Web design

drop down menus

Drop down menus typically appear on websites that are content rich and need easy navigation. They allow their visitors to access categories and content without exerting a lot of search or effort – one click and they have what they want.

Navigation is a major key element in creating a successful website. A well-structured and clean site navigation is essential in the design of an effective user interface. Multi-level drop down menus are perfect if you are managing a site with several levels of content hierarchy. Typically, the design pattern for multi level menu websites has a submenu of navigation items that appear, whenever users hover over the main navigation item. The design, layout and color schemes vary a lot and some website even use icons to help usability.

In this collection we are showcasing various kinds of websites using drop down menus for your design inspiration. The menus can appear horizontally or vertically, but all are created with the user in mind. It is worth looking for multi level menu websites that have made their navigation responsive, flexible and interactive.

Please tell us what you think of this post through the comment section below. Perhaps you are already with a using the perfect multi level menu already? If this post inspired you, please share it with friends who might also be motivated by multi level menu websites.
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transparency-design

Discovering new ways to make your website design stand out is a never-ending search. New possibilities and technologies are introduced almost daily and trends come and go.

One of the effective design techniques often used in website design to simulate depth and give visitors a visual wow experience is transparency. This technique is often used on creative websites where it is typically applied to design elements in the front and this way making the background partly visible. Transparency in web design is often implemented using CSS3 styling and by lowering the opacity of elements such as text, images and div tags.

For this post, I have found some great examples on how amazing a web design can be, when the transparency technique is used right. I hope you will find the inspiration you came looking for and needed for your next design project. Please share this post on Facebook and Twitter if you think your colleagues will benefit from reading this as well. Enjoy!

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40+ Unconventional Web Design Examples

by Anders on July 20, 2013

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In this post, I have compiled a list of more than 40 unconventional web design inspirations. While browsing on my list, you will realize that every design offers something special that hopefully will inspire you. The website in this post may even provide you with some ideas for your own successful web design projects.

The examples of unconventional web design that I included in this collection relates to a group of web designers who are willing to put in huge amount of resources to make their web pages look very appealing. Web design has developed into a very creative field and interactive designs and dynamic websites has become fashion statements and trendsetters.

Future advances in web technology are paving the way for designers to provide more creative designs, which can ultimately lead to the breaking of traditional web design layouts and rules. The unique and often unconventional web designs that we see today are powered by CMS’s, HTML5, CSS3 and other modern tools like jQuery – and know no limits. They allow web designers to be free, imaginative, creative but purposeful.

I hope that you like my collection of unconventional web design specimens. Please let us know which design is your favorite through the comment section below. Perhaps you are also a web designer and have created an unconventional design yourself? Or maybe you know of some unconventional web designs, which I failed to include in my list? To let your friends profit from my collection I encourage you to share this post with them.
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70+ Excellent Corporate Website Designs

by Lars on June 24, 2013

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I personally like modern business style websites a lot and in particular, the recent trend using flat and minimalistic design. As you can see from the examples I have found below, especially corporate websites are excellent at making designs that draw attention and stand out while still representing the feel and purpose of the company in a professional manor.

The ability to tie together the professional look and the need for conveying information in a direct and usable manner is as highly valued as having focus on graphics, layouts and color palettes.

These examples below of corporate website designs show how gracefully you can combine the need for a website with the professional image you wish to represent to visitors. As you can see, there are no golden rule for corporate designs. It is common though to use a slider and columns on the front page to feature important content.

When designing a corporate website you need to find a special style that represent your business and model it into a design that represents the exact look and feel of the business values and products. If you are looking for inspiration for an upcoming business site, you might want to take a look at this article that rounds up some of the best WordPress themes for building business websites.

I hope you will find this collection of excellent corporate website designs useful and that they will give you the needed inspiration for your next project. Enjoy!

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25+ Unusual Geometry in Web Design

by Lars on June 21, 2013

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I was talking to some colleagues just the other day about the passing and upcoming trends in web design. Some of them stated that web design were becoming more and more uniform and that all websites are molded by very few templates. Further, they said that finding a unique and unusual web design was becoming impossible do to this trend.

Instead of agreeing, I sat down and started to browse the Internet looking for unusual geometry web designs just to see if they were right. While browsing these sites I really was caught up as the effort put into these designs and the artistic touch is just amazing.

Using unusual geometry in your web design does not just look great it is also a way to make your website stand noticeably out in relation to competitors. It is commonly used on portfolio websites and you may want to look for more inspiration in this collection of portfolio website templates.

I have found more than 25 examples on how beautiful a website you can create by thinking outside the box and try to experiment with unusual geometry in your web design. I hope you will find some useful inspiration to get the design process started. Enjoy!

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effectivenews

With the release after release of promising mobile gadgets such as tablets and smartphones offering high speed Internet “at-your-fingertips” and easy control of browsing mobile websites are here to stay! Therefore, having a great responsive news site containing lots of great articles and stunning visual content will help you stand out among from the competition. In this review, I will check out EffectiveNews a responsive WordPress news, magazine and blog theme. It is great for presenting tons of news content your visitors will surely love it.

The digital platform has obviously overrun its traditional competitors when it comes to quick and easy solutions for the modern reading customer. Popular news websites such as Huffington Post is accountable for up to 25.000.000 unique monthly visitors. On a news website, visitors are looking for short and fresh updates on relevant topics. With a lot of news stories rolling in daily it is important to have a website layout that have been designed with this in mind. It is important that visitors find what they are looking for immediately and that they have good options for signing up for news updates on social media and feeds.

