The Best 5 WordPress Design Tips

by on July 18, 2012 · 6 comments

Best Wordpress Design Tips

WordPress is a highly popular platform that many businesses are using to quickly and easily design their websites. The platform allows you to easily organize and add your content, get more return users and offers a number of other benefits. Regardless of how you implement your design, here are a few tips that will help you to make the most of WordPress.

Consider Your Layout Carefully

It is important that you think like a user when designing your layout. Don’t think like a website owner, think like a visitor to your site. You want your design to be user friendly.

Ask yourself who will be using your site and what they would like to see when they get there. Your site layout is how your WordPress site will be organized. You should determine how many side bars you will have and whether you will have vertical or horizontal site navigation.

If you are going to place advertising on the site, determine where it will go before you begin designing the theme.

Choose Your Color Scheme

There are a number of things to think about when designing a website and your color scheme is an important one. Consider what your site is about.

For instance, if your website is about baby clothing then you probably do not want your main colors to be black and red. Once you have decided on the mood for your site you will need to ensure that the colors you choose will work well together.

Consider Post Layout

You will likely have layout posts unless of course your site is 100% CMS without a blog. You need to ensure that your index, single and archive pages all lay posts out similarly.

Meta information about a post is important but never let your meta information take precedence over content. The title should be larger and a bit different from other posts and offer a clear division between posts so that your visitors will know when they begin reading about a new subject.

Think About Sidebar Design

Your sidebar should be designed carefully to ensure that your visitors are not overwhelmed when they see it. You do not have to use all of the widget ready sidebars on your site. In fact, less really is more.

Before adding any widgets to your site think about how it will add value to the site. If there is not value to you, leave the widget off.

Consider Your Form Layout

Good form will equal better conversion rates. Laying out forms in a simple manner will help you to increase your conversions and will increase the number of visitors who actually interact with your site. It will also help you to see more repeat visitors, which is something that all site owners are looking to accomplish. Think carefully about your form layout and ensure that all of your forms offer user friendly appeal.

WordPress does not have to be difficult to understand. In fact, this is one of the easiest platforms for website design on the market today. You simply have to take your time when designing your site to ensure that you are giving your visitors the best possible experience.

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Eileen lonergan July 18, 2012 at 3:00 am

When what you mean by layout post, can you explain? And how do you make that title different from other posts? Thx!

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videos divertidos July 26, 2012 at 3:37 am

Very good tips!!

Thanks for sharing with us ;-)

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jared August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Really great wordpress design tips, thanks for sharing.

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Mohamed Anan August 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I remember reading a study about colours effects. Recommended White/Orange or Red/Black combo to spike up readers attention while maintaining a certain level of comfort.

Of course it should be based on your niche too. Like babies in your example.

Great post.

Thank you

-Mohamed

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Thomas McEvoy August 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Always great advice on this site. Been using Wordpress as an adjunct to the company REMAX site for blog purposes. I learn a lot from Don here.

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Sarmista Aun March 8, 2013 at 5:05 am

Hi Matt,
I do agree with you. WordPress serves as an inexpensive blogging platform. Thanks for sharing 5 effective tips.

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