I haven’t been really happy with the look of my website and social media accounts for quite some and finally decided to make time to update. I created a new header. Updated the font that was used on my website. Created new Facebook app buttons. And managed to get all of this done within a few hours and for free. I will give the resources you need to update your blog’s look for free.
Squirrel Font is a great resource for free fonts that are allowed for commercial use (aka your blog if you make money from it).
Here is a great video tutorial that I found on how to change the font on your website when you are not using a Google Web Font. I feel like this has actually increased my load times since before I was using a Google Web Font.
I wanted a simple header. So I just went with my name and two little flourishes. You can find the flourishes that I used here. What do you think? You could even design something this simple with PicMonkey (which is free and super easy to use) or with other free resources like Gimp if you do not have Photoshop.
I also wanted to update my Facebook Fan page for a unified look. I adjusted the header and saved it at the Facebook Banner optimized size. I also created custom buttons to match. I used the same background that I had created for the header as well as the Caviar Dreams font and scaled the flourish down to size.
Have you created Facebook app buttons for your fan site? I have a few that I created while doing this overhaul that I have listed in the shop. You can check those out here.
And as if that wasn’t enough I was sick of seeing the default favicon and decided that it was time to make my own. This is still a work in progress but the at least the color matches the design of the website.
After all of this I was able to give my site a nice face lift for a free. Sure I spent time researching on how to do it all myself but I believe the few hours were worth it. And now I know how to do it in the future.