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23 Proven Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Website

23 Proven Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Website

So let’s just say you’re a budding entrepreneur. You’ve gone into business for yourself and setup that all-important website. It’s your digital storefront. No need for that brick-and-mortar store anymore. No need for the random person to patronize your shop from the street. Today, all you need are those virtual visitors — people that are keenly interested in buying what you’re selling.

But how do you go about drawing them in?

The problem that most people face isn’t about how they can setup a website or even start a blog; it’s about how they can actually drive traffic to that digital destination floating about in the bits and bytes of cyberspace. If you’re not a seasoned digital sleuth yourself, you’ve likely struggled with getting the proverbial word out through a variety of forms of online marketing.

Why? Today, we’re faced with a plethora of disinformation and misinformation, crafted and concocted by clever minds looking more to extract money from you than help you to earn it. That latest “proven traffic system” that you just plopped down $997 for isn’t going to bring  you the results you expected. That new video series by the latest raving internet marketer on how you can drive “unlimited” traffic to your website? Nope. That isn’t going to work either.

So where do you turn? What do you do? How do you get people to notice you in a sea of abysmally overwhelming digital overload? In an ever-crowding space, the truth is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get noticed. It’s become a monumental undertaking to drive traffic to any website simply because there is just so much noise.

To rise above that noise, you need to understand some basic principles. This isn’t just about implementing the latest secret for driving traffic or hacking your way to the top of Google’s search results pages. No. This is about instituting tried-and-true methods that the biggest online marketers use to create authority and drive traffic over time.

Authority? Yes. If you don’t have authority, then you don’t have Google’s trust because trust breeds authority over time. If Google doesn’t inherently trust you, which it won’t do in a matter of months, then where do you turn? Simply put. It doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t expect it to.

However, there are ways that you can drive traffic to your website and actually churn a profit as long as you understand some of the fundamentals behind just how traffic works. We’re talking about things like SEO, social media marketing, email marketing and so on and so forth.

While traffic itself is great to have, it will literally be useless if you’re not capturing those people as leads through a free offer and dropping them into your sales funnel, which can help you to sell your products and services on autopilot.

As you come to understand some of the rules behind what drives consumers to purchase from you, you’ll better absorb some of the methods for driving traffic to your site, blog, squeeze page to your latest info product or wherever.

Understanding The Sources Of Your Website Traffic

There are effectively two ways that you can drive traffic to a website. The first way is free. It involves things like search engine optimization, setting up a blog, social media marketing and so on and so forth. The other way is paid. Everyone knows that paid ads can drive traffic to a website, but it can also get costly.

If you don’t understand things like conversion rates and tracking of clicks to see how much a sale costs you, then you’ll surely fail with paid traffic. Either way you slice it, there are some great ways to drive traffic to your website that fall into both of these categories.

However, the more organized you are, and the better you’ve presented your offer at the outset, the more likely you’ll be to succeed with any one of these traffic methods or strategies. So, how do you track all of your efforts to ensure that you’re doing the best to understand where your visitors are coming from when it comes driving traffic to your website?

The most basic and straightforward way is to use Google Analytics. And I’m not just talking about installing Google Analytics. I’m talking about using the UTM (short for Urchin Tracking Module, which relates to the old Urchin analytics system that Google acquired to create its tracking tool) variables that exist in Google’s Analytics to ensure that you know where they’re coming from.

In fact, Google has a great tool that you can use to build your URLs if you’re not too tech savvy. You can find the tool located here. Two fields are required, which are the 1) URL itself, and 2) campaign source. The campaign source can be anything like email or cost-per-click or any other source you’re leveraging to place ads and drive traffic.

You can also add the campaign name here such as facebook_offer or summer_sale or new_product_lineup or anything else for that matter. Be sure to separate the spaces with underscores. And, if you’re placing ads on Google, YouTube or any other platform, and you’re bidding for keywords, place the campaign terms in there, separated by plus signs such as best+running+shoes or best+mens+polo+shirts or anything else for that matter.

This way, when you do drive traffic, you know where that traffic is coming from. Otherwise, you’re left in the dark. For example, if you do some content marketing on Quora.com or Medium.com, you could use the campaign source as simply Quora or Medium and the campaign medium as content_marketing and the term as the term you’re working to rank for. Get the picture? Then, you’ll see all the beautiful results directly in Google Analytics and you’ll know specifically where your traffic came from.

How To Drive Traffic To Your Website

Okay, so that gives you a sense of the general areas that your traffic will come from and how you should go about tracking your traffic. Remember, if you’re not tracking the traffic that’s coming to your website, you’re wasting your time marketing online. When you drive traffic to any site, blog or wherever, you need to understand where it’s coming from so that you can scale your efforts.

The other important thing about tracking is to utilize conversion pixels so that you can effectively determine, specifically, down to the cent, how much each sale cost you. For example, if you spent $100 on Facebook ads, which resulted in 200 clicks, without knowing precisely how many of those clicks resulted in a sale, you just wasted $100.

Lets just say that out of the 200 clicks, you received 3 sales, which were tracked with a Facebook conversion pixel. Those 3 sales resulted in $800 in revenue. So your $100 investment just drove $800 in sales. Now, this is simply a generic example , but when you know how to track your ads or other marketing efforts, then you’ll know what’s paying off and what’s not.

