How to design your blog (plus a list of best wordpress themes) p gasol

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I suggest you access your WordPress admin and get yourself familiarized with the "Appearance" section on the left-hand side navigation. Majority of your design options will be in there. You can search for, review and install themes there. You can create your navigation menu, change your blog’s header logo and edit the widgets in your sidebar.

Explore and test the free themes as they are a great starting point for a new blogger. WordPress "Customise" section allows you to preview how your blog and your content looks like when using a particular theme. It’s easy to switch between and test different designs until you find the perfect one. It doesn’t affect your content at all. All of it remains untouched no matter what theme you’re using.

Each design theme has a page with further details. This can help you make a better decision. Learn more details and see how the theme would look on your blog. When you find a design theme that you like simply click on "Install" to activate it on your blog. Some things to look out for:

An alternate way to find a design is to go to your favorite blogs and see what design they use. When you find a blog that you love it’s pretty simple to see what design it uses. In many cases, there will be a template name or link in the footer of the blog, or you can right-click in your browser and click "View Source".

If you’re not comfortable with coding, then it’s best to choose a theme that makes it easy to edit and customize even with no coding skills. The ability to customize your blog design with a simple and easy interface varies a lot from one WordPress theme to another. Some have drag-and-drop, user-friendly interface. Some can only be edited and customized by CSS and coding.

Most themes are not easy to edit and that’s where page builders come into the picture. Page builders are plugins that work on top of any theme and allow you to build and customize your layout with a simple drag and drop interface and no need for coding. Page builders allow you to create a professional and unique looking blog without any design know-how.

How would you like to present your content? What colors do you want to use? Would you like your posts and pages to be very unique and different from each other? Would you like to have one sidebar or two sidebars or maybe none? Would you like sidebars on the left or the right or both sides of the content? Would you like a big call to action? Or a full-width section? All these and many more are easy to do with the help of page builders.

Many sites now fix their navigation menus to the top of your browser window so the menu follows you as you scroll down the page. This helps the visitor easily navigate your blog at any time and gets them to explore your content deeper. For this to work best, you should think about what pages or posts you want to put into your navigation to best present your blog.

• People like familiarity so make your visitor feel at home. Include a clear navigation menu at the top with links to contact, about page, services etc. WordPress makes it simple to create navigation menus within the "Appearance" section of your admin.

• Distinctive logos can work wonders too. Many blogs feature text based logos. These can work great, especially if you’re using one of the cool fonts I mentioned earlier in this post. There are also some fast logo makers for non-designers such as this one.

• If you want people to stick around, make it easy for them to find your content. Display popular posts, key guides, and have a prominent search field. Consider a live search plugin that works very much like Facebook or Google search works. Upon starting to type a search query your visitor will get a drop down of your posts. It is a faster way to search.

• Display social proof such as social media follower size, number of social media shares and number of comments. If visitors see that your blog is popular, frequented and shared a lot then there is a greater chance they will stick around. If all these people like this blog then there must be other good stuff around. Use WordPress plugins to integrate social proof.

First time visitors take less than a few seconds to decide if your blog is worth exploring. You have to get their attention and get it fast with an effective blog design. Think of usability. Visitors should enjoy not only the aesthetics of your blog but also the ease of use, page speed and user-friendliness.

Make your blog easy on the eyes and clutter free. Less is more in modern blog (and web) design. Simplicity rules. It gives your visitors a better experience when browsing your content. It puts more emphasis on the content itself and makes your blog load faster.

• Do you actually need all those social media share and follow buttons? Do they actually get any clicks or do they just distract people? Focus on those buttons that have the biggest impact with your audience. And use the lightweight versions instead of the official buttons.

• Refrain from adding what is not necessary in the first place. Think about what purpose any design element has? You don’t need features that nobody has asked for and that nobody is using. Focus on quality, not on quantity to make room for those elements that do make a difference.