How to achieve Parallax Scrolling in a Squarespace Landing Page [video]
Parallax Scrolling is the visual effect caused when a layer in a webpage moves at a different speed to another – often activated by scrolling.
The effect really gives that wow factor when a user starts to scroll down your Landing Page. Resulting in a memorable first impression versus a traditionally static webpage.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you just how easy it is to integrate Parallax Scrolling in your Squarespace Landing Page and impress your website visitors.
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Please note: this article is based on the Squarespace 7.0 platform.
The new Squarespace 7.1 platform features an improved user interface, so the screenshots might differ but the majority of the content is still relevant. Squarespace 7.1 offers a much more flexible way to build websites, regardless of which template you start with. Squarespace 7.1 templates also support all features and style options including an unlimited number of page sections.
Step One: Ensure you start with a Brine family Squarespace template
The Parallax Scrolling effect is only enabled in the Squarespace Brine family of templates. They are all brilliant templates allowing you to customize the headers, footer, content inset and mobile styles to make your website really shine.
Here is the quick list of Brine family templates: Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West.
The Nueva template is a great starting point for a Landing Page with Parallax Scrolling. Note how the background image moves slower than the foreground text as you scroll:
Step Two: Turn on the Parallax effect
Head to Design in the main Squarespace builder menu, then Site Styles > scroll down to the Main: Overlay section and check Enable Parallax. Click Save.
Step Three: Add layered elements to create the Parallax Scrolling effect
The Brine family templates will automatically start Parallax Scrolling the default placeholder content but if you are creating a new Landing Page follow these steps to recreate the effect.
Step 1 – Start by creating a new long-scrolling Landing Page using the Index block collection option. Click the plus icon next to the Primary Navigation and select the Index block:
Step 2 – Add a blank section within your page by clicking the Add Section link within the new Index you just created on the left. Then select the Blank block:
Step 3 – Add your background image layer by hovering your cursor over your new section until the section toolbar appears with 3 options: Edit, Banner, Settings. Select the Banner option then proceed to upload your background image. Click Save.
Step 4 – Add text within the new section using the content editor. Just like Step 3, hover your cursor over your new section, except select the Edit option when prompted. Now click the plus icon to the right of the content area, select the Text block:
Proceed to enter and style your text then click save. That’s it, your Landing Page now has live Parallax effects! Note how the text in the foreground moves faster than the plants in the background:
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create Parallax Scrolling on your Squarespace template. Props to Squarespace for creating a platform where we can create beautiful Landing Pages, easily. If you missed it I curated 5 Stylish Squarespace Templates to Promote your Clothing Brand.