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.
Answer by mrjoedelaney · Oct 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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.
Answer by scoobie · Jan 03, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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 :
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?
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.
Answer by scoobie · Apr 26, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Be aware this Squarespace update may help some folks....
There has been a major update to a new summary block v2, which supports grid, lists, autogrid and a carousel layout with meta data for events, galleries and blogs. More details here :
This is great news I think, Squarespace have really delivered a massive update here and listened to customer feedback.
Up to 30 items can be displayed in the new summary block.
This new more flexible summary block would go some way to enabling anyone to create their own magazine / news template.
For fully featured magazine / news template I suspect that will require a completely new Squarespace template, ( please vote and comment on this thread)
Answer by scoobie · Nov 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM
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
Answer by scoobie · Nov 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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
Answer by scoobie · Feb 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM
More signs of work in (albeit slow) progress , the Jenga template still seems to be coming. Looking more like www.theverge.com every time
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.
Answer by scoobie · Feb 05, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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.
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