Key Tips to Create a Magazine Website with WordPress

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When was the last time you bought a magazine? The chances are that you don’t even remember unless you’re an avid reader who still carefully keeps up the tradition of going to the newsstand and picking your favorite magazine right after it comes out! Just like in every sector, the internet and digital age has dramatically changed the world of magazine publishing. Every day more and more magazines are moving online in order to keep up with the pace. Publishers have come to an understanding that online magazines are becoming more popular because they are easily accessible, and in most cases, free.

That being said, the trend of online blogs and magazine websites with WordPress on the rise. Undoubtedly, content is king, but if you want to put up a magazine website that is aesthetic, professional, visually appealing and user friendly, you need to pay double attention to website design. Even the best content seems banal sitting on a bad design.

Magazine-style websites should be dynamic, stylish, rich in content yet uncluttered and consistent in design. Maintaining these criteria is not easily achievable, so in this article, we  put together some key tips along with some live examples from Jupiter X magazine and blog templates that can help you get inspired and create a professional-looking magazine website to reach a wider audience.

Layout matters!

Grid and masonry layout

Using vertical and horizontal lines of the grid system to organize content has always been a common practice in traditional paper magazines. Grid layouts are now modernized following the trends and are still a popular layout for blog, news and magazine websites as they make the website visually appealing, neat and easy-to-read. The grid layout – which looks like the cells of a table spaced perfectly right next to each other – creates the best architecture to organize your posts. Most of the Jupiter X magazine templates are designed under the grid layout in most sections. Here is an example of how it looks in action in the Joi template:

Magazine Website with WordPress

Another popular layout when designing magazine websites with WordPress is the masonry layout. A slight difference between masonry and grid layout is that images can be displayed in a larger size and that they are more fluid in their placement on the page. The Masonry layout comes in two inner and outer formats with their own aesthetic features. The trending News section in the Magazine 2 template enjoys this layout:

Magazine Website with WordPress


One of the unavoidable widgets in blog or magazine websites that feature heavy content is the Smart Post List, which will help you to organize posts in an interactive manner. You can customize the lists in many ways such as image size, featured post style, alignment, meta and more. Check out an example of the listing posts in the Magazine 2 template:

Magazine Website with WordPress


Another cool way to display posts in stylish tiles is by using the Smart Posts Tiles widget. Just like lists, you can customize nearly everything in tiles, from image size and title length to box overlays and height and width. A perfect example of this style is live in the Photography Blog template’s homepage.

One common and eye-catching way to display the recent posts on the website is by using a carousel style. Showcase your featured or most recent posts in moving slides, and readers will much easier be able to locate the important posts or even the archived posts from the past. Magazine 2 template uses the carousel in a neat way.

Visually appealing is a must!

The next time you buy a paper magazine, pay attention to the number of images, colors and other visual elements used on various pages. With a lot of content to read, rich media can make the design of your website compelling and more entertaining.


Don’t underestimate the power of images in drawing the reader’s attention to stories. Think of your homepage as the cover of your magazine and try to make it as much attention-grabbing as possible. Use big, bold and high-quality images that are of course in line with your design style. Jupiter X’s Joi, Meditrinalia and Photography Blog templates include this image rich layout.

Magazine Website with WordPress

It would be even better you can invest in taking your own images. If that’s not possible,  then you can look for stock photos on quality websites such as Shutterstock and Unsplash.

Using image-specific elements such as Image Accordion and Slider to showcase your posts makes your website even richer. You can find examples of these elements in the Magazine 2 and Simple Magazine templates.

Videos & animations

One fundamental difference between paper and online magazines is the use of videos and animations. Using them adds to the dynamism of the website. People tend to pay more attention to the posts that include a video compared to the text-only ones, so try to incorporate engaging videos that match the general feel of the website and the post they represent when you create a magazine website with WordPress, just as we did perfectly in Blog 2 and Magazine 2 templates.


Another important factor that will make your website pleasing to the eye is the right use of fonts and typography. Don’t be afraid to use different fonts, font sizes and font colors that are consistent with the website design. Use larger fonts for headlines or the top news you want to highlight and smaller fonts in the footer or for older posts etc. Check out the various fonts, sizes and colors in Joi, Meditrinalia and Health Blog templates.


