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New Template or New Theme – Blog Designing Principles

Posted on August 31, 2011 by

Usually there is a default theme for designing a blog. There are exceptions to this especially when you want to write a blog based on a new theme. When a blog is to be written on the basis of a new theme there are a number of factors to be considered. Some of these prominent factors are as follows. These factors are also applicable to the configuration of the content management system (CMS)

Appearance:
When a new template or a theme is being created, the appearance of the blog is of prime importance. If the blog is not having any visual appeal, there are chances of the visitor not reading it. In this situation, the blog despite being hosted on the net is not serving the purpose of its existence.   

Navigation:
Navigation is about the ease with which the visitor has access to other articles or pages published in your website. If these links are not working it can cause hurdles in navigating through the website. On the other hand if the web page layout is too crowded with links, it may be difficult for the visitor to visit the web page of his/her choice. If the visitor finds some of the articles informative and interesting he/she would like to have accesses to the blogs of the similar kind. Links to other articles should be provided with the blogs.

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Articles can be linked on the basis of months. This can be done through archive or default pages. The archive pages can work as site map and facilitate the visitor.  The blog posts can be categorized as well as tagged. This helps in categorizing the websites. The CMS software can automatically generated the new index for that specific category. These category pages should be linked in the new template or theme. One cannot totally trust the links that are automatically created through the blog software. Every page in the website should be accessible from every other page of the same website.

If there is a facility of “tag cloud” provided by the blog software, use it effectively.

Categorize the posts meaningfully and not haphazardly. The tagging system may turn useless if everything is posted into the “miscellaneous” category.

If there are a lot many tags to be placed and the tag clouds have a negative effect on the appearance of the blog it is recommended that a master index page be created. All the blogs should be linked to this index page and vice versa.  The latest posts should be indexed on the top of the index list.

Markers like “You are here” are called breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs should be used effectively to make the navigation easy. Implementation of tagging drastically reduced the effectiveness of breadcrumbs. Tagging has proved to be more flexible than using breadcrumbs.  

It is better to avail the services of a professional adept blog design company for optimizing the utility of the blogs.

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