Which template would best for a grid structured magazine / news blog?

I want to implement a magazine / news style template like this: http://www.cnet.com. Or www.theverge.com

Which template would be best as a starting point or should I wait for magazine templates to come out?

I'm using the consumer platform

Here are some other examples of great looking grid based templates:

The Squarespace blog is also a good example of a grid blog.

asked Oct 17 '12 at 21:30 by scoobie 3.5k3613

www.theverge.com is another style I'd like to emulate in Squarespace.

(Oct 24 '12 at 17:21) scoobie
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A post from Stephanie in the forums sums up the features I want very well. To quote the thread:

I am dying of lust over some of the free and premium responsive themes offered from dessign.net for wordpress.

http://www.dessign.net/architekt-theme/

http://www.dessign.net/serigraphic-responsive-theme/

Squarespace.... PLEASE? PLEASE? PLEASE? PLEASE? PLEASE?

I know you're always cooking up a storm and then you unleash something unexpected, so I'm hoping that you're building in some new magazine / sidebar / per page styling / multiple index features to existing templates. I do not want a new template. I want those features built into the existing templates! Yeah, I know.. I don't ask for much ;p

-I want the ability to show blog posts in an index style, with text excerpts, and I want people to be able to reorganize those by category so they can easily see the sources of all my incredibly wise words in one glorious moment.

-I have MULTIPLE blogs (imagine that) that deal with multiple subjects. Just bear that in mind lest you think 'one blog index shall be given out per peasant!' like the deal with project indexes right now.

-If I don't get a sidebar that is able to be styled per page I may very well start spontaneously twitching. This is so integral to a website, it hurts.

How long can I tell people that my website is a work in progress? How long can I wait before I just have to bite the bullet and move over to a different platform? Yes, things won't be as streamlined but I'm a smart person and I'll figure it out.

I've convinced 6 of my friends and family to start squarespace websites in the last year, so as much as you might think one person doesn't matter, they do. Please listen to us here on the board! We've been more than patient and it's time to smooth over this rocky half year and make good on our very reasonable requests.

(Feb 18 '13 at 14:07) scoobie
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I still think the answer to this is not a new Magazine Template but a more robust feature rich summary Block that has many more features in what and how content is displayed. That way it could be used on any template which would make it much more valuable. I also think (as I have stated several times) that instead of a index page that is only available on a portfolio template that it is a Index Block that could be dropped on any pages with filters and options for display. I think if and when SQSP opens open Block development there will be less need for "new" Templates.

(Feb 18 '13 at 14:14) Dammacx
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Dammacx That is an EXCELLENT set of points! Here, here, for block development! That's the way to go - then Squarespace won't really even need more than one template!

(Mar 01 '13 at 01:43) Unicorn
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Hi Scoobie,

I checked out the sites you cited: verge and cnet. theverge is good looking but over the top. Cnet is pretty ugly.

I get what you're saying about user friendliness / linkability, but if Squarespace errs on the side of uncluttered minimalism then I'm all for it. Squarespace really is good-looking - let's not forget that's what probably brought us here.

People aren't taking into account that Squarespace 6 is really just getting started. I want a magazine style template too. But what does that mean? Super-snazzily cluttered and ugly? Like eBay on crystal meth? I'd like to think I have a little more integrity than that, and can deal with maybe having a few less low-quality views.

I'm grateful to Squarespace for providing me with affordable clean-looking templates. I've been designing my own websites since 2001 to display my art, but never wanted to really learn HTML as I absolutely hate coding. I think I'm not alone on this one.

So I agree with you to a point. But Squarespace continues to demonstrate ingenuity. We just want it all right now! Let's work with them by believing in them and trying to be a little patient.

(Mar 01 '13 at 04:45) Unicorn

I am surprised at how slow Squarespace is to release new , modern blogging templates.

(May 28 '13 at 16:31) scoobie

Correct, improved grid layout for blog summary would be fantastic. I am working on a website to store family recipes. We are looking for a grid layout that starts at category tiles and then drills into the individual recipe tiles. The idea is each grid image would show a picture of the dish to be made with the overlay title of the dish. This would be sorted alphabetically by title. Once a recipe is clicked on it would show the directions. I like the blog style because it already include categories, tags, ranking and featured components with an easy entry interface.

(Jan 26 at 15:17) NickT

I've added a plea for this feature to the Squarespace Facebook page. Please +1 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10102617919684769&id=19821139730

(Jan 31 at 14:39) scoobie

I would pay alot to know how to get a template like http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/ onto squarespace. If anyone ever finds out please let me know.

(Feb 20 at 07:59) howelaw

@howelaw @olex wrote that shutterstock template

(Feb 20 at 17:14) scoobie
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I've been toying around with Five... if only for the maneuverability of the large top-oriented banner...

