The irony of this is that I’m a self confessed dud when it comes to blog design. These days I hire others to do custom designs for my blog – but of course this doesn’t come cheap.
A recent survey here on ProBlogger showed that 79% of readers here use free themes or design their blogs themselves – but what if you want something more unique and/or don’t have the ability to design a blog or tweak a free theme?
I had all these questions buzzing around in my head recently when I paid a visit to local design marketplace site 99designs. I didn’t expect anything to come out of the conversation but what did come out of it excited me because it could meet a need that I see many of our readers having.
What 99designs have put together is a way to run a competition to have a new WordPress blog design created for your blog for as little as $369.
Now before I go any further – $369 is out of many bloggers leagues – but it is certainly a cheaper option than hiring a designer for $2000-$3000 to do a custom job for you. It’s not going to be for everyone but is sure to be an attractive option for those looking for a mid priced design.
The process to run a competition is simple. Here’s how 99designs describe it:
1. Set your budget and requirements
Tell us your budget and what you want designed, and we will post it on 99designs.com
2. Designers will create designs just for you
Designers from around the world will compete to create the best looking design just for you. Most projects get over 20 different design concepts to choose from. Rate the designers you like, eliminate the ones you don’t like.
3. Choose your favorite design
Pick your favorite design as the winner. Show it off to your friends! The winning design is yours to keep forever.
4. We code and install your theme (optional extra)
Through our partner, Thinktank Media, we’ll have your new WordPress theme up and running on your blog in 5 working days. Our themes are coded on the Sandbox theme, so they’re compatible with both WordPress.org and WordPress.com blogs!
They also have a 100% money back guarantee if you run a competition and don’t find a design that you like.
Keep in mind that what you’re running the competition for is the ‘design’ – to have it coded and/or installed you either need to choose to pay extra for these options or do that part yourself.
I hope those of you looking to find a new design for your WordPress blog find this useful! Check it out here.