As media and technology continue to rapidly transform towards a more scannable, navigable age for mobile devices, web media is following suit. Sites are incorporating a flatter design while keeping content as the main centerpiece. It’s important that as we move towards a mobile-centric world, businesses take lessons from websites that are much better equipped to adapt to this change.
Time and time again, we run into websites that, while they may have good content, fail to capture their audiences on a design level. The site looks old, certain aspects take too long to load, it’s a hurdle to share content, etc. The businesses that refuse to iterate are the ones most likely to be left behind in favor of more attentive firms. You may find yourself in a similar boat if you don’t take nods from better players in the space.
Perception is everything, and while the sites that we’ve listed here are not “the best,” they have a design that serves users well and should be looked upon as a good example for sites to follow.
Here are some top 25 blog layouts you can learn from:
TechWyse – While not the most visually expressive of the bunch, TechWyse’s design is a testament to the standard blog layout. Social media buttons and subscription boxes are also focal points on the site.
The Next Web – The Next Web site certainly looks part of “the next web.” With its smooth navigation and fast response times, this is a theme you should pay attention to.
Codrops – The Codrops layout is another design that looks neat and clean. It isn’t all surprising that the team here did well in this regard (it is a design blog, after all).
Search Engine Journal – Having recently updated its look, SEJ makes use of a flat design with its signature lime green color scheme. It effectively pulls its audience in with large images and blog posts taking center stage.
Uber – Uber’s blog is simple, yet stylistic. Nothing really distracts you from the content (realize that focus is one of the top aspects a site can have — a disoriented user will bounce from your page).
Intertwine Marketing – Intertwine Marketing keeps the reading process simple for viewers: recent content in the middle and featured content on the right hand side. It doesn’t get any more user-friendly than that!
352 – 352 has a great-looking blog! The design places its categories at the center of the page above the content, making for a much more fluid experience.
The DSM Group – Like the rest of the website, the DSM Group blog was made with speed in mind. All aspects of the page are kept relatively close together, making for a tighter navigation experience.
Credii Insights – Credii Insights promotes bite-sized thoughts for tech-driven businesses and it shows. You don’t get a huge torrent of content blasted at you every day; rather you get insights periodically with no other motive other than to educate.
Brandignity – Brandignity has a dynamic layout that changes color every so often (chances are the color is changed from what you see below). We love the flat design and interactivity the blog incorporates.
Medium – Do you see a trend yet? Medium has large visuals, a simple layout, and focuses on content. Great work here.
Spinx Blog – Another common aspect of the updated blog layouts are the navigation bars that move relative to your position. Spinx has a terrific-looking blog that keeps everything included a reasonable space a part.
Content Marketing Institute – CMI boosts another design with a flat layout (although it doesn’t utilize a visually engaging design). Still, the makeup of the site is clean, the sidebar is informative, and the loading times are top notch!
Mervik Haums – One of the best parts of the Mervik Haums layout is the fact that the visuals are upfront, along with the content. Additionally, even though this is a three-column structure, it doesn’t look cluttered.
Creative Cartels – Creative Cartels has everything it needs to be a top layout. With a smooth look, simple orientation of its various pieces, and visual engagement, the blog definitely deserves high marks.
GetResponse – The standard blog layout has been a mainstay for a reason, and GetResponse’s look perfectly exemplifies the style.
Builtvisible – Free of distractions, the Builtvisible blog is highly minimalist, only keeping subscription boxes underneath the individual blog posts.
Contently – Contently has another three-column layout and flat design. Again, themes like these often get disorienting, but the team here pulls it off without a hitch!
Callbox – Callbox’s blog gets the job done, delivering content and making it easy to find the categories that matter to you.
Digital Third Coast – DTC employs a neat setup — the subscription box is right under the navigation bar, insuring visitors will always see it. The content and its authors are showcased, building trust right off the bat!
YokeBreak -Rather than its navigation bar, YokeBreak makes its sidebar move relative to your position on the page. It works surprisingly well for the blog, guaranteeing the most recent posts and subscription box are always within view.
Entrepreneur – Entrepreneur’s blog takes a nod from Medium, keeping similar fonts, but changing things up in the visual department. It uses smaller images for a more traditional blog-like look and feel.
Teknicks – Teknicks has another standard blog layout that still looks quite good — you aren’t bogged down with content from the get go. The short length of the blog posts make the quantity much easier to process.
Cognitive SEO – Cognitive SEO makes use of a simple content feed to display its content. The posts it publishes are also very visual in nature, doing more to capture the focus of its audience.
Glipho – Glipho moves its navigation bar to the bottom, keeping the content as the main focus along with a call-to-action at the top. It might look like a lot is going on, but just barely — it doesn’t detract from the overall presentation.
We hope you enjoyed some of our top picks for blog layouts! What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below!