Looking Great With The New Google Plus Layout

Look Your Best With The New Google+ Design

image - Hot Blog Tips Google Plus AvatarHot on the heels of Facebook’s Timeline, Google+ has begun rolling out its own makeover. This revamped version has several new features to help in “ease of use” and “networking” with improved chat, hangouts, better navigation and trending alerts just like Twitter. What we’ll focus on today is “tweaking” your Google Plus business page images for a better look and feel.

The new Google Plus design is cleaner with less clutter, more whitespace and an emphasis on photos, which includes a larger profile photo (250X250px) right after five thumbnails that can be set by the user (rather than displaying the last image shared). These six images are certainly the most prominent part of your profile and it’s a pretty simple matter to get the best effect possible.

image - Hot Blog Tips Google Plus Business Page screenshot

Introducing A Free Online Tool That Improves The Look Of Your Google+ Business Page

Yesterday I received a hot tip in the form of a Tweet by friend and business partner Sheryl Loch. She linked to a pretty cool webpage that helps customize those five image thumbnails from one single image that you provide. This free online tool allows you to resize and customize your image and then splices it up perfectly allowing each image to be saved as a separate file.

image - Google+ Banner Maker screenshot


To setup your Google Plus profile banner by splicing one image into five, go to Google Plus Profile Banner Maker – Google Plus icon Generator.

To create a pretty cool Profile image, check out Google Plus Profile Picture Image Avatar Maker – Google+ Photo Icon Generator.

You can also create a Google+ profile picture and thumbnail banner all at once with Google Plus Profile Picture Image Avatar And Banner Maker.

Do You Have A Google Plus Business Page?

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Extra: If you need a Google+ icon, you have to check out this page:
Google Plus Icons: 40+ Wicked Icons For Your Blog

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42 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. I wish I could figure out why I haven’t done it yet, but I know it’s related to the same reason why I’ve yet to switch over to the Facebook timeline thing voluntarily. I just know I’m going to mess it up. I know what I think looks cool but I’ve never been one to know how to create visually cool. :-(
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    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      I completely understand Mitch, I’m sure I stopped breathing when I first switched to timeline. I actually liked the way FB did it though, allowing us to get it right before anyone else could see it.

      I’m still not happy with mine but that’s the best I could handle on my own since I’m a far cry from a graphic designer.

  2. Ahmad


    Twitter: malaysiacoin
    I still don’t set up my Facebook timeline and now Google+ also change their layout. Its a bit confusing at first because all the button change to the left but it actually the same. BTW, can we suggest an idea about Google+ layout to Google? I want to see who click the +1 button but I don’t know if we can do that.

  3. Lennart Heleander

    Then it’s time to start to play and create a good image for the rest of the day. Thanks for the tool.


  4. Twitter: harleenas
    Great info Brian!

    I know that Google+ changed the whole layout and some features are nice in it, but I do miss the large space of the earlier version. But yes, this video is wonderful and so are the links that I am soon going to check out.

    I guess I better get started as I have yet to create my profile cover image, though I made one for Timeline earlier. :)

    Thanks for sharing and a wonderful reminder as well. :)

  5. Karen Loomis

    I updated my personal Google+ page this AM & plan to set up a company page later this week. It’s a nice update, but not earth shattering. On the other hand I love Facebook’s timeline although it has no affect on mobile platforms which is where I do all my social media interactions. As a visual person, FBs update is delightful. Not sure why there was so much resistance.

  6. Elena_Anne


    Twitter: Elena__Anne
    For optimal exposure, I really recommend using both facebook and G+. Regardless of whether one is better than the other, you might have some people who use one and not the other or who are simply interested in reading more about you and having at least two business pages is great for that. The more you’re out there (within reason, anyway) the better off you will be in your online presence.

  7. Anthony

    Yes, the new Google Plus… I was surprised when I opened my G+ profile last Apr.12 and everything was changed! There’s this banner and the “white space”. Sort of like the FB timeline. I was shocked with the sudden changes but completely coped up with it today! I was looking for a perfect banner maker since first day, thanks for sharing this!


    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Hi Charles, I thought G+ was pretty boring for a while too but now it seems pretty interesting. I added a few ‘funny’ people to my circles and that really helped. Now mixed in the technical layered with statistical, I’ll see something like a monkey riding a dog or a phone prank. It’s just a matter of who we connect with.

  8. Heidi19

    Great post Brian!I love the way Google plus changed their whole layout. And i know that a lot of people would love it’s new look. Thanks for sharing this to us!

  9. Google+ is one of the newest social networking sites offered by the biggest search engine. Although it’s relatively new, it has already attracted millions of online users coming from different parts of the globe. Yes, it’s not yet as popular as Facebook and Twitter but it’s definitely something that you can use to boost your traffic.

  10. Jordan Xiong

    The new look Google+ is quite nice, It’s quite clean and clear and drastically different from Facebook, I know that Google+ changed the whole layout and some features are nice in it, People will gradually start liking this change like Fb timeline and this change seems pretty good also, thanks for sharing.

  11. abhinav

    Great Post ! Your post is very helpful for improving my blog thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tips in your blog.

  12. George

    I was able to set-up my FB timeline now and I am very happy with it. Now, Google plus has this layout, but haven’t tried it though. I will find time to check it out cause I’ve heard how great its layout because of its cleaner look.

  13. Jack

    Really enjoying the new Google Plus format! It is more dynamic, seems more attractive & really it seems similar to FB timeline too!

  14. Puneet

    Google is copying Facebook to improve its design. The timeline image is just same implementation as Facebook did in the past. Google should think something new.

  15. Gautam

    nice share Brian, i love google plus because it’s good for seo i tried if i share my post in G+ than it’s have more value. ans thank you for this designing tool.

  16. Laurel

    Excellent advice! Google+ seems a little flower than Facebook, but there are still some absolutely amazing features there (and some great people on it.) It’s a little more tight-knit than Facebook, too. Banner images are great eye-catchers, aren’t they?

  17. Usman


    Twitter: businessfied
    This is a very excellent guideline in this situation when users were annoyed with Facebook Timeline and now Google also moved to a disastrous layout. I think we need consistency in design the users who want the old Facebook and Google + design must be allowed to retain old layout but forcefully imposing something is very bad and all social media website owners must understand the fact. Anyways thanks for telling how could we improve the design of our Google + Business Page

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