Pimp My Sidebar
FUNCTION + AESTHETIC | Making the MOST of your website's prime real estate: The Sidebar & Footer
Have you ever felt totally confused about what should go in the sidebar and footer of your blog or website? Do you see other websites doing cool stuff, but you just aren't sure how to do it?
Let's really break it down.
Purpose and Benefits
We talk about why you need sidebars/footers and how they help you. Here's a quick spoiler . . . if you have them on your site, they are really important.
Common Traits of Great Sidebars
There are 5 things that great sidebars and footers have in common. We explore those and you get an opportunity to research and find ones that impress you.
Sidebar Items and Sizes
Ever get stuck on what in the world you want to put in your sidebar or footer? Well, here are 17 different possibilities and we will discuss which ones are right for you.
You have a choice. Where do you want your sidebar? Do you even want a sidebar. We look at best practices for your sidebar depending on its location and what will work for you.
Ads - How to Do Them Well
There is nothing wrong with ads, but if they aren't done well, they can really bring down the quality of your site. Since ads are typically in your sidebars and footers, we will address what to do and what not to do among other ad-related things.
Common HTML Code For Your Sidebars and Footers
There are times when you need the text or image in your sidebar to look a certain way, but you just can't make it happen. Knowing a little code can definitely help and it doesn't have to be hard or intimidating!
Squarespace and WordPress
In the final section we will get into some information specific to these two platforms including Squarespace themes that naturally have sidebars, plugin functionality and an awesome list of suggested plugins.
And you do remember that this is free right?
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Hi! I'm Brittany Mays. On a daily basis, you will find me designing brands and courses for amazing people which I love to do and balancing my business(es) with my family (they seem to like me, so I try to stay around.)
I have seen first hand how effective the right mockups, graphics, and creative resources can be for social media, sales pages, and conversions in emails and that's why I want to show you how to create them and make them great.
Graphic design has been my thing for almost 8 years, and I have been teaching people for even longer. You can always find me at BMays.com.
I also co-create an awesome "blog-in-print" for creatives named The Independent. If you want even more great information and resources for your business, check there.