In order to build something upon it, you should lay a firm foundation. Apart from what kind of content you offer your audience, you should also pay careful attention to what we call ‘visual branding’ of a blog. A well thought-out blog design can instantly create a buzz in the target market.
Surprisingly enough, not many people devote the time and energy that designing a great blog requires. If you want your blog to immediately attract attention, the first thing you need to do is come up with a unique design concept.
Given below are some key tips that you can use to create a great blog design.
#1. Understand the Requirements of Target Market
Before you choose a specific layout or design of your blog, you should clearly understand who your target audience is. For example, a fashion blog will have a different design as compared to a healthcare blog or a career blog.
Therefore, it’s important to know your target market before you sketch the design of your blog. A great design is always targeted at inspiring the target audience. When you know who you want to target, you can easily decide a matching color scheme, background, header, footer etc.
#2. Leave Adequate White Space
A great blog must be able to ‘breathe’ easily. That means, you need to leave enough white space on your blog. Plenty of white space in a blog design makes visitors feel comfortable.
A blog uses various design elements. It is vital to ensure that each element of your blog looks clean and easy to the eye. The concept of ‘whitespace’ doesn’t always refer to white color. Whichever color scheme you use on your blog, it should have abundant breathing space.
#3. Don’t Go Crazy with Widgets & Plugins
Excessive use of widgets and plugins can easily make your blog look cluttered to the visitor. Most of the newbies make the mistake of using too many plugins even when they don’t necessarily require all of them.
Yes, plugins solve a lot of problems. Bu the minus side of using too many widgets or plugins is that it also hampers the speedy loading of your blog. In order to make your blog design look cleaner and load quickly, you should keep a limit to the use of widgets and plugins on your blog.
#4. Declutter the Sidebar
One of the most important tips to tweak the design of your blog is to review the elements of your sidebar. Scrutinize the sidebar of your blog to find out what you really need there and what you can do without.
While designing the sidebar, you should keep the most important stuff at the top. This should be done in accordance with the purpose of your blog.
#5. Get Feedback from Outside
Once you have come up with an initial blog design, a good idea is to connect with your family and friends and ask for their feedback. Getting an outsider’s view on the design of your blog can prove to be an eye-opener.
Choose a couple of people who you think can give you some good pieces of advice on how the design of your blog appears to them. Find out what catches their attention most. Ask them what they would like to be redesigned. This is like a test. It can really help you refine the blog design to match visitor requirements.
What, according to you, is the most important aspect of a great blog design? Do feel free to share your views in the comment section below.
Just great blog! I like the fact that you are on the right place where you are today so I have some footsteps to follow. Please follow my work in progress some day.
Friendly blog design is what its all about, weve just started to redesign ours. Our users let us know that it was difficult to navigate. Its all about listening to your fans! =) My recent post Gourd Lamps by Calabarte
Blog design is really important to get the attention of the target market. Making it as creative and user friendly is enough but don't overdo it because in the end it will be a mess..
It is important to understand the needs of your target market to ensure that your message is being received appropriately by your target audience. By knowing the requirements of your target market you'll know how to set up your blog, and how you want your prospect readers perceive the your message. My recent post Starting a New Business
Excellent tips! Blog design is often ignored by most bloggers. I admit I once got overwhelmed with all the widgets and plugins I see from other blogs that I felt like I wanted to put them all in my blog. Well, it just wouldn't be too attractive not only for your visitors but for search engine spiders as well. - Cass
A lot of people get just too desperate with installing more and more plugins. The best tip is too use as little plugins as possible. The more plugins you use, the more time your blog takes to load. Therefore, one should never forget the side-effects that plugins bring. Thanks for commenting. My recent post How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme for Your Blog
great post. thanks for sharing mate :) i agree that a lot of widgets makes your blog slower and looks horrible in some cases. My recent post Who is Chris Ferrell?
Number 3 and number 4 seem to be fairly common. Plugins, widgets, gizmos and gadgets can slow a website down a lot. People don't have much patience for a site or page to load. They like instant or nearly instant. Don't use all those things if you really don't need them. The same goes for the sidebar. Lots of little gadgets and gizmos end up in the sidebar that maybe aren't that useful. My recent post Backups what is the ideal time