Use this knowledge to understand your conversion rates per ad spend. If you spent $100 to make $800 then you made $8 for every $1 you spent. Conduct more tests, then scale out your efforts using the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20-Rule, which states that 80% of your results are coming from 20% of your efforts. Use meticulous tracking to discover the efforts that are leading to the biggest results. Simple as that.

Organic Traffic Methods

Want the skinny on how you can drive traffic to your website? The following traffic-driving strategies are organic in nature. You won’t have to pay a single dollar for traffic that falls under this bucket. But you will have to trade your time. And since time is more valuable than money, in that it can only be used once then it’s gone forever, there’s still a significant cost involved depending on your skill level.

#1 — Implement Good Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Today, if you don’t understand SEO, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Discover the nuances about SEO so that you’re engaging in the right type of traffic delivery strategies. You don’t want to bend or break the rules. Plus, by really having an understanding of SEO, you could quite literally supercharge your results. Find a good course or audiobook about SEO and learn like the wind.

#2 — Write Insatiable Content

Content is king. As long as you create insatiable content on your site or blog, you’ll keep the visitors coming back for more and more. Also, the better your content is, the more engaged your visitors will be. They will share your content for you, helping to promote your site on autopilot.

#3 — Answer Questions on Quora

Quora is a great medium for driving traffic to your site. Answer questions on this platform and link the right keywords to anchor content on your site or blog. However, don’t use this platform to spam. Ensure that your answers are detailed and that you know what you’re talking about

#4 — Create YouTube Video Tutorials

YouTube is a great resource for driving free organic traffic to your website. Maybe it’s because Google loves YouTube, and considering that it’s the second most popular search engine in the world, gaining exposure on YouTube could be huge. Create useful tutorials and videos that add an immense amount of value and be sure to link to your content through the description.

#5 — Get Social On Instagram

Everyone knows that Instagram is a wildly-popular platform for sharing photos and connecting with others from around the world. Yet, few people know how to leverage Instagram to drive traffic to their website. However, many people have built multi-million dollar businesses solely by using Instagram as their main method for driving traffic.

#6 — Leverage LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

LinkedIn’s publishing platform is a great method for marketing the content that’s already on your website. Publish a unique, high-quality post on LinkedIn that delivers an enormous amount of value and ensure that you link that content to anchor content on your blog or website to gain that all-important authority bridge to your primary post.

#7 — Post On Medium.com

Medium is one of my go-to platforms for marketing my content and provides another authority-site domain that gives you the versatility of link-dropping the way that you normally would through any blog post on a CMS like WordPress. Leverage Medium to create intuitive content marketing posts that also link back to your primary posts on your site or blog.

#8 — Utilize Email Marketing

Email marketing is a great way to drive traffic to your site or your blog, and to promote any offers, but it also means that you need a list to market to. Create a lead magnet and build a sales funnel immediately if you haven’t already done so, in order to build up a list that you can eventually market (not spam) any of your offers to.

#9 — Update “Expired” Content On Your Website

Historical refreshes of content is a good thing, especially if some of your content has expired. Note, this does not mean re-doing your content; simply refreshing it to bring it current if it isn’t already evergreen content. Look at ways you can update outdated content on your site to drive more traffic through visibility on search engines like Google.

#10 — Create A Free Online Course

Creating a free course is a great way to drive traffic to your site. You can use UdemyTeachable or any number of websites out there in order to do this. Ensure the course delivers an enormous amount of value and then pushes and links students to additional content and offers on your site.

#11 — Create And Share High-Quality Infographics

Building high-quality infographics is simply one form of clickbait. There are loads of clickbait examples that you can utilize, but not all of them are created equal. However, if you can build a great infographic that many people will link to, you can essentially create an automated marketing machine for your site. Ensure you hire a great designer to do this.

#12 — Build Industry-Specific Surveys

I’m always linking to industry-specific surveys through content on my blog. This is a great way to draw in droves of links by delivering something of value. Ensure that it’s specific to your niche and relevant to the content on your site or blog and then share that survey with the world.

#13 — Focus On Mobile Usability 

Serious about driving traffic? Then you need to ensure that your site is mobile-friendly. Use Google’s Page Insights Tool to check the friendliness of your mobile layout and see if it conforms to guidelines. You should also make sure that all your posts and content are AMP-specification ready.

#14 — Implement CDNs And Browser-Caching Tools

Content-Delivery Networks (aka CDNs) are a great way of speeding up page delivery across the world. Google and other search engines are inherently concerned about the speed of your site and page content. Use Amazon’s AWSMaxCDN or any number of other tools out there to leverage CDNs along with browser-caching tools like W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and others.

#15 — Create Free Webinars

Free webinars offer a great platform for driving traffic to your website.  You can automate your sales presentation with webinar platforms like DemioGoToWebinar and others that exist out there. Use the time to deliver value while also directing viewers to your site and its content along with any offers.

#16 — Post Useful Content On Reddit

Another great way to drive traffic to your site is to use Reddit. Reddit is a wildly-popular platform where you can share useful information and engage in conversations with millions of people from across the planet. The domain is extremely popular, making any link from the site extremely useful for boosting your visibility across the web.