Regardless of how many types of content your magazine is covering, they all need attractive headlines – in design and content – to be read. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the stand or on a computer monitor – the first thing that a reader’s eye is going to notice is the headline. That’s why it’s worth spending time on it. According to some tests regarding headlines, the traffic to content can vary to as much as 500%. Thankfully, Jupiter X has solved the design part of headlines for you, and all you need to think about is content. 

Avoid clutter

The most distinctive feature of magazine-style websites as stated above is being dynamic with too much content grouped together in a space as small as a screen. This creates a fine line between being stylish and being cluttered. While paying attention to the visual aspects of the website, you should also be careful not to drive your audience into an unwanted mess. Embrace white space and let your readers take small breaks in between their navigation throughout the website and focus more on the content that’s appealing to them.

The Blog 2, Isonoe and Simple Magazine templates struck the perfect balance between the white space and the posts and this created a seamless and uncluttered layout despite being heavy on content.

Magazine Website with WordPress

Allow users to navigate easily


There is a debate about using sidebars nowadays. For certain types of websites, sidebars have become obsolete. However, in situations where users need some guidance and/or you have a content-heavy website (such as a magazine website), sidebars can be useful. Sidebars play an essential role in designing magazine websites with WordPress as they are an excellent way to show other articles or pages of your website. They also allow users to navigate easily through the website or to display call-to-action buttons for something like a subscription or even a place for your social media accounts, just like we did it stylishly in Magazine 2 and in Magazine without any clutter to get the benefit of sidebars.

Mega menu

If your magazine website has a lot of categories and subcategories, then a mega menu is a good option to let users navigate easily through different parts of your website. This type of menu is useful to show all of  – or most of – submenus of the main menu, and you can have a short description for each item on it. You have infinite customizability with Jupiter X’s Mega Menu, with a horizontal or vertical menu and add text, video, list items, image, icon, form and many more elements on your menu.

News Ticker

Have you ever noticed that narrow band of tape at the bottom of television channels for displaying news, information, advertisement, etc? It’s called a news ticker and is being increasingly used on the homepage of websites to show related information just like television channels. It can draw attention not only to the information that is shared but to the whole website. On a magazine website, you can use it to share your new articles so users can easily click and access that article. Or if you have a market or finance magazine, you may use it to show the price or rate of things that change frequently, but like most elements in a magazine website, it shouldn’t make the website appear too busy. Take a look at how we go about implementing this in the Blog 2 template.

Divide into categories

Another excellent way to appeal to site visitors while creating a magazine website with WordPress is by archiving your content into meaningful categories. To do that, you should have a clear understanding of why your audience visits your website. Avoid making too many categories as it can cause clutter on your website. For example, if you’re thinking of having a general fashion magazine, it would be wise to divide categories into Men, Women, and Kids for the main page. Jupiter X provides both outer style and inner style for categories, for instance, we designed Magazine 2 with inner style to categorize contents and Fashion Blog with outer style.

Include a subscribe button or sign-in form

Online magazines are becoming popular for a reason: they are easily accessible. In order to keep readers engaged and faithful to your magazine or blog, you should let them subscribe to it with ease and just like they could get paper magazines in their mailbox, let them gain access to the latest news in their inbox. Failing to do so can make you lose them forever to competitors.

Most magazine templates from Jupiter X include a subscription section and a contact form for possible questions and queries. The best practice is that you include the subscription button down every page of the website. Check out the Magazine 2 and Blog 2 templates as examples for both.

Embed social media

With so much content available for free on the internet and social media, promoting your content seems pretty difficult in such a competitive field. Thus, the effect of social media is undeniable for your brand and content to go viral. Make sure you allow for a discussion on social media about your content, which will operate like “word of mouth”  in the digital world. Embed your social media accounts wherever possible on your website that of course does not make the overall design look ugly! The header, footer and contact pages are the best places to consider.

