01 / A Search Function
It can be really frustrating when you go to a blog to find something specific and you have no way of searching for what you are looking for. A search function is the perfect solution to this problem and it is so easy to add this to any page. It is super user friendly to add a search bar or button on your home page so readers can jump to any topic or post they are hoping to read straight away. For a bonus, add the search to your navigation or the top of the page so the eye jumps to it!
02 / Post Categories
A perfect design element for those obsessed with organisation, creating separate navigation for each category is a great way to show readers where to go, especially if you find yourself blogging about lots of different topics. In Blogger, you can add a label for each post and in Wordpress, a category or tag and this makes it easier to include these links. Whether you add a completely separate category section or add the links to your navigation, this is a really useful feature to add to your page.
03 / Large Images
Most blogs now have a huge amount of focus on photography and this is something which can keep your readers returning for more! If you put a lot of effort into your photos, the last thing you want is for them to get lost in a busy blog design. Make sure you have a large area to showcase your posts and therefore your images. You can even add a posts slider to the top of your page so they definitely won't get missed!
04 / Readable Text
There is nothing worse than looking forward to reading a blog post and then clicking on it to find it is really difficult to read. Body font is SO IMPORTANT in a blog design as with a hard to read text, your content becomes a bit useless. You want to make sure you make your content as easy to read as physically possible. To do this, you need to choose a simple font, a good size and appropriate spacing.
05 / Social Media Info
From experience I know that if I really love a blog, I will follow that person on all forms of social media as I want to connect with them as much as possible. You don't give readers the opportunity to do this if your social media account information isn't readily available. There's no excuse to miss this off now with most templates offering social icons in the navigation, footer or sidebar of your home page.