This is a guest post by one of my favorite people online, Fran of freeborboleta.com. When it comes to blogging and WordPress, we think alike. It’s always fun to have a friend you share common ground with. Fran is a talented web designer who is sharing 5 common design mistakes bloggers make and how we can fix them!
1. Center-Aligned Text
I’ll admit I even used to make this mistake – I thought center align text was cool! But actually, it just makes your posts look messy and hard to read. The problem for readability is that as readers move from line to line, they have to find the beginning of each line, whereas with left-align or justify text, the beginning of all lines are in the same place.
How to fix it – either left-align or justify your text. Your page will look much more crisp and polished.
2. Fonts + Color Overload
As tempting as it may be to have lots of fun fonts and colors galore to showcase your fun personality, sites with fonts and colors overload become eyesores and look messy. They seem all over the place and there’s no cohesiveness.
How to fix it – stick to 2 fonts – 3 fonts MAX (one for main body text, one of headlines, one for special text) and 1-3 colors (one main color, an accent color and one neutral for text). Make sure your fonts are readable specially for your body text, use serif or sans serif fonts and stay away for script fonts.
3. Difficult Navigation
Design is not just how it looks, but also how it works, said a smart man once (Steve Jobs, btw). A cute blog design will only get you so far – people need to be able to use your site, find other posts to reads, and pages to visit.
How to fix it – make sure your menu is in a prominent place and uncluttered. Provide a search bar and make sure it’s easy to find. List your main categories! What are those 3-5 top topics you write about? Make all of these things easy peasy to find and use.
4. Cluttered Sidebar
Yes, that Libster award gave you the fuzzies and high five for finally getting into that blogging network. But do you really need those buttons on the sidebar? And let’s get real here for one minute – how much money is that ad really bringing you? one or two bucks a month is not worth the clutter!
How to fix it – go through your sidebar and clean up all that clutter. Delete poor performing ads and move badges to your about page or their own page.
Further Reading – Quick Tips for Your Blog’s Sidebar
5. Poor Images
We live in a visual world and images are everything these days. If your images are lacking, people might click away before ever getting to read your killer content.
How to fix it – make sure your images aren’t blurry or stretched. If you’re taking your own photos, make sure to use natural lightning and go light on the filters. Make all images the same width as your post.
About the Author – Fran
Fran is the owner/blogger of freeborboleta.com where she writes posts and offers web services to help bloggers and entrepreneurs make their online spaces awesome.