Wrapping up

There’s no doubt that you should focus and spend a lot of time on an eye-catching design to create a magazine website with WordPress, and Jupiter X would be a huge help and easy way to achieve it. We provide various templates with a lot of features for different tastes that, like all the templates of Jupiter X, you can add, edit, or delete every element of your website.
Now it’s your turn, are we going to see a new online magazine soon?


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Reviews on WPArena: be wary of biased writing, unscrupulous reviews & predatory behavior

Reviews on WPArena

It’s unfortunate that there are certain people in the WordPress community – of which we have been proud members of – who fail to share its fundamental values such as openness, transparency and positivity. What’s even more unfortunate is that there are some who take advantage of these principles held by the community to make a few bucks.

Perhaps you’ve stumbled across a WordPress news blog called WPArena which publishes news, articles and also theme reviews or have run advertisements of your WordPress products there in the past.

I’m going to briefly explain the bad experience we had getting our Jupiter X WP Theme reviewed by this blog. The short story is that they were not able to provide the draft by the agreed time. We didn’t accept this and asked for a refund.

They threatened to turn their completely positive review into a completely negative review and publish it in their blog and partner blogs if we asked for a refund. And, in the end, they did it.

In March 2019, I submitted a review request on their website. Then, someone named Jazib Zaman, who was listed as CEO, replied with an extremely attentive tone. After being briefed on the process, I sent the payment and all the material for review as asked by Jazib on March 8. He then promised to publish the review by March 25:

 By March 25 I didn’t even receive the review draft, let alone the published version. I followed up on March 25 and 27 and didn’t receive a reply. He replied on March 30 on a Saturday night when is not a working day.

What is implied from this exchange is that he waited until the last day of the month to sit down and put together a review for a large WordPress theme like Jupiter in a few hours and pass a draft for me and finish the project.

He sent me the draft on Sunday at 9:00 PM without waiting for my response to his previous day email.

We were planning to publish this review in March. We received a draft. We needed at least two business days to review and provide feedback in case there were problems we could clarify. So it was a failed project. Simply put, they were unable to deliver the project as planned, and because of this, I asked for a refund. And this is how the rest of his conversation went:

and that is the end of conversation.I regret not saving the copy of their first positive review, which was nearly the opposite of the  ‘revenge review’ they published.

Two weeks later he contacted me and threatened to publish more revenge articles on other WordPress blogs he claimed to own or partner with.

We’re not publishing this post to counteract a bad review they published about Jupiter X on their blog. Every product in the world – even the best in history – has received bad reviews or had unhappy customers. And, in the same way, we can never claim or pretend to have the best product on the market without any problem.

There may be problems with our product – and just like with any other product, we always aim to fix the issues and improve further. So even a beginner WordPress customer can understand if a review is biased (either in a positive or negative way) and base their research on various sources to figure out what customers of a product are saying about it instead of relying on one.

The reason why we wanted to share these screenshots was not also to expose his bullying behavior, threats, insults or to defame Jazib Zaman and WPArena. Unfortunately, such people defame themselves and their brand before anyone else needs to do. But this review will discredit their other reviews as it shows -positive or negative- they all may be based on commercial benefits not substantial facts.

This incident clearly demonstrates how easy it is for WPArena to ignore professional and moral ethics, manipulate the facts, base their review on non-factual grounds all for personal and commercial benefit.

We wanted to let our experience be known to anyone in the WordPress community who might be thinking of working with this website or with Jazib Zaman to review their product and promote their business and warn the community about falling prey to their predatory behavior.

A publication with a poor reputation and known for fabricated reviews may very well have an adverse effect on your product. It’s always good to do research about the credibility and background of the publication you want to work with. So, if you’re considering WPArena to review or promote your WordPress product, this article may give you a pause to give it a second thought.


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Web Designer Tricks to Deliver Website Projects Faster

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Deliver Website Projects Faster Featured

Freelance web developers and web design agencies completely understand what it means to have a hasty client and to work harder to deliver website projects faster. Clients usually want their projects to be done in a blink of an eye in addition to all the practical aspects such as elegance, speed, content structure, navigation, ease of management, SEO, security and more. Of course, most of the time, they want all this on a low budget. It gets beautiful, isn’t it?

