Inspirational Pixels is a web design blog. It's focus is improving the skills of web designers and developers through the use of tutorials, articles, videos, code snippets and more.
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Web design is a huge field to cover. It has many different paths and sectors, so you can’t just start a web design blog from scratch and expect the best results.
Instead of going into building Inspirational Pixels blind, I spent a lot of time researching what others were doing, and how they were doing it. The main questions I asked were:
- Design and layout: How are these sites laying out their content? Is there a common pattern? Can I improve upon what’s already there?
- Content: When do they publish content? What types of content do they publish?
- Functionality: This one is always tricky, because all sites are different and therefore require different features. Is there a common type of email subscriber area? Does each post have social sharing?
There were a lot of things to look at, with the above only being a fraction of it. The thing I had to keep in mind was always putting the content first, as that’s what people would be coming to the site for.
What I Did
To create something that would perfectly house the content, without suffocating it, I took a three-step approach:
- Create a minimal design that doesn’t get in the way.
- Plan out different content types and prepare analytics to see which ones work the best.
- Create ways of “linking” content. For example, a related posts section or mentioning related content at the beginning of an article or tutorial.
My ideas started out as a sketches, where I planned the overall layout. It then went into a wireframe and slowly morphed into an initial design I could run with.
After the design was finished, I began coding a basic outline of the site. Starting with simple HTML/CSS pages and then slowly bringing in the WordPress functionality.
Although there were a few changes made after launch, the site you see today isn’t far from my initial concept.
The entire project has been a fantastic learning experience for me, in terms of web design, writing and marketing.
I still run the blog today, and am constantly finding new ways of providing more value to my readers.
- The site gets roughly 100,000 pageviews every month.
- It was built with and runs on WordPress.
- There’s an average of 3 new email subscribers every day.
- There’s also about 2 new comments every day.
If you’d like work with me on a project like this, please get in touch.