerpts.

You can also display the location above each blog post.

 

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.

Site

Open the Style Editor panel. These are some key tweaks that affect the whole site:

  • General > Site Background and Site Background Image
  • General > Site Souter Padding and Site Width
  • General > Borders Color (you may need to change the opacity)
  • Site Navigation > Navigation Link Color

Blog

First, create a Blog Page and add a few blog posts. Give at least one of them a thumbnail image. Then go to your Blog Page and open the Style Editor. Here are some key tweaks:

  • Blog > Meta Text Size
  • Blog > Blog Meta Data
  • Blog > Blog Content Width
  • Blog > Hide Author

Next step

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

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Using the Native template