These Are Hands Down The Best Squarespace Templates for Bloggers
The best Squarespace templates for bloggers is truly going to depend on what your needs are: will you put focus more on your images or text? Will you later turn your blog into a business where you sell products, courses and the like? The answer to these questions will guide you to the template you need.
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For all of my infopreneurs out there, there are a few Squarespace templates that should draw you in. When I went looking for my first template for Hued, I knew I wanted something that had a good balance between images and text. I also knew that I wanted to have the most control over changing my aesthetics whenever I wanted to without having to get into too much coding.
If your blog/business is going to be based on heavily on written content, the templates that I recommend for your are: Brine and Five.
Pros and Cons for Brine:
PRO: Index Pages
I wrote about my love of Brine for shops in a previous post, but it’s also a great template for websites that contain a lot of written content. You have a
The number one reason for choosing Brine is that Index pages are included. Index pages make fantastic homepages and sales pages. So if you’re a infopreneur trying to set up a sales page for your new course, and don’t have the $49 a month to spring on Lead Pages, then this is a great alternative.
With a bit of code, you can add alternating background colors for each page, and just like all Squarespace templates, you can use their code blocks to embed code for sign up buttons and the like.
CON: No Sidebar.
Not all Squarespace templates have a blog sidebar, so if a sidebar is very important to you, you have a select few of templates to choose from. Brine isn’t one of them.
However, if you can part ways with your blog sidebar, there are plenty of places to put all the things that were once there: related posts can go at the end of every blog post, share buttons after the title or before, sign up forms/buttons in the announcement bar and/or footer, and more!
Pros and Cons for Five:
PRO: Sidebars EVERYWHERE
I’m really not over exaggerating when I say that. Squarespace’s Five template can feature sidebars on every single page that you create. Not just blog pages like most of their templates.
Now before you get crazy hyped up, there is a caveat to that: it’s the same sidebar every time. So if you want the sidebar on your blog pages to be different for each post, sorry hombre. No bueno.
For most people though that isn’t a problem, it’s really one less thing you have to remember to do!
CON: No Index Pages.
I’m the type of person that would rather have a something with features that I may not use but know that they’re there, rather than not have them period. For example, I have this weird infatuation with standing desks, but I know in my heart I wouldn’t use the feature. But I’d buy the desk because I like knowing that I could.
So if you like the idea of an index page, but don’t know what you’d use it for just yet, I don’t suggest Five for you.
If you don’t give a damn either way, then do you boo.
If you run a lifestyle blog, Squarespace offers you a traditional take on a blog, and the more modern take. The traditional take shows through in their Tudor template, and the modern take in their Farro template.
I say that Tudor is more traditional, since the trend of blogs and websites are moving towards layouts that feature big beautiful images that span the whole page. Squarespace helps push this agenda forward, but gives the lovers of white space and simplicity some love too.
Tudor’s mosaic homepage style helps highlight your portrait and landscape photos, while keeping everything on your homepage clean. Each block shows the date, category, and excerpt in an infinite scroll sort of reminiscent of Tumblr. (Ahh, those tumblr days!)
Get your sidebar love together with this template. Throw in your latest or most popular post, most recent Vlog, or email sign up to get your engagement going.
Modern and Sleek:
For the other side of the spectrum, I think Haute is a great choice for the bloggers that want the focus to be on their images from the beginning. Since lifestyle bloggers typically have little written content (besides linking, sponsored posting, etc) Haute propels your images into the forefront. Haute's homepage layout allows you to fill the screen from edge to edge with beautiful high-quality images creating a vibe from the beginning.
Haute does very well with street style blogs and even makeup bloggers as well. Check out The Glossier:
For food bloggers my recommendations are between Skye, Tudor and Farro. Since food bloggers have a just as many images as they do text, it's best to choose a template that allows you to highlight both images and text in the best way possible from the beginning. I lean more towards Farro because of the mosaic and magazine feel of the homepage. If you're looking for a sidebar, Skye and Tudor are where you should look.