- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118554809
- ISBN-13: 978-1118554807
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Create an effective blog design
- Apply design principles that make your site appealing and easy to use
- Work with basic CSS and HTML
Make your blog a standout with these essential, easy-to-use design techniques
Your blog's design often determines whether or not a visitor sticks around to read your latest post. Yes, it's that important! So if design is not your strong suit, or if you just aren't sure what goes into effective blog design, this book is for you. Learn what it takes, how design supports your goals, ways to improve readability, and much more!
- Why and how recognize how design communicates, how readers visually tour your blog, and how to use core design principles
- Visual stuff learn how fonts and colors affect your message, how to choose a theme, and ways to enhance navigation with headers and footers
- Into the code master the HTML and CSS basics every blogger should know
- Navigate to success help your readers discover what you want them to find and make your blog mobile-friendly
- A professional look showcase your best content, incorporate your branding, choose the right images, and make text inviting
Open the book and find:
- Core design principles you need to know
- What you can gain from examining other blogs
- Reader-friendly layout types
- How a strong header can create visual identity
- Why navigation is so important
- Tips for making content easy to find
- Advice on best ways to use sidebars
- Ways to build an enticing resource page
About the Author
Melissa Culbertson is a marketing communicator and blogger who shares blogging tips and blog design consultations at Momcomm.com and conducts Content Brew, an online course in social media content creation. She has been a featured speaker at Type A Parent Conference.
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What I Liked: I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Was it going to be a book about coding? Was it going to cover stuff that was way over my head? Was I going to learn something, anything, from the book? While there were some sections on HTML and CSS, this is not a book dedicated to coding. The book had some stuff I already knew, or that didn’t apply to me and my needs, but it also had a lot of information that was new to me and relevant. I actually learned quite a bit. The author covered a large range of topics, such as: using images, font licenses (something I didn’t know about until recently, like within the last year), SEO, anchor text, alt attributes, and even using Google Analytics to improve your design even further. And the list goes on.
This book was full of resources. I made note of things I wanted to remember – A LOT of notes. There’s a cheat sheet, along with updates and extras, available online (links are inside the book), which are good since some of the material will eventually become outdated as technology is constantly evolving.
The author used a variety of blogs to demonstrate different design elements. I appreciate that the same blog was not used over and over again in the examples because it gave me a chance to check out all sorts of different blogs for myself to see how they do certain things in their own unique way. It was also nice that the entire book was in color, something that is not standard with the ‘for dummies’ books.
You can either read this book from beginning to end (like I did) or you can flip through and read the sections that interest you or pertain to your needs. Either way, this is a great book to have on hand to reference back to.
What I Didn’t Like: There were some things exclusively for Wordpress users, like making blog post excerpts showing up on your homepage, site maps, plugins, navigation menu, tabbed sidebar widget, and categories and subcategories. I wish there would have been more Blogger oriented material. There was also more in-depth information on Photoshop whereas GIMP was only mentioned a couple of times and was not explored in detail.
Overall Impression: All in all, Blog Design for Dummies was an informative and resourceful book. I have already incorporated a few of the things I learned from this book into my blog design and can’t wait to go through the rest of my list. I consider myself an ‘intermediate’ blogger but still found a lot of the information useful and new to me. Blog design is a never-ending excursion for me and going through this book gave me lots of ideas, even stuff outside of the aesthetics aspect. If you are new to blogging, especially if you are going to blog on the Wordpress platform, you’ll want a copy of this book on your shelf for future reference. You could get the same information using a search engine (which is what I’ve done in the past and can be time consuming) but it’s nice to have it all packaged up in one book.
I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of content in Blog Design For Dummies. It's not just a lot of do's and don'ts - it has recommendations as well as step by step instructions. You will not be left searching for more information. If you do go online for something after you read this book it's probably to check out a recommended website; at least that's what I did.
It starts with the big picture and pleasing your audience then goes into detail chapter by chapter until you are down to the layout of one blog post. Because - as the book says - every detail is important and a reader might only look at one blog post. There is information about colors, fonts, page layout, actual coding, plug-ins, images, and more!
This book contains information I have learned over years of internship and hard knocks [plus more info]; and it's all compiled in an easy to read and understand format. I also believe that it won't be outdated for many years because it is the basic design principles that will always be useful.