17 Blog Design Improvements That Can Be Done Under 5 Minutes

If you are not a web designer, then it’s most likely that you consider blog design a chore, much worse that washing dishes! We (yes, myself included!) tend to think that blog design means a total overhaul of the appearance leading to hours and hours of work. You may also have the mindset that blog design work can only be carried out by a skilled web designer and shy away from doing any changes to your blog.
No time, no money to spend, no design skill etc . You’ll probably think of many excuses, just to steer clear from making any changes.

I have mentioned before about my full-time job and juggle blogging on the sidelines. So naturally, blog design usually falls into the “nice to have” category in my to do list.
However, when I have a few minutes to spare, I do minor blog design tweaks. I have come to realize that a small blog design tweaks over a long period of time, works out equally well.
Blog Design ImprovementsSo here are a few quick and easy blog design improvements, just about anyone can make in just a few minutes. (If you are unsure how to implement some of these suggestions below, contact my genie friend by Google’n 😉 )

Blog design improvement – blog home page improvement

1. Add a fav icon to the blog (notice mine? hint just added today!)
2. Improve your site header navigation
3. Add a Numbered page navigation to the bottom of the home page
4. Make your calls to action more prominent (WHAT do you want a visitor to do? change color, highlight, re-size)
5. Make your logo link to your homepage (Make your blog title and logo clickable)
6. Add a “back to top” link to your footer
7. Create an Informative “404 Error” Page
8. Check alignment of blog elements. e.g header, sidebar heading – middle align? left align? etc
9. Make the links stand out for the rest of the text (color, underline, change on hover ?)
10. View your blog with different browsers and see what can be improved
11. Put your RSS newsfeed link somewhere prominent on your site
12. Add a search Box – make it easy for your readers to find old content

Blog design improvements within the blog post

12. Add image styles for images within a blog post (Perhaps you’d like to have burned edges, torn effect etc modify the css style sheet accordingly)
13. Customize your “blockquote” tag
14. Blog post comment design tweaks (any color changes, background image that can be added to entice the user to comment?)

Blog design improvements for the side bar

15. Clean up the blog sidebar! (do you really really need all what you have at the moment?)
16. Add a short bio area – Do you see a glimpse of me on the right hand side of this page? (The blog sidebar is a great place to show your readers who you are)
17. Add a Facebook plugin widget

Some of these don’t even take five minutes to implement! Get started right now. Surely, you have five minutes to spare.

Any other minor improvements you can think of that you have tried and can recommend?

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15 Responses to “17 Blog Design Improvements That Can Be Done Under 5 Minutes”

  1. Very important tips for a novice. I do not know since when I am thinking to add a FAVICON to my blog but the lazy blogger in me, leave it we will do it tomorrow. Need to wake myself up
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  2. hi shamelle…
    i am a new blogger and want to customize my blog according to my needs..
    its so easy with wordpress without having the knowledge of coding etc,,
    i have tried everything but i couldn’t find the tips given here…like ”fav icon ” and creating error page..
    it adds convinience and beauty to your blog.
    nice tips
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  3. Shamelle,

    I’m trying to get the sidebar on my website up to speed. I have someone tweaking it, but it’s taking a little time. Thanks for this tips.
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  4. Hi Shamelle,

    Great smart and quick tips. Just realise a lot I have missed :).

    Maybe you should add one more : keep the blog clear (not just the sidebar). Just like you did here, it’s clear … then readers will like to spend more time to read. :)
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  5. Hey Shamelle,

    The timing is prefect. I ‘m about to give my blog a face lift and your post comes handy for reference.

    thanks a bunch!
    Akos

  6. Nice tips for improvements of home page design. I prefer minimal and simple theme which will load faster. Less images will help loading a page faster,my view :)
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  7. You have listed good blog design improvements and I found most of the blogs dont have a Logo and Favicon, so I think it is the most important design improvement that every blog needs.
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  8. Hi Shamelle, nice tips for blog design improvements. favicon, header navigation improvements requires more attention.
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  9. Adding a Favicon is good way for Blog Design Improvement.

  10. Shamelle, you have almost listed out all the tips, I believe that no one can miss out any improvement above, we need to do these to get the blog looks right.

    I would like to add 1 more which is the font and font size. Try to use bigger font size and font which is easy to see, use clean and simple font will do rather than silly font.

    After all, we shall focus on writing quality content and interaction with readers.

    Well said Shamelle.

    • Yes, Good point Lee. The fontface and font size is also something that can be revisited and done in under 5 minutes.

  11. I think #1 (the custom favicon) is the most often forgotten. A simple, yet important detail. And it’s not that hard to implement.
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  12. Great design complements and enhances great content. The issue is not enough bloggers spend the time, effort and, frankly, the money to get the design they need. Thanks for the insight.
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  13. Hi,

    Designing a blog is always a hectic job. We always try to keep our design more unique and attractive for our visitors but we waste more time on it.

    These steps which you have mentioned will really help to look our blog more clean and attractive and also these are not time consuming tasks also.

    Thank You
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