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Published on February 7th, 2007 | by Simon Wakeman


Blog design – what would you recommend?

I’m not a trained designer. I designed my own blog, but getting to a finished design was more trial and error than a well-rounded creative process.

However it’s been almost two years since I did any design work on my blog.

In that time the design has moved quite a long way away from the original look and feel, thanks to the addition of various new widgets and WordPress plug-ins.

I think it’s time to spruce things up a bit.

I don’t have the time to fully redesign it myself and code up a new WordPress template, but I’d like to make some changes to the current look and feel to make it look a bit more modern and easier to use.

For the record my main gripes with the current design are:

  • Little use of colour – only two main colours, one of which is grey
  • Too text heavy
  • Not enough whitespace
  • Too much information in sidebars, making them much longer than the centre column

I’d also like to introduce Ajax-based comments and search onto the site as well.

So, if you were me, what would you do to the site?

Any thoughts, advice and tips gratefully received…

This article originally appeared on Simon Wakeman’s communications, marketing and public relations blog at

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    Simon WakemanSimon is Agency Director at digital agency Deeson and writes for the agency blog on all things digital.

    He’s a CIPR and CIM qualified digital, communications and marketing professional with experience working across the full communications mix in the public and private sectors.

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