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Hi all, 

I've been searching for a while to try and find any workaround to display my folio in the same way the summary block does for a blog. I hear rumours that it might be coming as an 8.0 feature, but have not heard anything concrete...

This and being able to disable portfolio sub-pages would be two MASSIVE improvements to the portfolio for Squarespace in my opinion. 

TLDR: Help me preview some folio sub-pages in a summary block, please!

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Can you explain what you want users to be able to do? I don't fully understand your question but it may help if you can include a link to pages on your site explaining what you don't like, or mockups of what you'd like to achieve. 

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Thanks for responding Paul, 

Essentially I'm hoping to get a dynamic feed on the home page that is created by the items in my folio's sub-pages. I have currently gotten around this by using a static, isolated gallery with links to each item to the portfolio sub-pages.  If I update the folio with a new sub-page (project), I have to manually add this to the isolated galleries on two different pages: (https://www.formationcreative.co.nz/) and (https://www.formationcreative.co.nz/graphic-design-services)

The summary block does this for blog posts, so I was surprised to find that it didn't cater for folio items too. 

Do you think that there is a way to trick the summary block into displaying items from the folio? 

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Thanks for the additional information @Formation_Creative.

Portfolio collections are a relatively new addition to Squarespace, and don't yet have the flexibility of Blog or Product collections. For example, Portfolios can't be connected to older blocks like Summary Blocks, as these haven't been updated to support them. Also, you can't have "draft" Portfolio items - at least not without code.

There are two workarounds for the issue you are facing. You're using one of them - where you duplicate the content to feed the Summary Block. The other workaround is to use a hidden Blog Collection instead of the Portfolio Collection. Summary Blocks can then be used to show the content wherever you want to display it, avoiding the additional administration. The downside is that you may need a few lines of CSS to repurpose the 'blog' as a 'portfolio' by changing labels or hiding metadata.

Neither is perfect but it's a popular method that will be used until Portfolio collections have better support. There's a similar post here.

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Thanks @paul2009

Bummer. I was really hoping a fancy bit of code could trick the summary block into displaying the folio items. 

The blog layout isn't flexible enough for my needs—I've essentially built a mini page for each project with sections and various elements. So it looks like sticking with the old gallery is the way to go for now. 

At least I know definitely now. Fingers crossed the folios get a tickle-up in the next update. 

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