One of my favorite things about Squarespace is the flexibity of their blocks. Instead of having to insert html code each time I want to add something special, I can just use the blocks that Squarespace already has available. One of the most popular types of blocks that I use if the Summary Block.
The Summary Block
The Squarespace Summary Block has a few design options to choose from. Each offers different layouts and other options so that you can display exactly the information you need to in the style you like best.
- The Wall Summary Block works similar to Pinterest and shows content in masonry style grid. These are great for archive pages or for more image based displays.
- The Carousel Summary Block has scrolling arrows that allow you to display a set number of items (up to 30) so that you can show a lot of information in a condensed space.
- The List Summary Block displays items in a single column and you can choose to display images on one side with text on the other.
- The Grid Summary Block is similar to the Wall Summary Block, but the grid is even and is a very clean option for sidebars.
Here are a few of the ways that I've used the Summary Block in recent projects.
At the bottom of each of my blog posts, I add a Summary Block that lists my recent blog posts. I always style these the same way, so that the title of the blog post on the image is visible. I can then set the category or a specific tag for which posts will display.
When I want to add a slideshow with rotating text at the bottom, I use the Squarespace Summary Block as a carousel. This allows me to display the images and have a caption below each that changes as I scroll through them.
Nicole is a wife, mom, and event planner located in Richmond, Virginia with a passion for making her weddings special for both the bride and groom. After a year of growing her business on word of mouth, Nicole was ready to invest in a brand and website that would help her reach her dream client and grow with her business and she expands to build a team and teach workshops.
Jennifer is an interior designer who works with clients around the world to create
Michele is a graphic designer with a passion for helping companies improve their design, strategy and coaching teams grow. She came to me after her WordPress website was hacked and we worked together to develop her website on Squarespace based on the design she had previously created.
Monica is an agronomist with a passion for helping farmers, producers, and growers to maintain their soil. The Accidental Agronomist brand and website convey the importance of serving well and focusing on nature. We used Monica's existing logo and expanded her brand with a mood board and color palette. The website is a customized Squarespace template with customized elements that reflect Monica's practical and personable approach to business.
Robyn is a dance instructor with a passion for helping people of all ages come together through movement. She came to me when she needed to have her logo updated to reflect the new dance classes she was offering through her business. The project then expanded to include a new website design and marketing materials.
Sydney is a performer who transports her audience to a new world every time she is on stage. She needed a website and personal brand to help her make connections in her industry.The website features a photo gallery, media page, resume, and bio. It is clean and easy to use, appealing to an audience of creative minds and businesses alike. The logo is a simple S.T. text surrounded by a sketched circle, representing the performer in personality and appeal.
Candice is an author who wants her readers to curl up with a cup of coffee and a cozy mystery. She wanted to update her brand and website in celebration of her return to writing. She wanted a brand that was warm, mysterious, inviting, peaceful, safe, cozy, and intriguing. We worked closely to design a logo, choose an image for her website and social media, and design a website that she was able to update once the project was completed.
The Summary Block list is great for sidebars and archive pages because you can easily display the most important information in a concise way.
Many times, the Gallery Block and Summary Block options seem similar, but I usually choose to use the Summary Block because there are more design options, especially if you want to include text. Give Summary Blocks a try on your Squarespace website and see how you can use them to make designing a clean, information-packed website easier.
Lemon and the Sea is a brand and website design company located in Richmond, VA. I specialize in making the branding process personal. I work with creative women who have a heart to serve others grow their businesses so they can focus on what's most important - family. I work closely with small businesses to help them dig into what makes them unique, share their vision, and build a business that genuinely represents who they are.