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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Why I use this plain template for this blog

Choices of templates are very personal, as different people have different preferences and requirements. Some like very fanciful ones with lots of colors and graphics, some like plain ones like this blog. Some cannot stand the blank "wasted" space of this blog if you are viewing this blog with a wide or big screen and prefer templates which display the blog across the whole screen with no blank space. Some like fixed width templates, some fluid templates (more on this later). But take a look at this very high traffic and high reputation website BBC News. If you go to that website with a large screen, you will see all the content on the left and a large, blank "wasted" space on the right. Do you think that BBC News has a lousy webmaster? Or this one which is likely to be more familiar to Americans. I am viewing with a 22" wide screen and I see blank space on both sides just like this blog. Why do they do that? Most likely, they, just like me, have statistics to tell them a significant percentage of their visitors are still using small screen, and this blog as well as the above 2 huge websites will just fit nicely into their small screens. They, like me, probably do not want to discourage visitors with small screens from visiting again.

For more information on why I prefer such a template like this, including mention of a readability study, surf over to What is the best template for my blog?.

Graphics heavy templates versus plain templates

I like a plain template for this blog because its purpose is to provide useful information and help. I have no need for fanciful graphics which increases downloading time and also need the graphics to be hosted somewhere on the web. However, it is not that I do not use graphics heavy templates. I used the Rounders 4 for environmental blogs because I think that suits environmental blogs like Environmentally friendly presents (gifts). The graphics are hosted by Amanda of Blogger Buster (hope to publish a post on this soon), and this means my blog is dependent on Amanda keeping the graphics on the web. Once they disappear from the web, my blog is in trouble. I can of course host the graphics on my own, but that will involve work and time, but I will probably do that later and write about how I go about it. In the meantime, if you use a graphics heavy template for your blog and will like to host the graphics on your own, the post New Blogger Sweet Dreams 3 column template by Blogger Buster will give you an idea as to how to go about it.


  1. I have a question what will be a great way to decrease your Bounce Rate. My overall bounce rate is 60.88% which is terrible. My returning visitors are at 28.33%. Thank you very much in Advance

  2. Interesting/informative/helpful/easy to understand CONTENT (content is king) plus encourage interactivity and encourage plus respond to comments and if you have the time, get to the blog of the blogger who left the comment, post a comment, write something relevant to the post if possible, and tell them that you have responded to their comment with a link to the post where they made the comment.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Earn with blogs (Google group)
    (Blogging helped my put 2 sons through college on my pension. We want to help you do the same)

  3. Hey thanks peter I really do think you have one of the most informative blogs out there please keep up the great work...If you do not mind I will be picking your brain........

    my wife's blog

    Thank you very very much keep up the awesome work..

  4. Hi NanoGeek,

    Thanks for the kind words and glad the blog had been helpful for you. BTW, the links you put in the comment is not active (clickable). Most bloggers, including me, want our blog to be easily found by search engines, so we try to get active inbound links with relevant anchor text.

    BTW, most of my blogs have the "nofollow" attribute removed for comments which means search engines will follow the active links in this blog and crawl the web page linked to plus improve the link popularity and PageRank of that blog, thus increasing the ranking of that blog by search engines. These increase the likelihood of your blog or post being in the front page of a SERP (search engine result page), improve PageRank, etc.

    You are encouraged to commend in my blogs, but spams are deleted.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Dough
    (Blogging helped my put 2 sons through college on my pension. We want to help you do the same)

    inbound links

  5. Hey! I too love a plain and simple blog. I am really trying to set mine up like yours on blogger, with ads on the left, content in the middle and widgets on the right. How and where can I do that? What template are you using that allows you to do that? Do you mind sharing it?

  6. Some how i do agree with the author of this blog that which he says that fanciful graphics get increase the down loadling time but on the other hand colorful webdesign along with appropriate material attract the people which increase the returning rate of visitor on blog. Thanks


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