Those who have a magazine in WP might have some experience with online editing. However, a WordPress site can always offer some extras. This article aims to show WordPress Magazine overs some quick and easy tricks to make their WP site even more charming.
1. Write quality articles
Okay, this sounds rather trivial, but it is still true. When you think seriously about having a magazine, you need to provide quality content, even if you try to boost your traffic by posting trash. Sounds even more weird? Let’s see what we mean by quality.
- Be consistent, and language-wisely well-formed. Give your text a readable form, divide it into paragraphs, use punctuation correctly. Yeas, this is true for trash as well.
- Do not hurt anyone. This is a very important general rule when it comes to publish on the internet. Of course, almost each magazines have already published faked content, imagined stories or content stolen from others – some of these can happen accidentally, or caused by the pressure on the editors and authors. In many cases it is very difficult to check the reliability or the originality of what you have. That is why it is very important to make sure that your content is not harmful, and won’t violates anyone’s human rights, does not hurts anyone’s feelings unnecessarily, and is not disturbing for someone you do not want to make sad.
- Always reedit and rewrite what you repost, unless the original author does not ask you to do the opposite. On the one hand, search engines do not like multiplications of texts, so some editing gets your site better marks. On the other hand, this is nice to be respectful for the others.
- Give meaningful titles and leads. Find more info about this in our previous post about quality WP articles.
2. Choose your fonts and forming wisely
The greatest advantage of WordPress themes is that most of them offers a wide variety of opportunities when it comes to the appearance of text. However it is worth keeping in mind, that too much styling can make the text pretty difficult to read. Here are some advices to avoid the bloopers:
- Make sure that your site has enough contrast. Although light blue characters on a deep blue background seem to be very decorative at first glance, this can be very tiring to read it on the long run. The same applies for over decorated fonts, like Algerian, Monotype Corsiva, or Harrington. Keep them for decoration and do not use them for the body of the articles.
- Use big enough fonts. The normal 12 pt size is usually not big enough to read effortlessly from the screen. Besides, most of your readers will most probably read you for pleasure and would not like to take invest too much energy in reading. Be nice to them and use at least 14 pts.
- Make sure that links are visible enough.
3. Choose a good theme
This might sound trivial too, but this is more important than you’d think. The first rule is, that if you have a WordPress magazine, choose a Magazine WP theme.
As you might have seen our previous posts about sites for places in WP and Word Press Portfolios, most of the website categories can work very well on WP themes from a category other than the site originally comes from. The WP homepage of a restaurant might work very well whit a portfolio theme, and a portfolio might look really convincing whit a blog theme too. However, magazine works different.
Most magazines perform in the best way when the reader gets engaged, and is motivated to navigate from article to article. As a result of this, it needs a theme which enables the reader to browse in the articles easily. Unlike linear blog themes, where the reader can usually see the latest post on the first place and gets offered only some of the most recent/relevant content, magazine themes offer a mosaic-like design, whit textual and visual appetizers for the visitor.
Enpine or Laverde are classical magazines: the front pages allow the editors to advertise their content visually by relatively large images, while all the other visual parts are less emphasized – unlike classical blog themes, where a well-made header functions as a kind of identifier.
Beandot is a bit more conservative, but still enables the editors to display multiple articles on the front page, and the user can navigate by the popularity of posts.
Inspirin combines the advantages of the well know blog-design whit the colorfulness of a magazine. Even though it lays bigger emphasize to the written content than Enpine or Laverde, even this theme has a good layout for easy navigation.
Tip! Browse for fresh themes –it helps to maintain your originality! Further tips for theme choice.
4. Mind the pictures and sizes
Although magazines are still about written content, visuals play a very large role too. If you are lucky, you have a plenty of quality photos, gifs and other types of visuals to publish. These are godsends to your sites, except for one case, which is easy to avoid.
As WordPress magazine themes offer a good way to publish quality visuals, some editors make a mistake, and publish HQ photos directly. Of course, viewing a good photo in a breath-taking quality provides a plenty of pleasures to the viewer. However, viewing too many photos in too perfect qualities can rather be disturbing.
High quality photos are very difficult to load, and require too much place on the server. Some of them are even difficult to be displayed on some devices, so what shall provide the nice experience to the visitor can cause rather annoying minutes waiting for the content to load in.
If you receive large images, make sure that you resized them.
5. Keep up-to-date
Even if you’ve already find the best way to publish your content, keep in mind, that you still have to be up-to-date. Check the latest trends, statistics and analytics to keep up with your concurrence. Do not afraid of making small changes in look, style, or even topics.