17 Awesome Blog Design Tips for Newbie Bloggers
Effective blog design is good for getting more traffics, and establish a sound relationship with the readers. The audiences will have their judgment, whether stay or leave, just after landing on your home page. A pretty design blog site without effective navigation and outline is worthless. A reader will never come back if the blog design is not easy to navigate and read. So to have a successful blog with useful functionality, you have to follow some certain blog design tips.
This list of best blog design tips is made for the newbie bloggers. Some tips are very specific to the point, and some are discussed in broad view.
#1. Get A Suitable Domain Name
Getting a good domain name is really difficult. Select a good and short domain name, that fits with your subject or blog topic . Try to get ”COM” extension domain, but if you don’t find a good domain with ”COM” extension, then go for another extension, like .org, .net etc. Panabee or Wordoid can help you to choose the domain name, and it offers many suggestions along each search. Unique social branding, according to your subject domain name is also very important, which will introduce you out there. In this regard, KnowEm or BrandChecker can help you to get available social media user name for your domains.
#2. Choose A Good Hosting Service
Now it’s time to get a reliable web hosting service, which can offer fast response and less downtime server for your website. Initially, shared hosting is quite enough for the newbie or beginners to start with. You must choose a good and reliable web hosting services like Inmotion hosting or Namecheap.
#3. Speed Up Your Blog Site
Blog load time is important for getting good search engine ranking, and it will ensure lots of organic traffic. In this regard, I would like to suggest you of using WP super cache and Jetpack plugin on your WordPress blog. This will definitely load your site much faster. If possible, use some CDN service provider for better performance. To check your site loading speed time, you can use Google’s PageSpeed tool, GTmetrix or Pingdom tools.
#4. Have Some Quality Time On Blog Main Page
You might have some blog main pages, but I would suggest you to have some quality time to make a good “About Me” page. This page will present you in front of the visitors. And you know that first impression is the best impression.
#5. Remove Unwanted Plugins
Remove all the unused or unwanted plugins from your blog. Unused plugins make the blog more heavy to load, and sometimes, it’s being used to inject malicious code into the site database for unauthorized access.
#6. Optimization Of Post Images
Use “WP Smush” to compress and optimize the blog images, which will help to increase the page speed, and subsequently, save server bandwidth. The search engine also likes images optimization for better search engine ranking and search result.
#7. Strengthen Blog Security Check
Regular security check for any blog is a paramount job of any blogger. Try to update blog script or WordPress regularly including all plugins and themes. Make a weekly backup of the site. Must avoid using simple, predictable password and username on your site.
#8. Align Your Content Text Left
In a text editor, you will find total 4 types of text alignment including left, right, centered, and justify. Don’t make your text alignment anything else except left. Because it will be difficult for the reader to read the content, if it’s not aligned left. The readers will face problem to find out the starting of a sentence if it is centered align.
#9. The Color Of Links
Make all the link color same inside the content. On the other hand, make the headers title color different from the link color. This will remove the confusion of clicking header, thinking as outside page link.
#10. Use of Header
Headers are effective for simplifying big paragraph into a small one. It’s the common tendency of readers to avoid big paragraphs. In this case, you can use h1, h2, h3, h4 etc for making simple, catchy paragraph, which will hook the reader’s attention subsequently. But remember to avoid h1 and h2 inside content, because it’s already been used by site title and subject title consecutively. So it’s better to avoid the same tag for various content subtitles.
#11. Placement Of Widget Sidebar
While placing widget sidebar, you need to be very careful. Because it’s has been proved, that placing sidebar to the left decreases the number of reading the content by 12% to 25%. So it’s better to have your widget sidebar at the right side.
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#12. Site Background And Body Text
It makes easy for the readers to read on a white background and black text. So make the site background white and text color black. Moreover , get your main content focused on the center of your site.
#13. Have A Professional Look
Visitors will have a good impression, and they come back again if your site has professional like design. Don’t make your site cluttered with so many banners and ads, thus make a slow load of the blog. Remember first impression is the best impression. Your readers are going to make a judgment just after landing on the homepage of your site. So try to make a good first impression on the heart of your audience, which makes them come back again to get the content of your blog.
#14. Review The User Experience
It’s utmost important for a blogger to have prioritized user experience. You must have easy to read fonts-size, enough white space between words and lines, use of internal links, easy to go navigation and content focused writing instead of ads focused. If you want to use ads then use a theme or outline frame in such a way, that ads do not make any problem for reading the content. It’s always better to have focused mainly on content, then go for ads afterward.
#15. Blog Responsive Design
Don’t miss out about responsive design. Now we are living in the time of mobile technology. The adoption of your blog on various gadgets is important for an easy read. Moreover, you should know, that the majority of traffic and search queries are coming from mobile devices. So if you want to have the major part of traffic from the mobile device, you have to adopt the responsive design for your blog. In this regard, WordPress might be the right choice for your blog.
#16. Design Of 404 Error Page
So here comes about 404 error page. You may have changed some content’s permanent link, and thus your readers came to a dead-end, where the blog shows a very ugly 404 page. OK, that’s ridiculous, so try to make a very effective 404 error page with all the required information. Make it a bit professional, so that the audience gets a good impression about your blog.
#17. Set A Brand Logo
You must have a good-looking logo, either made by image or text. Image logo can be used on social channels like the Facebook page or twitter. But image logo will have an impact on blog page load. So in this regard, you can have a text logo using google fonts.
It’s not always enough to have only quality content, unique post, or creative writing of becoming a successful blogger, rather the readers give a lot of emphasis on the visual design of the site. So if the site does not comply with the requirement of the audience, they may leave your site, and never come back. Unless a blogger does give much importance on impressive or creative design, he will be failed to be a successful blogger.
What’s your advice about blog design tips for anyone looking to start a blog? Share your views and suggestion in the comments below.
Originally published at www.wiredmahir.com on July 27, 2016.