These days there is a lot of choice of how to build your website and if you use a CMS or not, however, WordPress currently boasts a 21.9% share of all websites, and 60.4% of the content management system market… and that is nothing to be sneezed at! So as you would expect, and as most of us are aware, WordPress is extremely flexible and customizable for any kind of site, and is no longer restricted to blogging sites only.
So today we are bringing you a selection of some beautifully designed sites/blogs built on WordPress for your inspiration.
This branding/design agency have a grid-style layout on a minimal background that makes the site look very clean and tidy.
A hairdressing salon with a nice slideshow of some of their work, and a brick wall background – relatively unusual these days.
A Portuguese design agency. This design is flat, but incorporates the older trend of ribbons on the site. There are also some scrolling animations.
The Many Faces Of…
To be honest, I am not quite sure what this site is about… pages dedicated to an actor or actors that have a potted and comical biography, and the drawings are of characters they have played. The 4 currently available are Leonardo Dicaprio, The Goonies, John Cusack and Alan Rickman – but very nicely presented.
Sports et Loisirs Constantia
This is a French sports centre, and the design has a small slideshow, some retro effects and some transparency. The color scheme is quite unusual.
Fabrica de Caricaturas
This site showcases and sells the work of 5 Spanish caricature artists. The design has a few grungy elements, but is essentially quite minimal.
This is the portfolio site of designer Josh Lane. It is a beautiful example of black on black design.
Work by Simon
This is a design and development studio, and the design is very minimal and almost purely black on white, with some very minimal touches of color. There is also a very tiny amount of animation on the landing page.
Jess Marks Photography
This portfolio site of two Australian photographers is designed in very pastel colors, and the pencil-drawn image at the top is a slideshow with a touch of animation.
This charitable website is a great example of the use of a fullscreen video slideshow. As you scroll down the page, the layout is grid-style. Very nicely presented site.
This company designs and codes newsletter templates. The site is presented in a hand-drawn comic style, using quite bright and cheerful colors, and a little animation at the bottom of the page.
This is the portfolio site of a themes designer. The vertical strips flip around to show the category on mouse-over. When you navigate around the site, it is full of fullscreen images of the designer’s work.
This is the site of a Brazilian digital studio. The huge header is static, and as you scroll down the layout is in a grid-style. As you hover over each element, it shows the title on a red transparent overlay. The design uses the very popular geometric background, and is in the flat style.
This is a branding studio who produce photographs and videos. Their layout is somewhat similar to the above example, but the large header image is a slideshow. The rest of the page is laid out in grid-style, and a hot-pink transparency overlays each element on mouse-over.
The website of this French communications agency is a really good example of a grid-style layout. A red transparent overlay with a title appears on mouse-over.
This is the site of an American construction company. The grid-style layout is a little different and there are some subtle scrolling animations on the way down the page. Using mainly white and green, small injections of color spice up this quite minimal design.
The site of this Scandinavian digital agency is quite a showcase of current trends, including flat design, large slideshows, grid-style layout and transparency.
The Hive is a Canadian storage company. Their website sports a fullscreen image on the landing page, with some parallax scrolling effects as you move down the page. Very bold and bright in yellow and white, this site is quite unique in presentation.
WandaPrint is a creative studio. Their website has an unusual scrolling effect – as you scroll down the page the left half of the image flies in from the top and the right half flies in from the bottom – it creates an interesting experience.
I have included this site not just because of the design, but also it’s usefulness. The landing page is the search – which makes good sense as you usually have an idea of the type of quote you require, or the author. The design is flat, and there are many ways of finding just the right quote.
This is another example of a digital agency that have made very good use of many of the current design trends on their site. The design is flat, there is a full screen width video and many full screen width slideshows as you scroll down the page. A section laid out in grid-style with transparent overlays on mouse-over. They have been very bold with their color scheme.
Cyril Masson Photography
This is the portfolio site of French photographer and film director Cyril Masson. The grid-style layout scrolls horizontally.
Only Scent Remains
This is a very unusual design. The smoky background is animated, and the filled in diamonds on the grid are links. It is not immediately obvious what the aim of this site is, but it is actually an ecommerce site selling scented candles.
This ecommerce store is a good example of a ‘Pinterest-style’/Pinboard layout.
Pacha is a group of nightclubs, and this particular one is on the Spanish island of Ibiza. The site design uses parallax scrolling effects, grid-style layout and flat design.
The Drawing Room
This is the site of a creative agency. The grid-style layout is nicely presented as diamond shapes.
WordPress leads the way as a content management system and website platform, and their closest competitor is Joomla! with a 3.1% share of the website market. With a database of over 26,000 plugins, there is very little you can’t do through the WordPress system. As of February 2014, WordPress 3.8 has been downloaded more than 20 million times.
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