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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.

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A couple comments:


-- 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?

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Thanks Ben,


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.



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Yup, now it works.


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.

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Yeah, the home page is something else that I am looking at sorting out. Maybe get shot of the "latest" boxes down the bottom, that would cut out a lot of options.


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!

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hmm, I'm not also a website designer but I think you need to make your site more organized. I don't know where to start but that's what I've noticed when I checked on your site. Otherwise, i think this really contains a bunch of useful information. The only thing is, this should be conveyed in a way that would be easy for people to see. ;)

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