You don’t have to be a designer or hire one to have a beautiful blog. Follow these steps to give your old blog a new look or make your new blog pretty and easy to navigate without changing your blog design.
Give your old posts a makeover
My style keeps changing. I changed this blog’s design more than once, but my old posts remained the same and it made my blog look a bit messy. I don’t have a lot of posts so it’s still easy to go through them and change the featured images to new ones that match my theme, but it won’t be that easy if you have hundreds of posts.
Well, don’t worry about it. Just go to your most popular posts and add new graphics or update them. Or read some of your old posts, change images, and maybe even add some new info.
I know it’s tempting to add a lot of widgets and blog exchange images, but it will only distract your readers.
Remove the extra pages from your navigation bar or make a drop-down menu, and most importantly, don’t leave one or two links stranded on the second line and four others on the first line. Either remove the unnecessary ones or add them in the sidebar.
And speaking of the sidebar, this is the place to add featured posts or call to action buttons. That means a search box or newsletter sign-up form. There is no need to fill it with badges and images.
If you have ads, use them sparingly. Too many ads will make your readers leave the site.
Pop-ups are another reason why your readers will leave your blog. There are a lot of opposing views on this so if you want to use them, make sure they only appear on the front page.
Use font colors and font sizes that are easy to read. Make sure you don’t use to much small text and break up your text into paragraphs.
Don’t go crazy on fonts and colors
Go easy on fonts, colors, and graphics, they can make your site look cluttered and hard to read. I know it’s hard to only select a few fonts when there are so many good fonts out there. It’s hard for me too, but sticking to 2-3 fonts will make your site look more professional.
The same goes for colors and graphics. There are plenty of sites to help you choose a good color palette if you are unsure about matching colors.
Make images fit the post area
This is a mistake many people make, but images that are too small or too wide will make your blog look messy. Find out the width of your post content area and upload images that are the same size. You can resize images in Photoshop or online using Pixlr.
Find your style
Try to find fonts, colors, and images that represent you and use them on your blog and social media profiles. Build a recognizable brand even if your site is not used to promote a business.
To sum up, clean everything that it’s not useful, remove those images that don’t represent you anymore and make sure your blog is organized and easy to read. This will make your blog shine and your readers will come back again.
Do you have any tips?