Since changing my blog design I’ve noticed a huge change in how things have been going down. Before, my blog was getting barely any views. But since I upped my blogging game they’ve been growing daily (and there’s room for more!). But a huge part of it has to do with the overall look of my blog…
LOVE AT FIRST SITE
That spelling error was intentional by the way!
Whenever I go onto a website, the first thing that stands out to me is the layout. Your site should be clear, concise and clean.
CLEAR- It should be obvious what your blog is trying to achieve with its design. If you are a brand looking to sell products the first thing people should see is that you sell goods and services. Otherwise, people may spend forever looking for something that should’ve been in front of them from the offset.
CONCISE – We should know what you and your blog are about within seconds. That means no cramped menus and sidebars or hundreds of topics (see my Refocussing Your Blog post). Try and group everything together so people know where to find certain subject matters.
CLEAN – Bright backgrounds are not a favourite of mine. Light, pale shades tend to work best on the basis that that images and text are a lot clearer. It is generally more aesthetically pleasing than bright orange!
Finding a theme can be hard but there are certain things to look out for:
- A responsive theme that works on mobile devices is a huge part of picking a design. So when you’re hunting for a look that suits you, make sure it mentions “responsive”.
- Have a look at the live previews and make sure the theme is easy to use with no glitches.
- The more you can customise, the better! Check there are customisable options so you can make the design your own.
Check out some beautiful designs I love!
TIDYING YOUR MENUS AND SIDEBAR
There’s a phrase, “Less is more.” And it’s true! But when you have a large content range it can be difficult to not go crazy on the categories. So, what do you do?
Look at your main topics and see what relates to what. For example, you may have categories that are: fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle, advice, daily outfits, blogging, social media, fitness, health, DIY and baking. What can you combine?:
FASHION – Daily Outfits, Inspiration
LIFESTYLE – Advice, Fitness & Health, Baking, DIY
BLOGGING – Blog Tips, Social Media Tips
This way, you’ve reduced what’s in your main menu; it’s tidy and easier to navigate. Make use of your dropdown menu functions!
I hope these tips help! Let me know if you have other advice to share!