Surely high quality content is the key of success of a good blog or business website but if it is badly designed, you are wasting your work and talent.
Lets see great tips to help you to have a beautiful and pleasant looking website/blog.
19 Top Tips To Feng-Shui Your Blog
What is Feng-Shui
Feng-Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. (Wikipedia).
The most important aspect of Feng-Shui is ch’i , it’s the energy that must be able to flow in a positive environment; e.g. a tidy blog (good Feng-Shui) vs a messy blog (bad Feng-Shui), simple isn’t it?
Less Is More
1. Less is more, similar to a magazine, the top of your webpage should be prominent display your blog name, logo, and a simple tagline describing your site.
2. Don’t be scared to keep some free space, your site needs to breathe to allow the positive energy to flow, it will also help your readers to find easily informations.
3. Write in black (or dark grey) on white background. Recently I saw a website in blue electric with a green font over it, ouch! shame it was a good blog but I couldn’t read it.
4. Designing your blog is fun and creative but always design it from your readers point of view, unless you are 8 years old, avoid flowers, hearts, bugs, pink everywhere. Tattoo’s websites are excepted.
5. Use colors that match together. Using bold colors yes – everywhere no. Avoid the pastels or too bright colors. I know it’s fashionable but on your blog you should use those colors moderately. Think, modern, minimalist, you can find some really good sites with palette colors to help you. My favorites: Color Combinations and Color Trends.
6. If you want calm, use Yin elements. Therefore consider still images, darker tones and full rounded and subtle shapes. Calm soothing colours such as blue or white are best for large areas of space.
7. If you want your visitor to be excited and invigorated you are best to use more Yang elements. Go for brighter images that have a sense of movement or rhythm. Think strong, masculine and bold colours such as bright reds, blues and yellows; sharper fonts and borders with stronger contrasts for a more positive feel.
8. Use a bit of movement, a complete static website it’s boring, insert some nice sliders, banners or an animated landing page – For animated banners, do not use Adobe Flash Software – it’s not compatible with the iPhone and iPad – HTML 5 can do the job perfectly.
9. Do not use pixelated images, it’s very bad Feng-Shui, and it looks cheap. I know it’s common sense, but here and there I still see blogs with very poor images, it’s a no-no!
10. Be careful when using Google images some have copyright, use your own quality pics or use a bank imagery like iStockPhotos.
11. If you use a photo as a background be sure that it is contrasting with your content, and again it has to be a high quality pic – no porn please.
12. The navigation should be easy and simple, try to avoid thousand clicks on your site, let your reader swim easily through your pages.
13. Don’t line up your pics or text against the sides of your site, it looks amateur and the ch’i energy can’t circulate.
14. Making money on your site with advertising it’s good, but if your page looks like a Las Vegas poster, tilting & flashing images everywhere it’s bad Feng-Shui. Ensure that all your ads look good together on your pages.
15. Avoid a long stagnant list of links, just select some good ones that you updated regularly.
16. I love music, but if your blog has a crazy soundtrack goes off, viewers will leave your blog within a second. If you really want some music on your blog, give the viewer the option to mute and of course like images be careful with copyright. A soothing ambient music will probably increase the flow of positive ch’i. Please note some music will increase the memory space of your blog.
17. Consider the placement of design elements on your pages. Can the reader’s eyes travel smoothly around the site – Or are you forcing your visitor to read left to right and up and down for fear of not finding what they think might be there?
18. Consider adding design elements, such as images and cool fonts (visit Google font site), that support the energy you are trying to convey.
19. My personal touch, place a laughing buddha on your desktop’s right it brings good luck and when you have a bad day, this little fella will always look at you smiling.