How to Determine Your Website’s Navigation on Squarespace

The template you choose on Squarespace dictates the different navigation areas you have on your website. Your template may provide the following navigation areas in Content Manager:

  • Top/Main: All templates have a top, or main, navigation.

  • Secondary: Pages added to this navigation area are not the main focus of your site.

  • Footer: Some templates have a footer navigation you can use for second-tier pages (those not as important as the pages in your main navigation).

  • Index: Add any pages you want to display in an overview page, called an index page, on your site. The index page pages are added in this navigational area to display the containing pages’ content or page thumbnail to create image links.

  • Not Linked: Add to this area pages that you don't want to appear in any navigation area.

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If you are thinking about switching templates, your navigation areas may change, and you should be aware of a few issues.

For example, an index page has an accompanying index navigation area. If you switch to a template that doesn’t support the index page, the index navigation area won't be supported either and will be removed. Any pages in the index navigation area will be moved to the Not Linked navigation area.

Where do the pages go if you switch from a template with footer navigation to a template without footer navigation? If the template you're switching to has secondary navigation, the pages in the footer navigation will go there and vice versa. If the template has only a top or main navigation, the footer pages will be added to that navigation area.

You aren't limited in the number of pages you can add to your site or where you put them in your navigation. However, you'll want to limit the number of pages you place in your navigational areas based on how your site looks in preview mode. If you have too many pages, try the following:

  • Add a folder to your navigation and move pages into that folder to create a pop-up menu in your navigation.

  • Adjust the size of the navigation area, the font size, or the spacing between the navigation links.

  • Consider moving pages to another navigation area if you have a secondary or footer navigation area.

  • Hide pages in the Not Linked navigation area and link only to pages in text blocks.

The template you selected when you created your website added certain default pages in your navigation areas. You can add, modify, or remove these pages as needed.

You can move your pages to the different navigation areas just mentioned, or you can change the order in which the pages appear in a particular navigation area. The process is simple: Click and hold down on the page name you want to move, and then drag it to a new location in your navigation.

As you drag, the pages you hover over split apart, opening up a space to drop your selected page.

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