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:
At the time I'm writing this (since I may change again later, ha!), my site is using the Avenue Template.* I changed recently because I wanted to add things to the sidebar, like social media links and links to my most popular posts. If you're interested in including a sidebar in your site, just 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.
*Update, Sept. 2016: Currently my site is built on the Bedford template!
IF YOU WANT AWESOME DESIGN:
Marquee is an awesome template. I used to blog on this site before I decided to add a sidebar to my blog. It's one of only a few Squarespace templates that has parallax scrolling, which gives a 3D effect to your site. Plus, you can turn on an option in the blog settings that will overlay your blog post title over a featured image - and it has a really nice look.
IF YOU WANT TO FEATURE CERTAIN POSTS:
You can feature posts in 2 ways on Squarespace.
- You can look at my sidebar to see one option - 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.
I'd love to hear from you if you're a Squarespace blogger. What templates do you think are totally swoon-worthy?
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