So, if you were a freelance web developer or a web design company in New York or any other city, what would you do in this situation? Possible options include the following:

  • Increase the project delivery time which causes more costs for both you and the client.
  • Increase the cost and try to hire some other developers to implement and develop the design as fast as possible.
  • Simply say “no, I can’t accept this project.”
  • Use tools to speed up your project.

Wait a second – which tools? Well, there are tools for every job! Imagine you have to move all your furniture in your apartment to another city, and you have these options:

  • Put each thing one at a time into your car and move them to the other city.
  • Load everything into an old truck – which could break down at any second – but for free.
  • Use a big, nice truck with all the gadgets required to move the stuff safely in a short period of time with a low fee.

I would personally choose the third option. It’s also the same for every other job in the world. Tools are there to help us do our jobs better and faster. But which tools to deliver website projects faster and better?

Before we get into this, I should mention that every web developer has their own methods of working quickly. Sometimes, someone uses a CMS (Content Management System) that contains a customly designed template, making it easier for the developer to create a website using his or her own templates. Sometimes, a developer more quickly writes the whole management system than setting up a new CMS.

So, what I’m really trying to say is that each developer chooses their own way of going about things. However, typically there are ways to improve the speed and reduce the costs of a web design project such as:

  • Using a good and flexible CMS. (We will consider WordPress only since it has more than 60% of CMS usage over the internet)
  • Using premade PSD templates that you can easily convert to a website
  • Using a premium WordPress theme that is feature-rich and requires no coding
  • Using premade website templates

Let me explain more about each of these ways.

Using WordPress as a CMS

As of October 2019, WordPress is used by 61.5% of all the websites whose CMS we know. This is 34.7% of all websites. It means that WordPress has the biggest community of users among all CMSs in the world. It also is a great choice for running websites from simple to complex use cases. Since WordPress is actively maintained and has a large community, it’s a secure platform if you keep it updated. Also, plugin variety and theme availability are making it the number one choice for many web developers.

Using Premade PSD Templates

You might have your own PSD designs that can be used with some changes for your other clients or you might be looking for other PSDs and sketch designs. In general, when you show your client a PSD of what his website would look like after implementation, you saved a lot of time and headaches. This is because in case it was not accepted or your client didn’t like it, you could easily change the design using PhotoShop, Sketch or XDesign software which is much less time consuming compared to developing a whole website, then showing it to your client.

Using a Premium WordPress Theme

If you ask an experienced web developer if free or premium themes are more cost-effective, they would most certainly tell you that premium themes are the way to go. Why? After all, doesn’t a free theme mean FREE? Of course, it does, but when using a free theme, you’d need to use a lot of other features and combine everything together. Most of the time, you’ll pay more for a small feature that you need. So, it’s not time and/or cost-efficient at all. Choose a good and flexible WordPress theme, and you can rest assured that what you get is much more than what you pay.

Using Premade Website Templates

This is also a big story alone. There are thousands of premade templates for every category you can think of. Plenty of them is free and available on different websites. Many of them are even award winnings. You only need to search for your category name and “website template” in Google to see thousands of results. Using premade templates is like having a cheat sheet with yourself on your final exam. It gives you great results, but this time, it’s completely legal.

Now that you know what can help us improve our speed, one question that probably annoys you is: How can I ensure that I can implement a premade PSD design with my changes, over another premade template using another theme? The answer is that you can’t. If you’re going to design and implement a website like this, then what’s the point of using tools? You need to find a tool that gives you all of the options together.

Imagine you have a multipurpose WordPress theme that has a vast variety of different templates for different categories and it has the PSD design of each template beside it. What else do you need? You need to be sure that this theme is good for your SEO, performance and has enough flexibility to implement your client’s requirements. It should be easy to manage, maintain and be compatible with third-party plugins. Having premium plugins bundled is a plus.

But, what is the chance that you’ll get all of these features together? If you look for it in big markets such as Envato, you’ll find some of them. The Jupiter X Multipurpose WordPress theme is an example. It’s a WordPress theme that has plenty of demo templates, and you can use any of them by a single click, plus the templates have PSD design files ready to download. The theme itself uses Elementor as the default page builder with 17 premium bundled plugins. It means that you get a $225 package for only $59.

