I'm one of those people who likes to change my furniture around every few months. And I do the same with my Squarespace template!
The ability to change your template at any time is one of my favorite things about Squarespace. And why I think it's such a great option for solopreneurs.
But, at the same time, the templates are one drawback to Squarespace. There can be a lack of customization options. (If you're not a coder, that is.)
So what does that mean for you?
I've done a lot of digging (and redesigning!) and I think I've found some of the best templates for Squarespace bloggers. It all depends on what your goals are.
Here are a few great template options, depending on the vision you have for your blog:
IF YOU WANT A SIDEBAR:
If you're interested in including a sidebar in your site, it's important to know that not all templates allow for it. Squarespace keeps a nice list here, that they regularly update, with the posts that offer sidebar options. As of September 2016, my site is built on the Bedford template.
IF YOU WANT AWESOME DESIGN:
Check out the templates in the Brine family. These templates allow parallax scrolling, which is a pretty cool visual effect. It moves the background image slower than the text in the foreground, giving the page a feeling of depth. I used to use a template with this feature, but it's since been retired. (RIP Marquee!)
IF YOU WANT TO FEATURE CERTAIN POSTS:
You can feature posts in 2 ways on Squarespace.
- You could use this in your sidebar via a summary block. This allows you to tag posts as Featured and then display those as a collection on your site.
- The 2nd way is only an option on a handful of Squarespace templates. Featuring posts in the blog page header.
The 2nd option allows you to have a scrolling slideshow feature at the top of your page. Blog readers can flip through some of your featured posts, before scrolling down to your most recent posts in your feed.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN ALL-IN-ONE:
Five is what I build a lot of my client sites on because it really has a little bit of everything. A nice looking blog feed, a blog sidebar, and a great home page. This one is a must look!
I'd love to hear from you if you're a Squarespace blogger. What templates do you think are totally swoon-worthy?
If you're a Squarespace DIY-er who just wants a little help with your site, Square Chats are for you! We will schedule a call to chat live, and we'll work through all your questions. And we'll share screens so you can actually watch me work on your site. (And as a Squarespace Circle member, my clients get priority customer service for any bigger issues you might have.) Chats start at $39 for 30 minutes.