Basics of Item-Based Pages on Squarespace - dummies

Basics of Item-Based Pages on Squarespace

By Kris Black

The most robust pages you can add to your site through Squarespace are blog, gallery, and products pages. These page types help you organize content. You may want to organize articles into a journal, add several products to a store section, or collect videos or images into a portfolio.

Blog page

A blog page is a versatile page collection that you can use on your site for more than just a blog. You might use a blog page, for example, to organize your articles into categories such as site news, events, and reviews.

A blog’s content is organized into items, which are more commonly known as blog posts or entries (like entries in a journal or diary). You can organize blog posts by the following attributes:

  • Title: Text that describes the content of the blog post

  • Categories: Blog posts collected under similar topics

  • Tags: Blog posts connected with similar keywords

  • Publish date: Date when a blog post goes live

  • Author: Person accredited with writing a blog post

Blog pages provide you with the opportunity to allow site visitors to comment on what you post on your site.

You can use a blog page in many different ways. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Multiple blogs: Add multiple blog pages to your site to create a more robust organization of site content, such as for a news site.

  • Journal or diary: Record your daily activities in a private, password-protected blog only you or special loved ones can access.

  • Comic book, comic strip, or graphic novel: Post a comic book, a comic strip, or other sequential art on your site.

  • Video or photo: Create a daily photo journal or video series.

Events page

You can add multiple events to an events page. You can use an events page to create a listing of upcoming appearances at conventions in your particular industry, special sales events, or performance dates for your band.

You can choose to display events in one of the following layout formats:

  • List: Events are displayed in a list showing the event title, a description, and a thumbnail if added.

  • Calendar: Events are displayed in a traditional calendar view.

If you have only a handful of events to list, the list view would be your best option for displaying the events on your site. If you’re displaying lots of events, you may want to display the events in a calendar view.

When you click the event title in either layout format, the event’s listing page appears. Individual events pages contain the following information:

  • Title: The name of the event or text that describes the event

  • Dates: The date and time when the event takes place

  • Description: Information about the event

  • Location: The address where the event occurs

  • Subscription links: Links to add the event to your calendar application

  • Categories: Events collected under similar topics

  • Tags: Events connected with similar keywords

Gallery page

A gallery page is similar to a blog page in that it holds more than one item, in this case images and videos. Like the blog page, the gallery page can hold multiple items. When you add an item, you choose whether the item will be an image or a video.

A gallery page’s layout is configured by the template you use for your site. You can’t modify that layout unless the template allows you to do so.

Gallery pages can be added in a special navigational section called an index. The following people are a small example of those who might use gallery pages to create a collection of images or videos showcasing their work:

  • Photographers

  • Illustrators

  • Designers

  • Animators

  • Tradesmen

  • Product designers

Products page

A products page, like the gallery and blog pages, enables you to add items. In this case, the items you add are things you want to sell.

On a product page, you can set the price of your item, add variants (such as color, size, style, material), track inventory, and add multiple images of your product, creating an automatic gallery view on the item’s sale page.

You can also calculate shipping costs based on an item’s weight or provide a flat-rate shipping cost. In addition, you can sell digital items; your site can send the customer a download link via e-mail after the sale.

You can use the products page to sell all sorts of things, such as

  • Original artwork or prints

  • Digital files of your work

  • Carryout or delivery orders for your restaurant

  • Homemade clothing or crafts

  • Old equipment for sale

  • Memberships to a password-protected page

A products page will display all the products you add to it. However, you do not have to display your products page if you would prefer to have more control over where your products are displayed on your site.

To not display the products page, move it to the Not Linked navigation section. Then you can use the products block to add individual items to a specific location in your site.