Create Archives with Summary Blocks
People love to archive their work - blog posts, photos - you name it, people want to organize it and keep it around for posterity.
While Squarespace offers an archive list block, displaying text-only titles and links to past blog posts, there are no archive pages that automatically take your past content and keep it organized, complete with images.
And this is where the summary block comes in quite handy, allowing you to create an entire archive of your past blog posts and more, complete with images and other metadata information such as dates, authors, titles, etc. You can create a summary block in the form of a grid, list or carousel of images and/or text that displays a 'summary,' or archive, from a chosen section of your website!
On Meeting In The Media, we've created an archive page called 'The Grid,' which is simply a series of summary blocks that displays one entire year of posts ordered by month. January posts display at the bottom of the page, with posts from the current month at the top. We've also created archive pages for each passing year, moving posts from 'The Grid' to our new 'Archives' section.
As noted in our summary block guide, you're able to choose the 'number of items' to display in your summary block. However, a summary block can only display up to 30 items. So, if you have a year's worth of posts, one summary block will not be able to display a complete archive of your year.
This is when #tags come in handy!
You can have a summary block pull content from certain categories and #tag words, minimizing the amount of content in your summary block.
If you'd like to organize your archive chronologically, you'll probably want to do so by month. So, you'll want to create summary blocks that organize your posts by month, as well. To do so, you will need to create a tag word that defines January posts from February posts, from March and April posts, and so on. This ensures that each summary block can display one month of posts, so you don't exceed the '30 post display maximum' per summary block.
For example, we've added the tag '201501' to all of our January 2015 posts in order to define those posts as being from January, 2015. Our February 2015 posts have the tag '201502,' our March posts have the tag '201503', and so on. You'll have to add this tag to both your summary block, and to each, individual blog post you've created, if you'd like it to be part of that tag group and summary block.
For Meeting In The Media, we were able to add multiple months to one summary block, as we post only 6-12 posts per month. Therefore, we can add several months to one summary block without exceeding the 30 post maximum. This simply requires adding multiple tags to one summary block.
You can add multiple tags to one summary block - a feature that Squarespace help pages do not mention. This is how you setup multiple tags so the correct content displays in your summary block:
Below, see a screenshot we took displaying a summary block with multiple tags:
As you add more tag words, the live preview of your summary block will change to reflect your tag word changes.
Below, see a summary block showing all of our January 2015 posts, using the same 'display' options we used on our 'Grid View' page.
But be wary of 'Unresponsive' Content...
However, there's something you should note when creating pages that utilize multiple summary blocks and a large amount of images on Squarespace - your content may become unresponsive. Read more about Squarespace's documented problem loading its own assets across Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome, and two possible ways you can combat this on your personal browser - and your website.