EffectiveNews has a clean and modern design. It is HTML5 and CSS3 based and fully responsive and mobile friendly. It works mostly on all browsers and definitely fully responsive. It has a Review System for rating news articles and posts build in. You can use percent, star or point systems of rating. You can even place it at the top, bottom or any other custom position you want it to be seen. The Review table is also color customizable with its unlimited color options, thus making it easy to use.

Another feature is the drag and drop HomePage Builder which has a four featured Slider options for featured image display. The theme comes in wide or boxed version layouts. For boxed version, it has five News boxes which you can customize and fill with your featured articles and posts.

It also includes news in pictures or news in tabs for varied post styling. Videos can be added as well for news video clips.  Another amazing feature is its “12 ways to display posts” (4 one columns styles for newsbox, Two column newsbox, 3 blog post style (small, big, Masonry) , Tabs with 2 Styles, Pictures with 2 Styles, scrolling box ) which definitely is preset for the user to choose from.

Feature sliders can also be placed in the category page as well as carousel option in blog style. Page / Post Formats include post with slider, post with featured image, post with video, post with audio. It also contains one of the best collections of custom widget you will be able to find in a news magazine theme. Here are some of them: Social Media widgets (Twitter Feed Widget, Flickr Feed Widget, Facebook like box, Google + box, Unlimited Social Icons Widget and FeedBurner email newsletter widget), Multimedia widgets (Featured Video Widget ( Youtube , Vimeo ) and SoundCloud Widget), Post widgets (posts list without thumbnail widget : Recent/popular/Random, posts list with thumbnail widget and posts in pictures) to Advertisement widgets.

Another cool feature in this theme is the shortcode system that allow easy set up of unique page content. Let us discuss this theme’s features in more detail.

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best-tumblr-photography-themes

Having one of the best Tumblr phtography themes set up on your Tumblr website can help you show off your photos and stand out from the crowd. There is many options and finding the right theme, for your requirements is often a very a time consuming task. Start by listing your expectations and overall layout ideas. Some Tumblr themes for photography websites have a portfolio style, while most still have a traditional blog style layout but with a photography centric look and feel.

To help you dive into the available solutions faster and find the best theme for your Tumblr space, I have made a collection of great looking photo Tumblr templates.

If you are just considering Tumblr as your future publishing platform, I recommend you also consider WordPress. There are so many cool WordPress phtography themes (collection I found on tripwire magazine) out there and WordPress is probably the most popular publishing platform right now.

Tumblr, however, is a microblogging platform and it is perfect for short post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio. One unique feature about Tumblr is that users can follow other users making it a social blogging experience. Tumblr is designed for ease of use and is quite popular with millions of users. This post is a collection of beautiful Tumblr themes for photography portfolios to help you choose among the best Tumblr themes for your Tumblr photo blog.
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creative-portfolio

I often talk to clients that ask me where I get my inspiration from when working on new web design projects. When I say that I just browse the Internet looking for trends and new ideas they seem surprised as if this is too obvious for it to be true. Never the less this is where I find most of my inspiration.

For today’s post I want to share with you some of the great findings I have done recently. I have been looking for inspiration on a creative portfolio web design but needed ideas on how to incorporate different elements without it getting cluttered and most important without the design to lose its magic creative touch.

The list I have made might seem overwhelmingly large however, in order to find the perfect angle for a design assignment you often need to browse through many websites as one solves the problem of slider plugins well while another has a great solution for accordion menu. Nevertheless when designing a portfolio web design having a great looking theme is always a great beginning. If you have not already chosen a theme I can recommend this article I published previously with some really cool portfolio style themes. There are other collections as well that feature a large number of portfolio templates that all differs slightly from one another and it is a good place to find inspiration for a portfolio website.

I hope you can use this collection of creative portfolio web design examples in your search for design ideas. If you find this resource useful, I would appreciate it, if you would share the article with your friends and colleagues on the social networks. Enjoy!

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30 Very Useful WordPress Slider plugins

by Moderator on June 2, 2013

WordPress Slider Plug-ins

Undoubtedly, WordPress is one of the world’s best publishing platforms with a high number of developers working round the clock, to develop new plugins or add some enhanced features to the extremely popular content managing system. The demand for professionalism is on a high, and we can now see a wide variety of customized plugins available for almost every need of a webmaster, an important one being WordPress Slider plugins for a website.

The most frequently used tools to attract attention to your featured content on WordPress include Sliders and Columns on the web site front page. These Javascript based plugins have gained considerable recognition in the retail sphere as it adds visual elegance to your website with pleasant impression on the eyes. In most cases, you can add these plugins to your website with no coding at all by accessing it via the WordPress Admin Panel, and the number of transition options available just keeps increasing.

Here, we are sharing with you some of the best WordPress sliders that you can use on your site easily. Some of these sliders are free and some premium. Check out this collection and see which of the WordPress slider plugins would fit your needs.

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responsive jquery slider plugins

With almost every aspect of the internet going mobile, more and more web developers than ever before are being hired primarily to ensure that websites acquire responsive capabilities. Indeed, as the mobile computing continues to heat up, the demand for responsive WordPress templates, HTML themes, and plugins is likewise on the rise. Among the web elements that need to go responsive to keep up with the times, are the image showcase mechanisms of websites.

We are referring here of sliders, carousels, galleries, accordions and others which are common features of websites and looks great on most sites using a to show off key content and images. These things need to go responsive as well to accomplish 100% responsiveness of any given site. Sliders with a responsive layout scale the images and the typography to fit the screen size. This is important as we all want sliders to capture users attention, but a fixed size slider on a mobile device may get visitors move on very quickly!

To make things easy for you, you can make use of some awesome resources on the web involving jQuery slider plugins. jQuery as we know it is the lightweight JavaScript library that makes it possible for us to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add AJAX; and it does wonders on sliders, etc.

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