We all have our favorite blogs that we love to read, as they always offer a unique perspectives on the topics we are interested in. If you are reading this blog post, you have probably been inspired to create your own blog, and are now ready to take that leap and launch a blog of your own. So what do you really need to consider before setting up your own blog?
The first thing you have to decide is, whether to set up a free blog on a platform like WordPress, or whether you will buy a domain and set up your own website. If you have been reading and commenting on other blogs for years and are serious about blogging, I would suggest that you set up your own website. It is now really easy to create your own website and in less than an hour you can buy a domain, install WordPress and start creating your first blog post. Companies are now offering smaller hosting packages aimed at bloggers, which makes it very affordable to own and manage your own website. The next most important step is to create a design that will justify the content in your posts.
Creating the Perfect Website Using a WordPress Template
Having a well designed website that is user-friendly, is essential for anyone who is setting up a blog. Thankfully, there are many free web templates to help you create a professional looking website, and you can modify the elements in the template, so that the website reflects your personal brand. So is there any real difference between these templates? And if there is, how do we go about choosing the right WordPress template?
To choose the best WordPress template you must consider all aspects of the template such as the layout, features and design elements. The layout and features of your website play an important role in ensuring your readers have a positive experience. You must also consider, how the colors of the elements in the design, will complement the colors in your background images and logo.
Before I even start to look at WordPress templates, I always outline my goals for my blog and draw a rough outline for the layout of my website and navigation. I then translate these requirement into a checklist, and use it to evaluate potential templates that I could use for my blog.
Drawing up a list of Requirements
Defining your personal goals when running a blog helps you understand what features you need. For example, you might have the ambition to amass a large audience and become an ‘influencer’. To do this, you will need to ensure that people can keep updated about new posts and read them on multiple devices.
In this case, you might want to ensure the template you choose has a responsive design and the possibility to add social icons to the top header section of the template. If you want to increase the traffic to your blog, it is important to ensure that your social icons are as visible as possible. When they are as visible as possible, people are more likely to see them and to subscribe to your blog. Thus this might be a key element that you look for in a template.
Of course you may just be creating a blog to document your own thoughts, or to write articles to illustrate your expertise in a certain field. For you, navigational elements may be the most important feature of your template, as they will enable visitors and yourself to easily find past posts that you want to look at again.
Once you have defined your requirements you will find it much easier to evaluate and choose the best option from all the templates available.