Three Steps to a Cleaner Blog Design / by Kory Woodard

Three Steps to a Cleaner BlogWhen you first started blogging, did you go a little wild with your design? Maybe you had all sorts of fonts all over your graphics. Maybe you had a new header every week. Maybe your background was an eye-sore of a… I mean pretty pink floral background. 🙂

No matter who you are, when you first start blogging you tend to be a little loose with your design. Yes, all of us were like that at some point. It usually takes time and loads, and loads of reading posts about blog design or design tips and tricks before you finally start on a path of a more cohesive look, a path which may or may not have you hiring a designer along the way. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the shape to hire a designer, especially when you’re just starting out. So, today I wanted to share three simple steps to a cleaner blog design so that you can straighten things up a little without forking over your shopping money!

Full Width Photos

If you’ve been in the blogopshere for a little while, you probably know that this is one of the major things that people recommend. When you’re just getting started, you don’t really care about this, but having full width photos makes your entire blog look a little cleaner and nicer. A simple way to get started doing this to see what the full width size is that your template allows and begin sharing graphics that are that size.

Fewer Ads

Another decision that bloggers find themselves making is whether or not to host ads on their site. Ads are a great way to help promote your blog friends and favorite brands, as well as make a little extra cash. However, when you first start taking ads, you may find yourself getting a little crazy with how many you take. Having tons of ad graphics in your sidebar (and even below your post) is distracting to your reader. Pick a somewhat small number of how many you host (this may also help them seem more exclusive, which may help you when it comes to selling them).

White Space

Even if you’re not a designer, I know you’ve heard of this one. People just looove white space now-a-days, but how do you accomplish that? Well, one major is to take a quick look at your blog template or overall design. Is it squished all the way out to your computer screen’s edges? Do you feel a little claustrophobic just looking at it? If so, you can always remedy this by resizing (very easy to do on Blogger) or finding a new template (you might have to on WordPress unless you know some coding).

Those aren’t the only things you can do to clean up your design, but they’re definitely a good start!

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About the Author

Kory Woodard is the lady behind the blog and brand korywoodard.com. She’s a 23 year old recent college grad, who loves watching her favorite shows on Netflix, spending time with her husband, and helping passionate bloggers and small businesses get designs that make their brands shine!

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    • Haha most of us do, anyway! It makes my little designer heart smile 🙂

  1. I decided to only take one to two ads per month. I’m not that crazy about ads and rather like all the focus on my content. Thank you for this post! (:

    • Amber, I think that’s the unpopular, but better decision! Tons of ads is distracting and not super beneficial to those who bought the spaces.

  2. I was def that girl with a different header every other week! haha Great tips!!

    • Haha! I wasn’t *too bad about that, but when I first started my blog I used all sorts of design styles in my graphics. It was a mess!

  3. I’m definitely struggling with the white space aspect! Sometimes I look at my blog and I think that it’s very clean, and then sometimes I look at my blog and I think that it’s very boring. Balance is the struggle! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Audrey, I just looked at it, and I think it’s very clean! If you want more fun, a logo / header is a great place to infuse your personality and message behind your brand! 🙂

    • Happy to hear you enjoyed them, Chelsea! 🙂

  4. Great tips, Kory! I loveeeee white space (in every aspect of my life) and absolutely agree with you on incorporating this into blog design. Thanks for the great reminders 🙂

  5. Great tips! I love blogs with clean white spaces but every once in awhile patterned/colored backgrounds do work. Thanks for the reminders!

  6. These are great tips! Very simple but need to be done! Do you have a recommended width for post content? Mine’s 710 and it’s feeling a little wide but I still want to have big pictures.

    • Hey love! I don’t have a recommendation on what it should be! I think it’s whatever you’re comfortable with. If you’re starting to feel like it’s a little wide, see if you can make it a little narrower (a little at a time)! 🙂