How to Create a Related Posts Carousel In Squarespace
Adding a related posts summary carousel to your blog posts is a great way to up the production value and functionality of your blog. Making it quick and easy for readers to find more information on the topic they are interested in is an effective way to make sure they will stay on your website.
Not only does it make your posts look very professional, but readers will be thankful for the easy navigation to more of your content. Best of all, it is really easy to set up!
Step 1: Add a Carousel Summary Block to Your Post
Go to the blog post you want to add the carousel to and insert a Carousel Summary Block.
Step 2: Select Blog Content
In the content tab, select Blog as the summary content.
Step 3: Edit the Layout of the Summary Block
In the Layout tab, change the header text to Related posts (or whatever you want the header text to say). Use this tab to change any other layout options. Personally I use a 2:3 Standard (Vertical) aspect ratio for my thumbnails and I show 3 items per row.
Step 4: Choose what displays in the Summary Block
On the Display tab, I change the number of items to 9 (it can be any multiple of the number of items per row. I display 3 items per row, so I chose 9). Show only the Title and Thumbnail.
Choose what meta data you want to display, (I recommend setting both to none).
Step 5: Determine the Related Articles That Display
Put the category name of the posts that you want to display in the carousel and they should automatically populate.
You should be using categories and tags on all of your posts – it not only helps with SEO by telling search engines what your articles are about, but it also helps with your internal linking of related content.
then Apply your changes! You will need to do this for every article. I highly recommend using a blog template for your posts, it will make your life so much easier.
But what if I already have a bunch of blog posts?
Manually adding a summary carousel may not be worth your time if you have more than 50 posts.
Luckily, Omari Harebin over at sqspthemes.com has created a related posts plugin for Squarespace that automatically adds related posts to all of your blog posts. It will save you a ton of time in the long run. I highly recommend you check it out here.