How to Budget Friendly Update Your Blog Design

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Can you honestly believe it’s the middle of July?  This Summer is really flying by.  I’m trying to allow myself to have some time off and not be completely over scheduled as always.  Since blogland slows down a little bit during the Summer, I’m really trying to focus on my other favorite social media outlets Instagram and Snapchat.  Have you been working on my Summer blogging checklist?  If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out this post.  One of the checkmarks on that list is updating your blog.  Well I am here to tell you it can be done pretty easily and shouldn’t cost you a fortune.


How to Budget Friendly Update Your Blog Design

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Update Your Design

Is your template too busy?  Is it the original one that you started with?  You will be surprised how much of a creative spark you will get with a new blog facelift.  You don’t need to pay big bucks to a designer to make that happen.  If you are on Blogger find a new design on Etsy here.  If you are on WordPress, my favorite site is Creative Market.  I personally love this theme and this one.  What I love about my theme is that it is completely customizable and I can do it myself.  There are sliders to make my post width wider, I can update the colors or fonts.  My previous post widget slider at the top can be more of a collage layout.  There is a lot I can do on my own without having pay a designer/coder.


Add a Footer

Make your footer work for you.  I outlined this in an old post here.  Add your instagram feed to your footer.  It will give your blog a nice update and add some color/interest to the bottom of your blog.  I personally just updated my footer to my LIKEtoKNOWit feed.  That way you can shop any of my latest looks at any time.  I also added it to the end of all my blog posts.  If you are part of Rewardstyle it is really easy to do.  It is under the APPS tab.  Click the LIKEtoKNOWit widget.  You can customize the widths, rows, and columns.  Then drop the widget wherever you want it on your blog.  You could even add it to your header if you wanted it at the top of your blog design.


Update Your Header

Are your drop down header tabs the same interest now then when you started?  I have updated my drop downs to include my favorite shopping picks, LIKEtoKNOWit, and my favorite tab which is my Blogging Freebies.  When I started, I didn’t have the knowledge to give any advice to my fellow bloggers.  However, now I love sharing my insight and I have a devoted tab to free blogging freebies.  If someone stumbles on your site and really is digging it…..make it hard for them to leave.  They will immediately start clicking open your tabs to learn more about you.  Put up there what you are proud of and what represents your space.  If you have a knack for travel, add a tab for it.  If you are a makeup guru and you have the best drugstore dupes tutorials, make a tab for it.  Keep people on your site, get them to fall in love with your posts and voice.


Change to WordPress

The switchover to WordPress is way more affordable than it has ever been.  Did you read my post on why I switched to WordPress and my top plugins?  Now is the time over the Summer if you have been contemplating it.  If you are ready to take your blog to the next level, I highly encourage you to make the switch.  I have a great contact for you if you are interested, drop me an email.


Clean Up Your Sidebar

You know all those random websites you signed up for back in the day and they required you to put one of their logo badges on your sidebar?  Now you have grown up and never go back to that website but they are taking up precious space on your blog.  Plus, most of those logos are all weird sizes and aesthetically not pleasing anymore.  Take the time to clean up your sidebar and eliminate any clutter or excess.


Work on That Photography

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Since the Summer slows down for blogland, it doesn’t mean that the opportunities should come to a halt too.  I have been getting TONS of inquiries from my instagram from brands and companies wanting to work with me.  I 100% can say why and it’s because of my photography.  If you have a DSLR camera, learn how to shoot out of automatic mode.  Make a pledge to stop using your iPhone.  If you need help, check out all my blogger specific photography lessons here.  Any questions about blogging photography, I am open for it, fire away.


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So what do you think?  Are you fired up to refresh and update your blog design?  Did I give you any ideas you haven’t thought of yet?  If you like this post make sure to check out more of my blogging tutorials here and share to Pinterest or Like on Facebook.  My favorite way to share my content is with Sumome!  I hope everyone is having a great week!

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23 responses to “How to Budget Friendly Update Your Blog Design”

  1. Yes yes yes about working on upping my photo skills! I work with photographers for my fashion photos but I need to get better about using a good camera for all my day to day photos!

  2. Every year at the start of fall I always seem to feel like I need a blog makeover. I can spend way to much time re-arranging my site, too much fun!

  3. I have been browsing through creative market themes and really love their options! I had my eye on that Freyja them too, but I wasn’t sure how the customization on it was! I am glad to hear that you can change up a lot!

  4. Love Creative Market! Just updated my wordpress theme from there. Great tips girl!

  5. Sheryl says:

    I’m in need of a new theme but need to make the time to just take the plunge and do it! Always great to hear from others how easy it is.

  6. Jaelan says:

    I’ve been focusing on really working on my photography. Finding your own style is HARD!

  7. I pretty much need to do alllll of this – great round up! Summer really is the best time for it, it still amazes me how much the blog world slows down during these three months!

  8. I need to do all of these things, It just seems like I never have time! Thank you for sharing your knowledge all the time, you are the best!

  9. totally agree with all of the above!!

  10. Great tips! Especially cleaning up your sidebar, nothing is more frustrating than clicking on someone’s blog with a bunch of pop ups and ads. I really need to invest in a DSLR, but just haven’t had the time to learn how to use one or could justify spending the money on one just yet. I know I need to, hopefully I can get one for Christmas <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. Nadine says:

    I was looking at my blog the other day and thinking I needed to spruce a few things up!

  12. I still love my design, but I totally want to add the Instagram feed to my footer… I’ve scheduled it in for next week’s blog work! And I totally agree, I’ve taken the summer to really work on learning my camera and hunkering down on Instagram. And it’s paying off, big time!

  13. Pinky says:

    Make a pledge to stop using the iPhone, I’m on it!

  14. Shannon Jenkins says:

    I am actually in the middle of a blog redesign so I am loving these tips!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  15. I definitely changed up my photography game a few years back and am currently teaching myself video and it has made ALL the difference! Great tips! x

  16. Karly says:

    Great post and tips, girl! Now is definitely the time to work on some things behind the scenes, I agree.

  17. Lindsay says:

    Great tips as always!!

  18. emelia says:

    As always, amazing tips Amanda! I am doing more research on WordPress and am really thinking I am going to switch over? Can you email me the contact you have? is the best e-mail for all my blog related things! Thanks so much!

  19. Katie says:

    Thanks for the tips! My sister and I recently started a blog and bought a dslr camera for it and I cannot tell you how helpful your freebies are. You’re great!

  20. Tiffany says:

    Great tips! I’m looking for a new theme right now and am loving the Freyja theme. I also like the Restored 316 themes as well.

  21. I am totally working on some of these this summer! I am really in need of learning how to shoot in automatic. I’ve been trying to test it out when I can. Great tips, as always! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  22. Sara says:

    I feel like I just want to take one or two uninterrupted days to focus solely on cleaning up my blog. I always sit down to do it but think of other things I should be doing instead and I feel guilty. So lame.

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