as you know — we love seeing our themes in use, but we also wanted to share 8 easy tips for keeping your blog as clean and pretty as it can be.
1. USE PRETTY PHOTOGRAPHS
whether you’re doing a post with your own photography or using photos from the internet — readers are visual, and posts without any images won’t catch any eyes while scrolling. if you’re taking your own photos, make sure to take them in natural light, a flash never really makes anything look better.
2. STREAMLINE YOUR PHOTOS
make sure to always try to keep all your photos the same width, it creates a consistent flow and your photos will always look best at the same width of your post space.
3. CLEAN UP YOUR SIDEBAR
tons of clutter on your sidebar can make for a lot going on. we recommend minimizing the amount of items you have on there to keep it all important. spread out advertisements among your categories and archives, so it doesn’t look like one big ad page. and while blogrolls are very supportive, they take up precious space on your sidebar. if you’re insistent on doing a blogroll, we recommend a single post that you can link to from your sidebar VS having a long list.
4. SIMPLIFY YOUR MENU
we always recommend our customers try to use less than 6 items on their header menus, otherwise it can end up looking like a mess. when everything is clean and simple, your blog content will be the thing that stands out. drop down menus are the perfect solution if you’re eager to keep different post topics or subscription options on your menu.
5. PROOFREAD YOUR POSTS
spelling + coding errors can make your blog look sloppy. always double check for spelling errors and format issues, we sometimes will revise posts a dozen times to make sure it’s all perfect prior to posting.
6. KEEP YOUR DESIGNED IMAGES CONSISTENT
while it’s super fun to explore with new fonts and layouts, we also recommend trying to stick with your brand. while it’s fine to mix it up, try to make sure your fonts and colors match the rest of your blog and don’t seem like they’re out of left field.
7. DON’T RAMBLE TOO MUCH
people tend not to read super long paragraphs. if you break your copy into multiple paragraphs and separate with images spread along your post, it’ll keep your readers wanting to know what comes next. read more buttons also totally help to tease them to keep reading.
8. SIMPLIFY YOUR POST TITLES + CATEGORIES
having 10 tags and a full sentence for a title can end up looking crazy. try to come up with minimal titles that represent your post as well as you can.