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If that' s not enough, it's really simple to build your own complete collection (like the page you are reading).
In addition, any collection you build can refer to items from other collections so it' s easy to keep track of things like authors' biographies, other contributions by an artist, related contents, and more. Once you've designed your collections, any designer can refer to them, so your designs are characterized by the contents - not by a common theme we've all seen before.
Which a Squarespace submission does - and does not - do.
I say in my Squarespace account that selecting a website templates is the most important choice you will make. So I wrote this article to help de-mystify the selection proces of a submission, destroy some misunderstandings (dare you say lies?!), and give useful hints and utilities to make your Squarespace website work for you.
The one of the most bewildering things about Squarespace is that there are actually 3 different things that determine the look of a particular page: one is the style sheet, one is the page style and one is the custom page outline. Templates are used to manage the look and feel of things on a globally, location-wide basis.
Each template allows you to modify the look (different typefaces or colors), and many also allow you to modify things like how items are positioned or how things are turned on and off. This page is only used on specific pages, such as index, blog, gallery, album, events or product pages.
Appearance of these pages is a result of the combinations of the settings made on the page and the kind of contents for which the page is intended. So for example the homepage of the blogs looks like in 2 different patterns, Forte and Shift (click to enlarge): In the Forte submission a blogs can never have a picture of a flag, and in the Shift submission a blogs can never have a sideline.
This is because these items are placed by the pattern. If you have 2 blog posts on your website (e.g. Company News and CEO's Journal), both will have the same page layout because templates style applies to all pages of this kind on your website on a global basis. In addition, the page category determines what kind of contents may be present on this page.
You can' t have a movie in an albums page, for example, because this page style is conceived to contain only sound file + an albums artwork. Default page layout is NOT driven by the original, but by YOU. Custom page layout only applies to default pages, because the layout of specific page styles is determined by the style sheet and nature of the contents (you just found that out).
Default page layout is not determined by the original, but by YOU. There is, for example, a contents pad named Gallery Pad that you can use to embed a photo/video gallery into any page and make it appear as a slide show or raster. There is also something known as a summary pad that allows you to drag and drop sections of your latest blogs into any page, and you can select from a variety of different style sheets.
Using these high-performance contents blocs, you can efficiently circumvent the preferences of your templates for displaying your blogs homepage or photogallery to your website traffic. Amanda, my customer, didn't like the look of the Bedford submission's blogs, so we built a default page and used a summary block to display the mail clippings in a preview view window (see here).
A " true " web log homepage is concealed, and this default page is what the general audience sees. Here in my Blog article, get a step-by-step guide about the best square space templates for blogging. If your gallery page artwork is designed as a horizontally scrolling page (like here), but you want a vertically stacking page (like here), no worries - just use a default page with a gallery block instead of creating a gallery page.
Finally, when it comes to what drafts do and don't check, my last point is to say that drafts don't check features or page type. You can have a weblog for every pattern, you can have an on-line store for every pattern, you can have an events calender for every pattern. These are page type and have nothing to do with the capabilities of the original.
Any Squarespace website can use any page name. There is only one distinction between the different styles, and that is how these page styles are set up in a visual way. Error #1 that folks make is to think that the demosite shows everything you get with this one. So the biggest error humans make in selecting artwork is to look at the template's demonstration site and expect it to show all the different things you get with that one.
Avenue' demonstration site, for example, doesn't have a product page, so folks think they can't have an on-line store if they use this one. Julia's demonstration site is a one-page index, so folks look at this demonstration site and think they can't have other sites if they use Julia.
Squarespace says there are more than 50 website submissions. This is because 17 of the originals are copies of other originals (these are known as " families "). Feel free to check all 50+ (or 18!) and see what kind of families they are in my Squarespace submission table: You can' t even begin to think how your own things would blend into the room and how different they would look after a paintwork and some new flooring.
In order to work around this, Squarespace has developed variation models with different colors, scripts, and other style preferences to show how modifying some things in the Style Editor can make a big change in your work. Demosites for these variations are also available for other kinds of websites than the initial "parent" site submission.
The Bedford demosite, for example, is for a non-profit organization, but Bryant (a Bedford variant) is for a realtor: Pacific demonstration shows a nice place to eat, but Naomi (a Pacific variant) is a private page for a marriage. And last but not least, you will often find that the demonstration pages for the variants contain page styles that were not contained in the initial one.
The Wav style sheet (a variation of Sole), for example, contains an album page that does not have the Sole demonstration page. One could be dressed like a gothic, the other like a more athletic one, but if you take off your eye liner and change your clothes, you could make one Gemini look exactly like the other.
The same applies to templates families: with enough fine tuning, you can make each member of the Brine familiy look like any other member. So, I estimate that Squarespace would say they're not really telling you lies; they're trying to help you and other prospective clients look past all the floral wallpapers and think about how a particular set of templates might work for your particular kind of website and style preference.
But the annoyance is that there is no simple display from Squarespace which shows which patterns are copies of others (members of the same family). In order to find out, I had to set up each pattern and toy with them, compare them with each other. Fortunately for you, I have included all my memos in my detailled master match table.
The Squarespace also has its own set of families of templates, but it is not very simple to use. I also think it's a little bit misleading on their part to call these copies entirely "new" masters. So why don't you name the brine variations something else that has to do with salts (sodium source, anyone)? Couldn't we have Bedford and Stuyvesant and other NYC district titles for this master suite?
It would be even better to call them simply as they are: subordinate submissions. And I could go on and on, but that's already a long biblical contribution (after all, it's the Squarespace Bible Template!). You can find my complete top templating hints in my Squarespace book*, so I can't give it all away for free here, but here are the most important takes from this blogs post:
Keep in mind to mind the mental separation of what drives the submission compared to page type and page layout. When you' re bound by the look and style of a templates gallery, blog, album, meeting, or products page, make sure a default page with gallery or summary blocks does what you want instead. Attempt to look past the carpet of Shag: look beyond the purposes, contents and styling of the demonstration site and try to picture your own things in this master.
You can use my compare table to limit your submissions, using the items you definitely need for your own website. When you like a variation model, take a look at the variation demonstration pages - you might see something you might have forgotten or didn't know if you were just looking at the other variation.