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15 of the best Squarespace templates for bloggers and beyond

There are more than 230 options to choose from, so we've narrowed the field.
15 of the best Squarespace templates for bloggers and beyond

Best For Business
This business template is the parent of the Brine family.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Extremely versatile Virtually endless customisation options
The Bad
Doesn’t support a sidebar on any page
The Bottomline
It’s not just the best Squarespace template for a business, but one of the best templates overall.
Best for graphic designers
This newer, bolder black-and-white template for a design portfolio has a cool hover-over effect on homepage images.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Dribbble, Vimeo, and Instagram icons in the upper navigation bar Each project gets a page with a description and full-bleed images Well-balanced layout
The Bad
Might be overly simplistic for some users
The Bottomline
Clean and crisp.
Best for blogging
Featuring a strong visual hierarchy, 惭é谤颈诲补 makes it easy to design and organize a modern digital publication.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Anyone who uses Dark Mode will love the white-on-black formatting Good balance of text and images Fade-in animation effect as you scroll through grid of posts
The Bad
Blurbs in the "featured posts" section are pretty close together on mobile
The Bottomline
Posh and professional.
Best for online stores
All Squarespace templates support its commerce features, but a tailor-made theme like Maca will get your online shop off the ground sooner.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Mobile-friendly typefaces Navigation bar with stockist, shipping/returns, and FAQ links Different sections for featured collections, sale items, and bestsellers
The Bad
Very modern/trendy (may not work for all brands)
The Bottomline
Colorful and contemporary.
Best for photographers
We'd never thought we'd recommend a website based on its contact page alone, but here we are.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Full-bleed images across the site make it easy to show off your work Easy-to-find social icons Contact page makes booking shoots/events simple Did we mention the contact page?
The Bad
Text overlay on images can affect readability depending on the photos
The Bottomline
Pretty and professional.
Best for artists
A portfolio go-to that's been around since Squarespace's inception in 2012, Flatiron's clean, grid-style homepage presents a nice overview of your work.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Hovering over an image creates an overlay effect with its title Clicking on an image pulls up a caption/description Supports store pages, but also works as a plain portfolio site
The Bad
Harder to change themes since it's from Squarespace version 7.0
The Bottomline
Classic and airy.
Best for a personal website/CV
A personal website can make it easier for companies and recruiters to find you, and a template like Noll will add some much-needed "wow" factor.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Demo includes sections for your headshot, work experience, and a brief summary Fade-in animation effect as you scroll Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Some of the text is small and slightly hard to read
The Bottomline
Chic and inviting.
Best for podcasts
On point with this year's '70s-inspired design trends, the groovy Sundew template makes it easy to share episodes and connect with your listeners.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Every episode page has an audio block Rise effect as you scroll Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts links Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Very modern/trendy (may not work for all brands)
The Bottomline
Funky and fresh.
Best for a launch page
Got something new in the works? It doesn't need to be a full-on, fleshed-out site yet, but a template like Zorayda will stake its claim on the web.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Puts all of your info on one page Doesn't need a ton of imagery Newsletter/email block where visitors can sign up for updates Easily changeable when you're ready to build out your site
The Bad
Mobile version's mostly blank menu seems kind of pointless
The Bottomline
Informative and uncluttered.
Best for restaurants
With pre-formatted menus and a built-in OpenTable block, Atlantic is ready to go for a restaurant.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Rotating, full-bleed image gallery "Reservations" page has an OpenTable block Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Text overlay on images can affect readability
The Bottomline
Straightforward and stunning.

If you’ve listened to any podcast ever, you already know the spiel: Squarespace is an all-in-one website builder that makes it easy to create a professional-looking online presence. Numbers-wise, it’s the second most popular web builder out there (after Wix) and the third most popular hosting service (after Wix and Shopify), supporting more than 2.8 million live websites across the internet at the time of publication.

One of the primary reasons why Squarespace has seen this success — well, aside from all of those Ira Glass-narrated ad slots — is that you don't need any web design or coding experience to get a beautiful site up and running on its platform. With intuitive drag-and-drop building elements and a vast selection of ultra-modern templates, it's easily one of the most beginner-friendly tools of its kind.

Truthfully, the hardest part about designing a Squarespace site is often just choosing one of those templates — there are 234 of them across Squarespace versions 7.0 and 7.1, the two iterations of the platform that are currently supported. How do you decide which one to use for your oil painting portfolio, your Taiwanese-American food blog, or the online store for your cool-girl jeans? (Those are all different kinds of websites that have been made with Squarespace, FYI.)

