How to Enhance the Beauty of Your BlogIf you're feeling courageous, put a comment below expressing your concerns about your theme, and we'll see if anyone (including myself) can provide you some advice.
The good news is that by utilizing plugins, tools, and a few simple tricks of the trade, we can make our blogs more appealing, effective, and engaging.
It's incredible what a few minor tweaks can do for the performance of your site and the enjoyment of your readers.
Oh, and if you're feeling extra bold, read all the way to the end!
How to improve the aesthetics of your blog
If you have a WordPress blog, you'll see that this list is a little more targeted to you.
However, I've attempted to include some more general advice that applies to any blog, regardless of where it's hosted.
Check out my “how to create a blog” guide before we get started.
1. Use a font with a purposeful typographic style.
While I alternate between liking and disliking the font on Blog Tyrant, I do try to listen to reader input and keep track of trends in text size and design to ensure that it is something that readers appreciate and find easy to read.
Typography is more than just the font; it also encompasses how you match it to other colours and styles on your site, as well as how all of these elements relate to your overall brand.
I strongly advise you to skim through them and determine if your font needs to be changed to make your text more readable and memorable. This is a very basic aspect of a nice blog that is frequently overlooked.
2. Find or create a set of photographs and photos that are consistent.
While the shift in style wasn't entirely planned, the idea was to get away from the "couch shot" that used to be on the homepage — it worked well as a branding tool but was tough to fit into the graphics of each week's article.
Using the improper style or type of image on your blog can have negative implications for viewership and, in some situations, even lead to legal concerns if you upload a photo that you aren't allowed to use.
It's crucial that all of your photographs and photos have the same look and feel — it's not just about having high-quality ones. The idea is that it not only improves the quality of your writing but also makes it easier for consumers to recognize your brand as soon as they see it.
If you like to do things yourself, learn a little Photoshop or at the very least download an app like Word Swag that allows you to do fascinating things with text and images.
3. Hire a designer to tie everything together.
Pat Flynn wrote up one of my favourite stories about this process when he rebuilt his already-popular site – always a nerve-wracking experience because you don't want to ruin anything.
This would not have been an inexpensive procedure. However, the additional revenue your blog could generate as a result of a more successful design could quickly pay for itself. As always, consult your accountant (or spouse!) and devise a strategy.
4. Add interactive information by embedding it.
Twitter, for example, allows you to embed Tweets so that they appear in your article while still functioning as they would on Twitter in terms of receiving likes, retweets, and other interactions.
This type of feature may be found on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and a variety of other websites, and you can usually modify the size and a lot of the settings that your blog utilizes. You can also use Code Embed, a WordPress plugin that allows you to embed various bits of code in your posts.
5. Get rid of as much as you can.
For instance, we discuss how too much clutter might deter users from taking action in this piece on creating a user-friendly site and this one on not using adverts on your blog. There's a danger in having too many options.
I've attempted to keep things simple on Blog Tyrant by only having one call to action at the bottom of each post and on the homepage. While it isn't the most attractive design in the world, it appears to perform well, in part because it is a single offer with a straightforward process that reduces load time.
6. Examine your theme objectively.
In fact, if you look at the bulk of new blogs on the market, you'll realize that their layouts are pretty outdated. This is a genuine pity since it gets you off on the wrong foot right away.
So, how can you know if your chosen theme isn't the best option? So, in order to better comprehend, I did something extremely foolish and searched up the 2011 Blog Tyrant theme...
You'll also notice the tiny font (at least 16px) and font pairing that doesn't really fit or have anything to do with the branding at the time. It's all a little depressing.
So, what are our options?
If you're feeling courageous, put a comment below expressing your concerns about your theme, and we'll see if anyone (including myself) can provide you some advice. We've done this previously, and it's always resulted in some fruitful discussions.