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Designing a Page That Compliments Your Content Pt.5 (Blog Layout)
10/12/2006 2:33:46 AM
Designing a Page That Compliments Your Content Pt.5 (Blog Layout)

Blog Layout
Fonts, colors, links and artwork are all produced on the page in a layout, a format which ought to resemble the newly-cleaned bedroom of a small child. There will be a place for everything and everything will be in its place. There will be no toys shoved under the bed where a curious grandmother will find them and tut-tut. The closets will be neat and well-organized. The floor will be swept. In other words, you’ll need to combine all the elements of your blog into a format that makes people feel relaxed and impressed rather than distracted by clutter. But how do you accomplish that if you have no artistic ability? It’s not as hard as you would expect.

Most blog software comes with a series of templates, preformatted layouts that will put things where your readers expect them to be. These templates will allow you to set fonts and colors, decide if you want one gutter or several, and place your own artwork on the page. They will allow you to set up an archive, start a mailing list so your subscribers can be notified every time you post, and provide a standardized structure into which you can add the codes and features that will make your blog unique. Just remember that every blog host and package offers different features (some are simple but don’t allow imported art, some require HTML knowledge but offer great latitude in design). If you don’t want to design the page yourself, professional blog designers, like Linda Caroll, Nan Herring, and a few other AdlandPro members, can create an inexpensive layout to your specifications.

Kenneth R Sword Jr

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