Dont Worry About Website Design, Worry About Getting People To It

When I redesigned my sites, I opted to go for a DIY approach with GeneratePress over getting a designer to work on a fully customized theme.

Part of this was the economics of it all- a fully customized site costs over $5,000 (and I have two sites with a third coming soon) and a DIY theme costs roughly $50 per year plus my own time in customizing. But the other part was that I am not convinced that aesthetics actually matter when it comes to the performance of your site- not for an extra $4,950 per site at least.

Sure, there are some things that are necessary in order to convey your expertise on a topic and to help with the user experience. But at the end of the day you can convey your expertise with text and social proof, and the most important aspects of user experience are based on site function, not site form.

Design aesthetics, which is what a customized theme really is, only minimally come in to play with any of these.

So if you are thinking of investing thousands of dollars to redesign your site under the thought that all the bells and whistles will get you more page views, you may need to think again. If it were up to us, we'd spend that money on a different outlet altogether: marketing.

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BigScoots Review – Managed WordPress Hosting for a Great Price

We've been fans of Managed WordPress hosting for many years now and finally decided to change our host to BigScoots as a cost-saving measure. We had heard about this one for quite some time (all good things, naturally), and finally took the leap in early 2020 in order to see what they were all about.

As it turned out, it ended up being a great decision!

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5 Secret Confessions of a Full Time Travel Blogger

What can I say about travel blogging after writing on this site for over a decade? I have so many stories and experiences that it would be hard to figure out a good place to start.

But when I sit back and think of where the last decade has brought this site (and me as a travel writer at large), there are a few things that stick out to me that I have to get off my chest. These are my full-time travel blogging confessions.

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7 Ways to Support Your Favorite Bloggers for Free

Let's pretend for a moment that you arrived at a blog, one not so different than this one perhaps, read the article you intended, and enjoyed it. What do you do next?

While your own path from there may be different, the vast majority of people who read blogs do something fairly simple: they leave.

Odds are good you do this too, but let's take a moment to go past that. Let's say you really enjoyed the article, or perhaps you have been a fan of that particular blogger and want to help them out. What can you do?

Well, we have several easy ways for you to help out a blogger you like, and they all can be done for free!

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