Let's get into it — but first, a quick primer.

Why should I use Squarespace?

After fast and easy site design, the best thing about Squarespace is its all-in-one approach: Your plan includes 24/7 customer support, website metrics, SEO features, SSL security, unlimited bandwidth, and video storage, all for as low as US$14 a month. (That gets even cheaper if you go with a long-term plan, by the way.) Squarespace also throws in fully managed cloud hosting at no extra cost, plus a year's worth of a new custom domain if you sign up for an annual membership. No need to set anything else up with another provider or platform.

What is a Squarespace template, exactly?

A Squarespace template (or theme) is a pre-designed, ready-to-use demo website that you can customize with different colors, pages, fonts, and drag-and-drop element blocks like text, images, galleries, buttons, and forms. Squarespace describes them as "a starting point to help inspire your site's design," noting that "[you] can keep the structure of your original design intact by replacing the demo content with your own, or you can completely change the design of your site and start from scratch."

Each template has been built exclusively for Squarespace, which means you won’t find them on WordPress, Wix, or other site-building platforms.

Are Squarespace templates mobile-friendly?

All Squarespace templates are mobile-optimized from the jump, which is awesome for two reasons: Mobile-friendly sites look great on all devices and get higher priority from Google when it comes to indexing and SEO rankings.

Templates from Squarespace version 7.0 have separate mobile styles that activate on smaller devices, while their version 7.1 counterparts adapt to mobile view automatically. (More on those in a sec.) Check out Squarespace's tips on how to keep your site mobile-friendly as you continue to build it out.

Which version of Squarespace is better: 7.0 or 7.1?

Squarespace version 7.0 categorizes its 91 templates into certain template "families," which are groups of similarly coded templates alike in their basic structure and functionality. Each one has its own rules and customization options, which means you sometimes need to swap templates and start over (and risk losing content) if you're after a specific feature. Squarespace did away with these families with the release of version 7.1 in early 2020, giving all 143 of its new templates the same features and underlying structure to make it easier to change your site's style in seconds.

That being said, neither version is conclusively "better" than the other. Version 7.1 is probably the ideal choice for people who are new to Squarespace since its template formatting streamlines the design process, but if you've built a site on the platform before, you may want to stick with version 7.0 — its templates have a bunch of advanced features that haven't been added to the new ones yet. (See: parallax scrolling, one especially popular feature of the beloved Brine template family that's missing from version 7.1; people were pretty salty about that one.)

One caveat: While it’s possible to switch between versions 7.0 and 7.1, doing so will usually require a full rebuild and mess with your site's search ranking. On the bright side, Squarespace offers a free 14-day trial so you can noodle around with both versions before you commit.

Is Squarespace better than WordPress?

This one's pretty situational. WordPress is best for people on either end of the customization spectrum: You can use the free version to create a super basic blog, or go balls-to-the-wall on a totally unique, from-scratch website with premium themes and tens of thousands of plugins. Keep in mind that the latter requires managing your own hosting, security, and updates; you may also need to hire a developer if your coding skills aren't up to par.

Squarespace's templates are less flexible than a custom-built WordPress site and lean hard on visuals, but they already have some great built-in features and look pretty snazzy right out of the gate — plus, all of the technical drudgery is handled by the platform itself.

Squarespace also supports the official integrations of certain services, including Apple News (to cross-publish your content), Paypal (to accept payments), and OpenTable (to let guests make reservations), along with a couple dozen third-party extensions. While not as prolific as WordPress plugins, they should be able to meet most of your and your users' needs, no problem.

For a deeper dive into the differences and similarities between Squarespace and WordPress, click here.

How do you find the right Squarespace template for you?

To get started, head over to the Templates tab on Squarespace's website and filter its library by Type and Topic to narrow down your pool of candidates. You can hit "Preview" on any theme that catches your eye to see what it would look like in the wild.

Squarespace recommends choosing a template based on your favorite colors and layouts rather than the demo content you see there: "You can change the style and layout of your site at any time, but you may find it easier to start with a design that's already close to how you want your site to appear," reads a page on its Help Center. "For example, the Dario demo site is designed for a wedding, but you could adapt it to accept RSVPs for a different type of event, or to gather pre-orders for a new product launch."

