How To Design The Website Of Your Dreams

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 11, 2009

Good evening!

Hope you are all having a good hump-day! :D

My day has flown by. I have been busy ever since my interview this morning! This afternoon I was working on Eric’s Valentine’s Day Gift. :) I have spent hours on it, I sure hope he likes it! It is part of my plan for an economical Valentine’s Day this year. I can’t wait to post all about it this weekend and show you guys what I did.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are using a gift card for our V-day dinner out. We got a gift card to Moxie’s at Christmas (Thanks Kristi!) and this is the perfect time to use it. It will really help with our budget.

Tonight we have a real treat on Oh She Glows.

Andrew, from Go Healthy Go Fit is doing the first segment on how to design the website of your dreams. Andrew has poured countless blood, sweat, and tears into his amazing website (go see for yourself!) and he is here to share all of his secrets from getting the design you love and making some pocket change.

Designing The Website Of Your Dreams


I was very excited when Angela asked me to write this segment of guest posts, seeing as I spent quite some time redesigning my own site, Go Healthy Go Fit. When you are thinking of doing a design for a website, you first need to acknowledge what you want your blog to be. Is it a personal blog? Are you trying to monetize your blog? These are questions that may change the overall look of your site.

So let’s see the first step of what it takes to build an awesome website.

You Get Out Of It What You Put Into It

Whether or not you will be writing the computer code for the site itself is inconsequential. The magic really happens in the preparation. And what I mean by preparation is researching other sites.

Most people can’t close their eyes and envision the look of their future site, so for most of us we have to comb the internet in search of the best attributes of other sites. While certain niches will have similar attributes that are common in most of their sites, it is a good idea to look at great site designs outside of your niche in order to get a more complete understanding of what makes a great website. Here are some ideas for what you should be looking for:

Color schemes

Overall layouts

The size of the sidebar

The type of sidebar (two column, three column, etc.)


Ad placements (if you are going to be monetizing your blog)


Category placements

Features (tag applications, surveys, most popular posts, archives, top commentators)


You should find every list of “the best designed sites on the web” or something to that effect and just start looking at every one. Write notes on what you like, what you don’t like and anything in between. Here’s a list of a few of those lists:

If you want to see excellent blogs

If you want an idea of good templates to start with

If you want an overview of creating your own WordPress theme from scratch

The main thing to remember when you are doing your research is to take notes. Think of it this way: the more notes you take, the less ambiguity will exist in regards to what you would like the site to look like. That way, when you or your website designer are sitting down to implement/design the site, you will be able to do it much faster. This is especially important when you are paying a designer to do it because most charge by the hours. If you are able to communicate a verbal blueprint of what you would like, the entire process will go much more smoothly.

For next week’s post, we’ll take a look at how to make sure your blog’s design will be ready to make money.


Thanks Andrew! :D I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about making money.

Look at the super exciting delivery I got in the mail today!!!!



The lovely Bree asked me if I would like 2 BOXES of Larabars after she bought them and discovered that she didn’t like them. She so kindly offered to ship them to me, knowing that I was on a self imposed Larabar budget restriction.

I almost tackled the delivery lady when she rang my doorbell this morning! whahaha.

Bree- Keep an eye on the mail for a lil something special :)

The loot:


I am going to savour these as long as humanly possible! Maybe I will have one every other day instead of every day like I was doing…



The family room is now naked!


Tomorrow Eric is home and we are going to start on the next room. Not sure if we will be doing the dining room or the sunroom. Most likely the sunroom (aka treadmill graveyard, sniff sniff).

Quick injury update: I am getting better each and every day. I still have soreness when I am on my feet a lot or when doing certain movements, but overall I am improving. I am really proud of myself for how good I have been staying off exercise. I think it has been almost a month now! Good God. I hate saying that. Anyways, I just have to remind myself that it is for the best.

I am probably ok to start doing some non-impact exercise now. But since I don’t have an elliptical and I hate indoor swimming pools, I am not sure what I will do. Yoga perhaps? Maybe I will feel it out in a couple days.

