30 More Excellent Blog Designs

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It’s not hard to design a weblog, but it’s getting harder when you try to achieve a unique weblog design. It doesn’t matter what weblog-engine you are using — frequently used themes tend to become boring over time, and they also don’t necessarily reflect the unique identity of the blogger.

To create an original design you need fresh ideas and creative design solutions. However, you don’t need to go too far with your design experiments. Basically that’s a close attention to finest details which makes a weblog stand out and gives it a fresh flavour and soft touch visitors can recognize immediately.

We’ve selected some more of them — over 30 excellent weblog designs with unusual design approaches; these blogs don’t only have a unique voice, but they also pay close attention to the finest design details.

  • You might find not all of the designs listed below beautiful; but that’s not what it’s about. They are beautiful in their own way as they are both well-structured and originally designed.
  • you can find further blog designs in the post 45 Excellent Blog Designs we’ve published before;
  • you can find even more designs in our Design Showcase section.

Simplicity and Whitespace

Andreas Pihlström

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Theocacao

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Elitist Snob

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Fiveruns — so simple yet so beautiful.

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Blabolnik

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TNTPixel

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Rob Goodlatte

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Gerrit van Aaken

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Jared Christensen

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PSDtuts

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Verbalized — sometimes less is more. Close attention to small details is impressive.

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Sam Brown – a truly modest design.

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Weblogs Which Don’t Look Like Weblogs

Dan Rubin

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The Adventures of Cindy Li

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George Huff

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grantmx designs – this one melts clever portfolio and blog

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Blogsolid

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Carsonified

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Jrvelasco — quite noisy, but the noise fits to the subject of the weblog.

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Simon Reynolds

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Jonathan Durán

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Nice And Original Blog Designs

Tobias Baeck

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Chris Murphy — don’t forget to check the design of the archive section and the footer.

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Anthony Casey

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split da diz — interesting design: unusual approach for site structure.

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Adrian Pintilie — the top section of the site is pretty colorful.

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Cult Foo

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She Unlimited

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Tickerville

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Amy Hoy

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moddular — the design might look a little bit noisy, but it definitely has its personal style.

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Victoria van Roosmalen — OK, this cat looks cool.

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Co-Founder of Smashing Magazine. Former writer, web designer, freelancer and webworker. Sven is now writing Science Fiction Stories.

  1. 1

    You call praegnanz.de an excellent blog design? *ggg* You must be kidding.

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    There is some serious inspiration here… I have been considering a redesign myself and really want to now! Thanks!

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    TNTPixel would look a lot better without the big header picture imo. I still love the design *g*

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    It’s just awesome, I love Blogsolid and Cult Foo ! Very nice design.

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  5. 5

    There are some creative people here on this list.

    I wonder how the people in Smashing Magazine surf the web to frequently find such high quality web sites designs to showcase.

    Excellent.

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    Thanks Smashing, I can always rely on you for inspiration at times when I am lacking it.

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  7. 7

    Now,that’s what i call blog designs….

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  8. 8

    Very nice, I love them.

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  9. 9

    Thanks for this list. It’s a very good inspiration… :o)

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  10. 10

    The Dilbert blog. Are you kidding me?!?

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    Gonzague Dambricourt

    November 22, 2007 11:16 pm

    Oh :-) congrats to my very friend Polo for Split Da Diz which is being mentionned in this post !

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    Some great blog designs. Most of them I already knew. The Cult Foo has a superb design. Bravo !

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  13. 13

    Some of the designs up there are quite innovative and creative. Thanks for the linkage.

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    very cool blogs….i like how uniquely different but nicely done they all are :D

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    Great post like always. Really great designs.

    split da diz and cult foo were new to me. :D

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    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Where is Bittbox?

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    While i don’t think that praegnanz.de is the best amazingly well designed blog on earth i like how Gerrit works with whitespaces.

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    wow nice collection :o
    def great inspiration…

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    I dont want to be vain, but check this one out, new theme, fresh and professional:
    http://andufo.com

    Greets from a concurrent reader.

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    I especially love “verbalized” that’s a very simple + powerful design style, I love designing, I eat, breath and burp it every day (well maybe not burp) – see below

    http://one.revver.com/watch/494719/

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    I used to be a homeless rodeo clown but now I am a world class magician !

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    I’m in love with Elitist Snob. Verbalized is cute, too ;)

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  25. 25

    Top notch list! I like Cult Foo’s. Great inspiration, thanks again, as always.

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    I think http://www.fazewire.com is a great web 2.0 site.

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    A very rich and healthy article from SM after a long time. Loved it.

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    Some good inspiration, thanks!!

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    Thanks for yet another great post. My blog design is underway and I am designing it myself. I have been referring to your earlier posts on WP design and they came very handy for my new theme design.
    Cheers!!
    > Raj

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    praegnanz.de … plz ;] try to be serious guys :)

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    LOL, u see everybody here say: i found another great design! XD

    the praegnanz.de blog should stay there anyways it may not be the most pretty design of this list. But if u like clean clear styles, thats a really good blog design

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    Oh no I just realised that my own blog is UGLY!!!

