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Blog Design Tips For Enhancing Readability

One of the most important elements of a good blog design is readability. A blog which has a pleasant appearance easily grabs and retains the attention of readers. However, if a blog is not easy on the eye, visitors might get put off and leave never to come back. The fact is that you only have a few seconds to capture the interest of a potential reader.

The value of a blog is directly proportional to its readability. Having great content is useless if it is not readable or visible. The following are some tips which will help you improve the readability of your blog.

1. Use easy-to-read fonts

You need to design your blog using a theme which supports all types of fonts. Some of the easily readable fonts you could consider using include Sans-Serif, Georgia and Arial. In addition, make sure all colors and sizes are fully supported. If your blog has a dark background, it would be advisable to use white text. On the other hand, dark text will look pleasant and readable on a light background.

2. Use pleasant colors

The color of your blog should be pleasant so as to make it easy for visitors to read your text. Therefore, the color scheme needs to be selected carefully. Keep it simple and don’t use too many colors. In particular, avoid using excessively bright colors since this might become a distraction for visitors.

3. Headers and links

When a visitor lands on your page, they first read the heading before going on to look at the content. Use dark and bold letters for your headings to make them stand out. The heading should give readers a good idea of what to expect in the content. When it comes to links, it would be advisable to use dark blue color since it is easily identifiable.

4. Select the best theme

Though there are thousands of themes out there, finding the right theme is not very easy. Therefore, you need to carry out some research before settling on one theme. Don’t just choose a theme because of its stylish appearance. Instead, find one which is supports all fonts and is readable.

5. Use drop caps

Many magazines use drop caps at the beginning of their articles. A drop cap can be very effective in grabbing the attention of readers from the start and enhances the chances of them reading the rest of your post.

6. Keep paragraphs short

Having short paragraphs is a great way of improving your blog’s readability. Split your content into short and simple paragraphs. However, make sure every paragraph is meaningful. In addition, you need to use an appropriate font size. The best font size should be at least 14 pixels. Finally, make sure you have sufficient space between your lines.

Charles Mburugu has a great passion for sharing blogging and web development tips. At the moment, he is writing for www.motocms.com.

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16 Comments

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  2. Julia Spencer

    December 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    In my opinion, much attention should be paid on the colors that are used, because there are many of them that can irritate people, and they can even leave a blog or a website without reading

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  3. joy

    December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I’m a real neat freak when it comes to my blog so I like it clean and orderly. I don’t think keeping paragraphs short will improve anything, I think it’s really more of the appearance.

  4. Veronica

    December 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Excellent points mentioned, I have been definitely following the ‘standard’. I’ll be sharing this post. Some of my friends need your guidance.

    • Charles

      March 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Hey Veronica, thanks for sharing this post 🙂

  5. kelly

    December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I have seen some really gaudy blogs and it annoys me. I completely agree with all the points you have made here. Font and colour are very important to attract eyeballs. Thanks for the share.

    • Charles

      March 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

      You are welcome Kelly

  6. Stacey

    December 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I agree with all your points on this, making the post or the site itself easy on the eyes can definitely attract more readers. I find myself reading a blog that makes absolutely no sense just because of how it was design. Women huh? We’re attracted to anything shiny and colorful. LOL.

  7. James Smith

    December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Agree with all above points, you must have to make more readable your blog in order to enhance blog or website traffic. Just make it easy to read with ease and good feel.

  8. Fatima

    December 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Simple yet basic tips that go a long way in attracting blog audience. Thanks for the share.

    • Charles

      March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thanks for stopping by…

  9. Mariya

    December 24, 2012 at 6:01 am

    That’s a fantastic list about enhancing blog readability! I think paying particular attention to line spacing, use of uppercase type with care, avoiding long line of text, avoiding text wraps, keeping subheads short and monitor the quality and details of the content is essential. Thanks for the good tips for making it better for the reader as well as blogger to scan.

    • Charles

      March 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Hey Mariya, those are great points. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Daniel

    December 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Use of structured hierarchy in your document, for instance: Title-Intro-Heading-Text-Subheading-Text, gives your page a more logical flow. Also, I prefer keeping lines to a reasonable length and tend to make use of too many paragraphs than too few. These are some tips which I follow for my blog to enhance readability. Enjoyed reading your post! Thanks for the share!

    • Charles

      March 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for the contribution

  11. John

    January 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    All good points, i have always felt there correlation between popularity and design, with content coming in second.

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