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WordPress Tip of the Day #0044

Title: Take Time for Design

I set aside about half and hour to an hour a week to work on the design of each of my websites.

Sure once you have a theme chosen you are pretty much set, but there are always tweaks that can be done.

Here are a few things that I check or think of:

1) My Widgets

I check each of my widgets to make sure they are appearing properly, but then I also look to see if there are some I could add to make my readers find things easier or if there is extra content that can be added.

2) My Footer

Check the copyright year, make sure the information is valid, you can add extra things like a privacy policy, about us and contact us links. Our even a link to your hosting company, affiliate link of course.

3) Ads

It’s important that your website doesn’t just look like a website to deliver ads, but it’s also important to have some, so there are always new programs or ad networks you can integrate to your website. Try and get targeted ads that you think your users could enjoy, this is a win – win situation.

4) Header

Usually this doesn’t get changed often, depending on your design it may not need to but if you’re getting bored with the look of your website, try changing just the header rather than getting a complete redesign of the website.

5) Individual Posts

I’m not talking about a particular post, I mean the default layout of your individual posts. You could easily add some extra stuff here like ads, related posts, or even a poll.

6) The Pages

Although most of your time and your readers time may be spent on your homepage and individual post pages, how about taking a look at the pages you have and making sure they are still current, and see if you can refresh some of them.

That’s pretty much what you need to look at, don’t spend hours on this because content is king, but it’s also important to get a good 30 minutes or so a week or twice a week because it will keep you thinking and advancing.