Do you sometimes feel like your blog is a little bit generic? I have used the very basic WordPress theme for this site so it would load quickly. But with that comes that it doesn’t look very exciting. My biggest problem was with some if the pages that I just didn’t like at all.
This past week I have been working very hard to make my blog fit my personal style while making it look better. One of my goals was to update old HTML pages to something more lively and exciting.
My goals for the pages I am working on.
- I want it to look better than before
- I want it to include more images and even illustrations
- I want it to be more interactive
Basic make over;
These are the things that I did over the entire blog;
The first thing I did was changing the base colours which already made it so much more beautiful! I went from a very harsh black and blue to this. I really love the brown that I incorporated.
I updated part of the side bar with pictures I made in Canva. The came the really big projects.
Tools used for this make over;
- Symple Shortcodes plugin
- Lots of HTML & CSS
I think this might have been my first HTML project ever. Now looking back after changing my theme I think this looks a little bit ugly. So I decided to update it to something with a little bit of flair.
I like buttons and I like lists so I combined both. This was where the plugin really helped.
Horribly outdated and not very interesting. Plus I don’t think I want to see my face that big.
My biggest goal for this page was making it more interesting. I tried to incorporate a lot of illustrations since that is what I want to be known for. I might still change the header but I think that overall this page has gone through a big improvement
This page looked cluttered and te contact form was actually broken. (that is just bad) So I cleaned it up and moved some of the links to the sidebar.
The end result is sweet and simple. I never thought I would like a contact page this much.
I would love to here what you think!
I hope this proves to you that you can do a lot of design for yourself! You only need a little code, maybe a plugin and a image design program of choice and you can make the most gorgeous things. If you are not happy with your blog you can improve it!
I know blog design can look scary or overwhelming but when you are done it will feel so much better.
My question for you is; have you ever done a make over for your blog? Which parts did you find the hardest?