Just Launched | Designer Blogs Affiliate Program

affiliateWe couldn’t be more excited to announce that Designer Blogs now has an affiliate program! Promote our blog templates and earn commission on every sale you send our way! Simply display one of our banner ads on your site and/or include your affiliate link in a post and watch your account balance grow as your visitors become our customers.

How Does it Work? The process is very simple:

1. Visitor clicks on an affiliate banner ad or link on your site, social media page, or in an email.
2. The visitors IP is logged and a cookie is placed in their browser for tracking purposes.
3. The visitor browses our templates, and may decide to order.
4. If the visitor orders (the order does not need to be placed during the same browser session – cookies and IPs are stored for 60 days), the order will be registered as a sale for you and you will receive commission for this sale.

For now commissions will be limited to our blog templates only — however, we do plan to expand the program to all items on our site in the future.

Becoming an affiliate is the perfect way to start earning money to put towards a new blog design! Click here to sign up and start earning today!

Note: our affiliate program has replaced our referral program so we will no longer be distributing referral bonus coupons–however if you have an old referral coupon that you have not yet redeemed, it will still be valid until the expiration date.

Free Spring Blogger Templates

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We’re coming at you today with another installment of our free seasonal Blogger templates. This time with a set of fresh free Spring Blogger templates. All font colors are customizable in these templates. Everything else comes as shown in each preview. Remember that by downloading these templates you are agreeing to these terms. We hope you enjoy them!

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For personal use only.

 

Exclusive Offer

bluehostBluehost is running a special exclusively for Designer Blogs readers where you can get a whopping 42% off hosting now through March 31st! If you have been blogging on Blogger or the free version of WordPress and have wanted to make the jump to self-hosted WordPress, you couldn’t pick a better time to do it!  Follow this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to get a hosting account and WordPress set up in a jiffy. Once you have that set up, contact us and we’d be delighted to help you complete the transfer. Click HERE to take advantage of this exclusive offer!

How to Change Logo on WordPress Login Page

How-to-Change-Logo-on-WordPress-Login-PageToday we are sharing with you a very simple tutorial that will teach you how to change the logo on your WordPress login page to a custom one using a plugin. Adding your own logo is an easy way to add a touch of personalization to your login page and will make it oodles of more fun to log into your site.


Step 1

In your dashboard go to Plugins > Add New. In the search bar type in Uber Login Logo.

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Once the Uber Login Logo plugin has been pulled up, click the Install Now button. A pop up will appear that asks if you want to install the plugin. Click OK.

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Once it has been installed, click Activate Plugin.

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To open the plugin, go in the dashboard to Settings > Uber Login Logo.

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Click on the Upload Image button to search your computer for your logo file. Make sure your image is sized to 320px or smaller. Also make sure your image is a .png file with a transparent background. If you use a .jpeg image it will have a white box around it when you upload it and it won’t look as professional.

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Once it is uploaded it will show a preview of the image and it will be saved.

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Step 4

Now log out of your site and you will see your new customized login page!

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If you don’t like the plugin above, here are some other similar plugins you can try that will accomplish the same thing:

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MY WORDPRESS LOGIN LOGO

 
Posted by: Erin

The 4 Best Places to Find Free Photos for Your Blog

FREEUSEPHOTOSLife can sure get hectic and sometimes as a blogger you may not have the time or even the photography skills necessary to take stunning, high-quality photos for your blog. We all know (or should know) that swiping images off Google is a big no-no and could result in copyright violations. You can always purchase high-quality images from places like Creative Market, Istock Photo, or Getty Images, but that can empty your pocketbook in a jiffy. So today we wanted to share with you the 4 best places to find free photos for your blog – legally.

In no particular order, here we go:


Unsplash

unsplashUnsplash is chuck-full of stunning high-resolution images. These images are free to download and you can do whatever you want with them. You can peruse all of their gorgeous photos or you can narrow your search by category. Ten new photos are added every ten days.


Death to the Stock

deathtothestockDeath to the Stock delivers 10 lifestyle styled images to your inbox each month. I get giddy with excitement each time they come and you will too! Their images are usually more vintage styled photos of coffee shops, lake front scenes, casual apartment shots, etc. Signing up for their emails is such a great way to keep a library of killer photos for future use. Make sure to review their license before signing up.


Pixabay

pixabayPixabay gives you access to absolutely free vectors, drawings and photos. The site is organized nicely and makes things super easy to find. You can use any of their images without attribution in digital and printed form. Be sure to review their terms before using their images.