If you're having trouble settling on one, know this: It's basically impossible to make an ugly Squarespace site, and with enough time and experimentation, you can tweak almost any template to fit your exact vision and needs. But just in case you need a nudge in a certain direction, keep reading: Below, we've rounded up 15 of the best Squarespace templates for all sorts of sites.

Note: Most of our recommendations are from Squarespace version 7.1, but we've sprinkled in a few options from version 7.0 that continue to stand out. Templates have been labeled accordingly.

Brine

Best For Business

The good
Extremely versatile Virtually endless customisation options
The Bad
Doesn’t support a sidebar on any page
The Bottomline
It’s not just the best Squarespace template for a business, but one of the best templates overall.
Specs
  • Family: Brine
  • Squarespace version: 7.0

This bad boy is the parent template of the Brine family, the biggest and one of the most popular template families on Squarespace, and the one that gives you the most style control for both desktop and mobile.

Brine was specifically designed for brands and companies who want a top-notch web presence with an active blog, some sophisticated ecommerce features, and a stellar balance of text and images.

Brine gives you lots of options to play around with design-wise, including a stacked parallax-scrolling index page, advanced commerce features like on-hover effects, a content inset feature that can be used to draw attention to special announcements, multiple navigation areas, multiple blog layouts, custom share buttons, full-width banners and headers, and so much more.

Novo

Best for graphic designers

The good
Dribbble, Vimeo, and Instagram icons in the upper navigation bar Each project gets a page with a description and full-bleed images Well-balanced layout
The Bad
Might be overly simplistic for some users
The Bottomline
Clean and crisp.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

Novo is a newer, bolder black-and-white template that's well-suited for a graphic or product design portfolio. This one also puts your work front and center in a grid on the home page — we like that there's a hover-over effect for each title — then whisks users away to project-specific pages with brief descriptions and full-bleed banner images. Modern icons for your Dribbble, Vimeo, and Instagram accounts are already in the top and bottom navigation bars, so you just need to add your links.

Honorable mentions: Cami (7.1), Kester (7.1), Utica (7.1), and York (7.0).

惭é谤颈诲补

Best for bloggers

The good
Fans of Dark Mode will love the white-on-black formatting Good balance of text and images Fade-in animation effect as you scroll through grid of posts
The Bad
Blurbs in the "featured posts" section are too close together when viewed on mobile
The Bottomline
Modern and elegant.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

惭é谤颈诲补 is a magazine-style template that does a fantastic job of making a lot of text look interesting, breaking it up with different "featured post" grids and banners so you're not just staring at a huge wall of words. For this reason, it keeps its menus pretty simple — just a couple of navigation links and social icons that don't compete with your content. Anyone who prefers browsing and reading in Dark Mode will appreciate its posts' white-on-black formatting, which looks super elegant and modern.

Honorable mentions: Brower (7.1), Fillmore (7.1), Forte (7.0), Idrah (7.1), and Stanton (7.1). Click here for more recommendations and tips on how to pick the right Squarespace template for blogging.

Maca

Best for online stores

The good
Mobile-friendly typefaces Navigation bar with stockist, shipping/returns, and FAQ links Different sections for featured collections, sale items, and bestsellers
The Bad
Very modern/trendy (may not work for all brands)
The Bottomline
Colorful and contemporary.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

All Squarespace templates support its commerce features, including customized checkout, customer email notifications, and marketing, but you can get your online shop off the ground sooner with a tailor-made template like Maca. (Peep the stockist, FAQ, terms of use, and shipping/return links that are already set up for you in the bottom navigation.) Its layout plays around with color and negative space in a really smart way — it's visually interesting but not distracting. It also gives you tons of different ways to organize your products, with preset sections for featured collections, bestsellers, and sale items.

Honorable mentions: Alameda (7.1), Anise (7.1), Granger (7.1), Hester (7.1), Jotter (7.1), Loam (7.1), Mariana (7.1), and Skyloop (7.1).

Quincy

Best for photographers

The good
Full-bleed images across the site make it easy to show off your work Easy-to-find social icons Contact page makes booking shoots/events simple Did we mention the contact page?
The Bad
Text overlay on images can affect readability depending on the photos
The Bottomline
Pretty and professional.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

Photographers barely need to make any changes to the demo version of Quincy: It's got a show-stopping landing page, a pretty portfolio page with changing full-bleed background images, and easy-to-find social icons. But the very best part is its contact page: It's got a ready-made form where potential clients can submit important information like their event type, date, venue, and referral info. It'll make scheduling a breeze so you can spend more time doing what you love (actually taking pictures) and less time trying to get booked.

