Web Design: Best Web Color Schemes
Best Blog Color Schemes for Easy Readability
Does Your Blog Suck? Learn how to use the best web color schemes for easy readability. Get rid of the black background and white text for good because your readers truly don't like it.
Pantone's color of the year is Emerald. What does this mean for you and your blog?
More Pantone colors to consider are Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, Nectarine, Monaco Blue, Linen, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots and Dusk Blue.
Colors aren't the only thing you have to worry about? For your site to be user friendly it needs to have good navigation, easy to read font, organized text and guided eyecatching design.
Having all of these things will help your reader to do what you want them to do - read your blog.
2013 Pantone's Color of the Year: Emerald - Color Combo 420
Image: Color Combo 420
1. The Best Background for Your Blog
Choosing the background of your blog is probably more important than choosing the logo of your company.
First, if your reader can't read your site they won't be back. Always design your blog with your reader in mind.
Second, if the brightness or darkness of your site hurts their eyes, they'll leave immediately. Get rid of the dark background for good in favor of a white or lightly colored one.
Finally, make sure that your design carries over to various browsers. What looks good on your computer and your browser might not look so great in another. More people are using portable devices like tablets and smart phones so design your blog around these factors.
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Web Color Schemes: Tender Shoots - Emerald
2. The Best Font for Your Blog
Web Color Schemes: Flora Red - Poppy Red
3. Accent with Images
Number One Blogger Mistake
The number one blogger mistake is to clutter your website with images.
Have you ever visited a blog only to have to scroll down halfway just to read the post?
Is your sidebar cluttered with banner ads?
Unless your blog is a photo journal use images sparingly in your design.
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Web Color Schemes: Color Splash - Dusk Blue
4. Include Plenty of White Space
What is White Space?
In writing for the web this means to use short sentences and short paragraphs. You want the reader to flow through your post.
An easy way to accomplish this is by using bullet points.
- Short Sentences
- Short Paragraphs
- Everyday Words
- Use Bullets
Web Color Schemes: Macaw Hues - Nectarine
5. Make Your Content Readable
"Top ranking websites are the ones that respect the #1 most critical feature of good site design: readability. A website must first be easy to read and navigate, before it is cool." ~ Mad Town Designs
She suggests testing your site based on these 5 factors:
- Focal Points
According to Kim Krueger "Designs must enhance a site's reading experience and complement the structure that best lends itself to readability, rather than distracting from the content. "
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