As many of you know my website, in addition to being a book blog, is also my sandbox for playing with images and site design. Many of you may have stopped by, when I’ve had a work in progress, and thought, what a mess, or is this the right place. Maybe someday, I’ll get a separate sandbox, but for now, I continue to make modifications, live and on the fly. Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me.
I thought I would share some design considerations I had while working with my latest StudioPress theme for WordPress.org, Wellness Pro Theme. This time I did a little more behind the scenes work. I worked on my images and general blog format. Image formatting has always been challenging. Yet, working with images is also a lot of fun.
I’ve been revamping all of my 2016 posts to date.
I removed the feature image from inside my posts. Posts have always had, and still have, a feature image associated with them. I’m trying out having a featured image, but not including it within the post text. (I’ll be trying this out to see how it goes.)
I am paying more attention to image dimensions. In my email server, images can be between 79 and 530 px wide. So I am limiting feature images and images within posts to 530 px.
Also, I am trying to be more careful about the size of my images, so my blog will load faster. As a rule of thumb, after reformatting for the web, I try to keep images less than 300 kb. I try to balance out the size with the image quality and the overall post.
When I first started blogging my tagline was: ‘A Book Blog’. Since then, I’ve revised it to: ‘Book News, Reviews and Other Topics’. Accordingly, I’ve created three new categories and added them to my main menu: ‘Book News’, ‘Reviews’, and ‘Other Topics’.
I am also experimenting with email updates. Due to the changes of pulling my featured image out of my posts, I’ve modified my email update format to the option that includes the feature image and a ‘chunk’ of the post text. Thanks to my email subscribers for your patience. I really can’t test my (blogfeed) emails that much ahead of time. So, what you see, is what I see for the first time. (And, unlike blog posts, I can’t go back and modify them!) Click here to subscribe.
I’m not sure if any of these guidelines will help with my SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I think they will.
Have you updated your blog lately? Do you check your image formats and sizes? Do you have any recommend guidelines?
I hope to occasionally write posts focused on blogging. Please feel free to add your suggestions or tips to the comment sections of these posts. Please feel free to ‘share’ my posts via social media. Please feel free to ask questions. I will try to answer questions within post comment threads.
StudioPress WordPress Themes include a small SEO section for posts. I have that on my list for possible future topics on blogging. Any suggestions of topics are welcome.
Want To Know More About Image Formatting?
Check out 12 Common Image Formatting Mistakes To Avoid On Your Website from Canva Design School by Janie Kliever.
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