If you've heard a phrase , don't judge a book by its cover . But what? Everybody still does it though it's an oldie goldie type of proverb . Just like that , a blog should never be judged by its looks . Don't you remember that we all started with a pre-made or free template? Heck yes .
A blog needs a few certain things that I'll advice today . Just because I love to advice...for free :D
1- A welcome/ about picture :
Let's say it about me/welcome image . It doesn't need to be heavy with words , just a simple picture , reflecting your personality . It would be super plain if you just slap a picture without telling about it .
The first thing that catches my attention is your about me so if I can't see a glimpse of it at your picture on home page , I might be lazy enough to open an ABOUT and leave it behind . DO it!
2- An un-cluttered look :
Have you got a side bar loaded with various buttons that are out of shape? or you've put TONS of ads around your bloggy without even arranging them? CHANGE IT MATE!!!!
It makes the blog look stupid . If you're about to monetize your blog so you must consider the size of ads and blog width . Don't make the things messy or else they won't get attention . Plus you blog would look like a baaaad chic (a bad dude if it's categorized a dude , anyways)
3- Social media buttons .
If I am reading your blog so I would surely want to interact with you . Even on Email or Twitter . You should include your contact info and aaaaaallll social medias . It helps in making new friends ( I deffo need to tempt you) .
Cast of character : Rockstars of my side bar aka Kate , Rachel , Brianna and all those who aren't starring!!
4- A blog button :
Aka blog button with grab code . Anyone who reads your blog can take it away . It looks like :
5- Easy navigation :
There might be some awesome posts of you that I want to link back . How do I find it? OFC by the search and blog archive . If you are not comfy with adding an archive list so you can add search only . I must mention again that easy navigation is what you'd need the most . Be serious & carry on .
Other navigation tips would include side bar tags . They are quite optional but they make a great impact and a fancy tancy look.
What's your favourite element to add in a blog design?
////////////////Now coming towards the announcement , I had been working on my designs studio . With a lot of suggestions , help and tips from my friends & awesome bloggy mates and lots of do's and dont's. I am finally up to launch the new look of it . Ta-da !
New look of NBD !
some glimpse , just because I love to show-offI have set up the system with Passion Fruit service so it's an one click matter . I'm so excited today . SO I am partying a 20% discount to first three designs . YES , you heard it right!!!!!!!!!! 20 FREAKY PERCENT OFF . Just comment or email me for the promo code ! Let's prettify your site .