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What is a collection?

Collections are pages that support an additional set of items, such as blog posts or products. Visitors can browse the collection page to explore your collection items, and click through to them to view their content. You can also showcase items from a collection throughout your site using Summary Blocks, Archive Blocks, and other blocks.

It isn't possible to add blocks directly to a main collection page. You can add blocks in certain collection items, like blog posts, events, and products' Additional Info tabs.

This guide explains collection pages and the many ways to display your collection items.

Note: For help with collections in the Squarespace Developer Platform, visit our developer documentation.

Which page types are collections?

The following pages are collections:

Each of these pages displays a browsable collection of items within it. For example, a Blog Page presents a browsable collection of blog posts. Clicking on an individual post opens that item page — in this case, the blog post — for additional details.

Collection items are individual:

  • Album tracks
  • Blog posts
  • Individual events
  • Gallery images
  • Products
  • Project images

You can have multiple collection pages of each type on your site. Each page will support creating, editing, and displaying collection items.

Most collection page designs are unique to each template, meaning a Gallery Page on one template will often look different from a Gallery Page on another template.

Keyboard shortcut: To add a new collection item, press Space while viewing a collection in the Pages panel.

How do I display collection items on other pages?

You can organize collection items by adding tags and categories. Once items are tagged and categorized, you can display specific items on other pages or create links to filtered results. This way, you can keep the original items on a small number of collection pages, then display the items in different ways throughout your site.

Tip: To remove a collection page from navigation menus without affecting how its items display in one of the areas below, move the collection page to Not Linked. This is a popular option for Summary Blocks and Gallery Blocks.

Summary Block

Summary Blocks display collection items in magazine-style layouts on Regular Pages, blog posts, and other content areas. There are four Summary Block styles, and their design and behavior are consistent across all templates.

As an alternative to your template's collection page style, you can create your own layout using Summary Blocks on a Regular Page.

Navigation link

You can create a link in your navigation to a page of filtered collection items (by category or tag). To do so, add a link to your navigation, then select Content. Select a collection, then click the drop-down to select a tag or category.

This is a great way to split a single collection into multiple categorized pages. You can also use a folder to create a drop-down menu of navigation links to your various collection item categories.

Archive Block

The Archive Block creates organized lists of links to collection items. You can organize these lists by tag, category, author, and date.

This is a great way to let visitors browse your content in a clear, text-only format. You can also use the Archive Block to create a text-only index or add navigation to sidebars, footers, and other areas.

Gallery Block

You can use a Gallery Block to pull images or videos from an existing Gallery Page and display them on a Regular Page or within a blog post.

The Gallery Block has four style options, making this a great way to customize your gallery display and share your images in multiple areas of your site.

Can I move content between collections?

Yes. If you have multiple collection pages of the same type, you can move items between them. To do this, open the collection panel, hold Shift, and click the item(s) you want to move. Then click Move to and select a destination collection page. For help with this, visit Moving content between pages.

Is an Index Page a collection?

No. Although it collects multiple items in a single location, Index Pages display other pages (including collections), not individual items. To learn more, visit Using the Index Page.

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