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.
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:
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.Check out these tips for laying out your blog! Click To Tweet
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:
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
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:
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.
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?What to do when you're designing your blog Click To Tweet
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.
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?