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Blog features by template

Every template supports Blog Pages, and each template’s blog has its own style and layout. Certain templates’ blogs have special features, including post thumbnail images that display in the blog list, sidebars, and featured posts that create page banners.

This guide covers Blog Page design features specific to certain templates. To learn how to add and manage blog posts, visit Blogging with Squarespace.

Glossary

Here’s some of the terminology you’ll see in this guide. Click the links for guides on each topic:

  • Blog Page vs blog post - The Blog Page is your blog’s landing page, displaying multiple posts in a blog list or grid. Click any post title to go to the individual blog post. Blog posts are a type of collection item.
  • Page and post thumbnail images - Add a Blog Page thumbnail in the Blog's Page Settings, and individual blog post thumbnails in the post’s settings.
  • Promoted Blocks - A Promoted Block is the first block in a blog post. Certain Promoted Blocks (such as Image Blocks) display differently in some templates.
  • Featured posts - Mark individual posts as featured in blog post settings. All templates support filtering featured posts with the Summary Block.
  • Excerpt - Add an excerpt in post settings to create a “Read more” teaser link in the blog list.
  • Sidebars - Some templates have blog-specific sidebars.
  • Category navigation - Certain templates display links to the different post categories. Clicking a link filters out every post except the ones in that category.
  • Author profiles - Some templates have built-in author profiles.
  • Share buttons - Certain templates have advanced customization options.
  • Infinite Scroll - In certain templates, blog posts continuously load as visitors scroll down a Blog Page. 
  • Related posts - Enable related post thumbnails below the blog posts for certain templates.
  • Standard grid/stacked Blog Page - Some templates use the same Blog Page, which allows you to choose between the stacked and grid layouts.
  • Style Editor - Access your site's Style Editor from the Home Menu by clicking Design, then Style Editor.

Special features by template

For an in-depth overview of your template’s blog and style options, visit our template guides.

Here are notable design options in each template's Blog Page. Templates are grouped by family.

Adirondack
  • List format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner on the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display as banners on blog posts.
Avenue
  • List format
  • Promoted Blocks - Display above the title on Blog Pages (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks), including in excerpts.
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and all blog posts.
Aviator, Aubrey, Encore
  • List format
  • Promoted Blocks - Display at site content width (Image and Video Blocks), including in excerpts.
Bedford, Anya, Bryant, Hayden
  • List format
  • Featured posts - Display at the top of the Blog Page as a banner slideshow.
  • Post thumbnails - Display as banners above blog posts, and as background images for the featured posts slideshow banner.
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as the Blog Page banner if there are no featured posts. 
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and all blog posts. Unique to each Blog Page.
Brine, Aria, Basil, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Lincoln, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Polaris, Rally, Rover, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Thorne, Wav, West
  • Standard grid/stacked format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display above individual posts on the Blog Page in stacked view, or become the thumbnail navigation in grid view. Check Show Image in the Style Editor.
  • Excerpts - You must enable excerpts in Blog Settings, then check Show Excerpt in the Style Editor.
  • Customizable Share buttons.
Farro, Haute
  • Grid format
  • Post thumbnail - Creates a thumbnail tile in Blog Page grid view. Displays as a banner on blog post. 
  • Related posts - Two or more display below blog posts, depending on browser width.
  • Customizable Share buttons
  • Infinite scroll
  • Author profiles
Five
  • List format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page and all blog posts.
  • Post thumbnails - Display in the excerpt.
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and all blog posts. Enable in Blog Settings.
Flatiron
  • List format
  • Promoted Blocks - Display in the excerpt (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks).
Forte
  • List format 
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.
Galapagos
  • List format
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.
Ishimoto
  • List format
  • Post thumbnail - Displays in the excerpt, unless there's a Promoted Block.
  • Promoted Blocks - Display above the post title in the Blog Page and blog post (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks).
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.

Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, Ginger, Mint, Shift

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  • List format - Choose between Simple/Columns
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page
  • Post thumbnails - Display above the post titles on the Blog Page, and as banners on the individual blog posts. Displays in the excerpt if Blog Layout is set to Columns in the Style Editor.
Momentum 
  • List format 
  • No special features
Montauk, Julia, Kent, Om
  • List format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page and all blog posts.
  • Promoted Blocks - Display at site content width (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks), including in excerpts.
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.
Native
  • List format
  • Post thumbnails - Display as circles above posts with excerpts. Thumbnails don’t display on mobile.
  • Promoted Blocks - Display above post titles on the Blog Page and individual blog posts (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks).
Pacific, Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi
  • List format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display in the excerpt.
  • Blog category navigation 
Skye, Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Tudor
  • Grid format
  • Sidebar - Blog posts
  • Related posts - Three display below blog posts
  • Customizable Share buttons
  • Infinite scroll
  • Author profiles
  • Sidebar - Blog posts only.
Supply
  • List format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display as banners above blog posts.
Tremont, Camino, Carson, Henson
  • Standard grid/stacked format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display above posts in stacked view, or become the thumbnail navigation in grid view. Check Show Image in the Style Editor.
  • Excerpts - You must enable excerpts in Blog Settings, then check Show Excerpt in the Style Editor.
  • Customizable Share buttons.
Wells
  • List format
  • Post thumbnails - Display above excerpts (unless there’s a Promoted Block).
  • Promoted Blocks - Displays above post titles on the Blog Page, including excerpts, and individual blog posts (Image, Gallery, and Quote Blocks).
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.
Wexley
  • List format
  • Promoted Blocks - Display above post titles on the Blog Page and individual blog posts (Image, Gallery, and Video Blocks), including excerpts.
  • Sidebar - Blog Page and blog posts.
York, Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori
  • Standard grid/stacked format
  • Page thumbnail - Displays as a banner above the Blog Page.
  • Post thumbnails - Display above posts in stacked view, or become the thumbnail navigation in grid view. Check Show Image in the Style Editor.
  • Excerpts - You must enable excerpts in Blog Settings, then check Show Excerpt in the Style Editor.
  • Customizable Share buttons

Blog list layout

Most templates’ Blog Pages follow the classic layout of a blog list, which stacks blog posts vertically. Here’s how that looks on the Five template, which features a blog sidebar and post thumbnails in the excerpt:

Blog grid layout

Certain templates also have the option to present posts as a grid of thumbnail images. Here’s how that looks on the Brine template:

Excerpts

Excerpts show a short piece of teaser text and a Read More link. Some templates incorporate images in their excerpts. For example, Native displays the excerpted post's thumbnail as a circle on the Blog Page.

Promoted Blocks

Promoted Blocks display differently depending on the template. In Ishimoto, they display above the post title in both the blog list and the individual blog post.

 

Featured posts

In some sites, like this Bedford example, featured posts display at the top of the Blog Page as a navigable banner.

Sidebars

Customize the blog sidebar content using blocks. This Forte example's sidebar has an Image Block, Text Block, and Summary Block.

Next steps

  • Once you’ve tested a few templates and selected one you like, you can customize the fonts, colors, layout, metadata, and more in the Style Editor. Some templates allow for a lot of customization, while others have more streamlined options.
  • For information about blog functionality, explore the blogging guides in the Pages and Content section of our help site.
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