Designing your own blog can be hard and comes with ups and down! My first attempt still haunts my nightmares but since then I have been working on some improvements in my design and improved it has.
But luckily the web is full of amazing resources and more to help you while you are designing your blog on your own. The best part is; All of these are free!!
Top 10 sites for design;
I am hopeless with combining fonts. I just don’t have a feel for which would look good together and which fonts don’t. Luckily, with Typewolf, I can simply see examples of fonts that work well together and how they can be used. This site really learned me a lot about fonts and their use!
Make sure to check out their resource page for even more amazing insights.
This is a simpler database type site for finding font combinations. You can search by the type and find the combination available. Pro tip; below the examples is a link to the google font page of the type which has its own tab with pairings for you to check out!
The pairings on this site look great for sure!
Lets you upload images and they will try to find the match to the font in the image in their database. Perfect for when you finally have found a font you are in love with but you don’t know what it is called.
A well-known site where you can make your own graphics for your site and social media! You can use this for everything from printables to headers and make it all look amazing. Pro tip; You can make your sidebar shine by making your links into images.
The only side note would be that it can be a little bit obvious that you are using canva if you just use the templates! Try to give them little twists to make them look different.
(You might ask me why I included since it is so well-known but there are still people who don’t know about it!)
5 be funky
Be funky is a photo editor, designer and collage maker in one. It basically does the same as Canva but since it has other templates you might want to check it out!
The photo editor is also just really amazing on its own!
Do you need to make a nice colour template, maybe for a new product or to update your blog? Paletton makes it easy to make colour schemes that fit with each other. You have lots of options and buttons to play around with to create a lovely colour scheme. Plus it can show you example web pages with your colour schemes.
It gives you both the hex code and RGB codes and you get lots of colour options and variations. You can truly create the custom colour scheme you want with this site!
Has the same options as paletton but also has an explore page where you can find the colour schemes of other creators. Already have a colour in mind? Try searching by the HTML-code to find how others have used the colors in combinations! (Simply chose the copy option to open a colour scheme and either edit it or get the codes!)
This one is for those who are not afraid to get a little technical. W3schools is a great resource for learning HTML but also to get pieces of code to improve your pages. I used this site so much when I was making over my web pages!
Need some inspiration for your site? Check out the best designs to see what is in and get inspired. They even have a page, especially for WordPress themes! A personal favourite, however, is the workspace page (even if that has nothing to do with web design).
Pixelbuddha has a great freebies page full of free mockups,fonts and more which can help your site look even more professional. (Most of the files are photoshop files, though!)
And a bonus one!
The final resource is this amazing blog by Marianne that helps you not only with design questions but also walks you through many technical issues and more. I get surprised again and again by what I can do myself for my blog with her tutorials and insights!
I think designing your own blog is wonderful and great and I learned a lot from it. But the occasional tool is really helpful because you can’t be a star at everything! I hope these prove to be helpful and that there are some that you hadn’t heard of before.
If you are really looking for a full package though why not use a website builder that lets you create a custom website entirely. Robert Mening wrote an amazing overview on the top 10 website builders. Here you can read all about the pros, cons, and pricing of the most well-known website builders.
I hope these prove to be helpful and that there are some that you hadn’t heard of before.
What is your favourite site for help with your blog design? Did I miss something?1