12 Helpful Resources for Blog Design and DevelopmentMolly Thornberg
I started a career in web design 15 years ago. As the web design world shifted, my work shifted as well. 6-ish years ago, I bellyflopped into the world of blog design and development, specifically with WordPress. Since then, I’ve compiled a list of resources that I frequently share with clients and friends who are new to the blog design game.
Whether you are looking for CSS help, or to find out how your blog looks on various devices — some of these you may be familiar with, but hopefully there is something new here that you can learn from as you build from scratch or tweak your blog and its design.
Helpful Blog Design Resourcse 1 of 13
Check out these 12 helpful resources to use when designing or developing a blog.
Logo Design 2 of 13
Need a logo or web design? 99 Designs can hook you up. Starting at $299 for logo design, 99 Designs hosts a logo competition of sorts for you. At the end you'll have 30 designs to work with. (For more money, you can get more designs and help.)
Learn more about 99 Designs
Great Color Combinations 3 of 13
Does your blog need some color? Check out the Color Combos website and view numerous color combinations that will guarantee that your blog will look slick.
Learn more about Color Combos
Find Images 4 of 13
Need an image for a blog post or design? Compfight is a visual search engine that let's you search by various license types.
Learn more about Compfight
Create a Fav Icon 5 of 13
That little graphic in your browser on the tab? That's a file (typically) called fav.ico. To get the ico file type, you will need to convert your graphic file using a converter. My favorite is Favicon.
Debug 6 of 13
Inspect HTML, modify style and layout all using the Firebug Firefox plugin. It's free and can cure headaches caused by looking at code for too long.
Fonts 7 of 13
Don't get stuck in a font rut! With Google Fonts, you get a plethora of easily embeddable fonts. Font lovers, you will love this!
Learn more about Google Fonts
How Fast Does Your Blog Load? 8 of 13
Learn how fast your blog is loading with the website by Computer Associates, Loads In.
Backlinks 9 of 13
One your site is built, you want to know who all is linking to you. While Google Analytics will show you where your traffic is coming from, Ahrefs specializes in showing you exactly who is linking to your site.
Learn more about ahrefs
Create Web Graphics 10 of 13
So you need to create graphics? PicMonkey will let you create web graphics for free! It's fun, simple and super for creating blog post graphics that need images.
Learn more about PicMonkey
Responsive Web Design 11 of 13
With mobile traffic averaging at around 40%, it is important to make sure that your website is mobile friendly, as well as viewable on tablets. Find out what your website looks like in various devices with Responsinator.
WordPress Support 12 of 13
With push comes to shove, sometimes you just have to ask for help. The best place is the Wordpress support forums. With thousands of members, there always seems someone around to help!
Visit WordPress Support Forums
Backup Your Blog 13 of 13
Make sure from the get go that your website is backed up! The free Wordpress plugin, Backup Wordpress, is easy to install. You can schedule backups or force backups.
Learn more about Backup WordPress
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