Let’s see how we can build up a Barbery website for our hasty client using the Jupiter X WordPress theme.

Building up a Barbery Website

Before everything, let’s see what options we have among the Jupiter X templates. Open this page and search for keyword “barber”.

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List of current barbery-related templates in the Jupiter X theme.

Let’s say that I like the Elara template, but I first need to show it with some changes to my client. So, I go to Jupiter X Control Panel and download the PSD package of this template.

Deliver Website Projects Faster Downloading
Downloading the PSD package of Elara Template

I then open the homepage PSD file inside the package and start editing as I wish.

Deliver Website Projects Faster Changing Design
Changing the design on the PSD

Then, I show this PSD to my client and get some feedback. After applying the feedback, it’s time to implement the design on my website. So, I simply install the Elara template on my website and then start changing the content and design based on the final PSD files.

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Installing Elara Template

And it’s done!

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Template Elara is successfully installed.

Now, all I have to do is to go to the homepage and edit my content as I previously edited on the PSD file.

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Changing the background image of a column in Elara Template

And then update my page. This would be the final result:

Changing the background image of a column.

That’s it. We’ve made it. Changing the rest of the content is as easy as this. All you need to do is apply the changes one by one.

Ok, but I still want my project to be better than this. Give me some tips!

The best thing I can advise is to have a comprehensive understanding of your website requirements. Imagine that you need to build up a website for a furniture shop. What features first come to mind? Probably high-quality images, big headings, portfolios, shop page, checkout steps and etc. Now observe the templates carefully. See which one has the best match design with the one that you have in mind.

Furniture-related demos in Jupiter X templates

The first thing you need to do is to ensure the designed layout is suitable for your content. The rest is to make sure you can implement your extra features as well. For example, if you need an e-commerce furniture website and your template doesn’t have WooCommerce by default, make sure to provide the correct place for your shopping items first and then enable WooCommerce. Also, make sure to check the Artbees Crash Course that has a great A-to-Z tutorial on how to build a website with different subjects in our blog.

Wrapping Up Tips to Deliver Website Projects Faster

Web design is a tough job and gets worse when you have a client on a tight deadline. However, using tools such as a multipurpose theme will give you the ability to design quicker and better and deliver website projects faster. Here we explained which tools can help you design a quality website in a short timeframe – and that gets a thumbs up from your client.


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Say Cheese: The Anatomy of an Ideal Photography Website

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Ideal Photography Website Featured Image

While social media has dramatically changed the world of photography, it has also provided platforms for ordinary people to reveal their inner photographers. And the majority of us embraced it for good as these social media sites have become increasingly popular by the day. But if you’re a professional photographer – or have a real passion and talent for it – it might be time to create an ideal photography website as a way to store and showcase your valuable photos.

Wouldn’t you prefer your beautiful snaps be displayed in a professionally made website to impress the crowd and potential clients rather than scattered around Instagram or Flickr? You owe that to your skills and talent!

Too confused to know where to start? We hear you! Starting off somewhere is always a hassle, but worry not! Jupiter X has got you covered! In this post, we’ll walk you through 5 photography website templates, explaining each one’s unique anatomy as well as features that will help you choose the best option that best suits your expectations and goals. It will also help you get your hands on your personal or corporate photography website in a snap!

Proserpina: Mixed

Multipage with right sidebar navigation and sectioned homepage

Ideal Photography Website Prosperina
Prosperina template with Mixed anatomy

Who should use it?

One of our popular photography templates, Proserpina, is perfect for both freelancers and studios who want an uncluttered, yet descriptive portfolio website.

Homepage Structure

The homepage consists of a full-height hero section that you can leverage to shout your name as your personal/professional brand with an intriguing background image, descriptive sections to write about yourself, your business and your projects, portfolio and one-half large sections with video background that adds a cinematic feel to your website if you want to showcase your video editing and shooting abilities. The burger menu with the right sidebar navigation effect helps place focus on the content and images more by keeping menu items out of sight.

