Blog Themes or Templates for your blog are often important to us. We’re design bloggers, so the look of our site says a lot about who we are and what we want others to think about us.
When you start blogging, it’s easy to just grab a free template and get going. Some people like to get the design perfect before putting content in to the first post.
Whichever you choose, there are a lot of options open to you for the design of your blog and we’re going to deal with whether to use a template or hire a developer to build you a custom theme.
What are blog themes?
A theme is the design of your site, it’s the styles that decide what fonts you use, the size of images, the colours, the layout and everything to do with the look and feel of your blog.
By changing your theme, you aren’t making any changes to the content within posts or the sidebar, you’re just changing the way it looks in a browser. All of your content is stored away safely in a database.
Why should I use a template?
Templates give you a fast way to change the look of your site without much effort. You can upload a new template and switch it on quickly to change the design immediately. There are hundreds of free templates available so this costs you very little to make a big improvement to your blog.
There are also a lot of paid templates to choose from built by developers and then sold to many people so that the cost is spread over a lot of people rather than paying for a custom design. You can often make changes to these templates so that it becomes more personal and not like every other blog.
Why should I hire a developer to build a custom blog theme?
A custom theme can be ideal for you to make specific changes to the design that a template doesn’t allow you to. You get full control over the design down to the very last pixel so it is perfect for your needs and branding. Some bloggers find after a while that the restrictions of a template are frustrating when they want the blog to look a specific way. Custom blog themes are exactly what you want it to be. You choose the size of images, where they display, any custom ideas on layout, whether to have sidebar or not and so on; a custom theme is a great way to make your mark on the internet.
What are the cost differences?
As with anything bespoke or custom, the cost of this can vary dramatically. To break it down for you, here are some costs:
- Free template = £0
- Premium template = £7-£45
- Custom theme = usually around £1,000, up to £4,000
Where can I find some templates?
Yesh & Tash:
A shout-out to Yeshen (who previously helped run We Blog Design) who builds custom SquareSpace blog themes at http://www.yeshandtash.com/