Everyone has their preferences when it comes to what their blog or the blogs they visit look like, but these are several blog design mistake that you can avoid – gaining you a larger audience and happier readers.
Use partial feeds. Everyone loves having to visit a website to get update. Especially when they have 100 to 200 feeds they read daily. Do yourself and your readers a favor and install a plugin like Full Text Feed and say goodbye to partial feeds forever!
Forget about search boxes and just let your readers manually search through dozens of posts for that ONE post you wrote about your favorite webhost. Seriously, you can go the simple route and add this code:
< ?php the_search_query(); ? >
to your sidebar or where ever you’d like in your WordPress template (Source: WP Template Tags; be sure to remove the spaces before the first ? and after the second ?).
Or, be a little adventurous, and sign up for Google Search Engine. The website will walk you through the steps to create a custom search engine JUST for your WP powered site – and you can even make AdSense money off of each search!
Don’t give visitors a way to contact you! I mean seriously, do you really think that anyone wants to contact you? Maybe you like having your comments cluttered with email-type requests that are off topic. If you don’t like this, then get Contact Form with Spam Protection. Be smart about it and change the question regularly, and don’t make it so hard that no one can answer your spam protection question!
Thoughts? Let’s hear it in the comments!
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