How to change the grid layout vs stacked layout in your Squarespace blog

Do you have a Squarespace blog but you're not quite sure how to make it look exactly the way you want? Have you ever heard people talk about how Squarespace is limiting in the customization department?? Well, this post is for you!

Recently, I was asked how to turn the blog page into a grid style page vs stacking the posts on top of each other... And it turns out, this person didn't have the grid style option on their particular Squarespace template (ugh!).

I know Squarespace can sometimes feel limiting in their design options... but the truth is, when you know your way around the back end of Squarespace like a pro, you really can do just about anything you want! But don't worry... you don't have to be a Squarespace pro, because I'm here to help you with that.

In this post I'm outlining the different layout options and how to get the look you're wanting in your Squarespace blog.

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First, what is the grid layout vs the stacked layout? 

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The grid layout allows you to see an overview of all of your blog posts in rows and columns... vs a stacked layout shows you one blog post at a time and they are stacked on top of each other. Some Squarespace templates allow you to change this in the site settings while others don't allow you to set up the grid style (but don't worry... I'm going to give you a trick to set up the grid style even if your template doesn't allow it. ;)

Now that you know what the grid layout and stacked layout looks like... let's dive into the settings...

First, you will need to go to your blog overview page. To get here, you can just log into your website, click on PAGES, and then click on your blog page (the line with the 'a' symbol next to it. 

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Once you're viewing your blog overview page (the page that lists multiple blog posts), you will navigate to DESIGN > SITE STYLES on the left hand side of the page (while staying in the blog overview page view on the right!). 

From here, you can click on the page, and edit any blog settings that come up. 

Watch this short video that explains this process in more detail: 


Ok, so lets say you're using a template that doesn't allow you to change from the stacked layout to the grid view... EK!! So are you stuck with the stacked layout forever???

NO!! Woohoo! Good news friend, in this next video, I'll show you how to set up a grid section, even if your template doesn't allow it.


Ok, isn't that easy?? Here are those steps again...

  1. Create a new page.

  2. Set up a grid style summary block on that page.

  3. Go into your blog posts and create some tags for them... tag your first 30 posts with the tag "1-30" and your next 30 posts with the tag "31-60" and so on.

  4. In your summary block, select the tag "1-30". 

    ((If you have more than 30 posts already, just create a new page, set up a new summary block, and select the tag "31-60" on that page. Repeat as much as necessary!))

  5. Click SAVE and then move your pages around so your newly created page shows up in the main navigation. 

NOTE: If you have more than 30 blog posts, at the bottom of your first grid style page, just create a button that says "OLDER POSTS >>" and link to your second summary grid style page.

I know it's a bit of moving parts, but once you get the hang of how it works it really is easy!

And if you don't want to mess with this - I get it, your time is money! - just reach out and I can set this up for you. 

Well, there you have it friend! There is an easy way to set up a grid style layout for your blog posts on ANY Squarespace template. 

Always cheering you on! 

Sandra


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