Basic Blog Design Tips for Beginners

When I started blogging back in 2014, designing was something I cared less about. However, at some point, I realized that the appearance of a site plays an important role and it should somehow represent the owner’s personality. Fortunately, this platform offers a lot of themes with a wide variety of features. But as someone who lacks creativity, it’s been quite of a struggle for me to take into consideration if a theme looks artistic enough or which widgets give relevant information to those who visit my blog. You have no idea how many times I’ve attempted to spruce this thing up. The funny thing is that every result would always seem not good enough in my eye. For people like me, such a task can be draining beyond doubt.

At a recent time, I decided to revamp this site yet again. But this time I finally sought advice from my husband who happens to have a job that has something to do with websites and apps. Designing may not be his forte but he has encountered or worked on different kinds of sites and teamed up with professional designers so I thought I could use any help from him. In the course of our discussion, he treated me like a client and I felt honored to be receiving a lot of good input at no cost at all. After applying what I’ve learned, I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome.

I don’t regard myself as an expert now but with a happy heart, I’m sharing these simple tips with you in hopes of saving you from making the mistakes I’ve done.

Theme

Go for something that’s easy to navigate and mobile-friendly. Nowadays, most readers are on their phones and would prefer using a site with less to zero time to load and won’t give them a hard time figuring out where the contact page is or how to enter a comment.

Header

Artistic is good but simple is better in many ways. In my case, I’ve decided not to have it anymore because I can’t create something that would match my current theme. If you wish to put one, keep it smart and tidy. Never over-decorate it.

Color & Background

If you want your site to look professional, use 2 contrasting colors. Even one is good enough. Avoid using images as your background. You’d want your visitors or readers to focus on your content. Vivid images can be distracting which is something you wouldn’t want. In addition, background images with large dimension can make your site laggy.

Font

If you’re new to blogging, chances are you desire to make it striking. There’s nothing wrong with the idea, but you have to think about the person reading your articles. Is it legible enough? If the answer is yes, then you’re on the right track. When in doubt, choose Arial or Verdana.

Widgets

Here’s the thing, you don’t really need to use every widget available in the options. Opt for something that’s worthy of attention not just an ornament of a sort. I used to have a lot of widgets here such as the calendar, photo gallery, Instagram feed, name it. The mere reason was that I thought I needed all of them. But in reality, they made my site look all over the place. It manifested how very confused and indecisive I was back then. This is very common when you’re a total beginner. Don’t stress over it because as time goes by, you’ll be able to sort it out. Keep in mind that in the end, what your guests really need is a write-up that they can identify with.

In general..

Whatever you do with your site, remember that it reflects who you are as a person. If you want people to strike you as a reliable one, then make your site look like one. And again, keep it simple. As they always say, less is more. At first, you may think it’s mundane to look at but you’ll notice the difference in the long run.

And there you have it. It’s totally up to you now if you follow these pointers or not. There’s fun in experimenting anyway. Feel free to add more tips!

*Featured image from WordPress photo library

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