Now that everyone can try their hand at website design given the amount of templates and themes available, the choices that go into making yours pop are more about how you use the tools available.
As with every art form, there are some very specific rules to follow if you want to convey a particular image or feeling to your readers or customers.
To get started on developing the perfect, beautiful blog, there are some great theme options to help you with the heavy lifting. The themes are mostly built on the same criteria that will be discussed in this article, so using a quality (paid for) theme is usually going to help you streamline your look to a great extent.
Things like colour coordination and, fonts, and text size are all included in the CSS of the template, so it takes a lot of the work out of the process. The downside to that is you are not the only one using the theme that you choose. What that means, of course, is that you are not going to create a blog that feels really unique unless you do some tweaks on the theme, yourself.
Here’s what to think about when you play with the options.
Layout, Text, and Colour
Most modern themes will come with several options for how you want your content to display. There are mobile-friendly options to make sure that your content is easily viewable on any device, but beyond that there are also choices concerning blog post types. Blog post types are very interesting and they vary depending on the web content software and theme that you use. You will want to be on the lookout for options like sticky posts, featured images, and any other options that talk about post types as they all behave a bit differently.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the fonts and colours that you use should be kept to a minimum. You don’t want to confuse your visitors with twelve different colours that don’t match and nine different fonts. Doing so will give your readers a headache! Keep it simple to provide the best experience.
Judged by the Image
Think about your website design as the cover of a novel. We all say that it’s best not to judge a book by its cover but in today’s world, it seems that companies are all judged by the image first, and their competencies next.
Of course you need the latter much more, but without the proper image, no one will ever take the time to see what it is that you are offering.