How to Design Your Blog: Using Themes Part 2

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Design Your Blog Ideas

In my previous post about how to design your blog using WordPress themes, there was just far too much good information to include in one post. So, while you were busy researching what kind of theme might be a good fit for your blog, I was busy writing about the different options available out there, to help you narrow down your blog design choice.

A well-designed blog can definitely increase blog traffic so choosing the right theme can go a long way toward growing your audience and creating a personality that readers connect to.

Free vs. Premium vs. Custom Themes

Like I discussed in my first post about how to design your blog, when you’re learning how to blog, it’s important to think long and hard about what you want your blog to look like. From there, look for a theme that will give you the look you’re going for.

That might be a free theme, which you can find plenty of on WordPress. On the other hand, it might cost you a little and a premium theme could meet your need. Premium themes cost anywhere from $35 to $200 and you can find lots of them on Elegant Themes or at Studiopress or DIY Themes.

The main advantages of choosing a premium theme over a free one is that you get more simple customization options built-in, access to support forums and free updates. For example, when WordPress releases a new version, widely-used and well-supported themes will update as well to maintain compatibility. In general, there’s less of a likelihood of that happening with free themes.

Or, after looking at everything out there, you might want to hire someone to custom design your blog for you. As long as you’re clear about what you want, can afford it, and choose a skilled web designer, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you’re shying away from even a premium theme because you don’t want to spend any money on your blog until you’re earning solid income in your quest to start blogging for cash, I’d remind you that often you have to spend a little money to make money.

How to Choose a Theme

So, now that we’ve considered the different options out there, the remaining question is how do you choose a theme that helps you design your blog exactly the way you want it?

My recommendation is to check out all your options.

Look at free themes, look at premium themes and if you really can’t find anything you like there, then explore a completely custom theme.

Decide which options matter most to you – is it color? Sidebar customization? Multiple menu options? Sliders, tickers or other unique homepage features? Make a list of what you can’t live without when it comes to your blog design and rule out WordPress themes that don’t offer you those features.

Consider your level of technical capability. Are you somewhat fluent in CSS or HTML? Are you comfortable with or willing to learn how to alter files using PHP? If you don’t know or don’t have time to learn, then go with a theme that offers lots of support, is widely used and offers a simple, easy-to-use backend so you can spend your time on your content and get back to blogging for cash!

Where Are You At In Figuring Out Your Blog Design?

After reading all about WordPress theme options, do you think you’ll be choosing a theme for your blog?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness, I just found your blog and am loving all your tips this evening! I feel like I’ve been blogging just for moi over the past few years, but now have outgrown blogger and am ready to “spend a little to make a little” and try to really make my blog something. I don’t know how to do html though..there is so much I don’t know! You are giving me hope though, that it can be done in time;) Thank you!
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