How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace

Food and recipe blogs are some of the most popular blogs on the internet. (And with good reason—they’re delicious!)

Squarespace is a great option for new food bloggers, as it’s easy to set up and maintain, its templates are design-focused and work well to showcase food photography, and it’s easy to organize recipe content for visitors to find. (All reasons why it’s our favorite website platform for new bloggers!)

Food blogs also happen to be a great example for how to structure blog archives in general, and the same strategies can be applied to many other types of blogs as well.

Below we’ll walk through some key tips for setting up food blogs on the Squarespace platform:

Tips for setting up your food blog on Squarespace

First and foremost, you’ll want to follow most of the same blogging principles that apply to other successful blogs on Squarespace. We’ve shared lots about this before—how to write a good blog post that engages your readers and boosts your website’s SEO; how to promote your blog content to grow your audience; how to make sure your blog is mobile-friendly, etc.

But in addition to general blogging best practices, food blogs tend to incorporate a couple other unique elements that contribute to their usefulness and success. Below we’ll walk you through:

  • how to set up a recipe index

  • how to make your recipe index searchable

Creating a recipe index on Squarespace

Building a recipe index on a Squarespace website is actually quite simple! To create one, you’ll use a collection of summary blocks that feature different types of content from your blog. You’ll then use your blog’s categories and tags to organize your recipe content and tell each summary block exactly which type of recipes to include.

Here’s how we’d recommend setting it up:

1. Choose your recipe categories (for example, Entrees, Side Dishes, Dessert, etc.). When you create new recipes, you’ll assign each post to one of these categories.

2. Create a unique blog category for each of your recipe categories. You can create your categories either at the bottom of your Blog Post Editor or in your Blog Settings.

 

Adding Categories in your Blog Post Editor:

Creating blog categories in the Squarespace blog post editor // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

Adding Categories in your Blog Settings:

Setting up Squarespace blog post categories in Blog Settings // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 

3. Create a new page where your recipe index will be displayed. We’ll walk you through step-by-step set-up for two different display options:

Option 1: Visual summary blocks on one archive page

Squarespace recipe index with summary blocks // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

(example via Vermillion Roots)

Option 2: Links to separate archive pages for each category, with most recent posts below

Squarespace recipe index with summary blocks and page links // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

(example via Will Frolic for Food)

Setting up your recipe index: Option 1

1. Create a new page.

2. Add a summary block to your page and complete the following steps:

  • Select where your summary block will pull content from (i.e. the blog where your recipes are being published).

 
Using a Squarespace summary block to create a recipe index // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 
  • Choose your layout, aspect ratio for thumbnail images, and how many posts you’d like to display per row.

 
Using a Squarespace summary block to create a recipe index // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 
  • Choose other layout options, including text size and alignment and metadata position.

 
Using a Squarespace summary block to create a recipe index // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 
  • Choose the number of items your archive will display (max is 30, though we’ll talk through how to add more below).

  • Choose what information you’d like to be displayed for each post (title, thumbnail, excerpt, read more link).

 
Using a Squarespace summary block to create a recipe index // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 
  • Each post can display two pieces of metadata (date, category, tags, author, location or comments). Choose which primary and secondary metadata will be displayed on your posts.

  • Now, most importantly, you’ll tell the summary block which category of recipes it should display. In the Category Filter box, type the name of the category you’d like displayed (since you’ve already added the categories to your Blog, they should autofill as you begin typing).

 
Using a Squarespace summary block to create a recipe index // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.
 

3. Repeat step #2 for each category. (You’ll use the same settings for each category’s summary block, with the exception of “Category Filter,” which will be unique to each category of recipes.)

4. Arrange the summary blocks as you’d like and add any additional page elements you’ll need—such as a page header or stylized headers for each category.

Setting up your recipe index: Option 2

1. Create a new page. (As an example, we’ll title this page with the URL slug /recipes.)

2. Create new pages for each of your categories. (As an example, we’ll call them /entrees, /side-dishes, /desserts, etc.)

3. On each of your category pages, add a summary block and complete the following steps:

(See screenshots of each step above)

  • Select where your summary block will pull content from (i.e. the blog where your recipes are published).

  • Choose your layout, aspect ratio for thumbnail images, and how many posts you’d like to display per row.

