3 Tips to Spice up your WordPress Themes

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3 Tips to Spice up your WordPress Themes

WordPress blogs are most widely used and countless in numbers, that’s why you need to concentrate on little things to stand out of the crowd, if you want to have one too.

By little things I mean these WordPress Themes Tips:

  • headline & body font sizes
  • color combination
  • menu & widgets organization

Let’s focus on each aspect in greater detail. Every case will be given a good and a bad example so that you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Font Sizes

font sizes in wordpress design

Your readers should feel comfortable on your site. If you force them to read small letters and non-distinctive headlines, you’re playing a dangerous game with their trust.

For example, I wear glasses. If I need to focus very hard on every other sentence, I bet you can imagine it doesn’t give me much pleasure.

While it’s a bad idea to have extremely large letters, google up a few successful blogs from your niche and you’ll see that vast majority won’t have miniature letters.

Good Theme Example
Bad Theme Example

Color Combination

colors-combination

We all like different sets of colors, in this case you should remember that one can’t please everybody. On the other hand, there are several colors which shouldn’t be used as a dominant color on your websites intended for business purposes.

Avoid aggressive colors like:

  • purple
  • pink
  • red (red is actually great for important headlines, but not for your background)
  • teal

Then there are “boring” colors, such as:

  • brown
  • dark green
  • fallow
  • midnight blue
Good Theme Example

while it’s font size is small, colors are good

Bad Theme Example

PS: I really stress that I’m talking about business purposes. Brown would be obviously a great choice for a hobby site about anything related to woods…

Menu & Widgets organization

organize

Imagine a perfect reader came to your site. You created a blog exactly for this type of person, what would you have him do? Try and test if your intended actions can even be done in the order you’d like.

  • make your categories well visible
  • include a distinctive, general call to action (e.g. list subscription)
  • do not use invading pop-ups and other such things
  • position your search bar somewhere on the top
Good Theme Example
Bad Theme Example

menu is almost invisible due to many useless curlicues

The list could go on. Just try to be your own reader, invite some friends to read your site or ask for a critique on the Warrior Forum. By perfecting your site you make yourself look like a professional. Why?

People buy from professionals.


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Comments
  1. Smashing Buzz October 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

    useful article.

  2. Slava October 6, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Ondrej, although I find it just a little hard to read your blog (due to the font size), but I don’t think that fonts, colors or anything like that could really decide of your blog’s success. It’s important (I agree with you here) to have a nice readable blog, but that’s a thing you should do once and just forget. Focusing too much on fonts (and especially on what fonts your competitors use) distracts (me) from writing a good content 🙂

    Also, nowadays personally I use StyleBot extension for Chrome, which allows me to modify the appearance of anything I read with a few clicks. I’ve set your font to slightly bigger and voila! Problem solved 🙂

    I hope that’s one of the trends of the future – that the browsers will be able to modify the appearance of the sites on fly to cuit viewer needs. Let’s admit that we can’t think for everybody – how do they want our blogs to look 🙂

    Still, those 3 things are important – that I agree.

  3. Ricky October 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for some handy tips but list should be a bit long 🙂

  4. Ondrej Dyrka October 10, 2010 at 5:04 am

    @slava – not that these factors should decide my or your success, but it’s good to take care of them. Like the mathematicians say: “necessary, but deficient condition”.

    @Ricky – you’re right, but I don’t want to bore readers to death, so I always stick with the 3 most important points… 🙂

  5. Chris October 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for making this list. I agree that Font, Color, and Menu are all important. I think that Font style, and size, along with the menu fall under usability. If you make it hard for your readers to navigate your site, chances are they won’t.

    Color is important for other reasons, I mean if you choose to have the same color font and same color background your in trouble.. Content is always king, but since we are talking about theme’s.. color is an important factor, as you want it to be easy on the eye’s, and you want your site to be readable.

    @Slayva.. I do agree that todays browsers have some great extensions, and cool add on’s which adds really nice functionality to them. I would say that, the majority of users would not be using this feature, and as a designer I would not rely on them. (I’m not saying you would either) I am just saying, as far along as they have come, unless there is a bright red button in the middle of the browser that says “change font size” I would never assume anything.. lol.

  6. Larry October 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Great points. Content is still the most important component, but a cluttered blog can sure drive people away from the content. Looking forward to more of your posts! @larryphoto

  7. Eko Setiawan October 11, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Great tips…thanks

  8. Rajib H October 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the tips. Will use this to select the theme for my blog – businessmotion.wordpress.com

  9. Brett Widmann January 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    These are great tips! I’m going to start incorporating them right now!

  10. ranjeet kumar May 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    i like your website very much and find the post very helpfull .i am also planning to make a website but confused over font type and size. your blog font are very pleasing. can you please tell me your font type and size. it will be a great help for me.

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