Why having a well designed blog is important
by guest blogger Glen L Graham II
web-designer / graphic artist
The G&R Group
You will hear many bloggers tell you content is king and while I agree with that 100%. This is not the only factor in building a successful blog. A well designed blog can grab a users attention drive traffic to a blog, make words come alive etc. Below I have broken down the elements of a well designed blog.
What’s in your header?
Browsing through blogs peoples eyes gravitate to designs that jump out at them. Depending on how a visitor was raised education and other life experiences will play a role in what types of visitors are attracted to your blogs header design, So time should be spent carefully planning how you want your header to look and what message you want to convey to a new visitor. Even if you plan on using type only in your header consider the font, color and message in your header. This is why art directors, book authors spend a significant amount of time designing a book cover. Your blogs header is the first impression that you will make on a new user make sure it’s a memorable one.
Widget over kill
Too many widgets on a page will kill a blog’s design and turn off visitors. How should you gauge whether or not you have too many widgets on your blog? Check other blogs and see what kind of an impact widgets have on your experience. Widgets don’t only spoil the design they also compromise blog speed, in short viewers may have to wait for widgets to load before they can interact with your blog. This may seem like common sense to veteran bloggers but to new bloggers the lure of adding widgets may be too overwhelming to pass up.
There are endless blog design templates out there but I encourage new bloggers and veterans a like not to use the theme as is. Doing this is the equivalent to walking into a department store and buying the clothing straight off the mannequin, others will do the same thing and you may bump in to some one with the same exact outfit. (not cool) Use your creativity by adding to your blog’s design to make it unique.
When I first got started blogging I used kubrick which I believe is the default theme that comes with WordPress, I changed the header and background and thought I was in business. I soon discovered after going to many different blogs we all had the same theme with similar designs. It was at that point I knew I had to come up with a unique design that I could call my own. I immediately noticed an increase in visitors and I am sure that my blogs unique design played an important roll in the surge of traffic.
I would like to give a special thanks to Timethief for allowing me to write this article for her readers. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to write for such a accomplished blogger. Timethief’s blog is a blueprint of what a well designed and beautifully structured blog should look like. I hope you all have found this article helpful and insightful. I’m sure I left out a few things so feel free to add any additional ideas in the comment section of this article.
Related posts found in this blog:
How to Become a Better Blogger 6: Theme Evaluation
Swing into Summer: New Themes and Headers
Kubrick header generator available