What is a blog is one of our most popular articles, so you should start by reading through that article.
You will have a comprehensive understanding of what a blog is and that people from all walks of life have their own blogs.
In this article, we will look at the common components of the average blog.
Below is a screen shot of this blog.
Apart from the background, which is white on this blog, there are four significant sections to all blogs:
- the header
- the content area
- the footer
- the sidebar
The first three areas are found on nearly all blogs and are described in this article. The fourth section, the sidebar, with its widgets, can be very useful to improve site navigation and add enhancements to the blog.
However, I don’t use a sidebar on blog basics and will discuss why in a later article.
Components of a Blog
Headers usually consist of an image, with the name of the blog, in this case Blog Basics. Next you’ll generally see a tag line with a slogan describing the purpose of the blog.
The slogan for blog basics is ‘Starting a blog? Learn how to make it awesome!’.
On many sites the blog’s name and tag line are displayed as text, usually stylized, rather than as an image. This can potentially speed up the loading time of your blog and provide marginal search engine benefits.
In addition there are usually one or two navigation menus. In this case I have one – ‘Home’, ‘Blog’ and ‘Blogging Tools’. Chances are overtime, I will test different types of menus.
The menus will be expanded as the number posts expand to include links to different stages of blogging, from starting to becoming a professional, or possibly even a authority blogger.
This is the section where the content is displayed. In older blogging systems full blog posts, mostly text based, were displayed in reverse, chronological order.
Then posts could be summarized, which is now the most common format. The technology now allows designers to produce very clever layouts. For example, I could show extracts in a wider variety of ways, such as different image sizes, different amounts of text and even two columns in the main content area.
Usually a footer displays copyright, some basic information about the site and ownership.
However, some footers can be very elaborate. This encourages his visitors to carry on clicking to view content in other sections of the site. You’ll notice that I link to the contact page from the footer.
For more information about components of a blog, be sure to check out the article on sidebars and widgets.