Would you like a fantastic blog design?

Blog DesignFirst, before we go any further, I want to stress that I only work with WordPress.

And both kinds: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. You can find out more about the differences here.

Right, now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can continue.

“What exactly is blog design?”

How important is design to your blog? Do you think your blog is judged by how it looks before anything is read on it?

In a way, yes it is. But this isn’t just the pretty colours or the cool graphics you’ve used. It is the layout, the positioning of elements that make your visitors’ journey easier, more comfortable, more usable.

It’s how your blog’s main purpose come across. Do your visitors immediately understand your blog’s subject or niche? Do they know what to do next? How easy is it for them to read your posts? Are there any specific call to actions that get them to do something else rather than just read?

Design is much more than looking good. It’s about Functionality. User-experience. Understanding. Appreciation. Action.

Do you want a blog that takes all this into consideration?

“Alice has helped the Thames Rivers Trust to build and manage two successful new websites this year. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and is a real expert in her field.”
Wendy Yorke

“Surely I can just go out and get a theme off the peg?”

Yes you can, but then why are you reading this page?

There are thousands of WordPress.org themes to choose from. And hundreds for WordPress.com as well.

Many can be adapted to change them to how you want. However, I have something I want to share with you: I don’t like adapting the code of an existing theme if I can help it. And this is not just because of copyright issues.

But I don’t mind working with what is already there in the theme. And adding extra features to it via plugins, etc, to make your blog work better for you.

However, if you want a bespoke website design, that is a different matter.

I’ve bought agency access of the Headway theme so I have multiple use of it. This allows me to create anything you want (within reason!). It is an extremely versatile theme system which means I can create anything from magazine style blogs to simple one-page websites. And all with my special flair and design!

However, I’m not using Headway for this website. I’m using a Thrive theme instead. This is because it is extremely compatible with the Thrive plugins I use for my digital marketing purposes.

I haven’t got agency access to Thrive and its products, but I certainly recommend them. (Click this link to visit their website to find out more.) And I can help you install and use all the wonderful facilities Thrive offers to make a fully functional marketing website using WordPress that stands out above all others.

This means I can offer you the option to focus on design for attraction purposes or design for marketing your business.

See the differences between the Headway and Thrive blogs and websites below.

“Alice aka Fairy Blog Mother is extremely easy to do business with. We arranged to talk about my new blog and within minutes I was setting it up under her guidance. I am very happy with the result and would definitely recommend Alice to anyone else who is thinking about starting a blog but not sure where to start or how much it will cost. Amazing value for money!”
Sue Jackson

“What else can you provide for me?”

There are 7 things I can provide that an ordinary web designer mostly doesn’t:

  • Excellent design capacity
  • Understanding and appreciating how the user thinks when designing a blog
  • The ability to explain exactly what is happening in ordinary, everyday language
  • Likewise the ability to train a blog’s owner to fully use their new blog (if they want to know)
  • To incorporate any enhancements for attracting readers or business visitors that really work
  • To add digital marketing facilities that sell products, collect leads and connect with the search engines
  • To advise on practical issues about blog performance (see my consultation page)

I may not be whizz-bang at clever coding, but I fully understand the psychological elements of blogging: writing, design, attracting readers, working with the search engines and much more.

Would you like to see some web design case studies to back up my claims? You can click here and here to read them.

And, above all, I create blogs in the same perspective of the owner and user. This means I am not divorced from the ‘real world’ and will happily talk to you at your level when it comes to offering suggestions and explaining what has happened.

Here is an example of a ‘tutorial’ I created for one of my clients to show them how to add adverts onto her newly designed website:

“I wanted to launch a blog and needed some help setting up the design and technical side of things. So I found the Fairy Blog Mother website, read some of the blogs, watched a couple of videos and was impressed. Alice and I had a chat on the phone and I knew she was the person to get me started with blogging. I now appreciate the overall look and flexibility of my new blog, and Alice also produced a short video talking me through the various functions, which was very helpful.”
Jill Creighton

“Do you have any examples I can look at?”

These are examples of magazine style blogs using the Headway theme:

RCC website       PostcardsFromHenley

Ordinary blogs/websites using the Headway theme:

ProofedByLinds       SairaMajid

A R M Credit Control        Windsor Emporium

“I asked Alice to set up a blog site to include all the bells and whistles. I also wanted to attract guest bloggers. Meeting Alice was the answer to my prayers! Alice understood my concept from the outset and delivered exactly what I wanted well within the agreed timescale. In addition, her WordPress tuition was thoroughly engaging, informative and enjoyable. She was a delight to work with. Highly recommended.”
Lindsay McLoughlin

And here are two examples using my Thrive theme (which you can see creates a very different kind of website):

AttractReaders      FairyBlogMother

“Alice designed my website for me. I am very pleased with the result and now have a website with the look I wanted to achieve. I am now proud of my website. Alice was patient as we went through several iterations to obtain the final result and included a design for my company logo. She also gave me a training session to enable me to edit and have control of the site content. I have no hesitation in recommending Alice.”
Fiona McKenzie

“What is the difference between a blog and a website?”

Very simply, a blog contains posts and can allow readers to leave comments.

However, if a blog adds static pages to it, selects one as a homepage and repositions the blog post listings page elsewhere in the navigation bar, then it can be classed as a website.

WordPress is a superb platform to create either a blog or a website, with or without a blog attached. That’s why I use it!

“How do I go about getting a blog design?”

First, write down what you want to achieve with your blog/website.

Then do some research into what design elements you like and don’t like from other blogs or websites.

Then click the button below to contact me:

Contact me about your new blog design!

I look forward to hearing from you.