How To Design A Blog
If you’re new to blogging, or you have been doing it for less than a year, you’re probably using a platform such as WordPress, and you’re using one of their free or premium themes. If that’s the case, you’ve probably realized that the amount of editing and customization is limited, unless you know how to design a blog for yourself.
Basic code can be learned form CodeAcademy, which is a great free resource for any wannabe web designer. I found the best tool is HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, a book by Jon Duckett which is like no other ‘How To Design A blog’ book.
My first impression of the book is that it’s beautiful. The text is large and the pages are colorful, making it very easy to thumb through when in a hurry. When I wasn’t in a hurry and sat down to read it, I found that the book almost told the entire story through pictures. The words are there and technically correct, but it’s the visuals in the book that really communicate information to the reader.
Simple And Easy To Follow
I admired Duckett’s approach to this book. He completely dispels with the buzzwords that glitter so many books these days and focuses on useful information on how to design a blog. There’s mention of HTML5 and CSS3, for sure, but it’s done in such a way that it doesn’t seem gimmicky or hyped. The title of the book itself is evidence of this. Duckett clearly doesn’t want you thinking about HTML 4 vs. HTML5 or CSS 2 vs. CSS3. Instead, he wants you to understand the concepts that link together web technology and good design. Some of that is done with HTML 4 and CSS 2 while some is done with HTML5 and CSS3.
Comprehensive Guide For Beginners
This book is really targeted at beginners without a technical background, and it does an exceptional job in serving this audience. The approach is perhaps the gentlest introduction to the concept of web programming and blog designing that I’ve ever encountered. So gentle, in fact, I think that almost anyone could pick up this book and start to make a simple web page relatively quickly. It takes you right from creating your HTML file with a text editor, through learning HTML and CSS, all the way to deploying your file and adding Google Analytics.
Sprinkled throughout the book are useful tidbits about typography, contrast, design concepts, and even how multimedia plugins such as Flash work in conjunction with a web page. The very visual nature of the book makes picking up these concepts easy, as every piece of code is accompanied with a diagram, figure, or screenshot showing the result.
If you’re an experienced web developer, you’ll probably want to pass on this book since it will be far too basic. However, if you’re looking for a guide that will help teach you how to design a blog, this is it.