Blog Re-Design: Before & After

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My blog design was starting to get too busy and ugly, so I just spent the last couple of hours working on a new simpler design.

Before:


After:


Criticism?
#blog #blog redesign #redesign #theme design
  • Profile picture of the author jargonbust
    the second one is simple good for seo but first is lokking better in looks
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    • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
      Originally Posted by jargonbust View Post

      the second one is simple good for seo but first is lokking better in looks
      Um... this is a wrong statement. SEO for both will be the same because search engines don't care about CSS. The only changes that I've made are styling changes in CSS.
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      • Profile picture of the author rosarionet
        Hi,
        I would like to express my opinion. I personally prefer the first design, the second seems too busy. People do not like too much text is a good idea to divide text with pictures or video
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        • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
          Originally Posted by rosarionet View Post

          Hi,
          I would like to express my opinion. I personally prefer the first design, the second seems too busy. People do not like too much text is a good idea to divide text with pictures or video
          My site is now live with the new design. It has the advertisements and pictures on it. The screenshot above does not. You can check it out through the link in my signature.

          Thanks

          UPDATE: The screenshot above now includes the banners/pictures
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          • Profile picture of the author rosarionet
            Originally Posted by KyleLogue View Post

            My site is now live with the new design. It has the advertisements and pictures on it. The screenshot above does not. You can check it out through the link in my signature.

            Thanks

            UPDATE: The screenshot above now includes the banners/pictures
            Thanks mate, i'll check it
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            • Profile picture of the author alistairmoore
              It is very nice topic. I had to stumble your website and I would almost immediately from above because they look like every other blog chat. I would like to say to get rid of the add on top and instead, make a banner is too big and creative stating your name and what it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    I'm a fan of 'less is more', which is probably why I like the new version. Clean, just the right amount of graphics, easy to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author DOWORKSON
      The new design is far better, the only problem is branding. If I were to stumble upon your website I would almost immediately click out due to it looking like every other IM blog. I would say to get rid of the add on the top and instead, make a very large and creative banner stating your site name and what it is about.
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      • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
        Originally Posted by DOWORKSON View Post

        The new design is far better, the only problem is branding. If I were to stumble upon your website I would almost immediately click out due to it looking like every other IM blog. I would say to get rid of the add on the top and instead, make a very large and creative banner stating your site name and what it is about.
        I agree. Branding is hard to establish and the banner is really just a place holder until I come up with something better. The theme needed to be fixed though and I wanted to make sure I liked the changes before spending time on a creative banner.

        Thanks for the input on the top banner.
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    • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      I'm a fan of 'less is more', which is probably why I like the new version. Clean, just the right amount of graphics, easy to read.
      Thanks for the input
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    2nd one is good even its not much colorful
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  • Profile picture of the author gcollier
    I like the second one much better. White websites are very in vogue these days, it seems.

    I do agree with others in that I think it lacks solid branding and looks a little generic.

    My gut instinct says to ditch the ad in the header, and instead of having a header with orange text and a white background, reverse it. Have a solid orange background for the header, and have your name/logo in white. I think that would help to anchor the page a little more (less floating white space) and give it personality.
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    • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
      Originally Posted by gcollier View Post

      I like the second one much better. White websites are very in vogue these days, it seems.

      I do agree with others in that I think it lacks solid branding and looks a little generic.

      My gut instinct says to ditch the ad in the header, and instead of having a header with orange text and a white background, reverse it. Have a solid orange background for the header, and have your name/logo in white. I think that would help to anchor the page a little more (less floating white space) and give it personality.
      Thanks for the input. My header is definitely the problem child right now, but I'm still playing around with ideas. At least I've improved on the vast majority of the design
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  • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
    Where did you get the content from? Also, you don't have the date on your posts, why?
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    • Profile picture of the author KyleLogue
      Originally Posted by haymanpl View Post

      Where did you get the content from? Also, you don't have the date on your posts, why?
      I write the content myself and I don't have a date on my posts because I want the content to be timeless. The date might scare away some visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author evilprincess
    My 2 cents - I like the old one better. My eyes flow around the page from one piece of content to the other, because of the blocks of color. When I look at the second site, I don't know where to start because it's all white and I would most likely click-off right away, since it looks generic.
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