Dear god I would love to get my hands on a magazine-style template where all of my story-types and categories can be organized and distributed to unique sections of the site.

I had something that worked pretty great with the Kid Robot template back in the squarespace 5 days, but nothing has come close in 6. Then again, I'm not much of a web-designer and only know rudimentary aspects of the craft.

answered Oct 24 '12 at 10:24 by mrjoedelaney 7113

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I've had a go at Five, it's not ideal, there are some image resizing issues that are causing a lot of issues for posting blogs etc. but I think out of all of the current templates it's the one with most promise as a magazine template.

I think this has to be the most requested template in all time so I do hope they get something out soon.

(Oct 25 '12 at 01:24) Dylan Jones
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The Verge is a great site to emulate. I also like that they're able to separate their content into each of these categories even though it's coming from the same journal.

"The Big Story", "Even More News", etc...

If the SQSP V6 Widget could include a more robust filtering option, we could accomplish a lot of the same things as The Verge.

For example: (1-10) Most popular posts by pageviews (1-10) Most commented (block type) Content filter by type (If post includes a video, automatically "Videos" summary widget) Adjustment of thumbnail size and shape Customize block title apperance

(Oct 25 '12 at 16:24) KevinOlsen

Yes, those would be great features.

It would be great to have a "Other content you might like..." feature listing other blog posts at the end of a post, can't quite get it to do what I need using the Summary block.

(Oct 25 '12 at 17:03) Dylan Jones

@Dylan Jones

Funny enough, Disqus has a great feature now in their commenting system that does that automatically. It pulls your most commented articles/related ones as well as a list of suggested articles from outside your site (my only complaint about the system).

(Oct 25 '12 at 19:08) KevinOlsen

@Dylan can you post a link of your Website?

(Oct 27 '12 at 23:20) scoobie

@Kevin Olsen polygon.com. is the latest version of the stack/template that the verge is using for their site. it is an evolution of the verge design.

Squarespace designers you should really check out the verge and polygon from sb nations for their awesome grid based design for your magazine templates. Its real leading edge stuff and would work well with the layout engine

Incidently I noticed that some of the earlier versions of a portfolio templates like minsk were quite close to the verge design in that they were a) responsive and b) allowed text underneath the pictures. This functionality seems to have been removed

(Oct 27 '12 at 23:29) scoobie

@Scoobie: Can't post a link at the moment I'm afraid, there's a few issues I'm working through with SS support, once we get those resolved I'll start building it out.

(Oct 28 '12 at 02:30) Dylan Jones

Dylan , can you post what you've managed to achieve with five? Thanks

(Nov 03 '12 at 00:30) scoobie

@dylan, any updates?

(Nov 05 '12 at 23:33) KevinOlsen
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the new template (or soon to be template) https://seth-godin.squarespace.com is a step in the right direction I think, and has some interesting and unique ideas

... but my usual Squarespace criticisms apply :

  1. Looks nice but is not user friendly for navigation. The all too often seen Squarespace philophosphy of putting a clean uncluttered look before usability is all too apparent. eg Photos have no headlines or intro text, until you hover over them. Really? How many users are going to bother hovering over each item to see what its about?

  2. Its not commercially practical for a commercial website that generates income from ads and user traffic There are no sidebars, or menu navigation. Most websites at a minimum need menu driven navigation for usability , so its ruling out a big part of the audience and market for news/magazine style templates.

In many aspects the seth template is similar to theverge.com, something I've always hoped Squarespace 6 theorectically capable of doing, but without adequate user navigation and some flexibility for being more than just another squarespace photo centric index page, squarespace will have failed to address the news/magazine template sector again.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 23:07 by scoobie 3.5k3613

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@scoobie — does the seth-godin template allow custom sizing of images? Or does it arbitrarily size the dimensions? Also, can the opacity of the rollover be adjusted?

I am currently trying to find a template or work around in Momentum template to have a static full bleed on the left (full half) of the page, and full bleed sliding / rotating images on the right (full half) which allows click through to linked pages.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

(Jul 15 '13 at 21:43) Wayne Alan

Hi, as far as I know we don't have access to the seth-godin template to use for our own sites. It's a one-off from the developer platform that squarespace developed for Seth.

(Jul 16 '13 at 12:48) scoobie
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at this point, I'd love that seth-godin template. I've been going crazy trying to work with the existing templates and so far the closest thing i can find would be FLATIRON. Most of the templates available have huge banner images that you can't link out of or even customize the overlay text. Yet, on the HELP page it's right there! http://help.squarespace.com We can't do those simple functions!!

the seth-godin template is pretty damned close to what most of us are looking for.