MorgueFile

morguefreeMorgueFile has photos contributed by artists who are willing to let you use their work for free. Attribution isn’t even required! MorgueFile features mostly outdoor scenes and stunning shots of animals but you really can find photos of just about anything on there. Be sure to use the search bar to narrow your results.

Posted by: Erin

Affordable Hand Painted Typefaces

A current trend in typography alongside modern calligraphy fonts is the use of hand painted typefaces. Their imperfect strokes and rugged edges give each font a natural, down-to-earth style. Below you’ll find a collection of our favorites! Best of all, these fonts are affordably priced at only $10-$15 each. Many of these fonts include fancy calligraphy glyphs which you can learn how to use by following this tutorial. Have fun playing around with these beauties!

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SORTDECAI HANDMADE SCRIPT | HEART & SOUL | MANHATTAN DARLING | UMBRELLA | BONJOUR | GREATESQUE | ASHLEY BRUSH SCRIPT | AMELIAN | SWEETGRASS | MALLOW | HEARTWELL | WANDERLUST | SORTDECAI BRUSH SCRIPT | CAROLINEA

Posted by: Erin

Featured Design | Stitch Piece Loop

moodboardWe are so excited about today’s featured design and we’re pretty sure you’re going to go gaga over it too! Nicole, a former client of ours, contacted us to help her with the branding of her new brick and mortar shop Stitch Piece LoopStitch Piece Loop began as an online fabric store to help bring modern, on trend, designer fabrics & yarn to the crafters of Australia. In 2015, the dream expanded to a brick and mortar shop, to not only house their amazing fabrics, but to become a hub for all things handmade and distinctive by independent artists & designers. Located in picturesque Noosa Heads, their boutique stocks jewellery, kids toys, fashion, accessories and housewares just to name a few and they are forever on the hunt for new individual designs. So whether you’re a maker, a mover, a shaker or all of the above, there is something unique for you at Stitch Piece Loop.

logoNicole’s order was assigned to Lindsey, one of our brilliant designers, who worked closely with Nicole to bring her branding vision to life!  What made this project so fun was getting to see the final product–live and in action, which is something we don’t always get to see. Nicole was kind enough to photograph her store front and signage which showcases so beautifully the logo and graphics Lindsey designed for her. Their shop is so adorable it makes me want to take a trip to the land down under just to visit it! Take a look:

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Lindsey’s take on the project:

Nicole from Stitch Piece Loop was a dream to work with. We based her entire branding process around her idea to have laser cut timber for her store signage. I’m a huge fan of anything made out of pure wood, and incorporating simple, modern, hand-lettered fonts was the perfect way to contribute to the homemade ethos of the store. I gasped with excitement when Nicole sent me pictures of her completed storefront windows and signage. As a designer, it is incredibly rewarding to see your logo designs come to life! Next time you are visiting the land down under, go check out her darling store!

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Nicole’s Testimonial:

When my sister & I decided to open our brick & mortar retail store we knew how important branding would be. Having previously worked with Designer Blogs for our initial blog design, we had no hesitation in returning to Erin & her team to develop our perfect logo & business card design. Once again the process was made so easy and completed in a very timely manner (even over the Christmas/New Year holidays!). We have been able to use our logo design in all of our shop signage, digital & print advertising, and on our website – and have had great feedback from our customers. Thanks so much for the great work Lindsey – we really appreciate it!

If you live in or ever visit the land down under, be sure to check out Stitch Piece Loop!

Posted by: Erin

The Art of Mixing Typefaces

Google Fonts might have only been around for the last five years but today, it’s grown into an incredible resource hosting almost seven hundred typefaces and counting. Plus, all of these typefaces are open-source, meaning that they’re 100% free to download and use both personally and commercially; you don’t even have to give attribution in your projects.

The problem is that while there’s certainly no shortage of free fonts available, knowing which of these fonts are likely to well alongside each other is a whole other story. Sometimes it can take hours just to find a couple of fonts that don’t look terrible next to each other, which, let’s face it, no designer really has time to do.

The good news is that the guys over at FastPrint have been hard at work trying out some of the most popular typefaces in the Google Fonts library, and have put together an infographic showcasing hundreds of good, bad, and downright ugly font combinations. The results are showcased in an easy-to-understand diagram so all you have to do is to pick a couple of fonts (display and body) and see how they stack up against each other. Some of the combinations are somewhat surprising to say the least; who’d have thought Oxygen would work well combined with pretty much anything when used as a text font?

