How to Set Up Blog Archives in Squarespace

I recently wrote a blog post explaining why I believe all creative business owners should blog. A blog highlights your knowledge, connects you with your audience, boosts your SEO and more.

However, for this to be effective there are a few things your blog will need. I consider three things to be absolute must-have’s for any blog: blog sidebar, related posts and a blog archives page.

A blog archives page is a place where your audience can look through your past content, stay longer on your website and engage further with you and your business. Luckily, Squarespace gives you two simple options to display your blog archives and today I’m walking you through both!

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1 | Add a New Page

In order to get started, you’ll first need to add a new page to your Squarespace site.

Step One: Navigate to the backend of your website.

Step Two: Select Pages and scroll down to the Not Linked section.

Step Three: Select the Plus icon to add a new Page. Selecting this will bring you to a new page where you can name your page and select a layout.

Before you begin adding design details to your blog archives, you have to choose between two ways to showcase your blog archives, the summary block or the calendar block. Today, I’ll be showing you both.

2 | Add Archives With Summary Block

The Summary Block is the first option I’ll walk you through. The Summary Block is a great option that allows you to select from four different display options: Wall, Carousel, List, and Grid. 

Step One: On your new blog archives page, hover your cursor over the left-hand side and click the insert point.

Step Two: When the block tab opens, scroll down to the Summary Block and select your display option.

  • Wall Summary Block: The Wall Summary Block displays content in a masonry style grid. Masonry style is commonly referred to as Pinterest style, since they were the first major website to use it for their layout. If you're looking for a Pinterest-inspired design, this option is for you.

  • Carousel Summary Block: The Carousel Summary Block displays a set number of items at a time with arrows aiding the user to scroll through the available content. This is the style I prefer to use for my related posts. 

  • List Summary Block: The List Summary Block displays items in a single column with thumbnail images on one side and text on the other.

  • Grid Summary Block: The Grid Summary Block displays items in an even grid. I prefer this option for Archive pages. 

Step Three: Once you’ve selected a Summary Block, you can edit the display options in the new tab. This tab allows you edit text, number of posts, display information and more.

3 | Add Archives With Calendar Block

If the Summary Block isn’t the right option, you can use the Calendar Block. The Calendar Block showcases your posts in a monthly view. However, there aren’t many customization options with this Block.

Step One: Hover your cursor over the left-hand side and click the insert point.

Step Two: When the block tab opens, scroll down to the More section and select the Calendar. The Calendar Block will display in one of two ways, depending on how you set-up your blog posts. If you add an image to the Options of your blog post, they will display in the calendar, if not it will only show the blog title.

How did you choose to display your blog archives? Have you come up with any other ways to feature past content through Squarespace? Let me know in the comments!