#17 — Develop SlideShare Presentations

You can use a platform like SlideShare to deliver powerful PowerPoint presentations that are Google-friendly, ultimately increasing your visibility. If you do it right, and your presentations go viral, which they easily can on this platform, and that presentation links to your site, you will drive a large amount of traffic for free.

Paid Traffic Methods

Clearly, paying for ads and other initiatives is always one method to drive traffic to your site or blog. If you have a small budget, and you track things properly, you can come up with a cost-per acquisition (CPA). If your CPA is high enough, you can comfortably scale your advertising revenues. Be sure to implement things like Facebook and Google tracking pixels to determine the effectiveness of your ads.

#18 — Use Outbrain or Taboola To Promote Your Content

Sites like Outbrain and Taboola are great for promoting your website or blog as long as you have some sales funnel setup and an ability to track those individuals who arrive from these platforms. These sites will promote your content across thousands of other similar websites across the internet for a fee. However, be sure to do your due diligence and test things out before diving in headfirst.

#19 — Purchase Ads Through Facebook

Want access to the global populous? Clearly, you can advertise on a platform like Facebook. As long as your offer is enticing enough, and you can convert that traffic into sales with a great sales page or free offer, then you can scale this marketing initiative out infinitely to drive nearly unlimited sales.

#20 — Leverage Google Re-Targeting Ads

Google re-targeting ads are a terrific way to get more traffic to your website. But not just any traffic. Re-targeting ads focus on people who’ve already visited your site and have left for whatever reason without completing a sale. This involves the usage of a conversion pixel for purchases and it’s a great way to reach people who’ve already been to your site and aggressively market to them on Google’s search engine shortly after they’ve left.

#21 — Advertise On Instagram

Instagram now has a clear revenue strategy, and that includes placing ads on the social network. This is a terrific way to reach people in your area and offers you a highly-targeted approach to reach potential customers to buy your products and services. Find out more about advertising on Instagram here.

#22 — Partner For Paid Giveaways

Partnering with companies that have a large footprint is one way to drive interest and visitors to your site. You’ll need to give something away of value here. If you have something you can give away, then locate potential local or regional companies that you can partner with on an initiative.

#23 — Engage In Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is a great way to get your message out to millions of people without having your own large audience. You can leverage influencers on Twitter, Instagram and any number of other social networks. Find people who are entrenched in your niche or industry and reach out to them. This won’t be cheap, but it could potentially bring you droves of customers and sales in the near term.

24 Expert SEO Tips & Advice to Boost Your Traffic in 2021

24 Expert SEO Tips & Advice to Boost Your Traffic in 2021

It’s no secret that Google loves updating its SEO algorithm. In fact, over the course of a year, they may make upwards of 500 changes!

SEO means optimizing your content so it shows up more often in search results. With so many changes to navigate, it’s easy to miss something.

And when you miss something with SEO, your content might as well be invisible. ?

But if you get it right, you can reap the benefits of increased traffic, which leads to more conversions, improves lead generation, and boosts sales.

And every business wants more traffic, leads and sales, right?

SEO ranking factors have changed a lot over the years (find out how in our keyword research guide). Search engine optimization techniques that worked even 5 years ago won’t cut it today.

That’s why we’ve pulled together some advice from experts so you can make sure you’re using the best SEO strategy for the coming year.

These are great SEO tips and tactics for building big traffic in 2020. As you’ll see, if there’s one theme that unifies them all, it’s creating a better user experience, but some of these experts take their own unique approaches.

We’ve also included a bonus section with 16 quick SEO tips that will have you going into 2020 with a bang and not looking back!

Ready for these awesome SEO tips? Let’s get started.

1. Focus on User Experience

Our first expert is Brian Dean of Backlinko.

Brian talks about the importance of user experience signals in search engine ranking. We’ve already heard from Google that RankBrain is their third most important ranking factor, and that trend is not only likely to continue but to become even more important in 2020.

If you’re not clear on what RankBrain is, you’re not alone; it sounds like something straight out of science fiction. And, it is a machine learning system that helps Google decide where pages should rank in search results. So, maybe it’s a little sci-fi.

To put it more simply, RankBrain watches how users interact with search results and rank the results based on that. If users click on a result and immediately bounce from the site, the site will start to lose ranking. But, if users click on a result and spend time on the site, the site will start to gain ranking (or stay at a higher ranking).

All based on the user experience with the site.

Brian recommends optimizing around medium tail keywords to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to search engine optimization and RankBrain. He says, “when you optimize your page around a medium tail keyword (and make that page awesome), RankBrain will automatically rank you for that term… and thousands of similar keywords.”

brian dean backlinko seo tips user experience

In addition to optimizing for medium tail keywords, RankBrain looks at:

  • Dwell Time: how long a visitor stays on your site (over 3 minutes is a good dwell time).
  • Click-Through Rate: percentage of searchers who click on your search result

2. Overhaul Your “Almost” First Page Posts

Next up, we have Andy Crestodina, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Orbit Media.

