Squarespace 6 Template Comparison Chart

All the templates, all the features, in one handy grid.

Important Update: This chart is for the older version of Squarespace – please see the new Squarespace 7 template comparison here >

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of all 25 Squarespace 6 templates and their features, to help you choose the one that’s right for you.Β Don’t forget to refer to the notes below the chart for further explanation of certain things.

Click on the orange name of the template to view a detailed analysis of that template.Β 

Template NameScale of controlSpecial PagesSidebar(s)Header ImagesMain NavFixed NavbarOther NavSocial IconsPage TitlesGalleryPromoted BlocksOther Features
AdirondackLProductNOYES+*Horiz*YES+Folder, FooterYESYES*Grid+ / Slide+NOYES*+
AtelierSNOBlogNOVertYES+SecondaryYESNOSlide & Grid*YESNO
AvenueLIndexBlogNOHorizNONONEYES+NOSlideYESNO
AviatorMHomeNOYES BGHoriz / VertYES+NONEYES+NOGrid+YES*YES*+
BeatriceMNOBlogYES+HorizNONONEYES+YES+Grid+ / Slide+NONO
BedfordXSIndexBlogYES+*Horiz*NOFolder, FooterNOYES+Grid+ / Slide+NOYES*+
BoutiqueMNONONOHorizYES+NONEYES+NOGrid+ / Slide+YES*NO
DevlinMNOAny page+YES+HorizNOFolderNONOGrid+ / Slide+NONO
DovetailLNOBlogYES+HorizNOFolder, FooterYES+YES+Grid+ / Slide+YESNO
FiveXLNOAny page+*YES+Horiz / VertNONONEYES+YES+Grid+ / Slide+NOYES*+
FlatironMIndexNONOHorizYES+IndexYES+YESGridNOYES*+
ForteXSIndexBlogNOHoriz*NONONEYES+NOGrid*NOYES
FrontrowMGalleryBlogNOHoriz*NONONEYES+NOSlide+*YESNO
GalapagosXSProductBlogNOHoriz*NOFooterYESNOGrid+ / Slide+NOYES
HudsonMIndexBlogYESHorizNOIndexYES+YES+Grid*NOYES*+
IshimotoMGalleryBlogNOHorizNOYESYES+NOGrid*YESNO
MarqueeXSIndex, ProductNOYESHorizYES+NONENOYES+Grid+ / Slide+NOYES*+
MomentumSIndex, GalleryNONOHorizYESNONEYES+YES+Slide & Grid*NOYES*+
MontaukMIndexBlogYES+Horiz / VertNOIndexYES+YES+Grid*NONO
NativeSNONONOHorizNONONEYES+NOGrid+ / Slide+YES*NO
PeakLNOAny page+YES+HorizYES+NONEYES+YES+Grid+ / Slide+YESYES*+
SupplyXSIndex, ProductNOYES BGVertYESSecondaryYES+NOGrid*NONO
TakkMNOSite+NOHorizYES+NONEYESNOGrid+ / Slide+YESNO
WellsSNOBlogNOVertYES+SecondaryYES+NOSlide & Grid*YESNO
WexleySNOBlogNOHorizNONONEYES+NOSlide & Grid*YESNO
This table is Β© Miko Coffey, all rights reserved. Please play nicely: feel free to link, but don’t copy.

Key: + means the item is adjustable
* means the item has something special about it
/ means either or: you can choose which one
BG means as a background image

Scale of control refers to how many design elements and how much they can be controlled through the standard Squarespace interface, without custom coding skills. XS = Extra Small, and so on up to XL = Extra Large.

Fixed navbar means that the navigation bar will stay visible even after scrolling.

Page Titles refers to whether the Page Title and Page Description that you set using Page Settings will be shown.

If you have any questions about anything else, feel free to ask in the comments below.

And remember, although I’d be thrilled for you to share the link to this page, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t reproduce this table anywhere without my permission. It has taken a lot of time and effort to go through all 25 templates and analyse them. Thank you for your support πŸ™‚

39 Comments
  1. Hey Miko,

    This is a fantastic resource for Squarespace users! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together! I understand, and appreciate how much time and effort it takes to put together a detailed comparison chart like this.

    I’d love to share this resource with our readers if you’re okay with this. Let me know and I can shoot you a quick email.

    Best,

    Jeremy

  2. This is great – thanks very much Miko for the thorough and easy-to-read comparison between the templates. I’ve been dreading the painstaking work required to compare the different options for our next round of website changes. This will be a valuable resource and I appreciate the work it must have taken.

    Thanks again and regards,
    Richard W

  3. Lauren

    A million thank you for this super helpful spreadsheet. I can’t tell you how many times I thought about making one but never made the time to do so. Thank you!!!

  4. Chris

    Fantastic! Thank you so very much. You have saved us all hours of research. Really appreciate you sharing this!

  5. Thank you for putting this together! I was looking for something like this on SS’s site, to no avail, and it took a LONG time to figure this out on my own. This will be a VERY handy reference in the future. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I don’t understand why Squarespace is opaque about this; not sure whose interest that serves. I also don’t understand why every template can’t have access to every customization option, as exists in Wix. BUT I totally appreciate you stepping in and filling this gap.

  7. Thank you so much for doing this! I’m thinking about moving from Wix for my customers to Squarespace and while I appreciate all the functionality SS has, I’m struggling to figure out how flexible the different templates are. I’m trying to build these without much code. This helps!

    Thanks!
    Dawn

  8. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It’s been a real challenge landing on just the right combination of Squarespace features to support what I need for all aspects of my photography web site but this matrix makes it much simpler to select the best template choice. A million times thank you !

