January 28, 2014
So you want to create a website? Who doesn’t? With all the resources available these days, practically anyone can build a website. You don’t have to be a pro to come up with a decent site, although it does help to know at least the basics.
If, however, you do not have the luxury of time (and money), then you will want to opt for a website builder that will do most of the work for you. If you are a professional designer, and you want something that will provide you the results you want, fret not. This post is going to point you in the right direction. We understand your pain as a professional designer, and know how tired you are of the DIY website creators, which is why you’ll love what we are about to share with you.
Here are three website builders that will certainly make your life easy. The trick is to dig a little deeper with regard to the features they offer so that you can make an informed decision as to which website builder to use.
Tags: Blog Design, website builders
January 27, 2014
With the overwhelming amount of content to be found online, it is a wonder than anyone can catch – and keep – the attention of readers. There is the “old” adage that content is king, but with so many excellent copywriters and bloggers making a living out of content creation, what else can you do to make sure that your blog or web site gets the edge that you need?
Images. Photos. Screenshots.
No matter how many times the phrase “a picture paints a thousand words” may be used, no matter how much it may grate on your nerves because of overuse, it rings so – especially online! read more
Tags: Blog Design, blogging tools
December 10, 2013
Blogging is as intrinsic to my life as taking a shower, eating, and drinking coffee. Of course, I have to come clean and admit that it is part of my job, so I can’t really avoid blogging on a daily basis, but I also have to say that there is something differently enjoyable when I have time to play with my personal blog. It does not get updated as often as I would like, but I do make it a point to change things up once a year if possible.
And when it comes to “changing things up”, the blog theme is always a factor that I consider. Any blogger would agree, I think, although the frequency of changing themes (and/or blog design) will definitely vary from one blogger to another.
How do you go about choosing a blog theme if you do not have something particular in mind? read more
Tags: Blog Design, Themes
September 6, 2013
People like to say content is king, but how important is design in the overall process?
If they can’t read your content, then it doesn’t matter how great your content is. Many blogs a few years ago, in trying to make a full-time living, got cluttered with ads, and images that made the reading experience horrible. I think the internet has grown to where there’s a great balance of content, and other items that help pay the bills. Ultimately, we’re seeing a trend in going back to simpler designs because a simple design gets to the point, and that point is good quality content.
Through years of owning a blog, a lot of bloggers have taught themselves how to do basic design, and many how to code. Do you think everyone should learn or do you think it requires a certain kind of person?
Everyone CAN learn how to code, and it’d probably save some bloggers some money in the long run to read up on some basic HTML and CSS skills. I say go for it, but always keep in mind the tasks that you are passionate about. If editing your website layout isn’t your thing, then leave that up to someone that is driven by creating, and editing design elements for the web. read more
Tags: Blog Design, Dano Hart, Design Tips
January 29, 2013
Lately, there’s been a lot of emphasis on how high-quality blog content is not only more engaging for readers, but it also ranks better in search engines. However, making an impact in the blogging world is about more than just writing posts people want to read. That’s important, but there’s another very important element to consider: design.
Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have some design expertise under your belt and don’t mind using those skills on your blog. If that situation doesn’t apply, you’ll soon see why it’s such a good idea to hire a designer.
Make Your Blog’s Template Your Own
Think of a template as an expression of your blog’s brand. Although it’s possible to purchase premium templates, wouldn’t you rather have one that’s all your own? A designer can be a great resource and create one that immediately gives readers clues about what to expect when coming to the blog for the first time.
Templates are also useful if you participate in themed blogging, where the majority of your content relates to a niche topic. Take 12 Keys’ blog, shown above, for example. As a recovery center, their blog reflects the bright and cheerful colors of their logo and their relaxing beachside location. Think about recruiting a designer to help you make small alterations to a template to reflect seasonal changes, as well. read more
Tags: Blog Design, Blogging, branding, Social Media
May 30, 2011
When we think about web design, we probably most commonly think of what kinds of stunning effects can be achieved with color combinations, graphic design, animated elements, photographs and even interactive games and quizzes. However, none of these elements of web design actually have much to do with the basic purpose of a website which is, in most cases, to provide information. Surprisingly, the text in a website is often, unfortunately given the least attention of all web design elements despite being one of the most important features of a website, not only in terms of boosting search engine optimisation, but also meeting customer’s needs and ensuring they complete the desired action once they visit the website. To make sure that the typography of your blog design is working to its optimum capacity, here are six top tips… read more
Tags: Blog Design, Typography Tips
December 21, 2009
Happy Monday, folks! Things seem to be a bit slow in the Movable Type community right now. I think it’s a combination of the holidays and impending release of MT5. Still, we’ve got a few news items to tell you about.
Mike from Code Monkey Ramblings has forked Byrne Reese’s jQuery Comment plugin. This doesn’t seem to be a radical departure from the original. Instead, Mike has concentrated on small tweaks that improve the plugin and extend its compatibility with existing themes. read more
December 14, 2009
Happy Monday, folks! Disappointing news for those of us waiting for the official Movable Type 5 release: It’s been postponed till January 5. In the announcement, Six Apart only says that there are issues to resolve so they’re waiting till after the holidays to release. I believe this is the third official release date we’ve had, let’s hope it’s the last one.
Byrne Reese has announced a new version of the Media Manager plugin. The previous version was broken by a change to Amazon’s API. Rather than patch the problem, Byrne did a major rewrite of the software to take advantage of an existing Amazon API library. As a result, folks upgrading from a previous version will likely need to update their templates. read more
Tags: beta, Blog Design, Media Manager, Melody, Movable Type, Movable Type Monday, pages, plugin, Themes, upgrade
October 25, 2009
You may be surprised to see a post about design and formatting in an SEO column. These elements have nothing to do with keywords. But in my experience, they can play a crucial role in link building.
I found this out from one of my blogs about a year ago. A couple weeks after I started the blog, I started getting links and some of the linkers commented about how they liked my blog’s design. This was the first blog I launched that had a custom design. In the past, I would start blogs but just use a common free theme. I would modify it a little bit, but you could still tell that it was a common design. (If you’ve seen all the similar Thesis themed blogs running around, you know what I’m talking about.) read more
Tags: Blog Design, formatting, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
September 28, 2009
Happy Monday, folks! Movable Type Monday took a break for a couple of weeks, but now we’re back with the latest from the MT community.
First off, there’s a new MT5 beta. Lots of improvements and bug fixes over the previous beta. But, if you haven’t installed it yet, you might just want to wait: I’ve heard that beta 3 is supposed to be released in the next day or two.
Next, Byrne Reese has a new plugin that implements OpenSSO. This allows you to use an OpenSSO server as a single sign-on solution for your MT installation. For more on OpenSSO, see the documentation from Sun.
Need help installing MT?, Sahas Katta has created a video to walk you through the process. His process includes a shell script that does most of the work for you. Thanks, Sahas!
Finally, Tom McGee wrote a post with several tips for customizing MT blogs. Tom’s tips focus on creating custom themes and modifying banner images in default themes. Good information for those less familiar with MT’s current theme system.
What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.
Tags: authentication, beta, Blog Design, installation, Movable Type, Movable Type Monday, plugin, Themes, upgrade