Andy recommends looking for posts that almost rank high and rewriting them. You can find these posts in Google Analytics by going to Acquisition » Search Console » Queries and setting up an advanced filter to show the phrases where your average position (rank) is greater than 10 (on page 2).

google analytics average position greater than 10 query

Now give those articles an overhaul. Add details, examples, answers, statistics, images, contributor quotes, and anything else that makes it a better piece.

If you go big on quality, you’re very likely to add length and keyphrase usage naturally. Make it a page that you’re so proud of, you want to print it and frame it on the wall.

seo tips crestodina rewrite and optimize posts

Here are 3 ways to make this tactic even more effective:

  1. Check all the rankings of the page, so you don’t hurt the relevance for an even better phrase
  2. As you rewrite, pay attention to connected subtopics, which are visible on the search results page in the “people also ask” section and in the “related searches” at the bottom of the page.
  3. Do this as a regular, quarterly content marketing audit.

3. Tap the Potential of Video

Video marketing can be a huge traffic source, but some marketers are still ignoring its potential, says Shilpa Shah, co-founder at Hummingbird Web Solutions.

Shilpa stresses that one of the best SEO tips is quality over quantity: just because you have a large number of indexed pages doesn’t always mean your site’s going to attract a larger volume of organic traffic.

She encourages site owners to get rid of shallow posts on blogs that have either low word count or superficial content (aka “no fluff”) and “to focus instead on meaningful content that’s truly engaging and makes each visitor want to read through the complete article.”

seo tips shilpa shah use video for user engagement

Also, video content has a lot of untapped potential which is great for SEO and makes for good user engagement. Chances are, that your user might quickly run through a 1-minute video but may not have the patience to read your 100-word article.

Online video is huge and is only going to get bigger. Cisco is projecting that online video will make up 80% of all online traffic by 2021. ? And, even with all that video out there, 43% of people say that want even MORE video content!

Here’s how you keep your video content optimized:

  • Update the title and description on older videos to keep them searchable and relevant.
  • Optimize the video’s audio and video quality, as well as graphics and images.
  • Integrate videos into the rest of your site content.

4. Rank for Featured Snippets

A little more than 11% of search results have a featured snippet. These are the results that show up on search engine results pages typically after the ads but before the ranked results. They’re usually alongside an image, table, or a video, making them stand out even more and putting them in an even better position to steal clicks from even the highest ranked results.

Here’s what they look like:

featured snippet example

Pretty neat, right? Let’s hear from A.J. Gherich and our friends at SEMRush about how to optimize your content to get them.

A.J. Gherich, the founder of marketing agency Gherich & Co., teamed up with SEMRush to put together an enormous study of 6.9 million featured snippets made up of over 80 million keywords.

Based on their data-driven approach, A.J. recommends using a paragraph format if you’re trying to rank for question keywords like “how can I grow my email list” or “what is a featured snippet?” However, if you’re trying to rank for a preposition (“for,” “to,” “like,” etc.) a list format would be your best bet.

a.j. gherich featured snippet seo tip

Here are some ways to keep your content optimized for featured snippets:

  • Be clear and concise
  • Use headers for easy scanning
  • Ensure cross-device usability
  • Maintain social engagement
  • Use strong external resources

5. Create Comprehensive, Authoritative, Evergreen Content

BuzzSumo founder Steve Rayson recommends creating long-form, in-depth posts about a topic to position them as the kind of result Google is looking for: the best possible result for the searcher.

In their 2018 Content Trends Report, BuzzSumo analyzed 100 million articles published in 2017 and found out some pretty interesting things about social sharing, viral posts, and the kind of content that has staying power.

For starters, in the past 3 years, the social sharing of content has been cut in half. ? This is partly due to content saturation (3 million blog posts are published every day) and partly due to a rise in private sharing (people are sharing content in private messages, not posting on walls).

Recommended Resource: Do social media shares count the same as backlinks? Google says no, but are they telling the whole story? Find out the truth in our guide to Social Media and SEO: Do Social Shares Really Matter for Ranking?

 

Steve did find that the sites doing well despite the decline of social shares and content saturation are sites with strong reputations built on original content. While most content gets ignored, Steve says, “authoritative research and reference content continue to gain links.”

steven rayson buzzsumo evergreen content

There are 2 great ways to show search engines that you have in-depth, authoritative, evergreen content on your site:

  • Stick with long-form content. Longer content (at least 2,000 words) tends to outrank shorter content.
  • Use LSI keywords. These are keywords or phrases strongly related to your post’s topic.

6. Maximize User Engagement

Max DesMarais is an SEO & PPC Specialist for Vital, a Digital Marketing & PPC agency that specializes in PPC management services. His expert tip is to focus on user engagement.

From updating existing posts to creating new ones, pages should be built to maximize engagement.

Here are some great ways you can maximize user engagement on your posts:

  • Be easy to read. Content utilizes whitespace, headings, short paragraphs, and relevant images to make the page easier to absorb and increasing the user’s time on the page.
  • Include highly relevant links and offers on the page. Offering relevant internal links that will answer a reader’s question. This often can significantly decrease bounce rates, and get users further into your site.
  • Use LSI keywords, and answer additional questions that users may think of after viewing the content. Simply offering only the content that a user searches for is no longer enough. Pages need to supply additional information a user may be seeking. Providing additional information will help retain the user, and tell search engines that the page’s content is not only answering the search query but providing additional value that other pieces of content may not be.
  • Contain multiple ways for users to absorb the content. Include images, infographics, video, and text. This will capture readers’ attention, and keep them more engaged in the content.

seo tips max desmarais vital user engagement

Employing these tactics will ensure that your pages are highly valuable to the readers, and search engines will mark these pages as high-quality content.

