According to Wikipedia, “a weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped posts on a common web page. Weblog is a portmanteau of ‘web’ and ‘log.’ The term blog came into common use as a way of avoiding confusion with the term server log.” As there are over ten million blogs already featuring on the net, how do you think you are going to make a difference with your blog. While content is the all important aspect of any blog, design is another very important attribute to your blog if you wish to make it stand out in a crowd. Once you set up an account with a blogging service provider, you will be offered with a standard blog template. So to add that extra punch to your blog, you must customize the design which can be thematic, attractive and a crowd puller.
Blog templates are like web page backgrounds and available in numerous styles, colors and designs. Before you start looking for the best-looking blog template it is worthwhile to know that nearly every blog is designed using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS is a great tool for website design and especially blogging. It lets you create new pages without going through the redesigning process in each page.
Pre-designed blog templates are known by various names like free templates, themes, skins, layouts and there are several thousands on the net like Blogger, WordPress, etc, from where you can download, customize or use “as is”. Some blog templates use only simple color combinations, while other blog templates use graphic designs covering many varieties of floral, fantasy, nature, animals, country, Victorian, retro, dark and mysterious, or light and fun designs. In case you are clueless about customizing blogs you can follow the link back to the original designer or the person who enabled the design to be “ported” to the blog format, they may be able to help you with customizing the blog for a few hundred dollars.
One of the most important elements that you need to tamper with when you decide to customize your standard blog template is to alter the logo/banner with a personalized touch. You could add your own image with a special font and color, a simple title, a tag line or your self-designed logo. If you are an all-thumb person and not so good at creating designs, there are several sites which offer free designs and photos which add that special touch to your blog template. Another important element in your design is the general color scheme of your blog. Colors have special associations with themes, content matter and the reader’s recall ability. If you do not have any idea how colors look after mixing, there are enough free tutorials which can teach you how colors work together.
The next thing to build is a Favicon, a little customized icon which appears next to a website’s URL in the address bar of a browser. These Favicons are easy to make and enables the site to be bookmarked. Thus with a soothing and attractive color scheme, futuristic fonts and nice photo borders, and of course worthy content, your blog template is ready to inspire all the bloggers and reader who visit your site.