How to Design a Blog in 2017 – 10 Rules to Obey When Designing Your Blog

Nov 4, 2016 | Blogging Tips

 

If you’re an avid blog reader, you’ll know that blogs are now being made at a much higher standard than they once were. 

So we must keep up with the trends. In 2017 we are in the age of the soundbite, readers value small and easily digested chunks of information. This is reflected in the growth of minimalistic blogs – in particular, ones found widely on Pinterest.

Recently I have taken to revamping my blog and in doing so have conducted a lot of research on what to consider when designing your blog. 

So today I am sharing with you 10 rules I think you should try to obey when designing your blog.

 

Here are my 10 tips for designing a blog in 2017:

 

 1. Cater to your target audience

When deciding on an overall design, try to keep your target audience’s tastes in mind. Do your research and look at other blogs that use your particular niche, what colours do they use? Does the theme reflect the niche? 

 

 

2. Using a clean and flexible theme.

WordPress themes will give a nice layout, but if you want more flexibility with the design and don’t know CSS coding then there are drag and drop builders like Divi and X. 

 

3. Get your images at the right size for sharing on different social media sites.

For example think of the long featured images on Pinterest compared with the  rectangular images used on Twitter and Facebook. 

 

 

4. Use Attractive Graphics

If you have no experience in graphic design or access to tools, then take a look at these free apps which will build you some very smart looking blog images. 

Canva             Skitch             Pablo              Picmonkey                 Be Funky

As you can see with my blog’s featured images I am a fan of pretty flowers with symmetry and I use the very flexible Adobe Illustrator to just let the creativity flow.

 

 

5. Your reader likes empty space.  

The more empty space you have, the more pleasing it is for the eyes. And the more you can direct the readers attention.

 

 

6. Use padding.

Use at least 50px left and right padding to neatly package your writing. 

 

 

7. Don’t type hefty long paragraphs.

This way you can make your content seem manageable. 

 

 

8. Don’t fill your text with advertisements.

Coming across as pushy with making money on your blog will put your readers off. 

 

 

9. Studies show that we read in an F shape pattern down the webpage, scanning for the most relevant information to our query.

Take heed of this when writing your blog. Bullet points that summarise your main points will be valued as useful by your readers. 

 

 

10. Graphic designers use varying font sizes to demonstrate the importance of information to the viewer. 

In a blog post, we can make text stand out with different sized headings and the use of bold text. If you want another interesting way of highlighting text, you can give a section a border or a background colour.

So there we have 10 tips for designing your blog in 2017. 

 

With these tips you have everything you need to get started designing your blog professionally. 

 

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