7. Optimize for Voice Search

voice search statistics

Julia McCoy, founder of Express Writers encourages continued efforts to optimize for voice search. Voice search started becoming big SEO news in 2018, and McCoy tells us as voice search technology improves and becomes more accessible, that trend is going to continue.

“If it makes sense for your brand, use geo-targeted keywords,” says Julia. This means optimizing for local searches.

Since most voice searches are local, this tip is an absolute must if you’re a local business or have a target audience in a specific geographic area.

julia mccoy express writers voice search seo tips

In addition to optimizing for local voice searches, Julia stresses the importance of ranking for both questions and answers. More than half of searchers are using voice search for basic online searches, so creating high-quality, voice search optimized FAQs can go a long way to get your posts ranked.

8. Focus on Mobile-First Indexing

For this tip, we’re going to hear directly from the source: Google.

First, what does “mobile-first indexing” even mean? Quite simply, it just means that Google now considers the mobile version of your site to be the primary version of your site.

If you don’t have a mobile site, your desktop site will still be used. But, if your site isn’t mobile-friendly your rankings may take a hit; remember that user experience is HUGE.

If your mobile site is currently using an “m.” URL, like “m.optinmonster.com,” Google recommends switching over to a fully responsive site.

seo tip google responsive web design mobile-first indexing

This is because Google currently just annotates m-dot URLs, it doesn’t actually index them. Making the switch to a responsive site means that Google can simply update the annotations to say the responsive site is now mobile-friendly, which saves time.

BONUS: 16 Quick SEO Tips

In this bonus section, we’re sharing 16 quick SEO tips that you can easily put into practice to boost your SEO today.

Increase Your Click-Through Rate

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1. Write headlines that appeal to searchers’ emotions.

2. Use power words in your headlines to trigger a response from searchers.

3. Include parentheses or brackets in your titles to draw attention.

4. Write a strong meta description that sets your post apart.

Reduce Bounce Rate and Increase Dwell Time

5. Grab visitors’ attention with an above-the-fold hook.

6. Craft engaging intro paragraphs.

7. Use internal linking to keep visitors moving to other relevant content on your own site.

8. Create a custom 404 page (displayed if the requested page isn’t found) to help visitors find what they’re looking for on your site.

Gain Site Authority

9. Link to other sites with high authority and relevant content to encourage relationships (and backlinks).

10. Increase your social proof through reviews and testimonials.

11. Install an SSL certificate and move to HTTPS to inspire confidence in site visitors.

12. If it makes sense for your business, get your site set up on Google My Business to show its legitimacy.

Optimize Your Site for Top SEO Performance

13. Compress and optimize your images to increase your site speed.

14. Use tracking on your site to find out where visitors are dropping. We recommend Google Analytics (and MonsterInsights is a must if you use WordPress).

15. Make sure your site is crawlable by creating an XML sitemap.

16. Use structured data (aka, “schema markup”) to classify your content so Google knows exactly what your post’s about.

That’s the end of our roundup on search engine optimization tips and tricks.

Over to you to put these SEO tips into practice. We recommend starting with our SEO audit guide and then updating your outdated SEO before moving on to these tips. When you’re done, make sure your new strategy is working by checking out our guide to measuring content marketing ROI.

9 Ideas for Building Great Websites With Less

9 Ideas for Building Great Websites With Less

We all know how laborious web work can be. It’s not a task for the faint hearted and generally requires a year or more of study to really grasp. As our era has progressed we’ve seen brilliant ideas and innovations ushering the online community towards open source and sharing.

The construction of a website has truly evolved into a multi-layered process. You must consider the webpage graphics, coding front-end styles and layout, server hosting, and possibly back-end programming to boot. Developers have been toying with these systems for years and finally we’ve reached a point of interest, but it will be extremely exhausting if you are going to handle all these works completely by yourselves.

Below I’ve shared some helpful resources for planning great website designs efficiently. These come in many forms throughout the entire creative process. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list I hope to touch upon resources helpful to experts and beginners alike.

 

1. Leave it to the experts

From icon designers to programmers around the world we’ve all got differing skill sets of varying magnitude. We don’t frequently envision ourselves as super heroes looking to build skills beyond the point of mastery. However to become a creative artist and programmer is a true gift.

For those of us focusing into a specific niche, external help should be warmly welcomed. It can expedite the process of building a website tenfold and offers a unique experience to work within a team setting. Some of the best PSD to HTML services include psd2html and xhtmlchop.comGoogle “PSD to HTML services” to get more, or check out a list of 100+ services here.

psd2html service

The physical process of sitting down to code a Photoshop document into HTML/CSS can be annoying. Especially if you’ve been coding for many years as the repetition becomes dull and almost antiquated. Many of these services promise 24 hour delivery and will even offer discounts for sub-page designs.