Inner Pages

Proserpina has 2 inner pages: Portfolios and Contact. You can store your photo albums and collections in a clean portfolio page. Your concept and vision matter for every single photo. So what’s even better than putting them in different categories for faster and smoother navigation through your photos? Proserpina comes with Posts Element that you can categorize according to your point of view.

Proserpina Portfolio

Forms, addresses, and social media channels make you reachable to your customers and give them a way to stay in touch with you. You have it all in the contact page, which is ready for customization.

With no more than 3 pages (Home, Portfolio, Contact), this template has everything your audience needs to know about you, your style and your work.

Locaste: Dark Minimal

Multipage page with a 4-column grid

Ideal Photography Website Locaste
Locaste Photography Template

Want to impress your audience with nothing but your photos at first sight? Well, search no more! Locaste template does just that!

Who should use it?

This minimal template can suit both freelancers and studio owners of the same taste.

Homepage Structure

The homepage loads to a full gallery of photos using the images layout and is organized in 4 columns with no other text or elements to distract your visitors. And the tiny burger menu adds up to it! So the no-intro homepage style is also surprisingly compelling to website visitors.

Inner Pages

Locaste has 4 inner pages: About, Gallery, Blog and Contact. They all follow the overall minimal style of the template but contain multiple layout options to choose from for Gallery and Blog pages.

You can choose between various gallery and blog layouts, from classic to masonry, each with a categories option and different column structure to better organize your albums and posts.

Locaste Photography Template

The About page includes 4 main sections, a hero section with a background image, the about section to write about the artist or the business, a section to add teammates and the last section organized in 2 columns of an image and text, which can be dedicated to anything related to the photos, studio or the artist.

And finally, the contact page consists of a column for the address, social media accounts and a simple form following with a Google Map.

All in all, if you need a big album and a blog to write about the spirit behind your photos, this clutter-free template is the perfect choice. Just take your camera and let Locaste guide your fans through the magical world of your shots!

Cynosura: Minimal

Single page with no navigation

Ideal Photography Website Cynosura
Cynosura One-page Template

You’re a beginner, you know you’ve got the eye and want to share it with the world, but in no way want to mess with the technical hassles of creating a complicated website! We hear you and offer you the ultra-minimal one-page Cynosura template.

Who should use it?

This single page template is perfect for freelance photographers who just need to set up a virtual album and a place to communicate with those who find their photography interesting.

Homepage Structure

The homepage loads to a short intro consisting of a full-height background image and some minimal text without a navigation bar. There are no inner pages, and the portfolio is presented on the same page. So all you need to do is to add a photo album element, upload your photos, add your social media accounts and contact information in a simple footer, and trust us, that’s it! You have your simple cool portfolio website.

Arbius: Simple

Multi-page with 2-column Grid

Ideal Photography Website Arbius
Arbius Photography Template

Who should use it?

This multi-page template is ideal for those freelancers who would like to add a bit more detail to their online portfolio.

Homepage Structure

The homepage starts with a short intro and portfolio organized in two half large columns that each can be served as an album containing more information and photos inside, as well as a minimal footer.

Inner Pages

Arbius has three more inner pages: About, Personal and Contact.

The about page is simply made up of some image and text elements and defines what can be called the best “about” page in its most concise and well-set way.

The personal page can be called your album storage. You can organize your photos into different albums here using the photo album element.

And, finally, the very simple contact page contains your personal studio address, phone number, and email. Isn’t that what a typical contact page should offer?

Jovial: Classic

Multi-Page with classic navigation and sectioned homepage

Ideal Photography Website Jovial
Jovial Photography Template

Who should use it?

Jovial is a classic multi-page template, perfect for photography studios that consider their website as the main platform to present their services, explain the techniques they use and to showcase their work samples.

Homepage Structure

The section-based homepage starts off with an eye-catching intro, a full-height hero image, and scrolls down to more sections, each containing details and explanations about the services offered. The proper combination of image and text while avoiding an uncluttered overall look is noticeable.

Inner Pages

Like the majority of the classic website templates, Jovial also has many inner pages: About Us, Our Team, Projects and Contact Us.

