Do you feel that your blog is a little bit dull? Would you like some ideas to make it shine and bring it back to life?
Or perhaps the opposite, it’s too noisy, with lots of images, boxes, and too many things all over the place?
If you answered yes to the questions above, stick around and you may get some great ideas to apply right away.
1. Verify your WordPress theme look and functionality
The first thing to check is if your blog design looks OK to you.
Perhaps your blog is new and you grabbed a theme in a hurry just to be able to start. Because you’ve really been procrastinating and planning a lot.
Or maybe the look of your blog was OK at the beginning, but it’s outgrown the original theme. Now the look is childish and naive, and no longer represents you.
If you think it’s time for a change, consider updating your blog theme to a new one. Do a bit of research when choosing a theme as you don’t want to change it extremely often.
Think functionality first and pretty design second, it will save you lots of time and headaches in the future.
Word of caution: If you’re not comfortable updating your WordPress theme by yourself, get help from your web designer or hire us.
2. Remove blog widgets you don’t need
Maybe you’re fine with the blog look overall, but you’d like to make it simpler by taking out some of the boxes that occupy too much space and distract your readers from your website message.
It’s time to start a list and make a decision on what to keep and what to throw out.
Note: I’m not saying to delete these functions completely from our blog, but just to remove them as widgets, because, very often, this can take up unnecessary space.
Suggestions for widgets to keep
Your opt-in box
Your social media links
Latest blog posts
Suggestions for widgets to remove
Your meta information box
You can find your widgets in your WordPress Dashboard, Appearance, Widgets.
3. Clean up your blog categories and tags
A special case of widgets is: categories and tags. They are very important, not only for your entire blog structure, but they also help with SEO.
Take a look at your current categories and tags and see if they still make sense for the purpose and mission of your current blog.
Go ahead and delete any duplicates, rename old categories and tags, and add a few if you see fit. You can find the categories and tags in your WordPress Dashboard, Posts, Categories and WordPress Dashboard, Posts, Tags.
Ideally, for a well-targeted blog, you should have about 10 categories and 10-20 tags.
Time saving tip: Set 30 minutes aside and go through your categories and tags for a good scrub.
Have you considered a blog cleanup? Leave us a comment and share this post so others can benefit.
Is it time to redesign your website or blog? We can help: check out our blog design services and let’s talk!