If you’re interested in coding but fall behind with design skills I’d recommend browsing some of the digital artist networks. These include Dribbble and DesignMoo where graphic designers can post and share their latest works. Generally you’ll also find a portfolio display page for each artist including contact information such as e-mail, Twitter, or IM chat.

 

2. Outsourcing Solutions

There are great examples of freelancers offering their services to support project studios. But with today’s current level of communication there are many instances where freelancers will be working hand-in-hand to complete project work. Even possibly from two distinct locations around the globe!

With the release of so many freelance communities it’s never been easier for designers and developers to meet up and work together. A great community Programmer Meet Designer allows for both web developers and designers to message and share ideas for projects. This is a relatively unknown network and still works as a small ring of professionals.

programmer meet designer

Alternatively you may be looking for work as a freelancer and finding jobs difficult. This is where the many job boards from around the Internet show their use. Such companies as Fresh Web Jobs and Krop are only a few examples of the many freelance opportunities. Each is updated daily and offer full descriptions along with contact info.

3. Utilize Open Source

One of the best inventions from today’s web development community has to be open source software. There are countless efforts being worked upon every day to supplement and improve existing libraries. jQuery and MooTools are two of the hundreds of JavaScript libraries which stand out from the rest based on simple tutorials and reputation. However, JavaScript is not the only open protocol having been worked on. Literally hundreds of thousands of developers are sharing and contributing packages of code on GitHub every day. Languages include PHP, CSS, SQL, ASP, Objective-C, Java, and so many more!

github

WordPress, a blogging platform developed by Matt Mullenweg and has grown historically over the past few years, is possibly the epitome of open-source success projects. It seems impressive looking at so many smaller packages being sifted through the web, but WordPress powers millions of websites and hosts thousands of developers working on their backend. The whole package is free to download and very simple to install. The official company website wordpress.org offers links and tutorials for developers interested in building WP themes and plugins. We’ve also sponsored an introductory tutorial on WP plugins for beginning programmers. Similarly there’s an official gallery boasting an impressive amount of free plugins for all WordPress users to enjoy.

For those of you who are looking for open source e-commerce scripts, check out this post.

4. Designing Own Icons – Not required

Moving towards the graphics and animation side of design we still see an open and sharing community. Web designers enjoy not only sharing their artwork into the world but helping others to promote their ideas.

Graphics are some of the most complicated aspects of a website. This holds especially true since top-notch graphic designers are tough to come by. Many of the free icon sets such as FamFamFamWefunctionFugueand more, disclose their downloads as free to use upon retribution links or crediting their work. This seems like a simple trade-off for unlimited uses!

iconfinder

Another fantastic service Icon Finder behaves as a search engine for the most popular icon sets. Often if you’re browsing through Google search results there are hundreds of web design blogs showcasing the best free icons. These have also been shared into such engines as Icon Finder to make building websites even quicker.

5. Better deal in Hosting & File Sharing

We can all use some extra money these days. Even as web designers it’s important to seek out those companies which offer deals and support the freelance generation.

better hosting deal

Web hosting is just one of the many expenses to be considered. Often times you can find coupons on related websites which save money on purchases of domain names and server space.

File sharing has become an important part of the web designer’s lifestyle. There are paid and free services available, and if you know somebody in the business it’s not difficult gaining a membership account. For the rest consider browsing our file sharing alternatives which provides completely free support for all users.

6. Free Performance checking

Website applications are the latest trend busting through the digital seams. From mobile to in-browser apps it appears almost anything can be completed on a computer these days. For webmasters it’s important to know of the many free opportunities for mechanical testing and website maintenance.

If you’re like most of us then website uptime is of grave concern. Having your website go down for even a few minutes can become catastrophic to your traffic numbers, not to mention deeply confusing to your visitors. Pingdom is a free tool all webmasters should use to check response codes from their web server. This is a sure-fire way to keep tabs on your backend and monitor performance from behind the scenes.

pingdom

Another great service, Google Webmasters allows for developers to claim ownership of their site. This can be done with a sitemap, meta tag, or other alternatives provided by Google. If you use a Google account it’s possible to store RSS data and even track keywords for individual websites. The app is 100% free and allows you to store unlimited website connections!

7. Code Editors Can Be Cheap (or Free)

Whether we like to admit it most web designers tend to dabble in some form of web development. It’s only for those truly gifted in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator who do not venture into HTML and CSS design.

For programmers frontend and backend alike it can be difficult finding a comfortable work environment. Adobe offers Dreamweaver which supports code highlighting in many languages, but unfortunately will cost quite a bit of money. We’ve reviewed the top 10 free source code editors and have offered direct download links to each page.

coda

If you’re just getting started into coding I highly recommend spending some time researching into these. Your development environment is crucial and will have effects on how you write code. Many of these editors are Windows-specific, and although you may find a few Mac friendly options I recommend Panic’s Coda – a way cheaper code editors (compared to Adobe Dreamweaver) for serious web development.

8. Pick up Some Starter Kits

Now that you’ve got a solid idea about the services and programs available try downloading a few starter kits to get you going. As web designers it’s important to focus our conscious attention towards creativity and spurring new ideas for layout platforms.

