We all need inspiration sometimes, and if you are starting on a new web design project for your own business, for a web design client, or even just building a landing page for your sales funnel, it doesn’t hurt to take some time to get some inspiration. This is absolutely to get ideas on what might work for you and let’s be honest if it is your own website, it can be the hardest one to design for. However, getting inspiration can also help you to stay on the pulse of what the current trends are, and more importantly, which of those trends actually provides something of value to your project. So, here are the different places I go to for inspiration!
WordPress Site Builder Plugins
The developers behind these plugins want you to use their site builder, so many of them publish their own templates or feature examples of what other people have been creating with WordPress and their site builder. This is a great place to start, especially if you are using a site builder because it will give you an idea of what is feasible.
Elementor gets the first mention purely because it is one of my favourite WordPress site builder, however, the team there publish a regular blog ‘showcase‘ of WordPress websites built using their site builder that I also find a great place to get ideas! You can also find many templates in their template library, either directly within your Elementor install, or here.
I quite like marketplaces, because you can drill down on industries. So if you are looking for inspiration for a construction website, there are themes there already. Theme marketplaces also often incorporate themes or designs for other platforms, giving you a wider range of ideas than you might get from focusing solely on WordPress themes.
One of the top marketplaces for WordPress themes is Themeforest, and to be honest, I don’t really look at any others anymore. They just have so much!
Web Design Blogs
Web design blogs can be a great source of inspiration and can also provide a lot of hints and tips to improve your designs. While many of these may not be WordPress specific, they typically do contain plenty of WordPress design related content, and plenty of other ideas to help get you thinking outside the box. My favourites include Webdesigner Depot, Smashing Magazine, and Web Design Ledger. There are quite literally thousands of others out there with many focused on specific niches, so you are bound to find inspiration in these blogs.
There are social networks specifically for designers, like Behance and Dribbble. They are absolutely chock full of cool designs. Keep in mind you may need to filter by web design and any other criteria that is of particular interest to you. However, you can also find inspiration on more mainstream social networks like Pinterest. Just do a search for “web design inspiration” or “web design trends” and you are away! Again, these are not WordPress specific, but you never know what gems you might find!
Google is of course always full of ideas. No matter what you are trying to come up with, someone has likely already done it before or created a curated list of sites that do what you are looking for. So with some careful searching, you just might find the inspiration you need.
Don’t forget to think about mobile. You can use the dev tools in pretty much every desktop browser now to view the mobile version of a site. That can give you a great idea of how well different ideas do (or don’t) work for mobile users. I personally find that some mobile sites give me great ideas for desktop users too, so it’s always worth checking.
What about you?
I hope this list of places to look for inspiration on your new WordPress website design project is helpful. Are any of these places at the top of your list for ideas? Is there somewhere else you go to when you want to see the latest trends? Let me know your top tips for WordPress web design inspiration in the comments below!