Blogging with Squarespace 5

The Squarespace 5 Journal Page adds a blog to your site. Blogs are a way to keep friends and family up-to-date with your life, or to publish articles about a favorite topic. Organizations often use blogs to bring a personal feeling to their business, and to share insights with their customers. 

The Journal Page can also be used to share podcast audio files. Similar to blog posts, podcasts are a way to share ideas with an audience. They function much like a radio show, except visitors can download episodes to their devices and listen to them at their leisure, rather than live on-air.

On the Unlimited billing plan, you can add members to your site and give them permission to either draft or publish posts.

Note: If you're creating a podcast, visit Podcasting with Squarespace 5 for detailed steps.

Step 1 - Add a Journal Page

  1. In Structure Mode, hover over your navigation and click Add Page.
  2. Select the Journal page type. Click Select & Configure
  3. Enter a Page Title and click Create Page.
Tip: When you're ready to make your blog live on your site, hover over the link in your navigation and click Enable

Step 2 - Open Page Configuration

Although the default settings work well for most users, there are many things you can adjust about your blog's setup. In Structure Mode, hover over the page link in the navigation and click Configure. (You can also access this from your site's Architecture.)

Step 3 - Choose the layout

Metadata

Use the Post Display Configuration section to adjust your site's layout by dragging and dropping the available metadata elements. Hide any unwanted elements by moving them to the Unused Post Elements area.

In the following example, the blog is set up so the author displays above the post title, the date shows above the post content, comments display below the post content, and the print article button has been set to never display.

Tip: The | separators are movable elements.

Presentation

Use the Presentation Options section to adjust the preferences for your posts, including:

  • Enable excerpt teaser text.
  • Enable comments by default.
  • Set the default option to either publish or save as draft.
  • Use the date of the entry in the post URL.
  • Group entries by day.
  • Determine the order of posts and the number of posts and comments per page.
  • Set the number of posts that display on the main Blog Page before the "Next" link.
  • Set the number of comments that display on individual posts before the "Next" link.
  • Hide the blog landing page (Single Entry mode) so only the first post appears when the visitor goes to your blog's URL.

Pagination

Use the Pagination Formatting section to adjust the text that displays at the bottom of blog pages and blog posts. Use the variables to choose what text displays.

Step 4 - Enable comments

Use the Commenting / Permission Options section to determine who can comment on blog posts and whether they can add URLs to their comments.

For more information, visit Managing comments.

Step 5 - Enable syndication

Use the XML Syndication / iTunes Options section to adjust your syndication feed preferences. 

Site members can sign up to receive automatic emails when your blog is updated. Use the XML-RPC Ping Options section to adjust the format and other options for those emails. 

Step 6 - Set a custom style (optional)

Use the Advanced Options & Style Overrides section to set custom styles for individual pages. To learn more, visit Setting style or banner overrides.

Step 7 - Save

Click Save Page Configuration to save your changes.

Step 8 - Add a blog post

While in Content Mode, go to your Blog Page and click the Post New Entry annotation. When you've finished adding content to the WYSIWYG, ensure Published is checked and then click Save & Close.

For more information, visit Adding a blog post.

Step 9 - Moderate comments

If you've enabled comments within the page configuration, you can manage comments by opening Website Management and clicking Manage Comments under Dashboard.

For more information, visit Managing comments.

Add additional blogs

To create more than one blog on your site, add additional Journal Pages following the steps above.

You can also use categories and tags to organize different topics within a single Journal, and set up category and tag-specific feeds.

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Squarespace 7 comparison

Our newest platform, Squarespace 7, has more sophisticated blogging options, including:

  • Customizable post URLs
  • Integrated Share buttons and social media push options
  • The ability to schedule posts in advance
  • Summary Blocks, which create magazine-style teaser layouts of your posts

Some templates support special blog features such as:

  • Thumbnail grid landing pages
  • Endless scroll
  • Related posts

You can test out the Squarespace 7 platform at any time by starting a trial. You might want to start with one of these templates:

Once you switch to Squarespace 7, you can import your Squarespace 5 blog content

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Blogging with Squarespace 5