(Aug 21 '13 at 18:52) sakinnuso

I am now wondering if Avenue template could be used as a workaround to a magazine template. The gallery index allows text underneath the pictures.

However , when you click on a index picture on the front page, I don't know where that takes you - it doesn't seem to be a blog

answered Nov 03 '12 at 00:34 by scoobie 3.5k3613

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Some more progress from me... I've managed to create a limited magazine style template similar to www.theverge.com from the Minsk template. Check it out here. https://paul-phillips-zut0.squarespace.com/

Note This site above will only be up for two weeks.

I've done this by moving blogs into the index.

However , unfortunately the blogging functionality in Minsk seems very limited - no side columns, which is frustrating

answered Nov 12 '12 at 23:02 by scoobie 3.5k3613

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More signs of work in (albeit slow) progress , the Jenga template still seems to be coming. Looking more like www.theverge.com every time

http://dribbble.com/shots/964220-Monochromatic-Overlay?list=users

If Eric is reading this.. please don't limit this template to just a picture/heading friendly index as the picture above shows. I want to be able to put article excerpt text in my index sometimes as well. In fact, just like www.theverge.com.... especially as most of the time I don't have stock images relevant to the article. Thanks.

http://jenga-demo.squarespace.com/

thanks

answered Feb 28 '13 at 20:56 by scoobie 3.5k3613

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You can see the potential problem with Jenga in the site below - no image, and it just displays a blank background. Ideally, if there's no image, I'd like it to display excerpt text instead. Or as much flexibility as possible along these lines. https://paul-phillips-5kcs.squarespace.com/

(Feb 28 '13 at 21:41) scoobie

Sad news is the Jenga template got cancelled by Squarespace.

(Feb 05 at 10:47) scoobie

One current option still is the Minsk template. Although no longer advertised you can still use it. It is the only template that Squarespace have released that has a grid based blog index. It displays blog excerpts/titles in a grid format together with an optional picture. It only works if you have a multi blog site though, because it only displays the top level blog excerpt for each blog, ie one title/excerpt per blog

The blog index on Minsk is responsive, let's the user determine the number if columns and although it doesn't feature unlimited scrolling it seems to have no size limit i.e. it all loads at once. You can have more than one index/grid per site.

I would be very interested in hearing from other users who have tried the index on minsk and seeing their results.

Be aware everything I've mentioned is in the style settings and display blog picture and excerpt needs to be switched on - I think it was off by default

Here is an example of Minsk (only available for 10 days as its a test) http://stewart-phillips.squarespace.com/new-index/

Over to you .. Someone else needs to try it I think. Very few people have used this template and this index feature as Squarespace never advertised it had a blog index.

answered Feb 05 at 10:45 by scoobie 3.5k3613

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hey @scoobie, I was crusing the customers page on SQSP main site and it lists Shutterstock and GQ Report as clients. Turns out their blogs are hosted on SQSP and they're great examples of news templates.

http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/ http://report.gq.com/

The moral of the story, it's possible to do a clean Magazine/News site on SQSP but it takes a custom template. I'm thinking we just need to get the SQSP out of dev and open up a 'app store' model for developers to sell their work.

I don't know about you but I would pay several hundred for a solid base news blog template.

(Feb 17 at 22:02) KevinOlsen

Thanks. I've seen the shutterstock one, the guy who did that contributes to this forum sometimes. I think he answered my question on categories. Personally i find it bizarre squarespace still don't have news template

(Feb 17 at 22:14) scoobie

@scoobie, who put that together? PM me

(Feb 18 at 14:32) KevinOlsen

@kevinolsen I sent you an email via you Austin website.

(Feb 20 at 17:18) scoobie

I put the Shutterstock theme together, I'm pretty sure it's the most complex sqsp site built to date - my contact info is on http://olex.co/about/

(Feb 20 at 17:44) olex

Awesome work on the Shutterstock & GQ sites, do you have any others you can show?

(yesterday) Dammacx
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tintup.com is another grid solution which I have seen work well with Squarespace but it gets privacy for high traffic.

Here's an example of it working with Squarespace http://www.thegeargrid.com/the-latest

answered yesterday by scoobie 3.5k3613

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Thats a pretty neat example. The Shutterstock and GQ ones are great. I think by the time SQSP ever comes out with a actual grid style template themselves, the style will no be in fashion anymore. Obviously it is possible, I would love to know the reason SQSP has not opened things up to allow talented programmers the ability to sell their own templates through a store type system? Is it that they want to try and keep it high end and if you want that kind of customization you have to pay a web-developer for a from scratch custom solution?

(yesterday) Dammacx
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