Choosing the right content layout for your WordPress blog

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Nadejda Milanova · 26th януари 2021·Blogging

Choosing the right content layout for your WordPress blog

It’s only natural that when you create your blog, your main focus is dedicated to the content. It’s very important how you present your content, as how visitors react and interact with your blog is crucial to delivering your message.

Today we will show you the correct way in choosing your content layout and which one is best for your blog.

Different blog layouts

Below you can see some of the types of content layout which you will encounter when you do your research for blog themes.

Full page or single paragraph

Full page or single paragraph

Full page, single column or full-width blog layouts take up the entire page of your website. The content represents the full width of the browser and in most cases includes a large featured image, text features you might often find in magazines such as fancy quotes or drop caps, and larger text. Personal blogs, journals, and travel blogs often have this type of layout.

Two-Column

Two-Column

This type might seem familiar as it’s often considered the traditional layout for blogs. It includes one primary column containing the content, as well as a second column or a sidebar features content such as search bar, links to related blog posts, navigation, About me section, etc.

Three-column

Three-column

This column is often seen in blogs with a lot of content and magazines. The column in the middle includes the blog post content, while the sidebars feature secondary information.

Grid-Gallery Layouts

Grid-Gallery Layouts

This type of layout is popular with blogs with a lot of images. It can also be seen with personal blogs. They feature each link to a post which is displayed in more of a card style layout in a grid which users can scroll through.

You might notice that grid layout and galleries can be identical but with photography-oriented blogs you might find a full gallery layout can be more appropriate. Images are in higher resolution and visitors can click on each image in order to view the full post.

Traditional Business

Traditional Business

You have probably noticed that most businesses already have a blog on their website. However, a lot of companies have static home pages, while the blog is included as a secondary link.

Which style works best for you?

Deciding on the layout style of your blog is a very personal decision. It depends on a lot of factors, such as the type of the blog, what content you will be posting, and the overall feel you are looking to present. Some of the things you need to keep in mind are

• Are your images too heavy?

• Are your posts in-depth and long form?

• Are you looking to publish regularly such as in a magazine or online newspaper?

• Will you be running an online store?

The answer to all of these questions will help you specify the type of blog you are looking to create and give you some fresh ideas about the style and layout you should choose.

WP themes with full-page layouts

Note, that pretty much any theme can be personalized for a full-width blog layout. We have gathered some which are considered excellent for fullscreen themes.

Fullpane

Fullpane

With this theme you will provide visitors with a full screen experience throughout the entire website, not just a blog. It relies on parallex effects. What you will see are fullscreen backgrounds, full-width images, and no sidebars.

Pineapple

Pineapple

This free layout provides a large featured image, a Continue reading button which will allow users to click and read your content further, and a post snippet. Each blog post will have a related post as well as social links – this will offer a simple and clean layout which will define your content.

Traditional style with sidebar WP themes

With this style you have plenty of options. Any WordPress themes will do the job. We have gathered some of the great looking choices which might be of use.

Beautiful

Beautiful

As the name suggests, this theme is simple but efficient. It provides you with the standard layout and sidebar you might expect. The overall look is, however, minimalistic and gorgeous.

Corner

Corner

With this team you will be able to display your content in a traditional manner. It does, however, offer some untraditional choices such as including the navigation in the top left-hand corner. It’s more visually oriented but when customized properly it is great for professional and personal use.

Themes with Grid Layout or Masonry

For portfolios grids this is a great option in terms of layout. Here are some of the best masonry grid themes:

Total

Total

With this theme you will receive access to a number of demos, one of which is Mason, a great layout for blogs. Once you click on an image, you will be able to read the full post where images prevail.

Art

Art

This multipurpose portfolio theme provides some excellent blog specific options which are worth your attention. For example, with the grid layout you can create a wall of pictures and no spacing between them. Each image is a link to an individual blog post which is excellent for any media heavy website.

Gallery style themes

Soho

Soho

This video and photo theme provides a variety of options for your layout. With the full screen layout, you have a grid style gallery which can include social media type of interaction on the blog homepage. Once you start clicking through the content you will notice a traditional blog with a sidebar, but still heavy on images providing visual artists and photographers with plenty of room to experiment.

Business themes

This is a very general category, but note that a lot of traditional business website themes provide a blog section.

Elegant

Elegant

This is a free theme which includes all the features you are looking for in a business theme such as a section for the team, portfolio, as well as an excellent blog template.

Karma

Karma

This standard theme was designed especially for businesses, but includes professional features and a blog section. It provides all of the elements like modern blog designs and clean navigation.

Why is the content layout so important?

Choosing the correct content layout for your blog is very important. Whether it’s for your business website or personal use, the layout will choose how users will interact with your website and shape their first impressions of you.

Aside from that blog layout, every aspect of your website is important and each detail shows how your content will be received.