Here’s the infographic:

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Guest Posted by: Jodie Hopson of FastPrint

March Desktop Background

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It’s the little stuff we do each day that makes us happy. For me, early morning runs in the cool crisp air, personal meditation time, eating right, and spending quality time with my family are the things that make me ridiculously happy. Today is one of the greatest gifts we’ve been given, so let’s use it wisely and make it ridiculously amazing! Enjoy our March desktop background!

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For personal use only.

Posted by: Erin 

How to Launch a WordPress Blog

how-to-launch-a-wordpress-blog-in-4-easy-stepsWhether you are a new blogger or a seasoned Blogger or WordPress.com blogger wanting to switch your blog over to self-hosted WordPress, setting up a blog on WordPress can be a bit daunting, so today I’m going to teach you how to launch a self-hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost (our preferred web host) in four simple steps. Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting provider’s out there. They have very affordable pricing, stellar customer service, are incredibly reliable, and make the installation of WordPress as simple as clicking a single button! Follow these four simple steps and you’ll have your WordPress site set up in a jiffy.


Step 1: Domain Hosting

The first step is to get your hosting in place, so head on over to Bluehost and click on that big green button.

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Select a plan. The “plus” plan is the most popular and really does give you the most bang for your buck, but if you want to start with the “starter plan,” know you can always upgrade in the future if needed.

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If you haven’t thought about what you want to call your blog, now’s the time. Try your best to match your domain to the title of your blog (e.g. our site name is Designer Blogs, so we chose the domain www.designerblogs.com). If the domain you are wanting isn’t available, try using different variations of your title (it will offer you some suggestions). If you already own a domain that you’d like to use, enter it in the area provided.

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Now follow the instructions and enter in your account information, select your package details (the only one I recommend checking is the SiteLock Domain Security because it keeps your personal details private), and then enter in your billing information. Follow the remaining instructions and then your hosting account will be in place!

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Step 2: Install WordPress

Now that you have a hosting account in place for your domain, it’s time to install WordPress. This is where Bluehost makes things super simple. Navigate to the “Hosting” tab at the top of the page and then click on “Install WordPress.”

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Click the big green “Install” button.

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Then select the domain you want to install WordPress to (you can leave the “directory” part blank). Then click “Check Domain.”

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Click “Show advanced options” and enter in your site title (you can always change this later), choose your WordPress username and password. Check the box about creating a new database and check that you’ve read the terms (be sure to review them first). Then click “Install Now.”

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You’ll see the progress of the install at the top of the page.

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When the install is complete, click “View Credentials” and write down the login information so you will know how to log into your site. Now WordPress is installed to your domain and you can log in and get blogging! Easy peasy, right?

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Step 3: Configure Settings

You can log into your site by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin or by following the link from your credentials. This will bring you to the login area on the backend of your site. Enter in the login info you wrote down from the previous step and then click “Log In.”

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First, let’s get your basic settings in place, so in your dashboard go to “Settings” and then “General.”

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Enter in your site title, tagline, url, email and the other information it asks for and click “Save Changes.”

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Now I highly recommend that you change your permalink settings for SEO purposes, so go to “Settings” and then “Permalinks” and then select the “Post name” option and click “Save Changes.” I also recommend that you click through each of the options under “Settings” to get the additional options set up like you want. You can also visit our tutorials page for additional help in getting the other areas of your site set up.

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Step 4: Make it Gorgeous!

Now it’s time to get your blog looking fabulous! You have a few options when it comes to the look of your site:

1) You can use one of the free generic themes that are included with your WordPress install. Go to “Appearance” and then “Themes” to find them. As you can see, they aren’t much to look at and there isn’t much variety, but if it’s not in your budget to spend money on a theme right now, then it’s a good place to start.

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2) You can purchase a gorgeous StudioPress Theme. StudioPress has a huge collection of professional, minimalist themes that will take your blog to the next level. Click here to view all of their amazing designs.

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3) You can hire a blog design company (like Designer Blogs!) to create a fabulous design for you. We offer very affordable premade blog themes or if you want a one-of-a-kind blog design, you can consider purchasing a custom blog design or a custom website design. With this option, we do all the work and you just get to sit back and enjoy your fabulous new design!

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I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer!

Posted by: Erin