When it comes to creating the perfect blog design, there are a number of paths you can take to reach that goal. However, most people don’t want to reach deep in to their pockets to make one. An Affordable Blog Design is not hard to come by when using the WordPress platform, since it’s free. With the only costs being a domain name and hosting, you can create a blog for a generally small price. For those that aren’t ready to create a blog by themselves, we are here and ready to help you start your full affordable website or blog.
Why We Use WordPress For A Blog Design
As stated before, it’s absolutely FREE. No monthly payments to use a blogging service. WordPress is one of the most popular platforms to create websites and blogs today. With it’s easy to use customizing tools and plugins to expand on your personal creativity, you can be sure that your website looks the way you want it. WordPress has everything you need to create a secure, functioning, creative design for your website and blog. It also has an extensive network of people working behind it alongside a huge community for help if you run into any issues.
To learn more about WordPress and it’s tool, check out our extensive blog post about WordPress
Choosing A Theme
Getting started with a WordPress website or blog, you will need to choose a theme to help you create a great looking site. Themes in general, are base designs created for users that aren’t code savvy and can’t create a whole site from scratch. Plenty of coders have already created thousands of templates for people to use and customize to fit their needs. It is recommended that you use an existing theme that works well with WordPress. They generally come with better coding and less potential issues. With compatibility to WordPress, a lot of those themes come mobile ready so that people can view a neat looking site on their phones or tablets.
It can be hard to choose a theme when it comes to creating a website and blog. One platform that I highly recommend is Genesis. They have a number of highly compatible WordPress themes that are mobile friendly and easy to use and customize. If you would like to check out the list of popular designs that you would be interesting in using for your site, be sure to view our Genesis Themes page.
Affordable Web and Blog Design Tips
If you have ever visited a well established website, you may or may not have looked into that sites blog posts. Depending on the nature of the website, for example an online store, then you most likely aren’t there to read. If your site is simply a blog, then of course people are there to read what you have written about, learn, and give feedback. The importance of having blog posts is high in both kind of sites. A blog helps not only to generate constant content for your site, but it also helps the search engines place you in the correct place in the search results. Depending on your knowledge of Search Engine Optimization, you can use your blog to gain rankings with the results pages and hopefully get to the number one spot. Below are some tips you should use when creating content for your website.
How often should I write new content on my blog?
Getting started on a new website, you should be ready to crank out a lot of content to begin with. Next to all the pages that you create for the site itself, you need a number of relating posts to go with it to help your website get seen by the search engine that will start crawling your website for content and indexing you in the correct place. Aim for at least 3 posts a week to begin with and after you start getting a decent amount of traffic you can lower the amount of posts created to around 1 a week, and then later on you can get away with only doing 1 per month.
With each of these posts are a number of different tools you need to be a ware of that can affect their visibility to the search engines. Length of content is one of these. Starting off any blog post, you need to make sure that the minimum length is no less than 300 words. Search engines today value larger content than they did before. It is both quality and relevance of content rather than just a sheer quantity of posts. If you can create posts around 1000-3000 words, then you will be better crawled for relevant content over a competitor than may only have a 200 word post about the same thing.
Something to include on every post.
Visuals! Your content need to appear appealing to anyone that may read it. You should have, at very least, one picture per post. With this picture you will also need to properly format it for SEO. Within WordPress, whenever you add a picture you will be able to specify the title tags and alt tags for the picture being use. This may seem tedious if you have a lot of picture, but your site will benefit from having all these little things filled out.
SEO for blogging.
Just as important as the pictures title tags and alt tags are, so is every other thing included in your posts. Whether it be H1-H3 tags, setting a featured image, or the page link and description, it is all important. A general rule of thumb when creating content is to follow a constant structure throughout your whole website. More specifically for posts, you can create primary categories for the posts you create and this can help the search engine narrow down the topic you are discussing. The Heading 1 will be the main source of info for this so be sure to place your main keywords in the title. It is good practice to start using all these SEO tactics from the very beginning so you don’t have to go back and correct pages on pages of content.