Believe it or not, there are a number of factors that can transform a blog template from mundane to great. Graphic designers, computer scientists, ambitious bloggers, and visual artists are constantly hard at work trying to take blog templates to the next level. For those of you who are curious about what makes a blog template stand out, here are four specific things that can turn a template into something spectacular.
Much like an old room or worn piece of furniture, sometimes all a blog template needs is a fresh coat of paint. If you feel that your blog template looks a bit boring, perhaps you should see if there is something you can do with the color palate. The best templates brilliantly weave in and balance an array of colors into their backgrounds. No, you don’t have to have a rainbow assortment of colors plastered all over you template for it to be extraordinary; instead, make sure your template demonstrates some kind of understanding and mastery of color, such as featuring ideal color pairings, not blinding the audience with neon text, and knowing the difference between too much and just enough color.
Given the fact that my first blog featured Comic-Sans font, I don’t know how much of an initial authority I was on typography. Yet as the years have gone by, I’ve developed a much more proficient, clear understanding of great typography – especially when it comes to blog templates. One way to get an audience engaged with your blog template is to feature balanced, intriguing typography. What do I mean by that? Simply that your font stand out, but not overwhelm your audience. Therefore, try and feature no more than two to three fonts and know when it’s necessary to manipulate the text (i.e. bold, italicize, etc.)
One of the most confusing websites to me is The Huffington Post. Everything on the online news site looks haphazardly smashed together. Unfortunately, many blogs out there try and follow this Huffington-Post squishing model in designing their own blog templates. Alas, not only does a move like this overwhelm your audience, it makes the blog itself look unprofessional and unattractive. Whenever you’re designing a page, try and reel in the desire to stack and pack and start creating a sense of organization into your template instead. Remember, less is more.
We live in an age where technology and artistry are merging together as one. Cameras are now able to catch beautiful, breath-taking imagery more easily than ever before. With that said, the best blog templates out there often employ well-edited, high-resolution imagery into their designs. No, I’m not suggesting you should go overboard and have a picture or illustration for every square inch of your design; yet featuring at least one or two images or illustrations is always important. It will draw readers eyes in and make the template stand out amongst more generic ones.
Thousands of new, well-designed, beautiful blog templates are being created every day. Should you find yourself stumped on how to make your template stand out from amongst the rest, perhaps you should employing some of these four suggestions into your design.