If there’s one thing I would pick as my favorite blog element is designing. I love figuring out fonts, colors, layouts etc, it’s a lot of work, but I feel so accomplished when I see the final design.

Sharing some design tips for your blog!

So this is my template, I chose it because I liked the colors (so deep, I know) then I changed it all haha. Although it was kinda an impulse buy, I read through ALL of the customizable options and decided that’s what I wanted. Here’s what to do:

Your research!

I lucked out that my theme has everything that I wanted. Look through all the images, see a live preview, CHECK MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS! I can’t express how important that is. Make sure it has those customizable options so you can make a template your own.

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Understand it

Another reason why I loveeeeeee my theme is that Mel (the owner of A Prettier Web) explains pretty much everything. If you get your theme from another source and they don’t have a video that explains it all, play around with it. Here’s how:

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Head to ‘customize’ in your admin nav menu

Under that customize button, this sidebar should pop up.

Play around with the colors, fonts and layouts of each section of your blog. It won’t impact your site’s design if you don’t hit ‘save’ in the upper right hand corner.

Start with the design basics

Color

Now that you know your template design inside and out, start adding the basic elements! Decide on the colors you want (1-3 is best so it’s not too busy) I suggest using the Pantone color finder to really narrow down a specific color. Click on the color you want and it will tell you more about that specific shade including the hex code which you need when customizing your blog design.

Go back to that customize sidebar (having multiple tabs open really helps here) and click on the section you want to edit. Find an option with color and click to expand it. It might look like this:

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As you can see mine is already set to my blog color. Do this for all the color customizable options in your blog design for a cohesive look.

Fonts

This section is confusing/not confusing for me. In my media design class we learned that a sans serif font is the best for digital devices. A short explanation of ‘sans serif’ is that the font doesn’t have ‘little feet’ read this for more clarification. I have my site fonts set to the sans serif option, but someone said my fonts have those ‘little feet’ that they shouldn’t… so are my fonts sans serif or a serif?

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Layout

This part is the best in my opinion. What’s great about this theme is that it comes with options for a 1, 2, or 3 column design, call-to-action placements, display options,  meta data hiding,  padding, alignment and so much more! So you can change up the look of your site without having to change your whole design template.

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If you’ve been visiting my site for a while now, you might’ve noticed that my home page design changed a bit. My featured posts slider at the top use to display a square image, it now shows the whole Pinterest graphic (that I also updated).

There aren’t really instructions on how you want to design your page, (although there are some layout sins to avoid) just follow the steps I posted above!

Did you design your blog? What do you recommend?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Miss ALK

    What a helpful post Alix! Blog design is not my thing at all, but definitely something I’d like to learn more about!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Thanks! I really enjoy designing everything haha.

  • I think it’s very important to know the ins and out of your chosen blog design. Knowing how to make changes can save you money and freshen the look of your blog from time to time. Thanks for sharing!

    • Absolutely! I love tweaking my design and not getting a whole new theme.

  • Brittany Daoud

    I’ve had 2 blog themes, one was fully customizable by me and I could control literally everything super easily, and the one I use now is a little harder, but I also don’t feel like I need to customize as much because it’s already set up the way I want! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

    • That’s awesome! Finding a theme that’s pretty much how you already want it is great.

  • great tips I really struggled to design my blog the way I wanted it to be, in the end, I had to settle for less. some say you do not need to be computer savvy to start a blog which is true,but it can only take you so far.

  • Samantha

    I think designing is one of my favorite parts of blogging, too! I’m currently in the works of setting up a new blog, and I’m so excited about it. I really love a good theme that lets you customize so much. 🙂

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are great tips for any beginner!

  • i designed mine! I wrote a post with my recommendations for choosing a theme and some other stuff! It

  • Nikki Gwin

    I am in the research phase…. I want to buy a design but haven’t found “the one”. I assume that I will know it when I see it… hahaha
    🙂 gwingal

    • Haha “the one” is so accurate!

  • These are all wonderful tips!! I could have used this when I made the switch from Blogger to WP.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • I could’ve too! It was all trial and error for me lol.

  • I didn’t design my own theme but I make some tweaks to the theme that I bought.

    • I love tweaks. It makes the design more “you”!

  • Awesome tips! I’ve been updating my blog’s design lately and I’m loving the outcome so far. It’s so fun to pick out colors and fonts.

    • That’s what I love about it also!

  • Love this – perfect for WP beginner! I didn’t design mine, but I’ve re-coded a lot!

    • I need to learn more about coding, it’s so hard to understand for me!

  • Paige Rankin

    This is so great for a beginner! I feel like I could use some help in this section. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.midwesterncharmblog.com

    • I love this aspect! Don’t hesitate to ask me questions.

  • When I was a Blogger user I used to design my blog. But with WordPress I just bought I template I really like. It’s so much fun to do it!

    • It’s a little more complex to design on WP, but once you get the hang of it it’s so easy!

  • These were great beginning tips! So Important to know some design elements when it comes ot making your blog look better!

  • McKennableu

    These are great tips for a new blogger!

  • Whitney H

    I love designing my blog so much, I’ve changed it so many times over the past 6 years! Great tips!

  • These are great tips! Thankfully I also found a great layout template and could customize it to how I wanted.

    • Yay! Customizable templates are the best.

  • These are all great tips! I so know what you mean about feeling accomplished when you finally see the design! It’s such a good feeling

  • Lindsey Ann

    These are such great tips for beginners!! I love seeing the final product!

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

    Love customizing everything. Your fonts are san serif btw!

    • I changed them because someone emailed me telling me they were serif!