Looking for ideas to make my site look better
Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:25 AM
Been a long time since I was last here, so hi again.
I run my own website. I built it all myself using Wordpress. I have slightly modified a free theme (just tweaking the CSS to get it to look the way I want).
However, I feel it does not have a strong image, does not impact etc.. But, I cannot work out what (or how) to change to make it a lot better.
It is a article based website, 2 columns. So my thinking is that all that is needed really to make it look lots better is a snazzy looking header area and sidebar. Maybe some tweaks to content layout, fonts, colours etc. too.
I have been looking at many site for inspiration but always left confused! I am not a designer.
I have thought about getting a professional design done do far not seen a company who specialises in Wordpress and will not make silly changes that will ruin my navigation and architecture - it is vital that this all remains untouched.
This is my website.
I have been looking at sites like these, hoping for inspiration, but still not sure the direction to take. These are all mostly news / magazine sites, some really basic looking actually:
Celebrity Gossip, Fashion Trends, Hair & Beauty Tips (Glamour.com UK)
Latest news, sport and comment from the Guardian | The Guardian
Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph - Telegraph
See, I want simple, clean, with a little style. But my attempts to get there seem to be failing ... :mad:
Many thanks, look forward to your opinions.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:10 AM
-- The design might feel more modern with a sans-serif font like Arial rather than a serif like the site currently uses
-- Perhaps headers should be in an alternate, bolder font? See fontsquirrel.com for some alternate ideas and the @font-face packages needed to use the fonts
-- Please don't use underlines on things that aren't links. It's just confusing.
-- Perhaps an additional accent color (something other than blue) would be helpful?
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:20 AM
I recently added the orange around the subscription box after seeing organge/blue on another site, and quite like it, Maybe more orange?
I see what you mean about underlines - all the headers are underlined, will look at changing to nicer fonts.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:32 AM
this isn't so much about the look - but I find there are way too many links on that page. It's downright overwhelming, and I'd have no idea where best to even start clicking. I think a cover page that kind of explains what this is all about with links to the main categories would be a better approach.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:38 AM
But, the reason why I linked up the news sites is because they manage to squeeze a lot of links in very well without it looking cluttered. I could probably get about 25% of my whole site in that Telegraph format!
Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:30 PM