If your website looks exclusively like a blog it might be time to change things. You might be thinking it’s time to make the switch to a classic website style. You don’t have to follow these steps if you just want to revitalise your blog. There are other ways of doing this without making such a drastic change. Here are some guidelines for giving your blog a facelift and changing the structure of your website.
Making Minor Changes
Superficial changes are those changes which the visitor sees. It could be a new background or a slightly different layout. These don’t actually alter the structure of your website. It focuses on appearances only. You can make some changes to make it seem more like a traditional website. Superficial changes are good for keeping up with current trends in web design.
Easy as Pie
Superficial changes aren’t difficult to enact. Start from the blog post selection screen and you’ll see a bunch of options for making another web page. You can add picture links with a blog title underneath it. Every picture acts as a link to your blog. Try using the Ahref feature to direct users to a specific part of the page. This is great if you want to direct your visitors to something specific.
Try changing some of your category pages to make your site look more like an article site, such as Cracked.com. You can still build web pages on top of your new category pages, which keeps things simple like a blog. You can choose from a variety of pages, including sitemaps, index pages, and doorways.
If you want to change your home page, you can. Add a banner to it so all your blog entries move downwards and things start to look more like a conventional homepage. It doesn’t break any of the links already on your home page. The pages still exist and they have the same URLS. You’re simply altering how things appear to the user.
Another option is to convert the existing home page into a sitemap. Shove all your links at the bottom to create a minimap a user can click on. This is an inferior option for converting your homepage, though. Larger blogs will struggle to deal with all the different content on the website.
In some cases, you’ll have to start going deeper into your website and changing the structure of it. This will alter links and you should prepare for a lot of work if you want to start changing codes and adding new things. If you’re using a Content Management System (CMS), like WordPress, you can get away with simply installing a plugin which changes how your site looks.
With most CMS, they tend to look like blogs so you should read up on some tutorials before fiddling around with things.
Converting a Blog to a Website
If you’re absolutely sure you want to transition from a blog to a website, prepare for a lot of work. Anything can be changed as a website and a blog is just a set of codes. To convert a blog to a website, you need to rewrite the base code. If you have a smaller website, you might want to start from scratch.
You should watch out for any URLs and backlinks during the conversion process. Any changes to the URLs will break any relevant backlinks and remove the benefits gained from them. You should read through Google’s guidelines on URLs to make sure you’re adhering to best practices during the rewrite.
Redirects are a DIY method of preserving your links, but they aren’t as beneficial as direct links.
The chances are you’ll have to upload all your content again. Remember to save every page before making the change. It’s such a large project, so it’s often easier to simply pay someone else to do the job. It also removes the possibility of making any mistakes. This isn’t something you should attempt if you have little experience.