Headers are very important in any blog, new or old. It draws the visitors’ eyes to your site. It tells them what the blog’s “overall feel” is before they’ve read your entries. It says something about you, the blogger. It shows your blog’s personality as well as your own.
The colours, patterns, and fonts you use will say if you’re quirky, colourful, serious, wacky, relaxed, professional, and so on.
The problem with designing blog headers is that if you don’t have access to a friend who is a designer, it can get tricky. You end up relying on templates available for your platform. Or find online services that will allow you to design your own without their company watermark. Or you might need to hire a designer to do it for you. Sometimes, these things can get costly.
Like me, most bloggers would prefer to DIY their header especially if they’re just starting out. But if you’re not a designer, it can get confusing. I went through several headers before sticking with what I have now. But each header I designed was a phase in my blogging, and I guess the design evolved with the blogging as well.
Based on the several phases I went through with my own header, here are some ideas for your own blog that can easily be made through several platforms out there. First, pick the size of your header. It is different each platform or blog template, usually over 850px for width and 250px for height.
The Photo header
If you have that one photo that you want to use for your header, here’s a template you can use to display it on your site. Simply upload the photo, preferably landscape, and drag it to the space. It is best if the letters pop out so use dark fonts for light background and light fonts for dark backgrounds. Having one word with a block colour similar to the photo helps tie the words to the photo you are using. For the blog header I designed for my blog, it only works if the photo background is white. Or if you know how to erase coloured background, but that’s more complicated so better to keep it simple.
The Super Clean header
A minimalist? Just having letters on plain background can also make a great impact. Plus, it’s easy to create as well. Simply choose the font type and colour that suits your site’s mood, and maybe add a dash of border for emphasis. There are no strict rules on where to place your blog name too, right, centre, left. Many of the top bloggers out there aim for simple headers with nothing but all texts. For the header I made for my blog, the only embellishment I added was the circle that separated the letter from the rest of the word. I also added some Christmas decorations for the holiday season.
The Multi Photo Header
Perhaps you’re a photography blogger, maybe a food blogger or a craft blogger and you want to show off your creations up front. This multiple photo header will suit your blog well. Simply add your photos on the placeholders and voila! Easy! The blog name and background can be stretched if you need to. You can also opt to place it under the images instead of over it. I created something similar for my blog last year but instead of three different photos, I used just one, cropping it in different places.
The Patterned Header
If you’re into patterns but still want it simple, then this style might just suit you. It combines block colours and patterns in a simple yet elegant way. The colours can be changed depending on your blog’s colour scheme. You can also add a tagline underneath the title if you prefer. It is best to note which colours go well together. Canva has a great tutorial on choosing colour schemes that go well together.
The Cutesy Header
There is also the cutesy option to a blog header. Those who love shapes like flowers, hearts, stars and so on can sprinkle their header with these shapes in different colours that fit with the blog’s colour scheme. Just drag and drop the shapes and change their colours. You can opt for a plain background or one with colour or pattern. Again, finding the right colours that work together is essential to make this header work.
The Colour Header
I went through this phase myself. I called it my rainbow phase. My fonts were not only colourful, they were also patterned. If you’re a “light and fluffy” blog, you might prefer a very colourful header. This is a simple text-based design with a colourful font scheme that’s easy to replicate on Canva. Just write the text and change the colour of each letter using the colour wheel that pops up. You can embellish it with different types of borders if you wish, or add your tagline in a different colour. I think mine ended up quite psychedelic.
There are several design platforms out there that’s easy to use. These days I mainly use Canva but feel free to shop around. Have fun designing!