  9. Vasilious Firippis

    Hi Miko, thank you for this, I would really appreciate your advice on what template to use. I am moving across from Weebly as I need something more dynamic for my website, but I find the templates very confusing (sorry non techy here) I need a template to show pics, video , and be able to show on the home page blog snippets and calendar events. I run a Tai Chi school in Cyprus and basically my website is looking tired and old, any advie you could give me would be really appreciated. Finally I do have a logo as well. I am waiting to start my trial period, but done twang to spend days trying out templates, would rather spend the time building. Thank you and really great work

  10. Well, this is certainly a great shortcut for me in response to my question “Which is the best SS template for blogging?” I built my site in Aviator for the Home page feature among other things, but not having a sidebar on my blog in particular is kind of a drag. I wish I could just customize that Blog page to make it more user-friendly, but that doesn’t appear to be an option for injectable coding (not that I’m a programmer by ANY stretch!)

    Anyways, this is a long way to say thank you for taking the time to muddle through all of this! Whew!

  11. Vasillious: All templates will allow you to show photos and videos, and you can have Events pages in any template, too. You can use a Summary Block to show snippets from your blog on any page (such as your homepage). I’d avoid templates like Aviator which have special homepages, but otherwise, you can use most any template for a project such as yours. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the controls, try something like Devlin that has only “medium” controls, but still has a blog sidebar and different choices for your photo/video gallery styles.

  12. I’m a web/graphic designer and I was setting up a comparison chart for my Squarespace-loving clients… Well, I’m so glad I Googled it! Thank you SO much for compiling the perfect list for Squarespace Users! You are awesome!!

  13. This is in response to jane canapini’s note that some templates dont include sidebars. This is true technically, but it is also true that you can actually FAKE it by dividing your blocks into two columns: one that takes up 3/4 of the width, and one that takes up 1/4 the width. With this, you can actually create unique per-page sidebars with no limits on which blocks you can choose from! Check out https://bryan-giardinelli-3o5d.squarespace.com/, I just finished building it this week. There are per-page non generic sidebars that I built using the aforementioned method, and they work great!

    Best of luck.

  14. @Bryan – this is true, but one of the downsides to this approach is that you would have to recreate the same columns and add the same content blocks to every page where you wanted the (fake) sidebar to appear. The beauty of a ‘proper’ sidebar is that you create once, and only have to update one place whenever you make a change. The fake sidebar approach works best if you want/need unique ‘sidebars’ on different pages, not if you need/want to reproduce the same sidebar on a bunch of pages.

  15. Miko, Thank you kindly for sharing this comparison. I’m finally rolling up my sleeves to move from SQ 5 to SQ 6 and this is quite helpful.

  16. I can only say BLESS YOU!! And Thank you so much. I’m on my 3rd template. It is such a pain to have to learn how the template really works–after I’ve installed it and made changes.

  17. Rob C

    This is a great resource for someone starting to use Squarespace, and needing to look at all the templates. Please could you add “Pacific” into your comparison, as that seems to be the one that’s been developed by SS since your post. Thanks.

  18. How I wish I had found this before wasting hours trying to figure out this limitations on my own! thanks so much for putting this together- you should go sell it to Squarespace!

  19. This has been sooo helpful in trying to sort out the pros and cons of each template! Lots of work here… I agree that this should be on squarespace’s site! I hope you’ll consider doing a comparison of the new SS7 templates when they come out πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much.

  20. I believe the Marquee now have a secondary nav. Also I was hoping to find a comparing with developer platform. But cool job otherwise! πŸ™‚

    On a sidenote: why people love to post online without adding a date? Thanks to comments it is clear this was around May 2014 and it’s probably a bit outdated after Squarespace 7, but still…

  21. javier

    Hi. Thanks for this table. Its super useful.
    Im setting up a webpage using Frontrow. You indicate that in the Gallery display the Slideshow expands to fullscreen. However, i have minimal control over the slideshow display, and i couldn’t figure out how to have the slideshow go to fullscreen. Can you tell me if this is still possible in this template? If not, is there a template that really lets you do this? Thanks!

  22. @Caue : Thanks for the tip about Marquee… I think they added the secondary nav when they launched all the new templates based on it.

    Regarding dates…This is a page, not a blog, so there are no dates built into the template this uses. However, you’ll be pleased to know that I have now created an updated version of this chart for Squarespace 7 here: Comparison chart of all 36 Squarespace 7 templates

  23. @javier: I’m using Frontrow and I can definitely only get the galleries to show as fullscreen. I have tried it again jjust to be sure. Are you sure you aren’t using a Gallery Block instead of a Gallery Page? It’s only the Gallery Page that will show all images as fullscreen. You can see this in action on the homepage of the Frontrow demo site. The homepage is just a normal Gallery Page and it is showing fullscreen images with the thin strip navbar at the bottom.

  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I need to move a site really quickly from WP to SS, and this is going to save me a ton of time on template choice.

    Did I thank you yet? πŸ˜‰

  25. Siwe

    This is a truly great resource. Thank you so much for going through the trouble – you are a digital saint!

  26. Jonathan

    Hi Miko, I’m planning on designing a blog that allows me to easily to add daily entries, photos, and maybe videos. What would you recommend? I don’t need many pages, I mostly gonna blog about my topic daily. Also a key component that I need and request guidance on is a template that allows me to embed ads (either ones that I sold or google populates). Any recommendations for those two requests? Thanks a bunch!

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