There are certain things that instantly make people want to stick around a blog just a little bit longer – great design, for one, except that most of us don’t have the cash to shell out for a top-quality blog designer. But there are so many little changes you can make immediately to make your blog look more put-together and professional.
This is the first in a One-Minute Blog Makeover series. I’ll be sharing all the small things you can do without spending money or much time to make a big, noticeable impact. So let’s get started, shall we?
Read on for before and after examples to really get an idea of the impact I’m talking about and to find out how to make your pictures full-size in Blogger and WordPress. Plus, at the end of the post, find my challenge for you guys, and then come back to share your results if you participate!
Why Uniform Blog Image Sizing is Key
Tell me: of the two screenshots below, which is more pleasing to look at? Why?
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going for the number two. It flows smoothly and looks so much more thought-out and deliberate. It’s what you’ll see on pretty much all professional blogs – and for good reason.
Which brings me to today’s blogging tip: Size all images on your blog to the same width.
How to Size Your Images Before Uploading to Your Blog
Once you have all the images rounded up for your next blog post, open up Photoshop, Pixlr, or Photoscape (my favorite free editing program) and set the width of each image to the same number of pixels. This means that some of your photos will be taller than others, which is fine. The important part is that they line up down both sides. It’s much easier to size the pictures themselves, rather than trying to adjust their sizing in your blog dashboard or the HTML code, and it only takes an extra minute.
P.S. Here’s the post that’s featured in these screenshots if you’re interested.
How to Control Image Sizing on Blogger and WordPress
- Blogger:After you insert your images into the post, click them, and then click ‘original size.’
- WordPress: If you use WordPress, when you upload photos, just click “Full Size” and as long as your original file is at least as wide as your content bar, all of your photos will be the same, no resizing necessary!
One-Minute Blog Makeover Challenge
For your next blog post, either today, tomorrow, or even later this week or month, size all your pictures to the same width. Then, leave a comment on this post with a link to that post and a link to the post before it so that we can all see the difference between your blog posts before and after your ‘mini makeover.’