Best Squarespace Templates for Navigation Options

When it comes to Squarespace templates, not everything is created equally. This isn’t to say that some are good and some are bad, they all just have their own strengths and styles and depending on what you’re looking for certain ones may be a better fit for you than others. While some very minimal sites can get away with sparse navigation areas, more complex sites will benefit from starting with a template with plenty of navigation area options. This post breaks down all the different navigation areas and lets you know which template family features each of them so that you can choose the best template for you.

Do You Need A Blog Sidebar?

One of the most common asks is whether you can add a custom sidebar to a Squarespace site. While this can be done with custom code by an advanced developer, if you need a blog sidebar you’re better off choosing one of the following templates that comes with this function right out of the box:

Choose one of these templates:

  • Avenue

  • Bedford

  • Five

  • Forte

  • Galapagos

  • Ishimoto

  • Montauk

  • Skye

  • Wells

  • Wexley

Do You Need A Site Sidebar?

The following templates have sidebar areas as part of their navigation, although they are all treated a little differently. Check out the template demos for these to make sure you understand what these look like and how they function since they may be different from what you’re used to.

Choose one of these templates:

  • Aviator (only for Offset or Business Card layouts)

  • Bedford (for folders and Index Pages)

  • Five (if you select Top Navigation Position: None, the navigation links move into the content sidebar)

  • Supply (sitewide)

  • Wells (sitewide)

Do You Need A Footer Navigation Area?

The footer area of your website can be a valuable resource and a place where visitors look for helpful links and other actionable items. While templates that don’t have built-in footer navigation areas make up for this in terms of style and some other cool layout features, if you’re looking for a sitewide footer option you’ll want to stick to one of the templates below.

Choose one of these templates:

  • Adirondack

  • Aviator

  • Bedford (the secondary nav moves to the footer)

  • Brine

  • Farro

  • Galapagos

  • Pacific (the secondary nav moves to the footer)

  • Skye

Do You Need A Secondary Navigation Area?

Having a secondary navigation area can be invaluable if you have alot of links or even if you’d like to call attention to one or more of your nav items by styling it differently than the others. For example, putting a “Contact” button by itself in a secondary nav area and then styling it to be a button in a contrasting color and/or style than the rest of your nav is a great way for your main CTA to stand out and get noticed.

Choose one of these templates:

  • Bedford (the secondary nav moves to the footer)

  • Brine

  • Farro

  • Marquee

  • Pacific (the secondary nav moves to the footer)

  • Supply (the secondary nav is in the sitewide sidebar)

  • Wells (the secondary nav is in the sitewide sidebar)

  • York

Are You Looking For The Best Templates For Mobile Navigation Styles?

While all Squarespace templates are beautifully responsive and will adapt your main navigation into a mobile navigation area, some templates are more flexible than others. If you’re looking for a template that allows for some advanced tweaks to mobile navigation styles, choose one of these templates:

  • Adirondack

  • Brine

  • Farro

  • Wexley

  • York

Are You Looking For A Template With Fixed Navigation?

The following templates offer fixed desktop navigation:

  • Adirondack (Optional)

  • Aviator (Optional)

  • Bedford (Index Pages Only)

  • Flatiron (Optional)

  • Marquee (Optional)

  • Momentum (Always)

  • Pacific (Index Pages Only, Optional)

  • Skye (Always)

  • Supply (Always)

  • Wells (Always)

Choose one of the following templates if you’re looking for fixed mobile navigation:

  • Brine (Top: Optional, Bottom: Always)

  • Farro (Top: Optional, Bottom: Always)

  • Marquee (Matches Desktop)

  • Momentum (Always)

  • Skye (Always)

  • York (Optional)