Monday, March 29, 2010

7 BLOGtastic Tips

  1. The header: This is the most definitive area of your blog/website… paying significant attention to this area and creatively creating a header area that effectively introduces the essence of your blog more often than not leads to a generally beautiful blog/website. Simplicity is recommended.
  2. Uniform sized images: The blog pages are characterized with lists of articles with accompanying images. Having uniformly sized images goes a long way in enhancing the general look and feel of the interface.
  3. Clutter: Use a well spaced layout. Less Clutter = More Appeal. Nobody likes having to filter through tones of info to figure out what your blog/website is about.
  4. Background image: Using a background image can destroy or breathe life to your blog/website. If you opt to use a background image, make sure it complements the color scheme of your website. There should also be a solid color area where your blog/website content can be placed without the background interfering. If you are unsure how to effectively create this, stick to a solid background color.
  5. Color Scheme: The last thing you want to do is make your blog look like a rainbow. A palette of 2 – 4 colors usually does the trick; with 4 being an extreme. Let the images/pictures related to the articles do the remaining coloring.
  6. Typeface: Choose fonts that area easy on the eye. Blogs are all about the content and using fancy fonts for the articles is a No-No! It puts a lot of strain on the reader and generally puts your blog on the “No-Read” list right next to bin laden. The fancy text can be used for Headers though.
  7. Hire a professional: This is the most important tip of all. Blog owners are usually people with a flair for writing and are not usually the best graphics designers in the world. Engage a professional and share your ideas with him/her as a guide so the blog would truly reflect your conception.
 
    Otoide Ayemere
    A young man with an imposing figure, Otoide Ayemere is the founder of 2Digits Solutions Company (www.2digitsweb.com). He holds a Bsc. in Applied information technology from Sikkim Manipal University (India), Aptech Certified Computer Professional amongst other qualifications. With over 5 years experience in the art of website development he has carved a niche for himself as one of Nigeria’s finest.

6 comments:

  1. For my own blog, i got a designer to make an illustration for the header. The rest i did myself by tweaking here and there. I'm generally happy with what i ended up with.

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  2. It is indeed true that writers aren't the best graphic designers. Lol.

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  3. These are great tips. It can be hard to justify hiring a professional if your blog's purpose isn't to make money, and when you have other things competing for your dollars, but I think if most stick to these tips they'll do a pretty decent job.

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  4. True. The header is certainly the most definitive aspect of a theme...

    Cool tips. Thanks for sharing..

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