Blog Design Best Practices, Column and Width Edition
February 12, 2014 2:48 PM Subscribe
Current blog design best practices. I'm redesigning my 2-year-old food blog. This is strictly a DIY affair, and any knowledge I have of blog design was arrived at by hours of googling and crying. So, you know, I am big on ideas, but don't have much official knowledge about design. A few specific questions about columns and page size inside...
posted by Bella Sebastian to Technology (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My blog currently has 2 columns: a large main column with content, then a sidebar with social buttons, search bar, links, an ad or two...all the usual stuff. Almost every blog, at least every food blog, that I read has a very similar set-up. I've been thinking of switching to 3 columns, one on each side of the content, so that I could add more sidebar content without it looking crowded or a million miles long.
Question 1: Are 3-column designs "out" or old-fashioned? It's not a matter of wanting to look exactly like everyone else, but if having 3 columns will signal "hey, this blog was designed in 2000" then I'd like to avoid that.
Question 2: What's a good width recommendation for my page? It's currently 1100 px (I think) with the sidebar at 350 px and the content at 750 px. In this age of big-screen everything, can I safely go wider?
Bonus question: If you have examples of what you consider to be really well-done blog design, I'd love to see them! I'm not really moved by the stark minimalism a lot of blogs are favoring these days, so if the blog makes smart use of a bunch of different elements or columns in a beautiful way, all the better!
And to preempt any "Don't add more junk to your sidebar!" comments, please assume that I have an editing eye and won't be jamming a million flashing buttons and links and other nonsense there. I think the elements I want to add will enhance the look and feel of the page.
Not sure if this matters, but I'm on Wordpress using the Headway theme, so I have the capability to do a lot of custom design stuff, even though I'm not too technically inclined.