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  33. 33

    Mine too…oh well, that’s why I came – for inspiration.

    TNTPixel looks very two point oh!

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  34. 34

    I’m wondering how TNTPixel was chosen to this list.
    Open: http://www.tntpixel.com/
    Then open: http://www.alistapart.com/
    Designer when design TNT must be looked to alistapart… shame

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    I’ve been holding off on submitting my site to the css sites for a while, waiting for it to be fully finished… but saw this and thought why not. Take a look, http://www.peterroper.co.uk

    Its not got all the finishing touches, but I’m really pleased with the javascript and composition

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    Very creative and beautiful blog designs.

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    The best part is that there is enough of design treasure(graphics, layouts, tutorials etc) in most of the blogs. Thank you smashing magazine.

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    Why is everyone so down on praegnanz.de? Have you actually been to the site?
    It may not be the most graphically impressive but it is designed very well and is clean and easy to read and navigate. Isn’t that a part of good design?

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    Another great compilation!

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    So the definition or “excellent” in terms of blog design is “shit loads of wasted space”.

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    All of them are great designs in my oppinion, but I love the cat of evilgrin! It is just… So clean and so funny jaja

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  42. 42

    ahhhh. a fresh wave of new designs…which one will I choose…

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    Nice blog Blogsolid

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    What do you think about mine? http://www.cristiangalletti.com
    Wordpress based and widgets for the external columns.

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    I think my blog has a better layout than moddular, for example… You give some nice examples, but some of them are just “ok”.

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  46. 46

    Nice list, why stop at 30?

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  47. 47

    most of these sites are found through cssremix or cssvault… while cultfoo has a nice header, I’d say its let down by its content. As much as the header is great, I dont feel inclined to read through the blog itself.

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    Meh, I guess it’s my personal taste, but I only like few of them.

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  49. 49

    Nice designs, but many of them have too large headers.

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  50. 50

    You guys are simply reposting the same websites that you show in all the other round-ups. For example, the “praegnanz.de” blog was featured in your “45 Excellent Blog Designs” article as well.

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    With my blog i try to do something simple, colorful and original: http://www.mariejulien.com

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  52. 52

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 24, 2007 6:38 pm

    @Water Buffalo: praegnanz.de is reposted by mistake. Sorry for inconvenience.

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  53. 53

    Nice collection. Blog solid gets my vote for best designed one.

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  54. 54

    Awesome designs! I might use one of these for my blog :)

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    Mike - Digitalismo

    November 24, 2007 9:37 pm

    Great post and inspirational.

    Cheers

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  56. 56

    its a good collection of blogs and reference site.

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  57. 57

    Hi Mr. Lennartz, I’m a PR student at the University of South Florida and we are studying the growing popularity of blogging. If I wanted to get an influential blogger’s attention such as you, how would I go about getting my issue out to the masses?

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  58. 58

    Nice list, but IMHO some of them shouldn’t be on the list :)

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  59. 59

    awesome list — some of them (eg CultFoo) I want to dive right in!

    xx
    Anita

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  60. 60

    Nice themes! what should i do if i want use it on my blog?

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  61. 61

    Wow, great job again. Blogs like Elitist Snob or Grantmx Designs stand as testament to how far web-design has come since flashy, glittery GIF’s and annoying MS-Frontpage made ticker messages (oh, wait, I forgot about Myspace).

    I hope someday, I too can get a few bucks under my belly and buy me a unique domain to do some freelance designing. Until then, I’m still stuck with blogger :(

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  62. 62

    Nice collection!!!! could be some more web 2.0 ones though

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  63. 63

    praegnanz.de is really good; it’s obviously designed to be read (check out the attention to leading and margins, and the measure). Most of these are graphically superb, but that doesn’t make them great design.

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    Hi Igor,

    Save for the navigation, which looks kind of similar I guess, I fail to see any other similarities.

    I based my design of various newspaper clippings I have laying around in my house. That’s the look I was going for. Kind of like old newspaper sections. I think ALA is going for a similar “old print” kind of look, and in that regard, that particular headline style is a very very used formula in print. Go ahead, get some newspapers, you’ll see.

    Unoriginal? mmm, perhaps. Plagiarism? NEVER.

    You should inform yourself better before pointing your finger, Igor. Plagiarism is a very nasty thing, I don’t condone it, and I don’t do it.
    I looked at your site, and I could assume you copied it from a MYRIAD of other sites that look identical to yours. But I understand that it’s obvious that you will run into many many similarities through some sites (especially when you are trying to mimic a particular style, like print).

    Plagiarism is by far the worst thing you can call a designer, but I assume you don’t know that since you are clearly not one yourself… shame.

