So, you've finally made the decision to start a blog? It is a proven fact that blogs are a great method to deliver content and connect with your target audience. Thus, there are a few simple steps you should take after launching a new blog to ensure its success. Change the Design Whether you're blogging on WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal or any other content management system (CMS), you should use a custom design. The problem with many of the so-called "free" templates and themes is that they are being used by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other blogs. Investing in a custom design wil...More
Free vs Paid WordPress Themes: Which Should I Choose?
One of the reasons why WordPress is such a popular blogging platform is because it supports the use of interchangeable templates known as themes. Rather than coding a new blog design from scratch, you can simply download and activate a theme. Within seconds, your blog will have a new appearance while still retaining all of its existing content. But should you choose a free or paid/premium theme for your WordPress theme? Attribution Links It's not uncommon for free themes to contain attribution links in the footer. These are classified as site-wide links, meaning they show up on ever...More
Tall-Tale Signs Your Blog Needs a New Design
When was the last time you changed your blog's design? Web design is a dynamic, ever-changing market that continues to evolve with each passing year. Just because a design practice is popular today doesn't necessarily mean that it will be tomorrow. As blogger, you must be aware of the nuances of web design, including which practices work and which ones don't. Your Blog Doesn't Pass Google's Mobile-Friendly Test One tall-tale sign that your blog needs a new design is failing Google's mobile-friendly test. Found at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/, this tool lives up to...More