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Using the Ishimoto template

Designed especially for portfolios, Ishimoto is a striking choice for photographers and other artists. With its horizontally scrolling Gallery Page and adjustable layout elements, you can create a distinctive portfolio.

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. You can also visit our general tips on building a portfolio site or photographer site.

Note: Visit the Ishimoto 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

Full-width carousel Gallery Pages

The Ishimoto template's default homepage is a Gallery Page. The Gallery Page displays images in a carousel format that scrolls horizontally.

Sidebar on Blog Pages

Ishimoto features a customizable sidebar that displays on Blog Pages and blog posts.

Adjustable layout options

Use tweaks in the Style Editor to adjust where the header, tag line, Main Navigation, and site content of your site display. For more information, visit Ishimoto structure and style.

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

  • General > Site Background
  • General > Page Border Width
  • Site Header > Header Alignment
  • Site Header > Header Navigation
  • Main Content > Text 


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 the Style Editor and experiment with the following tweaks.

  • Gallery Styles > Gallery Height (Max)
  • Gallery Styles > Gallery Auto Play
  • Gallery Styles > Gallery Controls
  • Gallery Styles > Gallery Background

Next step

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

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Using the Ishimoto template