If you’re a web development newbie, and you’re looking to build a new website or redesign an existing one. Your first task is choosing a design direction; in particular, picking out some web design ideas either to inspire you as you learn how to build your own site, or to hand off to a web designer for guidance.
That is easier said than done, though. The Internet is a very big place, so it can be overwhelming to try to find web design ideas that fit your style and needs. On top of that, modern web design hinges upon knowing which design trends are in vogue and which are past their prime. Where do you even start?
Fortunately, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of sites where you can find some great web design inspiration, no matter your industry or budgeted web design costs.
1. WebDesign Inspiration
This comprehensive gallery of beautifully designed websites is a great place to start, and may even be the only stop you need. You can filter the gallery by industry, website types, design styles and color palettes, to see only examples that are relevant to you.
2. Web Design Ledger
Thinking of using illustrations in your design? Wondering if you can pull off white type in your header? Look no further than Web Design Ledger, which has galleries on each of those topics (plus hundreds more). If you’re still trying to collect and refine your web design ideas, start with their general ‘Best of Web Design in 2013’ roundup.
These days, Pinterest isn’t just for recipes, household DIY projects and hairstyle ideas. It has increasingly become a gathering ground for companies and brands, which includes web design agencies. When you add in web design aficionados posting their favorite designs, you have a visual buffet of web design ideas to choose from.
This site is entirely dedicated to showcasing great web and interactive design. Similar to WebDesign Inspiration, you can filter the gallery by style, website type, and subject.
Awwwards, which describes itself as “the awards that recognize the talent and effort of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world,” is a veritable who’s-who of web design. In addition to their gallery—which, again, you can filter by type, color and industry—they have a design inspiration wall and a section where you can vote on your favorite sites.
6. Unmatched Style
No other summary would do Unmatched Style more justice than its own self-description: “We want to foster constructive design criticism as well as provide inspiration to our readers. We have historically been (and always will be) dedicated to acknowledging those who have made exceptionally gorgeous websites by employing web standards and good usability practices.” Browse away!
Looking for a weekly dose of web design ideas? Look no further than Line25, a web design inspiration site run by web designer Chris Spooner. Every week he puts together a beautiful ‘Sites of the Week’ roundup, which can be delivered straight to your inbox via an email subscription.
WordPress is a popular blogging platform and powerful Content Management System (CMS) that is used by more than 70 million websites. WordPress is a completely free and Open Source Project meaning that hundreds of people are able to work on the code meaning that WordPress is constantly evolving and improving.
History of WordPress
Websites are created using markup languages known as HTML & CSS. These can be time consuming to create, maintain, and manage and not everyone needs a highly customized website solution. WordPress was developed to be completely user-friendly meaning that an individual could easily manage and update their content without the need to learn complicated HTML.
Why use WordPress?
WordPress is flexible and easy to extend if needed through the availability of thousands of plugins and themes. Through these methods, an individual could change the entire look of a website or add complex features with just a few clicks of their mouse.Do to the nature of how large WordPress is, there are a multitude of support options available online such as watching online video tutorials on the web, getting help from WordPress experts, and being active in online forums.
WordPress is extremely SEO Qatar (Search Engine Optimization) friendly from the start. The core foundation of WordPress is fully compliant with web standards set by the W3C and works great on any device or browser. This clean, search-engine friendly code could mean that your pages will land on a higher spot in the search engines such as Google.
Through this CMS you are able to own your content meaning that you will not be limited by having to depend on webmasters to handle your content. Additionally, you will be able to easily import and export your content that makes backups a breeze.
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Joomla! is a free and open source content management system (CMS) designed to assist users in building websites and other online applications.
The Joomla open source CMS, which is offered under the General Public License (GPL) version 2.0, is a continuation of the work of the development team that unanimously resigned from the Mambo project in August 2005 (see "fork"). Joomla version 1.0 is derived from Mambo 184.108.40.206 but includes many additional bug fixes and security patches.
The Joomla Web CMS is considered to be a popular choice for many types of websites, including corporate sites, news or blogs, government applications, small business sites and sites where secure logins are required. The ecosystem of Joomla developers and users provide products and services to the Joomla community which has more than one-half million members and more than 20,000 developers.
Organizational, legal and financial support for the Joomla! open-source project is provided by the non-profit organization, Open Source Matters (OSM). OSM is responsible for all project activities that are not the responsibility of the production working group or the community working group, such as operations management, events, the shop, marketing and public relations.
The name Joomla is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word "Jumla" which means all together or as a whole. Joomla's main open source Web CMS competitors include WordPress and Drupal.