Over the past few years designers have slowly released free packages of icons, templates, form elements, GUI components, and many similar works. Please do peruse our list of web designer starter kits to see if anything catches your eye.

starter kit

Photoshop layout work isn’t always the easiest to complete. Often we find ourselves doubting and re-engaging to correct color schemes and placement. The old adage “practice makes perfect” seems to hold very true in this scenario, along with many others. And these basic starter kits should get you off on the right foot!

9. Always Keep Up with Study Time

As time moves on we all tend to lose interest in activities. If you’re truly passionate about web design you should keep yourself motivated and studying new topics. Consider opening your mind to a development language or practicing a new piece of software.

study

The tools online today are more advanced than ever before in helping budding young web designers pick up the prize. The Web Design Library was originally launched under Template Monster along with Jetimpex Inc, and has continued into a catalogue of very popular tutorials. The website is updated daily with new links and showcase items for inspiration.

The site also interlinks between many partner venues including Template Ninajas. This results in daily deals which you can’t find anywhere else – sometimes even demos or freebies! Website templates are a great place to get started when you’re unfamiliar with constructing a webpage layout or just need some new ideas.

I would also highly recommend the Tuts+ Network created by Envato. They host thousands of tutorials ranging from Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, ActionScript, vector shapes, and even photography. Some of their code requires a membership to download but all tutorials are free to follow and offer step-by-step instructions to ease the learning cycle.

Along with the written articles most of the comments will also offer great advice. The whole network is run by web designers and read by web designers, so you can be certain of high-quality feedback.

Conclusion

These methods should get you started on a thunderous path towards web design enlightenment. The best tricks of the trade have been passed down for years through the Internet community. And likewise as the amount of web designers have increased more open standards have been created.

Consider some of the ideas presented above and spend some time browsing through interesting articles or tutorials. Even familiarizing yourself with fresh material can jog your brain and get you thinking into an elevated design mindset. If you’ve got similar ideas feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Top 5 Ideas for Creating a Website

Top 5 Ideas for Creating a Website

Coming up with ideas for creating a website is not as difficult as you might be thinking. One good way to get an idea is that you look at a website that is successful. Think about what is missing in that website or something that can be added to make it more perfect. There you have an idea for a new website.

Let’s understand with an example. Suppose you see an online dating portal that you enjoy using but wished if that could be free to everyone. This is your idea of creating your own website.

Ideas for your website

This post contains some great ideas for creating a website, and those are not only profitable but also easy to proceed with. But before that, let’s find out what more you will need to create a great website along with a creative idea.

Basic Things Required to Create a Website

1. Domain Name:

As the domain name is a real identity of your website, it requires a lot of consideration and thought before you choose it. Some tips for choosing the right domain name are:

  • Make it easy to type. Don’t use any slang words with multiple spellings.
  • Try to keep it as short as possible, and If your domain is long and complicated, you risk users misspelling it.
  • Choose domain extension according to the area of your business. For example, if you are targeting a global audience, go with “.com” On the other hand, if your business is country-specific or city-specific, you can choose domain extensions like .au, .ca, .in, etc.

2. Web Hosting:

Web hosting offers your website all the technologies and services needed to be available on the world wide web. Even if you have a great website creating ideas, and you don’t choose the right hosting service, it will all go waste.

Today, there are a lot of web hosting options available that you can choose from. Shared hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting are some major hosting options provided by a majority of hosting providers. You can start with shared hosting, which is a cheaper option comparatively and upgrade to premium option whenever it is required.

To choose the right hosting partner, it is important that you conduct research about different web hosting providers. There are numerous hosting review blogs available on the internet that you can go through to know about the best hosting options available for you. You may read here to know about the best web hosting. The blog post not just compares the pricing but also makes you aware of uptime, speed, and other features.

Bluehost, Hostinger, A2Hosting, etc. are a few reputable names in the industry.

3. Website Building Platform:

From easy-to-use content management systems (CMSs) to self-hosted website builders to manual web coding, you can choose any of the ways to create your website.

4. Popular CMSs 

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Magento

5. Popular Self-Hosted Website Builders

  • Weebly
  • Wix
  • Voog
  • Site123
  • WordPress

5 Best Website Ideas That Anyone Can Try

1. Health & Wellness

For centuries, people have been obsessed with health and wellness. Nowadays, people keep searching for topics like losing weight, diet plans, herbal remedies, etc. on the internet. According to WordStream, keywords like health, exercise, 24 hours fitness, weight loss, fitness first, diet, etc. have good search volume in search engine results.

Website niches

So, if you have a good knowledge of subjects like health and wellness. And if you can educate your audience about the remedies to heel their health issues, you can go with this website idea.

2. Stock Photography Website

Over the years, the need for the picture has increased dramatically. Today, every website, blog, ebook, and slideshow needs pictures to make their content more appealing. Therefore, more and more people are buying images for their website from stock photography websites.

If you have creative skills like graphic designing, digital photography, creating a stock photography website can be a good website idea for you. You can really make a good amount of money by selling your photos. Pexels.com is a good example of the stock photography website.

3. Tutorial Website

If you’re proficient in a particular subject, you can’t find a better website idea than creating your own tutorial website. Whether you are good at website building, making music, or even teaching Maths, you can create a tutorial website and showcase your video or text tutorials.

