What is important in a blog footer design?

I had an inspiration for a WordPress theme. And as I thought about the custom homepage, translating it into a wireframe, I began to think. What’s so important about the blog theme’s footer?

My search for an answer wasn’t very accurate. All I got were inspirational blog footer designs which highlighted the end of the posts and not the general footer itself. I was looking for the purpose of a general blog footer. What type of content belongs in it?

google screenshot

From Google

The closest and only answer which I got was 1 article titled; 3 Things to Remember When Designing a Blog Footer. And in the article, the author’s tips were:

  1. Attention decreases from top to bottom
  2. Your footer is not a navigation bar
  3. Keep it interesting

Close, but still didn’t answer the purpose of the blog footer.

From Twitter

I got responses from friends saying:

@kamigoroshi: My theory is that they aren’t important hence there are placed at the footer. The reader would have to scroll far down to view it.

@aio193: since ur user made it all the way there, make it worth while 🙂

@parasquid: it’s your final chance for a call to action. pique the interest enough to keep him in the site = more chances to get user action.

My friend; parasquid (Tristan), did make a point. It’s really the last chance for you to get an action from your visitor since they visited your blog and took the effort to scroll all the way down.

However, this isn’t a website but a blog. When you imagine the default blog template, what would it display?

  • Most recent entries
  • Most recent comments
  • Introduction to the blog
  • Archives (Categories, tags, monthly and more)
  • Search
  • Links
  • Advertisements

These are the basic content you’d find in a standard blog. Note, I’ve defined standard blogs to include ads. But let’s say I give you this scenario.

You’ll have  search portion at the top and your main navigation would have a category dropdown menu, including the RSS subscription. The recent posts will be displayed in a catalog style with a reserved space for 1 advertisement with an approximate size of 300 x 250. The bottom of the catalog would have a pagination for you to cycle through your posts.

Now, what other relevant or important information would you include into your footer?

And to make you think a little harder, here are my arguments of some ideas:

Archives/tags

Why would I need to display a monthly archive or tags, when the user may already find it via categories or search?

Recent comments

Why would I be interested to know who commented on a post if I wasn’t interested in the post written?

Recent posts

Why would I read this if it’s the same information displayed already?

Pages

Why would I create a repeated navigation of the top menu, if my custom homepage already displays a lot of posts thanks to its catalog view?

Contact details

Why again repeat this information when it’s easily accessible from the top menu?

Sharing tools

Why would I share a blog which I’ve not read any articles yet?

Twitter

Do my users really care to know, I’m in the 4th cubicle in the toilet of some shopping mall?

Even when I wireframe, I’m constantly questioning the existence or requirements as I tend to draw them out. I keep asking questions for its purpose and how would it benefit my user on the website or in the case, the blog.

As I thought about the examples I’ve seen, the tips written and what Tristan said, I’m considering only the items listed below which is important for a blog footer.

  1. Search
  2. Social networks (Links to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – link to account)
  3. RSS/Email subscription
  4. Ownership and recognition (copyright and platform used)
  5. News or announcements (if it’s a corporate blog)
  6. Contact details (if it’s a corporate blog)

Besides this, I can’t think of any other items which is important to have in the blog footer. Even if it were, I’d ask myself again, why should it be here? Especially when it’s accessible from say, the top menu. With less clutter, the footer would be more focused and easier understood by the user.

But, what do think about your blog footer?

Inside The New Facebook Privacy Settings

Facebook was getting heated discussions on its information sharing. But when Mark Zuckerbeg made the announcement of a revamped privacy settings, it started cooling. And because the roll out is in batches, only some users may have access to this new privacy settings right now.

So here I am to share with you the new Facebook privacy settings. In addition, hopefully some points you may take back and implement to your Facebook privacy settings later. 🙂

How will I know if I’ve the new Facebook privacy settings?

Look out for this message when you next login or visit (depending if you’re signed in 24/7 :P) to Facebook.

facebook new privacy settings notification

Okay. Facebook wasn’t kidding when they said revamp. But the awesome part about this is, it’s even simpler than it was before. Here’s what you can find inside the new Facebook privacy settings.

New Facebook privacy settings landing page

privacy settings landing page

Basic directory information

Inside The New Facebook Privacy Settings 1
Inside here is where you control who can send you a message, request your friendship and even, see your hometown or current location. One of the things I’ve been pondering was, how do I stop Facebook from showing people where my hometown is? I wanted to do this because I didn’t want a select list of friends to know.

Preset privacy settings

preset privacy for everyone
Everyone
preset for frriends of friends
Friends of Friends
preset for friends only
Friends only
recommended preset privacy
Recommended
custom privacy settings
Custom

Customize your privacy settings

I’d personally recommend you to take full control of your privacy settings. It isn’t because you want to be a control freak. But it’s because these privacy settings isn’t only about you but also the people you’re connected with.

custom privacy setting controls

For instance, recall the time a girl friend you know complained about the spam invites she get from strangers. Well, one of the the strangers could really have been your friend. So, don’t just protect yourself.

Setting information sharing limits to applications, games and websites

privacy settings to applications

Accessible information through your friends

information access to your friends

From what I understand, settings here allow me to limit what information is accessible or shared with the application, game or website is using to connect via Facebook. If I’m not mistaken, here’s where the hoo-ha broke out during the heated disuissions.

Block unwanted invites and applications

block unwanted invites and applications

As you can see, I’ve blocked a number of popular applications to date. Like Mafia Wars, Farmville and Cafe World. Mainly because I’m using Facebook to connect socially with my friends. Not to play games.

But if Starcraft 2 came to Facebook, that will be a different store later. 😛

Generally, if you’re a tech-savvy user then you should have no problem customizing your Facebook. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, you should take the initiative to go through and customize your privacy settings.

It’ll help everyone, friends of friends, friends and even, the exceptional list of people you don’t want to be disturbed by.

So, has the new Facebook privacy settings reach you yet?