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Blog Design for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Learn to:
  • Create an effective blog design
  • Apply design principles that make your site appealing and easy to use
  • Work with basic CSS and HTML

Make your blog a standout with these essential, easy-to-use design techniques

Your blog's design often determines whether or not a visitor sticks around to read your latest post. Yes, it's that important! So if design is not your strong suit, or if you just aren't sure what goes into effective blog design, this book is for you. Learn what it takes, how design supports your goals, ways to improve readability, and much more!

  • Why and how — recognize how design communicates, how readers visually tour your blog, and how to use core design principles
  • Visual stuff — learn how fonts and colors affect your message, how to choose a theme, and ways to enhance navigation with headers and footers
  • Into the code — master the HTML and CSS basics every blogger should know
  • Navigate to success — help your readers discover what you want them to find and make your blog mobile-friendly
  • A professional look — showcase your best content, incorporate your branding, choose the right images, and make text inviting

Open the book and find:

  • Core design principles you need to know
  • What you can gain from examining other blogs
  • Reader-friendly layout types
  • How a strong header can create visual identity
  • Why navigation is so important
  • Tips for making content easy to find
  • Advice on best ways to use sidebars
  • Ways to build an enticing resource page

Synopsis:

The average blogger does not typically have experience with design or coding, but that shouldn't deter them from having a professional-looking blog design. This friendly and easy-to-understand guide provides you with the tools you need to establish a creative, unique, and aesthetically memorable blog without having to learn how to code beyond some basic CSS. Whether you're looking to write for a major brand, become a brand ambassador, sell a product, acquire new clients, advocate for a cause, or simply tell a story, you'll find design tricks, helpful techniques, and invaluable advice for creating a great-looking and functional blog.
  • Provides the tools you need to understand what makes a successful blog from a design standpoint
  • Teaches you CSS coding that can be used to create an effective blog design that gets noticed
  • Helps you make design decisions regarding colors, fonts, and imagery
  • Places special emphasis on providing your readers with a site that is easy to use thanks to smart navigation

Blog Design For Dummies empowers you to make smart and creative adjustments to your blog so that you can be the proud owner of an effective blog design that gets noticed!

About the Author

Melissa Culbertson is a marketing communicator and blogger who shares blogging tips and blog design consultations at Momcomm.com and conducts Content Brew, an online course in social media content creation. She has been a featured speaker at Type A Parent Conference.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Blog Design 5

Chapter 1: Recognizing Components of a Well-Designed Blog 7

Chapter 2: Applying Core Design Principles 23

Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Blog (Even Better) 35

Chapter 4: Establishing a Style Guide 47

Part II: Choosing the Visual Design Elements 59

Chapter 5: Gathering Design Ideas 61

Chapter 6: Selecting Fonts and Colors 83

Chapter 7: Developing Your Overall Blog Layout 105

Chapter 8: Customizing Your Header, Footer, and Background 131

Chapter 9: Customizing the Design with Coding Basics 155

Part III: Designing for Easy Navigation and Interactivity 171

Chapter 10: Navigation and SEO Basics 173

Chapter 11: Laying Out Your Navigation Menu and Sidebars 191

Chapter 12: Making Content Easy to Find 215

Chapter 13: Increasing Ability to Share and Interact 227

Part IV: Creating Design-Friendly Content 243

Chapter 14: Designing Main Pages of Content 245

Chapter 15: Working with Images 265

Chapter 16: Incorporating Design into Your Blog Posts 291

Part V: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 17: Ten Places to Extend Your Blog’s Design 301

Chapter 18: Ten Well-Designed Blogs 311

Index 323

Product Details

ISBN:
9781118554807
Author:
Culbertson, Melissa
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Culbertson, M.
Subject:
Graphics & Design software (Non-Microsoft)
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
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blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Subject:
blogging techniques, design techniques for a blog, blogging design techniques, blogging advice, advice on blogging, how to create a unique blog, how to create a memorable blog, how to create a creative blog, basic html for blogging, simple html coding, ho
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Publication Date:
20130715
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
233.7 x 188 x 20.6 mm 32 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The average blogger does not typically have experience with design or coding, but that shouldn't deter them from having a professional-looking blog design. This friendly and easy-to-understand guide provides you with the tools you need to establish a creative, unique, and aesthetically memorable blog without having to learn how to code beyond some basic CSS. Whether you're looking to write for a major brand, become a brand ambassador, sell a product, acquire new clients, advocate for a cause, or simply tell a story, you'll find design tricks, helpful techniques, and invaluable advice for creating a great-looking and functional blog.
  • Provides the tools you need to understand what makes a successful blog from a design standpoint
  • Teaches you CSS coding that can be used to create an effective blog design that gets noticed
  • Helps you make design decisions regarding colors, fonts, and imagery
  • Places special emphasis on providing your readers with a site that is easy to use thanks to smart navigation

Blog Design For Dummies empowers you to make smart and creative adjustments to your blog so that you can be the proud owner of an effective blog design that gets noticed!

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