How to Change Your Website Template on Squarespace - dummies

How to Change Your Website Template on Squarespace

By Kris Black

As you begin designing your website site on Squarespace by adjusting settings in Style Editor and adding content, you may find that you need a different template.

Squarespace enables you to change your template anytime. All the text and media files you add as content to your pages remain intact. Your page layouts created using LayoutEngine will remain the same. You can feel secure about your content not being modified when you switch templates.

However, selecting a new template can affect a few aspects of your site:

  • Style: The settings in Style Editor will change based on the different style options offered by the other template. The templates do not provide the same style features, so the fonts, sizes, and colors in your site may change.

  • Layout: Part of the design of a template is the positioning of features and elements on a page. You can expect the navigation, the page widths, and the location of certain content to shift. Watch out for templates that don’t offer sidebars if your current template does offer sidebars.

  • Navigation: Not all templates have the same navigation structure and areas where you can add pages. For example, if you utilize a secondary navigation area in your current template and switch to a template that doesn’t provide this area, all pages in the secondary area will be moved to the Not Linked navigation area.

  • Special features: If your template offers a special feature, such as page-specific header images, it may not be available in another template. Explore the Read Me page of the new template to compare it to your current template.

To preview how another template will look on your Squarespace site, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your website.

    Content Manager is automatically loaded. If you were already logged in to your site and in Preview mode, click the gear icon in the Preview toolbar to go to Content Manager.

  2. Click the Settings (gear) icon, which is in the upper left.

  3. The Settings area appears on your screen.

  4. In the Settings list, click Templates.

    The template you are currently using on your site appears in the upper left of the template thumbnail list.


  5. Preview another template.

    Hover your mouse cursor over another template and click the Preview This Template button that appears. The screen switches to preview mode so you can see how your site appears with the new template.

  6. Click around your site to see how the template switch affects your pages.

    You’ll more than likely notice that all the fonts and some colors are different, and the navigation is located in a different area of your pages. To alter the style settings of any of these elements, simply open Style Editor while previewing the template.

    The box in the lower-left corner of your site displays the name of the template you’re previewing.

  7. Return to the list of templates or enable this template by selecting one of the following in the box in the lower-left corner:

    • Cancel: Stop previewing the template you are considering, and return to Templates in Site Manager’s Settings.

    • Enable template: Switch your site to the new template, reloading the page you’re viewing. (You will be asked to confirm your decision.)

    While you are viewing the list of templates, you can view a template’s example site. Click the View Example Site link, which appears below the Preview This Template button when you hover your mouse over a template. The demo site opens in a new window.

Any changes you make to a template you’ve previewed won’t affect your active template. Feel free to fully explore the template you’re previewing to see if it will provide the style and layout features you need.

If your current template has an index navigation area and an index page and you switch to a template without these elements, any gallery pages in your index navigation area will be moved to the Not Linked navigation area, and the index page will be removed from your site. The index navigation area and index page are major features of templates categorized as portfolio templates.

If your site depends on these elements, make sure you use one of the following templates:

  • Avenue

  • Flatiron

  • Hudson

  • Jenson

  • Jirick

  • Minsk

  • Montauk

  • Qubert