Design suggestions and THANK YOU FOR THE THEME

  • cluborange

    #3997

    I won’t be original, and the first thing I want to say is THANK YOU for such a wonderful and flexible theme (not that I know how to use its flexibility!)!

    Secondly THANK YOU to all the advanced members of this forum, you were a great help and I understood the theme better with your considerate help.

    Thirdly, my actual blog: http://comprehension.byethost32.com/

    Before you start criticizing my design, this blog will be content-based. Therefore, I didn’t create any fancy header images and other stuff. I want the readers fully focused on the content.

    Finally, a few precise questions about the design:

    -Does the header look fine? Or does it look to amateurish?

    -Do you think light-blue color looks OK on the sidebar, or does it look out of place because of orange header text?

    -Do you think the background image is OK for the website, or do you think it should be darker, maybe like the default one?

    -Is the content text easy to read (if you ignore that it’s Latin)?

    Any other suggestions are HIGHLY welcomed. This is my first design attempt, so I need opinions of professional people.

    Thank you!

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #23192

    I want the readers fully focused on the content.

    Yes, yes, YES! (That’s all I’m going to say about that, because I could go on for ages about this topic.)

    Does the header look fine? Or does it look to amateurish?

    The header is clean, simple, and unambiguous. That is everyone’s goal, I think.

    Do you think light-blue color looks OK on the sidebar, or does it look out of place because of orange header text?

    I think it looks fine, but it does clash a little with the orange. Here’s a site that will give you some pleasing color combinations:

    http://colorschemedesigner.com/

    Play around with the options on there. It’s a lot of fun.

    Do you think the background image is OK for the website, or do you think it should be darker, maybe like the default one?

    The background image is a little busy, but if you set this to “fixed” rather than “scroll” in your background settings (look at “Attachment”), I think it will look fine.

    Is the content text easy to read

    I am not a fan of sans-serif fonts for text (even on the internet) because they lack style — and Arial is one of the worst. I use Tahoma on my blog, even though not everybody may have it on their computer. I’ll take just about anything over Arial or Helvetica, which were designed for print (and where they look more or less fine).

    (if you ignore that it’s Latin)

    😉 — Non est Latine.

    cluborange

    #23193

    Ok, I changed the background image, changed it to fixed, changed the yellowish space around the posts and in the sidebar to white… Changed the post font to Georgia, reduced the text width… Do you think it looks better now? And any other suggestions?

    Just a few question in relation to SEO:

    1. nofollow thingy: does graphene already added the nofollow attribute to all necessary links and pages, or would I have to use a plugin?

    2. I read somewhere that if you add a short description to your category pages, it will bring the categories page well UP in search engine results… Well the question is the practical side of it: how would I actually add this description? Go into php templates or use a plugin?

    3. Not that important, in my humble opinion, but I also read that on individual posts pages, it is not desirable to have the blog name in h1 or h2 tags. Well in the theme they are h2 tags, so it’s not as bad as h1, but still, any suggestions as to how to change the website name to <p> or <h3>?

    Thank you.

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #23194

    Oh wow! That’s looks really great!

    does graphene already added the nofollow attribute to all necessary links and pages

    Yes.

    All the rest is just so much SEO rumor mongering and hoo-doo. The fact is, search engines are free to use any algorithm they want, and they don’t tell us because they don’t want us to game the system.

    Anonymous

    #23195

    The colours seem ok to me. I prefer a slightly larger font size, but what you have is ok, and the style works.

    As for the SEO stuff, Bing makes a point about the H1 H2 tags, seems they’re more interested in them being used to make logical sense of the page. If that is so, then it seems that sensible usage of the tags to guide humans through your pages should work well?

    Category descriptions help the engines to place your category and to know what is in it. While not a major part of SEO, it may help to clarify things. So, a small boost in rankings may result. The main thing is whether or not a PERSON is going to see the description in amongst a pile of returns with no description….

    People keep trying to come up with new and better ways to fool the search engines. Some tricks will work for a while, but most won’t. And in the end, the engines will figure out what you’re doing, and you can be penalised for cheating.

    Way back in the Dark Ages of the ‘net, content was king. It still is. Good SEO practice is to help the search engines to help people that may actually want to see and read what you have to offer.

    Richard 🙂

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #23196

    @Richard

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Content is king.

    cluborange

    #23197

    @Richard

    Thanks for your response. Yes, I agree, what you actually have on your blog is king. But design is kings’ garments, without it, he wouldn’t look like a king.

    P.S. Forgive my unmastered use of metaphors.

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