As a blogger, you probably have a set of various goals you’re looking to fulfill. Unlike other websites, you’re perhaps aiming to achieve a steady following of readers, increase ad revenue, and link users to your socials. How do you develop a mobile-ready website that can do all this and more?
Whether you’re just starting out and beginning to learn the blogging ropes or even if you’ve been playing the game for a while now, you don’t have to develop your own smartphone-responsive website all by yourself. Instead, you can utilize one of the interweb’s pre-made templates to attain all your targets on mobile.
Because your readers are most likely reading your content on the subway while commuting to work or while they wait at the doctor’s office for their appointment, it’s important to gear your blog up for the mobile-first world.
Here are some templates to help you do that with ease.
1. Simple Article
This AMP Start offering is free and simple to integrate. If your blog is picture-heavy (as most blog content tends to be), the ‘Simple Article’ template is a great way to ensure speedy load times without sacrificing image quality.
This template also persuades the readers on your webpage to engage by recommending related articles – a component that may have otherwise taken you time and resources to add to your own, made-from-scratch AMP page. This keeps your reader sessions up and maintains your engagement levels.
2. Land and See
Most bloggers these days tend to feature content about a wide variety of topics. For the diverse blogger, the ‘Land and See’ template has much in store. Another free and easy-to-use template, this one is a great choice for the AMP newbie.
Not only does it segment your blog into categories through a traditional but responsive burger menu, it also includes social elements. That means your user interaction can extend past your website into your socials without disruption. Enabling you to build a brand following.
Moreover, with its stylistic animations, your visitors will have a more fluid and dynamic user experience rather than viewing everything from a flat perspective.
Clean, customizable, and compact. The ‘Dex’ template is what happens when intuitive design meets cutting-edge tech. This template has everything you could possibly ask for from both an aesthetic standpoint and technical perspective.
It’s also extremely customizable – you can try on over 120 theme settings to see what fits you and your blog’s branding best. Furthermore, the admin interface is a breeze to work with so say goodbye to struggling with a tech team to answer a simple question.
Most importantly, this template is translation-ready so anyone can access your content in their regional language at the tap of a button. Despite all these features, ‘Dex’ loads super fast, making it an all-round winner.
For bloggers who have daily updates like newspapers or magazines do, this template is your one-click wonder. It’s SEO-ready and offers everything you need to maintain engagement: social media widgets, email subscription forms, and recent posts components.
The FirstLight template is also ready to go with ads from top-earning websites starting the day you install it. As ad revenue is probably a large source of your income as a blogger, this is a key feature you shouldn’t miss out on.
AMP templates generally decrease the number of ads a viewer will see on your website, so enabling a template that organizes for this is important. With FirstLight, speedy load times and ad revenue don’t have to be mutually exclusive facets of your blog.
First-time bloggers tend to turn to websites like Tumblr and WordPress when they start out. For those Tumblr bloggers, the ‘Scribble’ template offers everything you need to offer your mobile readers a smooth and seamless experience.
This template features a minimalistic aesthetic and is responsive, which means it will look beautiful on just about any screen it’s loaded on. Additionally, with AddThis support, you can share your blog posts to over 300 social places across the interwebs. Now that’s what we call exposure.
Most imperatively, ‘Scribble’ has in-built functionality for Google Analytics, making it easy to evaluate how well your blog is doing and to plan for the future – without the stress of hiring your own development team.
The Ghost publishing platform has become increasingly popular in the recent past. If you’re trying to solve for mobile problems with Ghost, the ‘Nubia’ template is your best bet.
A clean and fast theme with well-written code and well-recorded documentation, Nubia is the template your users are looking for. The design is easily customizable and helps you structure your blog in a way that makes it easy for your visitors to navigate through your content.
A lot of bloggers spend way too much of their time writing code rather than writing blog posts in an attempt to make their websites faster or more effortless. But ‘Nubia’ takes care of all the technical stuff so you can focus on what you need to. Your readers will thank you – and you’ll thank ‘Nubia.’
If you’ve had a chance to click on through, you now know how many options you have as a blogger. Don’t let your content be wasted on a page that nobody got the time to wait for. Jump on the AMP train right away. You’re not going to regret it.
You can thank us later.