How to Make Your Own Blog Design

Posted on 03. Feb, 2009 by Trish in Tutorial

I have had a lot of people emailing me questions lately on how to design your own blog. Most people are quite shocked to learn that I did this blog on my own. It’s really pretty simple once you get the hang of it. I don’t have any training, and 6 months ago, I didn’t know a thing about html. Some people are able to hire a blog designer, which is wonderful, but if you don’t have the funds, like me, these links with help you learn how to do it yourself.

The first thing I suggest is making a test blog. That way you can mess around and try to change things all you want, and if you completely screw it up, oh well. At least you’re not messing up your real blog. Next is to make sure you save your current template as it is. To do this, go into Customize, then under Layout there should be a tab that says Edit HTML. I copy all that and paste it into a word document. Then I know if anything were to happen, I have it saved somewhere else. You need to get comfortable changing html.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that before you start, make sure you change your blog template to Minima. It’s easier to work with. I used a free 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements, and did a search on youtube for “How to do digital scrapbooking using PSE” to learn how to use it.

Here are some links to the tutorials I used to learn how to get my blog looking nice, or some good ones I have come across since. (Most of these are for blogger only, however some, such as the “grab our button” would work for wordpress as well.)

For a 3 column template:

For background and header changes:

  • Blog Design Tips
  • How to Make You Own Background
  • How to Get Your Own Custom Colors for Your Blog
  • What I did for my header is design it on it’s own, save it as a jpeg, then go into customize, and under Layout, I click on edit in the header box. Then you can save your image to go behind the title and description, or instead of the title and description. I have it instead of title and description, so I can have my own fonts, etc in the header. One nice place to design your own is using Scrapblog. You have to sign up, but it’s free to use, and they have tons of digital paper, embellishments, etc right there for you to use. No need to download anything else.

How to Add a “Grab Our Button” Box to your sidebar:

Navigation Bar:

(I did mine differently and it’s a little complicated to try to explain here)

Signature:

Comment Numbering:

  • How to Number the Comments in Blogger (This one is a little more complicated and I’ve heard that some people have it work fine when they use Firefox, but it destorts their blog in IE. I used it, however, and didn’t have any problems. I don’t know why it worked for me, and not for others)

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Comparing Browsers:

Since I have written this post I have changes over to a self hosted wordpress site, but if you would like to see the design I have talked about in this post it is still available at http://sweetnsassygirls.blogspot.com

I hope this helps get you headed in the right direction! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or leave a comment. I’d love it if you could help share this post with others too by using the share/save button on the bottom to Stumble and Digg this post.

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27 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Blog Design”

  1. Blogger Blog Help

    22. May, 2014

    [...] Sweet N Sassy Girls How To: Trisha over there has a great article with resources, information and more. Definitely worth it’s read. [...]

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  2. Tammy Cordeiro

    08. Jul, 2012

    Thanks so much for the tips! I’m wanting to re-design my blog and I didn’t feel like plopping down $200 for someone else to do it! I’ve bookmarked this page in my delicious account and I can’t wait to get started!

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  3. John Murphy

    18. Jul, 2011

    These are really helpful hints on design and layout and it is a great resource for those starting out. I posted on my blog about tips for bloggers that compliments what you are saying beautifully. Have a look here http://tinyurl.com/6xqjbhq.
    Thanks for your thinking

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  4. Mark Max

    05. Apr, 2011

    Hello
    I really want to say that you are doing really good job in teaching others on how to make there own blog. I also make blog and I find your article very informative.

    Regards
    Mark Max

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  5. brother pe770

    19. Jan, 2011

    Hi

    i found your site through search engine.i like your web
    page content and very attractive theme.really i like this
    it.

    Thanks.:)

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  6. Jonas Belding

    21. Sep, 2010

    Hi that were many great information. Despite im from poland and my english isnt that good enough i was able to translate everything, so i enjoy your english style, because its so well structured and easy to read. Go on like that!

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