Surprisingly affordable secrets for updating your blog design

Tips and tricks for giving your blog a designer look without breaking the bank.

designer blog templates

Deciding on the style and design of your blog can be really stressful and expensive. A clean aesthetic and professional look is important and you want it to reflect your personality. There are a few different ways to make sure your blog looks like a million dollars, but you don't have to spend very much at all.


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Here are some ways to get a designer look for your blog:

1. Designer template or theme

You can spend hundreds of dollars on a custom design. Or you can spend less than $20 on a beautiful one that you can easily customize yourself.

If you're on blogger, you can use also one of the free and easy to understand templates from blogger for your design. I did that for over 4 years, customizing it to fit my style. But in 2016, I wanted a fresh look and also wanted to improve the site navigation and appearance on mobile, so I invested a whopping $15 on a designer template. I installed it myself with the easy to follow instructions that it came with.


I wish I had done this YEARS ago!


I know what you're thinking..."I'll bet those other pretty templates are expensive!". But they really aren't! The most expensive blogger template from Georgia Lou is $17. That's less than a family pizza night! The offer several beautiful options for both blogger and wordpress. My template is the Felicity design, shown here:


Responsive blogger template





All of the options available for your wordpress or blogger blog can be seen by clicking below.



You can easily customize them with your own social media accounts, use any color and any font you like. They're very helpful and will quickly answer any questions you have about your template.

*If you're uncomfortable with installing the template yourself, they also offer installation service for $35 to $75. That's still less than $100 for a beautiful, designer blog that looks like a million dollars.*


For my blogger blog, I changed the colors and tweaked the header and also have added gallery pages for $2.99 per month. That's less than a trip to Starbucks.


In case you're wondering how much I spend using blogger, here's a recap:


That's $18.99 per month plus $10 once a year if you're counting. There are so many wonderful reasons to be on blogger and I'll be sharing them in another post so stay tuned! Some of your favorite big bloggers are using blogger and you probably didn't even know it.


Now back to your blog's design. Want to see more template and theme options? There are dozens of other great looking, affordable templates available here:


The sky really is the limit on what you can do with your blog these days. Here are just a few examples:

Responsive designer blogger template


2. Header update

If you just want a simple update to your header, you can also have that done for a very small fee. Here are some examples of what's available:





Click on any logo to see pricing and options. And to see hundreds more choices, go here:



3. Custom created graphics

With just a little practice you can design your own graphics and basic logo with picmonkey or canva. Of the two, picmonkey is easier to start out with and also is wonderful for making graphics for your blog.

Here's an example from picmonkey:


They have dozens of tutorials to help you with any type of project. It's free for most options, but they also offer a pro version for $3.99 per month with even more features.


4. Good photography

Lat but not least, if your blog is in a visual niche, you'll want to post the very best photos possible. That might mean eventually investing in some quality photo equipment. Here's what I use and recommend:






You don't have to start out with high dollar equipment, but it does make a difference and you might want to have it on your wish list. And editing your images to look their best is worth the effort. It may well be what sets you apart you from the ever-growing crowd of bloggers.


Let me know if you have any questions or other recommendations for good blog design and also what you think of these gorgeous templates.

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Thanks for dropping by and good luck on your blog design.



5 comments

  1. I just happened to find Georgia Lou recently as well. What beautiful designs. I need to update my blog and will probably be purchasing one of her designs. It's so nice that we can now make blogger blogs look more professional. Thanks for the tips!
    Shelley

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    1. Yes, it is nice to have so many options these days. You're welcome! ~ Angie

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  2. so many good ideas here. you've inspired me to get busy and improve my blogging.

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  3. Angie your post comes at the perfect time, I'm rebranding and it's overwhelming but you've helped simplify things for me. Thank you!

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