Honorable mentions: Elliot (7.1), Laurie (7.1), and Tepito (7.1).

Flatiron

Best for artists

The good
Hovering over an image creates an overlay effect with its title Clicking on an image pulls up a caption/description Supports store pages, but also works as a plain portfolio site
The Bad
Harder to change themes since it's from Squarespace version 7.0
The Bottomline
Classic and airy.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.0

Flatiron is a light and airy template that's been around since Squarespace's inception in 2012, and it's a true oldie-but-goodie for creative types. Its grid-style homepage presents a nice overview of your work; users can click on each thumbnail to see the full-size version with a detailed caption — feel free to wax poetic about your process or inspiration there. (Many similar Squarespace version 7.1 templates are sorely lacking this feature.) Flatiron also supports store pages in case you want to start selling prints, though it can easily stand on its own as a basic portfolio site.

Honorable mentions: Beaumont (7.1), Montclaire (7.1), Spotted (7.1), and Wells (7.0).

Noll

Best for a personal website/CV

The good
Demo includes sections for your headshot, work experience, and a brief summary Fade-in animation effect as you scroll Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Some of the text is small and slightly hard to read
The Bottomline
Chic and inviting.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

A personal website can make it easier for companies and recruiters to find you, and a template like Noll will add some much-needed "wow" factor. It works really well as a one-page site with a bio, a brief summary of your qualifications, your work experience/skills, and a headshot, but you can also add dedicated pages for testimonials, reviews, and a contact form. Either way, it looks very trendy (dare we say millennial-chic?) with those serif fonts and peach/scarlet color scheme.

Honorable mentions: Hart (7.1), Otto (7.1), Pursuit (7.0), and Waverly (7.1).

Sundew

Best for podcasts

The good
Every episode page has an audio block Rise effect as you scroll Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts links Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Very modern/trendy (may not work for all brands)
The Bottomline
Funky and fresh.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

With groovy gradients and matching sunburst accents, Squarespace's Sundew template is on point with this year's '70s-inspired design trends. Its demo site eagerly awaits your podcast: There's a spot for your freshest episode right at the top, followed by a banner with your tagline, a grid of recent episodes, a prompt to sign up for your newsletter or email list, and a blurb about the host(s) that directs to a more in-depth bio page. Each individual episode page gets its own audio block so listeners can tune in without having to leave the site, though links to your Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts pages have been scattered throughout in case they prefer a different platform.

Honorable mentions: Paloma (7.1).

Zorayda

Best for a launch page

The good
Puts all of your info on one page Doesn't need a ton of imagery Newsletter/email block where visitors can sign up for updates Easily changeable when you're ready to build out your site
The Bad
Mobile version's mostly blank menu seems kind of pointless
The Bottomline
Informative and uncluttered.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

Got something new in the works? It doesn't need to be a full-on, fleshed-out website yet — just make a pre-launch landing page (also known as a coming soon page) with the help of a template like Zorayda to stake its claim on the web. Featuring a light background and some simple sans-serif typefaces, the demo version has spots for all of your must-know info, a standalone image, and a newsletter/email block where visitors can sign up for updates. It's worth noting that this one's a version 7.1 template, which means you can easily switch themes down the road without losing any of your content.

Honorable mentions: Randi (7.1), Sellwood (7.1), Tantillo (7.1), and Toledo (7.1).

Atlantic

Best for restaurants

The good
Rotating, full-bleed image gallery "Reservations" page has an OpenTable block Works well as a one-page site
The Bad
Text overlay on images can affect readability
The Bottomline
Straightforward and stunning.
Specs
  • Squarespace version: 7.1

Another template that would make a great one-pager, Atlantic is ready to go for a restaurant: It kicks off with an "about" section featuring all of your most important info (location, hours, etc.), followed by a rotating image gallery and pre-formatted sections for two different menus. You'll also find a "reservations" page with an OpenTable block; bonus points for the Yelp icon in the social widget, too. The color scheme keeps things simple with black text on a white background so as not to distract from the mouth-watering pictures of your plates.

Honorable mentions: Blend (7.1), Chotto (7.1), Hill (7.1), Juniper (7.1), Palmer (7.1), Pine (7.1), and Vance (7.1).

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