Once you thought about the content of your blog, it is time for choosing the right template. This step is important not only because it tells a lot about who you are and what you want to convey to your readers but also because you need to think about which one is most convenient to your needs: Do you want a two-column blog, one with three columns or even more? There are in fact three options to choose from:
1-Templates that come with blogger: They can be accessed from the site’s interface: From the layout tab, you can opt to pick a new template from a number of available ones. Here are the pros and cons of this option:
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2-Templates that one can download free from other sites: There are a couple fo great websites that allow bloggers to download from a variety of awesome templates. You can strat by having a look at Amanda Fazani’s bloggerbuster which displays 125 awesome templates along with the links to download them. Better still is another post by the same Amanda Fazani that talks about the top ten sites that offer free blogger templates .
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bloggingtips has a lot of tips for bloggers.
3-The start-from-scratch approach: If you are not satisfied with the existing templates and you want to have a “personalized” look for your blog, you may try to change the whole look of your blog by changing its layout, colors, fonts, menus, etc..
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Some basic knowledge of Html and CSS is usually enough. In fact, you don’t want mess up your code while trying to add a hack or workaround. Here are a excellent and easy tutorials to begin with : html basics , CSS basics from w3schools and cssbasics.com. Besides, there is no need to reinvent the wheel every time you want to add a feature to your blog. A Google search about free code, menus, cool buttons is often all you need. These are must-see sites that both inspire by their look and help with their content and tutorials: smashingmagazine (fonts, turorials, css tips, freebies, graphics, etc..) , webdesignerwall ( awesome tutorial about css menus) and noupe (check great tutorial about a sexy drop down menu with Jquery and CSS).
WebDesignWall: cool tutorials and web design resources.
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