Gone are the days where websites are just headings all full of texts underneath. Back when the internet started, everything was purely text based (with a few images), and websites were used solely for conveying messages to viewers. As the years passed, people became more inclined to visuals, especially with the home page. It was here that hybrid-designed websites were made (websites that used both text and images equally). Nowadays, however, we see a whole new shift in the trends of web design. We’re looking at websites that have more concentration to visuals and images rather than just text. Content is still very much relevant to websites, but the content isn’t the full focus of the website now. The focus is on the graphics, and the text is to simply give information.
Now, one thing in common that most new sites have is the responsive design. Responsive design is a design wherein you don’t have to “load” a page. When you click on something, you get an animation swiping the page to another one or a few dropdowns popping out. This is more appealing as compared to regular ones. Some people even use a hybrid of a regular web design and a responsive one. The choice is all up to you. However, it’s good that you learn all aspects of both.
For those who are in business and would want to make themselves a good website using WordPress, here are a few design templates that you can use.
The Card Design
The card design is a very cool and classy looking design that is usually used for pages that showcase articles. The articles are placed in “cards” wherein a picture dominates half of the card, and below the picture lies some parts of the article with a “see more” button that allows you to read the full article. Below is an example of such a design:
The great thing about this design is that you can choose whether you want it to be responsive or not and it’ll still look cool. You can make it like a regular site that redirects to another page when you click on a “card” or you can make it into a responsive site wherein animations make the article appear without loading when you click on the “card”. This design is a very versatile one.
A lot of websites are incorporating a sort of slideshow design lately. If you’re going to click on a certain button on the website, instead of loading redirecting to the next page, animations will swipe to the next page sort of like a slideshow. Below is an example of such a page:
This type of design is a responsive design because it makes use of cool animations to help you navigate the website. This is one of the most modern designs of 2016 as it makes navigation not only easier for the website viewers but also more pleasing to the eyes.
Another trending website design is the material design. This design is really all the rave these days because most new websites (especially the ones that come from WordPress) make use of this particular design. The material design is actually quite simple and minimalist. This is probably why a lot of people love using it. There is charm in simplicity. The great thing about the material design is that there is not much text. It’s just a big background image at the back and some words introducing the website. The focus is usually on the background picture or the buttons with the calls to action on them. Sometimes, material designs make use of pictures as buttons as to make the website more attractive. The rest of the content will be shown when you click on the other pages. This design can either be responsive or not responsive.
Below is an example of such a design:
The menu design literally looks like a menu! It’s also one of the easiest for viewers to use. It is quite similar to the slideshow design wherein most site designers would use slideshow animations to shift pages. The only difference is that the design is classier because the whole website looks like an interactive menu.
Below is an example of such a design: