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Offline lemonsforlulu

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Should I Hire a Designer
« on: Jul 14, 2012 @ 05:00 AM »
Hi, I've been blogging for a few months.  The blogs I love have professionally designed sites.  I'm not that big, but I know aesthetics plays a big part (as well as content of course) in keeping readers looking at your blog.  Should I invest in a professional?  Are there inexpensive designers that people can recommend?

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Re: Should I Hire a Designer
« Reply #1 on: Aug 20, 2012 @ 09:57 PM »
What blogging platform are you using? I've been using WordPress for years. I happen to be a graphic designer, and you are right - a pretty, visually well organized blog is critical. You also want to think about mobile compatibility. Have you checked out how your blog looks on an iPhone, iPad, Android? (Did I just open a whole new can of worries? Sorry!) SEO considerations also need to be thought about. The short answer to your question is: Yes! Get a designer to "pretty up" your blog - but also make sure you think about SEO. If you are using WP and have questions - I can help you there. There's a master list of plug-ins I can recommend as well as flexible, inexpensive themes you can pay a designer to customize for you.
A great resource to find inexpensive designers is Don't be afraid to work with someone overseas - just make sure you are VERY clear in what you are asking them to do. :)
Hope this help! Send me a shout if I can help in any other way.
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Re: Should I Hire a Designer
« Reply #2 on: Oct 04, 2012 @ 08:02 AM »
Hi Ladies!

When you're just starting out and/or you don't have loads of disposable income to really go all out with your blog, there are definitely piecemeal options that you can go with.

I work with photographers (in specific) quite a bit and many times I'm just hired to do branding (logo, colors, patterns, elements). We can then take the bits and pieces and pop them into a premade template to customize it for you. This is WAY cheaper than going full custom site. Branding is really the important part; if you've got a strong, solid brand then it should get you by with a template until you're ready to kick it up a notch in terms of functionality/internal design.

Here's one of my favorite blog template sites for wordpress:

Their themes are high functioning and really easy to manipulate. They're paid, but it's oh so worth it!

Best of luck to you!

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Offline Tea

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Re: Should I Hire a Designer
« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2012 @ 08:30 AM »
If you're using WordPress, check out:

I'm not posting that to make money off of you or anything. It's what I use and what a lot of other bloggers I know use. You can get the Genesis framework with a theme for about $70-$75. I did that, edited the theme a bit and made it my own.

It's cheap compared to what I had been looking into, which was a completely customized theme by a designer for several hundred dollars. Now all I have to do is pay for my hosting every month and not worry about trying to save up enough money to get that designer to make me something!

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Re: Should I Hire a Designer
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:44 AM »
After deciding how I wanted to layout my blog, I used elegant themes to get the template.  They provide tens of templates for $39.

I decided which colors I wanted to brand my blog and experimented with updating the theme's CSS.

I created my logo and other graphics using... (graphic designers - divert your eyes) ... PowerPoint.

The total cost for the look and feel of my blog $39.  There many references available online. 

Do you think my blog looks professional?
Helping Men Strengthen Their Romantic Bonds

Offline Bulet00

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Re: Should I Hire a Designer
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:50 AM »
I don't think so that you have to spend if you have enough time you may have the help of online and these are not so tough so you I think you will be able to learn by yourself.



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