  • Choose other layout options, including text size and alignment and metadata position.

  • Choose the number of items your archive will display (max is 30, though we’ll talk through how to add more below).

  • Choose what information you’d like to be displayed for each post (title, thumbnail, excerpt, read more link).

  • Each post can display two pieces of metadata (date, category, tags, author, location or comments). Choose which primary and secondary metadata will be displayed on your posts.

  • Now, most importantly, you’ll tell the summary block which category of recipes it should display. In the Category Filter box, type the name of the category you’d like displayed (since you’ve already added the categories to your Blog, they should autofill as you begin typing).

4. On your main archive page ( /recipes), add a summary block and format it by repeating the steps outlined above. However, as this summary block will display highlighted or recent posts (rather than filtering them by category), the last step will be slightly different than what you did for the category pages.

  • If you’d like to display your most recent recipes, regardless of category, simply leave the “Category Filter” field blank and the summary block will not filter by category and will instead display your latest posts in reverse chronological order.

  • If you’d like to display a curated collection of highlighted recipes, you’ll utilize the “Featured Post” setting in your recipe blog—select this setting on any blog post you’d like to feature (Blog Post Editor > Options > Featured Post) and in your summary block settings, select “Featured Filter.” This will only display posts that you have tagged as featured.

5. Above your summary block of the latest (or featured) recipes, add your recipe category links. These links will be composed of text blocks, buttons, or images (your call) for each of the recipe categories, each linked to its individual category page.

If you have more than 30 posts in a category…

Squarespace summary blocks allow for a maximum of 30 items. So, if you have more than 30 recipes in a particular category, here are your options:

1. Divide your category into multiple summary blocks. You can place multiple summary blocks back-to-back to allow for a continuous flow of archives.

You’ll follow the same steps outlined above to create the summary blocks linked to your blog content, but we’ll tweak the way the posts (recipes) are tagged and how they’re being pulled into the summary block.

For example, you may use blog tags to tag the first 30 posts you have in your entree category archive “entrees 1” and then in the summary block settings “Filter by Tag” with “entrees 1” rather than filtering by the category as a whole.

2. Add a “See More” link. Immediately following your summary block, add a “See More” text link that points to another page with an additional summary block (which can be added as described in step #1 above).

3. Choose 30 posts to highlight. Simply choose 30 featured posts to highlight in your summary block (either the latest posts or featured content). Immediately following the summary block you can add a “See all Entrees” text link pointing to the full category page for that category.

Your category pages will follow the format below (using, as an example, our “Blogging” category page, which displays all of our “Blogging” category posts):
https://www.fivedesign.co/blog/category/blogging

Making your recipe archive searchable

There are several different ways to add search capability to your Squarespace website, but for a recipe index you’ll likely want to add something very visible and easy-to-use on your recipe index page.

For this, there are two different search methods you could use:

Search Block

The Search block is a pre-built search bar that can be added to any page on your Squarespace website. The Search block also includes the “Search Specific Page” feature, which allows you, for example, to limit your recipe archive search results to just your recipe pages (rather than allowing it to include results from your About page, Contact page, etc.).

Adding a search bar to your Squarespace website or blog // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

Archive Block

Squarespace also has a pre-built Archive block that can help visitors search blog content (aka recipes) by certain metadata. The Archive block can be displayed in an index, list or dropdown (the dropdown option is popular for food blogs). Content can be grouped by month, year, category, tag, or author.

How to use the Squarespace Archive block for a food blog recipe index. // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

Below is an example food blog (Amanda Frederickson) that uses both the Search and Archive blocks:

Adding a search bar to your recipe index on Squarespace // How to Set Up Your Food Blog on Squarespace // Five Design Co.

Want to grow your business & brand with content your audience loves?

GRAB OUR FREE BLOG POST CHECKLIST

Content that converts: grab our free Blog Post Checklist to grow your business & brand with content your audience loves // Five Design Co.

We’ll also send occasional emails with helpful tips on web design, blogging & entrepreneurship. (Woohoo!)


MORE LIKE THIS


Pin it !

 
How to set up your food blog on Squarespace // Web design tips and resources on the Five Design Co. blog
How to set up your food blog on Squarespace // Web design tips and resources on the Five Design Co. blog