HOW TO CREATE A BLOG SIDEBAR IN BRINE TEMPLATES
In case you haven’t heard me talk about it yet, the family of Brine templates are the absolute best Squarespace templates, in my opinion.
They are by far the most versatile and customizable templates available. Not to mention, they are the most modern and most frequently updated by Squarespace.
You can find the details of why I love Brine templates so much in my previous post here: WHY I ONLY USE BRINE TEMPLATES FOR WEB DESIGN IN SQUARESPACE
Of course, there is no one size fits all when it comes to choosing a template. I understand that some people may prefer other templates because of a couple of features that Brine doesn’t offer.
One of them is having a sidebar on your blog pages. But I’m here to tell you, there is a solution even for that.
In fact, there are a couple of different ways to add a sidebar to any template that doesn’t already include one. It’s a hack that I love because it allows me to continue building sites for clients on Brine templates even if they want a sidebar.
HOW TO CREATE A SIDEBAR IN BRINE
So the first and simplest option is buying a Squarespace Sidebar Plugin from SQSP THEMES. It’s currently priced at $50 and if you’re not willing to mess around with your site too much, this is the best option for you.
This solution is easy and comes with step by step instructions on how to install this plugin.
Here’s how it works (I’ve taken this excerpt directly from their page):
You’ll create a page specifically for your sidebar content - and this plugin will display it as a sidebar on your site.
Once you download the plugin, you’ll have to option to customize the sidebar width, position, margins and you can even make it sticky.
The best part about this plugin is how easy it is to setup. And even if you’re not comfortable uploading files to your site or copy and pasting code - it’s ok. They’ll help.
Works with any template
Easy to install and customize
Free email support
So if you’re not tech-savvy, that’s the best option for you to add a sidebar to any Squarespace template.
However, if you don’t really want to pay for it and would rather create a sidebar yourself, there is another way to do it.
I’ve found this link with detailed instructions for the method here.