The about page has an intro with bold headings on top and a cover image below. The inner sections in between can be served as side notes about your business. The fixed background with text element walking on it adds a sophisticated look to the page.

The team page has the same bold heading and cover image style and uses sections to introduce the team members. A whole descriptive section that speaks to the members’ background and experiences sounds great! Some of the sample works can also be added as posts to the page. It will for sure invite the visitors to check on the projects page!

The projects page is all about its name! Following the same intro style, it’s your treasure chest, storing your work samples and past projects.

And finally, the contact page which will serve as a bridge between you and clients with a Google map and contact information down the page.

Wrap Up

We showcased 5 models that represent different approaches in design and content for an ideal photography website and can be chosen as a foundation or inspiration for your photography website based on your brand’s characteristics and preferences.

Have you already started setting up your website? Do you plan to strengthen your online presence and let the world see through your eyes? Let us know in the comments!


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Modern Website Design Trends in 2019

What’s trending on the web today is likely to be forgotten tomorrow. When thinking about building a website, many business owners are afraid due to the sheer number of modern website design trends to follow. You need to learn the rules of this game so that your website is in tip-top shape and has enough conversion.

What is a “modern website design trend” in 2019?

First, let’s look at what a modern website trend is. The trend reflects the changes taking place in the web society. Also, it’s an indicator of development. What doesn’t develop dies.

Web design trends come and go in circles. As time progresses, web design trends and development technologies directly impact what we consider “good” and “bad” in website building. The truth is that presently web is at the point where web design is not limited by technology.

Today, we can do pretty much everything we might want to do on the web. And the future of web design is no longer about what we can do, rather, what we should do to design websites that result in positive experiences for users.

How do Design Trends Appear

What are your thoughts about how web design trends appear? Well, some believe that web designers gather secretly at night to create something extraordinary. Others think the thoughts of web designers are intuitively the same. At last, the third option states that web designers have a predicted forecasting team who predict the future “needs & wants” of consumers.

In fact, there’s nothing wrong with any of these options. One thing is certain here: each web design trend goes a long way until the moment when web design professionals are bound to use it.

Think of a trend as the general direction that the web market is taking during a specific period of time. The time for a trend to appear may take longer than predicted or it may not even become a trend at all.

Typically, web design trends are not something that changes within a few weeks. Instead, they evolve gradually, making it easier for web designers to find the most creative way to implement them. Many trends are cycled by nature, some of them come and go, while others are here to stay. And those web designers who know the difference between a fleeting fad and a real trend are the ones who create web products that compel us to admire and take action.

Top 5 Web Design Trends for 2019-2020 (with Examples)

So, what are the top design trends for 2019-2020? Well, by looking across the high-predictable and high-impact modern web design trends, it’s worth highlighting the top 5 web design trends for 2019-2020.

Custom Three-Dimensional Looks

It seems 3D designs are everywhere right now. The fame of fabulously flat designs is gone. Today, web designers are looking to add depth and realism to graphics with only one purpose: to breathe life into your projects by embracing 3D elements. Having proved itself as a quite stable and persistent modern web design trend for the last few years, 3D needs to be high up on your list.

Sometimes web designers use 3D designs as windows to another world. Especially, when they need to define the contrast between two worlds – the digital and physical ones. MakeReign, a digital design studio website, is an ample example of that. It has earned multiple awards, including Awwwards Site of the Day and FWA of the Day.

Modern Website Design Trends Make Reign

Sometimes web designers use 3D designs to create the world around you. They can even construct new environments and dimensions to let you enjoy AR and VR experiences on a go.

Some creative web designers go even further. They go outside the box and create imaginary spaces full of surreal and abstract elements. The playful and cartoon nature of a Pitch website is the best illustration of that.

At last, 3D design confidently takes its place in the world of typography. New eye-catching 3D typefaces pop off the page and are part of the main design. Often, some web designer pros use 3D typography as a go-to tool to improvise. They sometimes do this to create a whole new world you need to overdo.

Modern Website Design Trends Arche68

In the above image, you can see letters constructed of blocks and machine parts in bold colors that are extra punchy in 3D. The object smoothly emerging from nowhere makes you stop and focus attention on it.