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    I have nothing to say they are really excellent themes. I hope one day i can design myself.

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    really cool! but my website looks better

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    good job design.. i love most of all that design! awesome!

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    a lot of good stuff!

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    After seeing Blogsolid I want to hide my blog somewhere deep ;

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    Let’s say there was a writer who had an appreciation for design and an artistic inclination, but sucked technically…how would said person go about making his or her blog as cool looking as some of these? Hypothetically speaking of course.

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    Hi, love your information here. I am a blog newbie, and I write in Chinese. Is it OK to translate this post in Chinese and link to your page?
    Thanks,
    cellocoffee

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    Wow there are some great blog designs there. I love Elitist Snob and Cult foo

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    Hey Casey, I’m the person who did Tickerville above and I’m happy for my client that it was included here. My suggestion to you is to pick up a book list CSS Mastery and open up your mind to thinking in terms of CSS. CSS wasn’t my forte when I begin that site, but I found the book to be crucial in turning designs into an actual site.

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    My advice is to pick up a copy of CSS Mastery by Andy Budd and make it your new Bible. I barely knew CSS when I did Tickerville but that book helped me execute the design pretty faithfully. The biggest thing is having patience. With a lot of patience and reading the right books, you’ll be stunned with what you can do in a few weeks.

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    Sorry for the double post above guys, my mistake.

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  76. 76

    really cool! but my website looks better

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    wow, great designs!

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    Hmmn, Jrvelasco blog looks similar to Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese of UC Berkeley site. Too similar.
    Take a look and compare: http://spanish-portuguese.berkeley.edu/

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    The SuperJam Blog running on blogger is pretty cool. I would never have guessed it was powered by blogger.

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    well as always smashing magazine have great post. i would like to pass this one that i love the design as the post. http://www.edgarmanuel.com, see this one.

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    Very nice designs! I need to revamp my own.

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    I LOVE Jared Christensens blog!

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    Check this one out Ten Thousand Things Clean and dark, very hard to find this days.

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  85. 85

    Very, very, very nice designs!!!
    Congratulations!

    Wizinga

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    very nice and thank the collection.

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    I’m integrating a WordPress blog at this moment, into my existing website. Maybe I get some inspiration out of those designs. I like the layouts, but I prefer more simplistic ones.

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    I wish I could find the Jared Christensen design but I wasn’t able to.

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    Good! I’d like to make as them.

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    great looking blogs!

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    Great Post! I love it!

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    First of all I d’like to say. This blogs have lots of imfomation and thay all imfomation is very important for me. http://www.breastenlargementx.com

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  93. 93

    Great design, i hope one day, mine will be in Smashing Magazine ! :) [ http://www.chewythascratchynutz.com ]

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  94. 94

    love 80% of those designs, the other 20% is totally commonplace

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    loving wonderful design

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    your article really gaves good knowledge for how to create a differ and good blog.

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  97. 97

    brilliant themes, i am using one of them on my secondary blog. nice effort keep up the nice work.

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    I like the TNT design the best – makes your site seem like its da BOMB! @_@
    -Jack @ Utah SEO

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    I want to remake that “She Unlimited” template. I want to create something similar for my blog. Has anyone seen that blog design or one that can be easily modified? =(

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    I really like the collation of 30 excellent blog design, excellent effort and inspiration for many. I would also draw attention to DilKholKeBol.com for its simple and userfriendly design. I am entice to find first microblogging portal launched in India and for Indians around the world, allowing trans roman alphabets to speak anything and everything that your heart desires!
    I have been blogging at dilkholkebol.com for its popular hit, immediacy and high portability. For me and many of my fellow indian bloggers we find it as a communication utility platform and blogging has become social habit among us.

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    We’ve gotten reader complaints whenever we use white or light print against a black background. So I would recommend against using any design that uses that type of color scheme.

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    Great sources of inspiration as allways! I just can’t stop browsing through the examples and come back hungry for more :)

    Great job!

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  104. 104

    Nice list !! gives a lot of inspiration
    but there is one that isn’t in the right place praegnanz.de

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  105. 105

    Thank you for articles

    güvenlik kursu

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    :) these are verry very very beautiful are they easy to do? Where can we find the templates to re create these with our own style?

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    Hey, what do these guys use to make the templates??
    Im Trying to use Dreamweaver………….T.T
    not working very well

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    Well written article, well investigated and useful for me in the future.I am so glad you took the time and effort to write this posting. Will be back soon. custom logo designs

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    thanks for this great possssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss:-)

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    I was looking for some good quality blog posts on the subject of this topic. Searching in Bing I managed to find this blog. After reading this in sequence I’m glad to say that I have lastly found just what I was searching for. I will make sure to bookmark this blog and come once more more frequently . Thanks! :-)

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    Great write-up, I am a big believer in placing comments on websites to help the blog writers know that theya€™ve added something of great benefit to the world wide web!

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