Designer Blogs - Stylish blog and website designs.
Designer Blogs is a blog design studio that specializes in building beautiful blog designs for the Blogger and WordPress platforms. We pride ourselves in having superior customer service and creating designs our clients fall instantly in love with.
The final school bells are ringing and it won’t take long for your kids to say those two dreaded words…I’m bored. We have made a summer bucket list for years and it helps us to get moving and be intentional with our time. Each family member contributes ideas and we see how many we can check off.
You can write your list directly on the printable with a permanent marker or you can place the printable in a frame behind glass so you can use a wet erase marker and wipe it off with a wet cloth when you are done. The zip file contains three file sizes; 8×10, 12×16 and 14×18.
Our $15 Blogger templates are a great way to get a stylish blog look in less than a few minutes. One of the customizations included with our blog templates is a styled profile area. Styled means that we code the default Blogger profile gadget so it looks more custom and pretty.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from our $15 template clients about how to configure the about me gadget, so we thought we’d explain how to configure the profile gadget in a tutorial today.
Step 1: Add Profile Gadget
First, you need to add the profile gadget to your sidebar. You do this by going to Layout and then clicking Add a Gadget. Then scroll down until you find the Profile gadget. Click the + to add.
To add your profile photo and bio info, go to Settings > User Settings > User Profile > Edit. The page that opens will show an overview of your profile.
To change/add your profile photo, scroll down to the Profile Photo section. This will allow you to upload a photo from your computer or you can insert the url to your image if hosted somewhere on the web. If you are not currently using a photo, click the Choose File button. If you are currently using a photo and want to change it, click the Remove image button and then click the Choose File button to find your new photo.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the image you upload has been cropped to a perfect square or it will appear distorted. We recommend making sure your photo is at least 500 x 500px.
To add the text that will appear under your profile photo, scroll down to the Additional Information section and edit the Introduction area.
Save Settings button to save your settings. Then view your live blog to see your beautiful new styled profile area!
1. Blogger Profile is not showing after following all of these steps.
Do you have 2 or more users set as administrators? If so, the profile gadget won’t work/show because it won’t know which of the two to use. Set your blog to only have one administrator and then your profile gadget will show.
2. You’ve followed all of the steps and your photo is blurry.
All of our current Blogger templates have coding that will prevent blurry profile photos, but if you have an older template installed, Blogger may resize your profile photo automatically to 80×80 pixels. It then blows the picture up and pixelates it. There is a fix. Go to Template > Edit Html. Click your cursor anywhere in the code box and hit Ctrl/Command + F to open a search box. Search for this:
Now paste the following code directly BEFORE that closing </body> tag:
Todays featured design is a website created for the awesome Ashleigh of Ashleigh’s Education Journey. Our designer, Kate, worked with her at the beginning of the year on some reworks of her original custom design. Here’s what her site originally looked like:
She really liked her overall branding, however, her site had more of blog feel and she wanted to step it up to look more like a website.
Finding the perfect style
Ashleigh knew she wanted to keep her original color palette with only a few small changes to the green and blue shades. She was also open to new logo suggestions. The main focus of her new design was a menu. She wanted it to be the focal point and full of fun & colorful icons.
Kate decided to create three different mood boards which would feature Ashleigh’s favorite colors (in slightly different shades for option #2) and different icons and coordinating logo styles. Option #2 and #3 can be seen below:
Option #1 was based on a logo Ashleigh already had and was the option she ended up going with in the end, with new clean and colorful menu bar icons. Sometimes it takes seeing other options to confirm your original decision.
Creating the website design
Creating a custom website design usually takes longer than creating a blog. Website homepages are much more advanced and include sections that feature different areas of the site. Ashleigh was really great at communicating her needs so the whole process went really smoothly. We made sure that all of her opt-in boxes were properly set up and that her post images were displayed correctly.
Here is a full-length view of the final website design:
Handwritten fonts are making a huge impact this year! Everywhere you look you can see brands using a hand-written font in makeup and housewares and fitness. It is easy to see why they are popular. The authentic handwriting instantly adds a personal and human touch to any design.
Add an authentic touch to your newsletters and prints this year with one of these trending handwritten fonts.
Spring is almost here! Only a few more weeks and we can say goodbye to winter until next year and say hello to fresh blooms, butterflies, and many more beautiful signs of spring. Welcome spring to your home or office with this pretty free printable.