Below is a screen shot of this blog. Apartfrom the background there are foursignificant sections to all blogs: theheader, the content area and the footer arefound on all blogs and are described in thisarticle. The fourth section, the sidebar, withits widgets, is very useful to improve sitenavigation and add enhancements to theblog will be described in a later article.
Headers usually consist of an image, the name of the blog, (in this case Blog Basics .com), atag line, (Giving a quick slogan to the site – in this case – Welcome to the world of blogs).Usually it will also have a site logo, but as I really like the eyes through the slit image I havedecided to use the image as the site’s logo for now.On many sites the blog’s name and tag line are displayed as text, usually stylised, ratherthan as an image. This very marginally speeds up the access to the blog and again verymarginally helps the search engines.In addition there is usually one or two navigation menus. In this case I’ve got two: one, thegrey one, for the business side of the blog – about, contact and as the blog expands I willhave a section for contributors, a media pack, (for selling advertising), terms andconditions, and a privacy statement, (which is often required by advertisers).The second menu, the red one, allows access to the content. It will be expanded as thenumber posts expand to include links to different stages of blogging – from starting tobecoming a professional, or possibly even a star blogger.Trouble is I plan to have two other methods of helping visitors access the content:through activities, such as writing, handling images, technologies, promoting a website;and through writing posts for different types of users: personal bloggers, businessusers, freelancers, those campaigning or supporting people and of course those wanting tomake money from a blog.I still need to plan the navigation for these pathways, which will probably placing code in thesidebar, which I will describe below.
This is the section where the content is displayed. Inolder blogging systems full blog posts, mostly textbased, were displayed in reverse, chronologicalorder.Then posts could be summarised, as in thediagram, which is now the most commonformat. The technology now allows designers toproduce very clever layouts and so for example I canshow extracts in a wider variety of ways, such asdifferent image sizes, different amounts of text andeven two columns in the main content area.
As I only set up this theme yesterday you can probablysee that I have not made any changes to the standardfooter supplied by the theme. Usually a footer displayscopyright, some basic information about the site andownership.However, some footers can be very elaborate. Thisencourages his visitors to carry on clicking to view contentin other sections of the site.For more information about the components of a blog, besure to check out my article on sidebars and widgets.Finally, if you’re ready to start your own blog, be sure tocheck out this blog training course called “How to Start aBlog That Matters“.