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Chapter 4 : Designing your Blog

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Chapter 4 : Designing your Blog


Chapter 4 : Designing your Blog


Section 1 : Homepage


Managing a blog is not a simple matter of publishing, not least when it comes to a blog for personal brand ing. While it is true that content is king, we must not forget that design is the messenger.

The appearance of blogs has evolved over time. Broadly speaking, we can find three types of blogs that, in turn, are at different stages of that line be tween the blog and the website. All of them, however, share certain elements.

Full Post 

Traditionally, posts appeared in its entirety on the home page.

PERSONAL WEBSITE WITH BLOG 

Finally, there is a third type of blog, whose home page is built from a static page. In these cases, posts appear on a different page, often called “Blog”.

Section 2 : The title of your Blog 


While in the case of a company it is clear that the title of their website should be the name of the company, in the case of a blog there may be several valid options.

At this point, I must explain the difference between the title of the blog and the title that "appears" on the blog.

SECTION 3 : Logo, banner and slider


We all know what a logo is: a symbol or emblem that represents a company, a brand or (why not) a blog.

The solution that many companies and bloggers have found is to replace the banner with a strip slideshow gallery, commonly known as "slider".

SECTION 4 Posts design


Like any other part of a blog, posts need to be de signed to attract attention and facilitate a quick read ing. Most blogs receive visits that last only a few seconds. Our goal is therefore to convince visitors to read or see at least one of our posts.

SECTION 5 Pages and domain


“ABOUT” PAGE 

There is no one correct way to create an "About" page, but there is one essential thing we should keep in mind: a blog for personal branding must have an "About" page.

“CONTACT” PAGE 

Apart from obtaining visits, a blog for personal brand ing has a second objective, equally important: making people contact us.

CUSTOM DOMAIN 

When using a blogging platform like WordPress or Blogger, the default address of our blog will be some thing similar to "myblog.blogspot.com". However, we also have the option to give it a custom domain.

SECTION 6 Images and HTML 


Although it is not essential to have advanced technical skills to manage a blog, to provide a good user experi ence we will need a minimum basis in two areas: graphics edition and HTML.

HTML LANGUAGE 

Most of current blogging platforms use WYSIWYG edi tors (What You See Is What You Get) where content appears in a form similar to its appearance once pub lished, without having to work directly with HTML. However, in order to have a minimum of autonomy, it is important to have basic knowledge of this code.

Being familiar with HTML it's also useful to insert ex ternal elements in our blog, such as videos or docu ments.

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