However, this leaves me unsure if I should continue to run. Running is hard on the body and maybe my body is not cut out for marathon training? I am just unsure. The last thing I would ever want is to get injured again. *sigh….


See you tomorrow morning for the next Contest announcement! Not sure what it will be yet but hopefully I dream it up while sleeping. :)

Check out my new ‘What I Eat’ page if you haven’t seen it already!


“There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.”
– Gelett Burgess

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim February 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm

thanks for the words on website creating. Guess we all need some pointers. Thanks!


Bec February 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Hope you have a good dinner at Moxies, is delicious!


Anna February 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the blogging resources- as a new blogger, they’ll be of great help I’m sure! I’ve got lots to learn!




Amy February 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Hi Angela,
I’ve been reading your blog the past couple weeks and I hope your injury starts to get better. I’m a runner too, and maybe you could train for a shorter distance instead of a marathon? I’ve been running for over 8 years and still don’t feel ready to tackle the big 26.2! Good luck with crosstraining. The elliptical and running in the water are the best for that, I think.


Amelia February 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm

OMG we have the same coffee table! Haha love it!

Thanks for the website creation info. My blog just recently got started so these posts are super helpful. :)


Bree February 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

LOL you are too funny :-D

So glad I could help with the Larabar withdrawal hehe :-P


AGS February 11, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Congrats on home renovations. I know how much work they can be. . . and how exciting it is to see progress!!


*Andrea* February 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

free lara bars!!! what an amazing surprise :)


Missy (Missy Maintains) February 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Love the website tips! Very helpful! Yay for free laras!


Kristin February 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I hope you feel better. I’m sorry that you are unsure about running because it did seem to make you happy but you know your body best and a complete recovery is most important!


carolinebee February 12, 2009 at 2:00 am

score!! THanks for all those tips omg that is amazing! ha and score with the lara’s! I’m so happy u can work out again- I know you miss that sexy, shirtless yoga man ;D


Leah February 12, 2009 at 2:15 am

Ah Larabars!!! My favourite. Do you know it costs $2.50 PER Larabar in the stores here. Can you believe that?!?

When I was home at Christmas I jumped on the 3 for $5 sale that was going on at the Canadian Superstore. hehe.

I love the blogging tips! They will help me!

Can’t wait to hear about your next contest. I’m hoping to enter this one :D


Christina February 12, 2009 at 6:56 am

I just wanted to let you know that I used to be an avid runner as well, until about two months ago when I injured myself (which I initially thought was a groin pull, but realized soon after that it was not). I don’t exactly know how I did it, but right in the middle of my run one day all of a sudden it got really painful. You described your pain as something in the crotch area (haha I know it’s not pleasant to describe) and it hurts to lift that leg up and it almost feels like something happened to the bone in that area ….well that’s exactly what happened to me! For about a week I could hardly walk…and it was a struggle to lift my leg to put on my jeans lol.

I have not been able to run since because the impact is too painful. I have now turned to the elliptical, spinning and yoga. I know its sooo hard to give up on running, but it does really take a toll on some people’s bodies. It took me a while to accept this lol. Anyways, best of luck! Love your site! And hopefully you find what works best for you.


Diana February 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

thanks for arranging this guest post! great tips! i look forward to the next one! love the new page!


Holly February 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

I have yet to try Larabars! I think I’m the only one in blog world? ;-)

I know you are frustrated with the running/injury situation…I have SO been there. I’ve had 2 stress fractures and couldn’t run for 4-6 weeks both times, and then a hip injury where I couldn’t run for a year. I’m back in the saddle and at least able to run short distances now. Don’t give up! It’s true that not every body (especially women, it’s harder on our bodies) is meant to run the 26.2…but there are lots of other options like 5K’s, 10K’s and even you could walk/run a half-marathon. I realllly hope your hip/leg continues to feel better! :-)


Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

How sweet of bree!


brandi February 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

Free Larabars?!? :)

I can’t wait to see the rest of Andrew’s tips


Mariposa February 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

be careful when you start working out again!!! there is nothing worse than to keep injuring yourself..


Marianne February 13, 2009 at 2:00 am

Nice larabar mail!


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