How to Add 'Related Posts' to Your Blog Posts in Squarespace
BY BIG CAT CREATIVE
We’ve all been there...
You innocently visit a blog to read one post. You get to the bottom of the post, it was totally helpful and you’ve learned exactly what you needed to learn. Just before you leave the site, you see a “Related Posts” section... Suddenly, you’ve read 35 blog posts and 2 hours have disappeared.
Crap. How did that happen?
Two words, Related Posts!
You want people to read your blog and get lost in your helpful content. A great way of promoting that is to add a Related Posts section to the bottom of every blog post. Here’s a super simple way to do it!
Firstly, if you’re using the templates: Farro, Haute, Skye, Foundry, Indigo, Ready or Tudor then your template already has a built in feature to display related posts! But if you’re using any other template, this is the best way to do it...
Add a Summary Block at the bottom of your blog post. I use the ‘Carousel’ layout, but you can use any of these 4 layouts options.
Then, in the Summary Block options, under the 'Content' tab, select your blog that you want the posts to pull from.
Under the 'Layout' tab you can adjust all of the design options to suit yourself.
Under the 'Display' tab there’s a few more options. You can choose the maximum items to display, I have mine set at 4.
You can either leave it at pulling from your complete blog only, or you can do what I do and separate the Related Posts by category. For example on this page I would pull from the ‘Squarespace Tips’ category of my blog because this particular post is about Squarespace. This assures that the Related Posts shown will be relevant to the post that is being viewed.
When you originally create your blog posts, you want to make sure that you’re adding categories. For example, I have my category Squarespace Tips, and every blog post I write about Squarespace, I add that category to it.
So then once you’ve added your categories, you can update the category section in your Related Posts Summary Block, under the 'Display' tab, to pull from one specific category!
TIP: If you want to pull from multiple categories, manually type in the names with a coma and no space after the coma eg: Category 1,Category 2,Category 3
Perfect! Now you have related posts at the end of your blog post. But, you’re probably thinking, "how do I automatically get this at the end of every page, rather than having to input it manually?"
Easy! Set up one complete blog page exactly how you’d want every other blog page to display. When you go to create your next blog page, instead of creating a new new blog post, duplicate the previous one! That way you have the layout completely set up and only have to change text and images.
I hope you learned something from this one! Feel free to ask any questions you may have below in the comments, thanks! x