Blog and website design can be complicated. Everyone wants to put their own personal touch or customization to their site.
From our own experiences with trying different blog designs and templates, designing a site can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t too techie. But today there are a few things we look for in picking the right theme for our blog. We want to make sure the theme is super easy to use, great customer service, good use of whitespace, easy to customize sidebar, header and footer areas and allows for some customization.
What is the best wordpress theme and design for blog layout
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There are always exceptions to any rules. Blog design is no different. You’ll probably find a very successful website that does exactly the opposite of what we do. And that’s ok.
Each site is different. So it makes sense that there are a TON of ways to design your website.
Starting off we used paid DIY kind of themes but realized we spent WAY too much time trying to make it look good. We found a lot of those DIY templates still too hard to really make our own without the help of a designer or programmer.
We currently use Genesis .We bought it a few months ago and wish we had only bought it sooner to save us some headaches and money (we have spent a lot of money on themes and customized blog help from designers). Genesis has been worth every penny!!
We love Studio Press genesis framework using Foodie Pro theme.
Why we love Genesis:
- Amazing customer service and support
- Easy to navigate and do some customization to site
- Mobile responsive
- Great selection of themes to pick from
Previous designs we have used for our blog:
ThemeForest – not user friendly and complicated to really make your own. Problems with them is that many are not updated regularly and poor support.
Thesis – we heard great things about it, liked it at first but still found ourselves spending too much time trying to understand some coding to make our site our own.
Headway – found it easier than Thesis to customize. We liked the drag and drop feature to design but again felt that it didn’t do exactly what we wanted it to do.
Genesis – what we currently use the foodie pro theme. We found this so far to be the best for the reasons mentioned above and as you saw in the video how easy it really is to add your own look and feel to the template.
In the video above we showed you how we designed our blog layout using the foodie pro theme with Genesis.
Doing your website yourself really can be
Now there are TONS of other companies out there that promote their designs are super easy to create the blog look you desire. Here are a list of some other sites we have come across and wanted to share. We have no experience with using them so we can’t say for sure if they truly are easy to use or not.
- Do your research and make sure you know what each company has to offer with their blog themes
- Make sure your theme/template has great support in place
- Just get started with a simple look and you can always add and change as your business/blog grows
- Don’t overdo things in the sidebars
- Make sure your site is mobile friendly as more and more people are viewing from their phones
- Don’t pick too many colors and fancy fonts – stick with 2-3
- Don’t be afraid of hiring a website designer to help with any specific customization – we used someone off Elance to help with a few things off our site
We hope this has inspired you to take action with your blog or business.
Even though we love doing things ourselves it has been so nice to have a template that makes designing our blog a breeze. We fell in love with StudioPress Genesis framework that we became an affiliate with them. Tip if you are interested in using Genesis Theme framework: If you buy an individual package, you’ll pay for the basic genesis framework and the child theme together. If you decide to buy a different child theme down the road, you do not need to buy the Genesis Theme Framework again.
What are your thoughts on DIY paid and free blog themes?
What do you look for in a good blog template?
What is something that you struggle with when it comes to customizing your site or blog?
Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments so we can all help and learn from each other.
We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Thank you!
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