Five Favorites >DIY Web/Blog Design<

Join me in my first-timer excitement as I link up with Hallie at Moxie Wife with lots of others and share five favorites.  Five favorite what?  Well, pretty much anything you want.  I’ve been reading the posts linked to this little party for some time now and I’ve always found them really entertaining, fun to read, and sometimes really helpful.  I think it’s one of my favorite link-ups in the history of link-ups…such a great idea Hallie!

So, my faves this week (assuming I find time to list my five every week…here’s hoping) revolve around blog design.  I recently gave the blog here an overhaul and I did it all myself…read, free.  Everything was free.  I didn’t pay a cent to anyone to do anything.  And granted, it’s not the most high-tech, glamorous design in all of blogland, but I like it.

It took a lot of googling and a lot of html and CSS learning to stash away all the design knowledge I’ve packed in my noggin’; much of that said learning happening during the couch-sitting later months of the twin’s pregnancy.  So, without further ado, I give you my five favorite websites that give tips and tutorials on DIY web/blog design:

1.  Design It, Love it
image_3 Carolynn’s web design blog is my favorite favorite.  She’s all for helping you make your blog “pretty” and she also has another website devoted to finding and sharing free design tidbits along with free labels, printables, etc… – Fab 'n’ Free.


2.  Helplogger
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Helplogger is where I find any technical information I might need like how to add social media icons and how to move certain aspects of your blog to a desired location.  They take the intimidating front of HTML and make it a piece of cake for people like me.  :)


3.  Freckles In April
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Besides having a blog I get sucked into for nap times at a time, Kayla has a series on her blog, Freckles In April, called Blog Therapy where she gives hints and helps to a better blog.  She details process steps so well with pictures and explanations that she makes almost any web design tweak a walk in the park.  I’m about to head over and hit her up for her tutorial on making a customized navigation bar.  Should be fun…and up soon! 


4.  Something Swanky
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Ashton blogs about dessert and design, two of my favorite things and what a happy pair they are.  She has a whole tab devoted to diy blog design.  I found her blog while searching for a tutorial on image-mapping.  Satiate your sweet tooth before you head over though or you’ll be wiping drool from your keyboard.
 

5.  xomisse 
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I recently found Ellie’s blog after googling tutorials on how to move my date header and I found lots of great explanations and tutorials there.  On top of paid custom web design options, she has great freebie and downloads section I’m excited about.  I haven’t had much time to explore but I look forward to using her blog as a go-to when the design bug strikes.

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Just an FYI, I use the Blogger platform to run my blog but I know some of these websites have tutorials for WordPress as well, in case you’re looking to do some blog tweaking yourself.  :)

Do you have any others to add to the list?  Are you the sole-designer of your blog or would you rather hand the tech work off to someone else?  Or do you have any questions?  I love answering questions!  No secrets here!

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  1. Thanks for posting these! I am slowly, slowly working on improving my blog design so I bet these links will be pretty helpful. :)

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  2. LOVE these resources, Sheena! Thank you so much for sharing them and for linking up! You're the sweetest. :)

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  3. Checking these out! Recently found Code it Pretty
    http://www.codeitpretty.com/
    when i was searching on how to do a Photo Gallery for categories in snapshot/flipcard
    http://sevenlittleaustralians.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/category-photo-gallery-flipcard-or.html
    really easy

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  4. Welcome to the fun of Five Favs, Sheena! Your site is GORGEOUS, and I'm so excited about your very first favs because I'm in the process of redesigning my site "a la FREE" myself. I'm pretty sure I almost crashed the whole Interweb in the latest of my code quests last night, so I'm really excited to check out all these tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Cate!! :) And thanks for the compliment on the site! It means a lot since I've spent literally nap time upon bedtime upon nap time working on it!! I'm heading over to your site now to see your handy work! Hopefully you'll find some good tutorials to help you along!

      Oh and ps, I know how it goes crashing the web...one tip, make a test blog nobody knows about to do all your tweaking and testing and then copy it over to your real blog when you know it works! :)

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  5. Plan to visit every single one! Thanks!!!

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    1. You're welcome Hannah!!! Have fun designing! :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing Sheena! You did a great job on your design!

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  7. Thanks for posting these! I'm in the process of redesigning mine & giving blogging a little more time. And I'm so glad you use blogger! It's what I use & a few people tried to talk me out of staying with it, but your site is beautiful! Very encouraging. :)

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    1. You're welcome Kristen! Your blog looks great btw! It's amazing what you can do by yourself with just a little know-how! ;)

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    2. Oops...meant a smiley at the end there. :) No winking about that, all true! Haha!

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  8. Sheena! These are such great links! Thanks for all the legwork. I'm off to find myself some facebook and pinterest widgets!

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  9. i learn so many things from this blog.keep updating.thank you so much.

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  10. Thank you so much for featuring my blog!! Your blog design is great, wonderful job :) xx

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    1. You are so welcome...and thank you Ellie! P.S. I sent you an email to let you know you're my 100th Google follower!! I've been waiting to hit the big 100 and have a little gift for you! :)

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