3 EASY DIY BLOG DESIGN TOOLS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Anyone who wants to run a successful blog or online business knows that having an attractive, well-functioning website is key. However, unless you’re willing to invest a significant amount of money into a professional web designer, achieving your website goals can be a challenge.
A professional web design can cost anywhere from $1,200 up to $10,000 — a significant sum! So going the DIY route can seem attractive. If you want to DIY your blog design and aren’t sure where to start, here are three easy options.
WordPress + Free Themes
WordPress has loads of free theme options. So aside from your hosting costs, you won’t have to pay anything! Two of the best free WordPress themes are “Tesseract” and “Spacious.” Both are very flexible and free.
While there are hundreds of great free WordPress themes, if you don’t know how to code it can be nearly impossible to get them to comply with you. That’s where visual page builder plugins come in, they’re installed as plugins and essentially turn your site into a “drag-and-drop” project. This way, you can move elements around visually (rather than typing code).
The best free page builder plugin is “Page Builder by SiteOrigin.” “Beaver Builder” is another option, although the free version doesn’t work as smoothly.
WordPress + Premium Themes
Another DIY WordPress option is to use Premium themes. This is perhaps the most expensive DIY option, but at $50 – $200 it’s still a far cry from the price you’d pay for a professional designer.
The benefit of using premium themes is that it’s far EASIER to make them look better. The premium themes come with premium visual page builder plugins that have been custom designed to work perfectly in conjunction with the theme, so everything runs more smoothly. With these options, you’ll run into virtually zero glitches.
Squarespace, Wix, & Weebly
The third and final option for easily designing your own site is to use a comprehensive hosting and site building platform, such as Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly. This is certainly the EASIEST of the three options, but it comes with several downsides: customization, features and integrations.