Beautiful Blog Designs: How to Design a Blog

Jonesen TeamIndustry Insights

There are almost 20 million websites that use WordPress as their platform. That tells us two things. Firstly, WordPress is a versatile platform that helps a lot of people create the sites they want. Secondly, there is a lot of competition when it comes to getting your site seen.

One way that you can make your site stand out is by giving your site a design that reflects your business. We’re going to look at some of the best blog designs, to provide you with inspiration.

Considering Blog Designs

One of the beauties of WordPress is that it is easy to customize by choosing one of the different aesthetic blog themes. The simplest way to set up a site is to find a theme that meets your needs and install it. You can then have a great looking website in a very short period of time. The theme should be mobile friendly.

But there are thousands of themes to choose from, and it can be time intensive to find the perfect one for you. If you don’t have a clear idea of how you want your site to look and behave, you could lose precious time trialing pretty themes that don’t meet your needs.

A shortcut is to find a WordPress blog that has a design that you like and find out which theme they are running. While you are at their site, choose ‘view source’ on your browser and look for a line that mentions wp-content/themes/ – the word after themes/ will be the name of the theme they are running.

How to Design Your Blog

When it comes to customizing your blog, which theme you choose has a big impact. Some themes allow you to change more than others. WordPress allows you to see a live demo of themes on your site, so you can view some cute blogs and decide which works best for you.

There are usually further options that you can refine once the theme is fully installed. This includes blog post design, whether the post takes up the full screen or shares it with a sidebar or footer menu.

Think Corporate

Think of your WordPress site as a shop window. When a visitor comes by, they should be left in no doubt that this is your site. If you already have a color scheme that you use in promotional material, continue it on your website.

Some of the most successful blogs such as Innocent Drinks have a really unique look, which is created by using consistent fonts and color schemes that tie in with their packaging.

Speaking of fonts, choose one which is easy to read. You don’t have to stick to one font, as long as the overall look of the site ties together – for example, consider Pando.

Experiment – But Know When to Ask for Help

It can be quick and easy to change the look of your WordPress site, but there may come a time when you want more complex blog designs. Whether you’ve got out of your depth or you’d like a new site creating from scratch, we can help.

Part of the beauty of WordPress is that you can do so much yourself. The other part is that you don’t have to!