When you visit the Arche68 website, you’ll be impressed with its outstanding design that has nothing in common with fashion. In fact, it takes some clicking to discover their purpose (hint: they sell fashion accessories). Yet, it’s one of the many fashion websites that opt for a wilder approach with bold typography that creates an innovative, eye-catching design.

More Vibrant Bright Colors

Vibrant, vivid colors will continue to be trendy in 2019-2020. This time, get ready for even more bright and striking colors. Standard website elements are long gone. Today, more original, creative and vibrant designs are making waves. As a result, the overall design feels more futuristic. Thus, mesmerizing and out-of-this-world designs of Spotify or Elje captivate at first sight. All-in-all, a bright color is everywhere.

Modern Web Design Trends Spotify

Gradient color shifts across the page create a natural flow between image and text, guiding a visitor’s eye so that reading information feels more natural and comfortable.

When designing your own website, give it up to the gradients combined with bright, vivid colors. It’s a surefire way to add movement onto your page. Website designs differ – one may lack photography, while others don’t have imagery elements. That’s when gradients can change the way your website is perceived by visitors.

Even More Video

In our day and age when a picture says a thousand words, a video says it best. With a large and beautiful hero image, gaining the attention you need is a no-brainer. Now, a relevant and great video of your brand or your customers speaking for you is a game-changer. It will create a tremendous impact on your visitors, increasing your conversion rates up to 80%.

It’s not a secret, most visitors have no desire to stay for long on a website. Even though speed is such a huge factor today, a great video tends to increase conversions. For that reason, different social media platforms prioritize videos over other kinds of posts. If done right, a video that can grab attention raises your website metric.

Web Design Trends CEI

Videos work particularly great when you need to explain complex things quickly. Look at how rapidly and effectively CEI The Digital Office convey their message in a matter of seconds. Breaking through the online noise is hard. With a high-quality video, you can do a lot for your branding.

What is the best way to show off? Marisa Passos has the solution. Just visit her personal portfolio to learn how to pitch yourself in the most effective manner. You can’t help but admire her work.

Minimalistic Asymmetrical Layouts

Minimalism – which is not new but trendy – is still hot. Because it keeps a visitor focused, minimalistic design dominates the web. The best thing is that it presupposes that your website is simple and clean. Our life today is dynamic and full of distractions that bombard us from every direction. We don’t have the time or the desire to pay attention to the complex structure or distracting elements.

In fact, combined with asymmetrical grids, your website design has a chance to stand out. Ideal for creating hierarchy, asymmetrical grids are nothing but the best.

The Impact website is one of the best examples of minimalistic asymmetrical layouts. The idea is to call attention to what matters most. So, they break up the content into several parts. Each of them guides the user’s eyes to the information they’re looking for.

When it comes to asymmetrical hierarchy, Ruston Paving sticks out a mile. Peculiar placements and repeating incorrect patterns are a whole new game. A mix of colors and textures sparks attention. At last, the user-focused design funnel people to the right places.

Geometric and organic shapes

What is the best way to add a sense of playfulness and creativity to modern website design? It’s not only colors that evoke particular thoughts and emotions. Specific emotions and feelings are no stranger to geometric shapes. Why not add a bit of extra vibe and dynamism to your web design? Triangles, hexagons, and circles are a big deal in modern web design.

Just take a look at how great the Calar website is. With brilliant, vivid color palettes and interactive elements, their website makes a user feel like a child in art class. Get creative with shapes, and you’ll succeed in establishing visual hierarchy. What part of your website do you want your users to notice?

Modern Website Design Trends Calar

In fact, streamlined lines are especially successful if supplemented by different shapes. There are no straight lines in nature, so streamlined forms give a website much more loyalty. Rounded corners have appeared to become a trend last year.

Final Thoughts

It’s always fascinating to watch how modern web design trends appear and evolve with time. But what’s more interesting is to watch how some trends turn out differently than expected.

All in all, responsive, clean, speedy and user-friendly websites continue to make waves. 2019-2020 will see the introduction of other web design trends and features, and the ThemeREX team is quite excited to see them coming.


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