The Best Squarespace Templates For Bloggers
It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of the Squarespace platform, especially since I use it for my own website, my clients websites, and rave about it daily. For those who are unfamiliar, Squarespace is best known for being a drag & drop system that gives it’s users the ability to completely customize their existing templates. (See: Why Squarespace Is The Best Platform here for more details) When it comes down to choosing the best template for your website, with 80+ template options to start from—it can be downright overwhelming. Choosing the best template really boils down to pinpointing your precise needs within a website. For bloggers in particular, finding templates that work best with the type of content you’re creating is the number one priority. Need a bit of help making the decision? Keep reading for the top 3 templates that I recommend for Squarespace websites that include a blog!
If You Need A Sidebar: Five
The Five template is a longtime favorite for bloggers & content creators alike. While it’s primarily marketed as a template for businesses, it’s one of my favorite templates to put bloggers on. The full width banners and customizable navigation are just a couple things that make this template optimal for a chic yet functional website. The best feature in this template? It has the option to implement a sidebar (or two) on any page that you desire—which I know a total must have for most within the blogging realm. Here are a few sites on the Five template to use as inspiration for your own blog:
If You Have a Shop & Love Parallax Scrolling: Brine
The Brine family is hands-down my favorite family of templates to work with on Squarespace. It’s the template family that my website, along with notable brands like Girlboss and My Brown Box are on. It’s so flexible for customization, optimized especially for e-commerce, and also allows for those nifty parallax scrolling banners that are so popular in web design trends these days. The one downside to this particular template family is that it does not have the option to include a sidebar. Luckily, there are a couple workarounds, such as creating a faux side bar (as seen on my website) or having a sidebar custom coded into your website (as I did for my client Angel Athletics). Due to it’s flexibility and popularity, there are multiple templates within the Brine family for you to choose from: Brine, Aria, Basil, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Moksha, Motto, Mojave, Nueva, Polaris, Rally, Rover, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Thorne, Wav, and West.
Here are a few sites built within the Brine family to use as inspiration for your own blog:
If Photos Are Your Focus: Haute + Farro
The Haute & Farro templates were definitely created with bloggers in mind. With customizable grid based layouts making for easy navigation between blog posts, those with strong imagery and a knack for minimalist aesthetics will absolutely want to consider these sleek & sophisticated templates for their website. Here are a few sites on the Farro & Haute templates to use as inspiration for your own blog:
Hopefully this helps narrow down the decision process when it comes to choosing a template to host your own blog on! If you're worried about ending up with a website that looks like everyone else's on the Squarespace platform (something I see often with DIY websites), you may want to consider bringing in a professional designer to assist with creating a completely custom aesthetic for your site design. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or for a complimentary consultation on how we can work together!