HOW TO DESIGN A BLOG

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO ON HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR BLOG’S LAYOUT

What You'll Learn

How To…

  • Customize Your Blog
  • Create a Unique Logo
  • Create a Navigation Menu
  • Add Pages to Your Blog
  • Create a Favicon
  • Design the Layout of the Blog
  • Create an Opt-in Form
  • Create an Interactive Photo Gallery
  • Create a Contact Form
  • And Much More!

HOW TO DESIGN A BLOG

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO ON HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR BLOG’S LAYOUT

What You'll Learn

How To…

  • Customize Your Blog
  • Create a Unique Logo
  • Create a Navigation Menu
  • Add Pages to Your Blog
  • Create a Favicon
  • Design the Layout of the Blog
  • Create an Opt-in Form
  • Create an Interactive Photo Gallery
  • Create a Contact Form
  • And Much More!

Step-by-Step Guide

This step-by-step tutorial walks you through the entire process of designing and customizing your WordPress blog’s layout. By the end of this video, you’ll have a professional, innovative, and responsive blog that will showcase your content in some pretty fresh and unique ways.

Jump to a specific resource by clicking on the links below:

Simply Read WordPress Theme
Da Font
Pixelmator
Favicon.cc
MailChimp
Plugins
Free Stock Photos

Below you’ll find a list of all the resources I use and recommend throughout this entire video. I’ve listed each resource in succession so that you’ll know exactly when to use them. So with that being said, let’s get creative!

1. Simply Read

The Simply Read WordPress Theme is a minimalist blog style theme, but it offers so much more. The huge home page slider and masonry style blog post layout give it a flexible and unique structure. Plus, the separate widget areas for pages and posts, social media links, optional author bios and simple color scheme options make customizing this theme super easy.

Simply Read WordPress Theme

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2. Da Font

Dafont.com offers an array of unique and beautiful fonts for you to download for free. In this video we use the City Scape font for the custom logo. However, Dafont.com has a ton of creative fonts for you to choose from.

Dafont.com Free Fonts

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3. Pixelmator

If you use a Mac, then I highly recommend Pixelmator for all your graphic design tasks. It’s extremely affordable and it basically performs as well as Photoshop. However, if you’re on a PC, then go with Photoshop. But if you’re on a Mac, Pixelmator is the way to go.

Pixelmator Graphic Design Software

Pixelmator

4. Favicon.cc

There are a ton of websites out there that help you create a favicon, but Favicon.cc is probably the quickest and easiest to use. Design your favicon using their free design software, or simply use your own image. Either way, you’ll have a great looking favicon to use on your blog.

Favicon Generator

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5. MailChimp

If you’re blogging on a budget, MailChimp is a great email marketing resource. It’s free to get started (if you have a small list) and you can create email opt-in forms to implement on your blog. This is a great feature that allows you to build and grow your email list.

MailChimp Email Marketing Software

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6. Plugins

I try to limit the use of plugins on my web properties, but there are a handful of plugins that I always use and recommend when starting a blog. In this video, I show you how to implement these resources and leverage their power to streamline some of the more technical aspects of blog design. Here’s a list of the free plugins you’ll use in this video: Yoast SEO, Photo Gallery, WP Instagram Widget, Contact Form 7, and the Simple Image Widget.

WordPress Plugins

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7. Free Stock Photos

The images you use on your blog are just as important as your content. That’s why I recommend these stock photo sites when you start adding media to your blog. Sites like Unsplash, Pixabay, and Picjumbo provide free high-quality stock photos that can be used for various web projects. Give your blog a professional look with some professional looking imagery.

Unsplash Stock Photos

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