Written on September 23rd, 2004 at 05:09 pm by Darren Rowse

Good Blog Design

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Taking a short break from the ‘Finding Readers mini-series‘ because I asked fellow blogger and blog designer Rachel Cunliffe to write a post for me on good blog design. The following is what she wrote:

Darren asked me for a post on “what makes a good blog design” in his blog tip series.

I’ve been making blogs for a while now, will be launching a Blog Design Showcase in January 2004 and I’ll be redesigning my blog in the near future as things have got a bit messy here for my liking, so this is also a reminder to myself.

Of course, it’s all pretty basic stuff, but it’s amazing how many bloggers
get carried away in the excitement of creating a blog and forget or ignore
the basics:

  • Easy-to-read
    • font size
    • colours
    • layout
    • clean
    • good use of white space
    • works cross-browser and uses standards-compliant code
  • Provide
    • Consistent navigation
    • Permalinks
    • Easy-to-find email address or contact form
    • Search facility
    • RSS/XML feed
  • Fast loading
  • Originality
    • Just as you would hire an architect to design your house, why not
      hire a blog designer to create a blog that reflects you and your interests
      and is memorable visually?

Have I forgotten anything?

Feel free to leave your own ideas on good blog design so we can all learn from the process.

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  • Blog tip 12 - Good Blog Design
    Taking a short break from the ‘Finding Readers mini-series’ because I asked fellow blogger and blog designer Rachel Cunliffe to write a post for me on good blog design. The following is what she wrote: Darren asked me for a…

  • Hi,
    I have some questions.
    What is RSS/XML feed here? Is this side feed or news feed?
    I always orserve that most of good blogs have “add to yahoo” or “add to google” button. How is this helpful for publisher? How can I get it?
    Please reply me soon.
    Thankyou.

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