You can make money from tutorial websites via multiple streams such as paid subscriptions, affiliate marketing, direct advertisement, etc. To take inspiration, you may check out WikiHow. This popular website provides tutorials on how to do anything.                          

4. Self-Improvement

It is a huge niche online. Even on Google Trends, the term “Self-Improvement” is gaining popularity.

Self improvement stats

If you can help people with building self-esteem and increasing confidence, you can turn this website idea into a successful online business. Tony Robbins is a big brand that is doing great in the same niche.

On your website, you can provide ebooks, videos, or online training on subjects like self-improvement, career success, self-esteem, etc.                      

5. Classified Websites

Classified websites let users add ads to their services. These ad listing can be divided into a free, premium, and featured listing. You will get paid if a business or user submits a premium or featured ad listing on your website.

There are some other streams of income-generating with a classified website such as direct advertising, affiliate marketing, etc. Some good examples of popular classified websites are Craiglist, eBay Classifieds, Hoobly, Olx, etc.

If you want to know more ideas for creating a website, have a look at the below-mentioned tips.

Tips to Find Great Website Ideas

– Do complete market research about different website niches. Check out whether or not niches you’re considering have a profitable and big market. Free tools like Keyword Planner and Google Trends can help you find which term or keyword is getting popularity over the internet.

– You can pick a small niche. Search for your topic on Google and find how many people search for that topic.

Search queries

– Always choose a profitable niche. An easy way to test it is that check out if any advertisers are ready to pay for your chosen niche.

Search engines ads

These are a few top ideas for creating a website in 2019 that can help you make a really good amount of money. Whether you to earn via affiliate marketing, direct advertising, or Google Adsense program, the niches mentioned-above have good potential. Try to create a website on the subject you enjoy talking about. Otherwise, you will get bored after a couple of months.

4 Proven Website Ideas for Your Online Side-Hustle

4 Proven Website Ideas for Your Online Side-Hustle

In the middle of a subarctic storm, your water heater calls it quits. Your kids need new braces. Beyoncé drops a new album. You find the perfect couples snuggie set for your pet ball pythons.

What do all of these events have in common? You need money to make them happen.

While the side-hustle was once relegated to questionable deals in parking lots with slightly misspelled merchandise after big events, the modern side-hustle is a thing of beauty. It’s lucrative, it’s convenient, and if you’ve got the right website ideas, it’s easy to launch.

Today, we’ll talk about a few actionable website ideas you can implement to make the side-hustle work for you. We’ll cover:

And, we’ll take things further than that by giving you WordPress-ready recommendations for rolling out your side-hustle with no fuss and all the frills.

 

So, in the words of the great Roger Waters: “Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.”

What Every Website Idea Needs: A Target Audience

No matter what kind of side-hustle you want to run, there’s one universal truth you need to abide:

If you don’t have a target audience, you don’t have a viable website idea.

That might sound a little harsh, but it’s a reality that every website owner has to contend with, whether they’re starting a travel blog or trying to launch a new ecommerce store.

Without identifying a target audience, you can’t identify a market need. You also can’t identify your competition (which means getting outshined), find the right people with the right skills to address the market, or price your products at a premium people are actually willing to pay.

All of these are among the five leading causes of startup death.

Top reasons startups fails

Top reasons startups fails (Image source: Statista)

So, don’t doom your side-hustle to the business autopsy table and make sure that you’re trying to hit an identifiable target audience with your products.

If you don’t, you’ll waste time, money, and earning enough pocket cash for a cup of coffee will be a miracle.

OK, then. Identifying a target audience before starting your side-hustle is a must for making it work, but how do you get started?

Think about factors such as:

  • How old is your target buyer?
  • Do they have a family?
  • What’s their income?
  • What do they do for a living?

This demographic data alone is not enough, though. You need to go deeper if you want to truly understand your target audience:

  • Pain points. What are they struggling with?
  • Desires. What do they really want?
  • Language. How do they describe their pain points and their desires?

Keep in mind that figuring out what really drives people isn’t as easy as it might seem.

For example, if you know a lot about fitness and want to help men gain muscle, you need to ask yourself why do they want to gain muscle in the first place.

Ultimately, it’s not about strength, it’s about becoming more attractive and gaining higher status among people (or at least that’s what they think).

That means when you are selling your product, you need to not only assure the potential customer that it will indeed help them gain muscle but also make the connection between your product — gaining muscle — and gaining a higher status.

And you can make your marketing even more effective if you research how men who are interested in gaining muscle talk about it (you can find that on Reddit, fitness forums, etc.).

Same applies to every niche. People say they want to “lose weight”, “get fit”, “make money”, etc. But you need to dig deep to find out what it is that they really want.

Your aim should be to understand your potential customers better than they understand themselves. Once you have done your research, use what you have learned to create a customer persona (or personas).

A customer persona is a fictional character that represents your target audience (or a particular segment of it). It helps you to think more clearly about your business and make better decisions.

You can create your customer persona the old fashioned way with pen and paper or you can use a customer persona generator like HubSpot’s Make My Persona.

Make my persona

Make my persona

Click on Build My Persona. You will be taken through a multi-step persona building process where you will be asked to provide information about your ideal customer. This will include their age, level of education, workplace details, information consumption habits, social media habits, and more.

Take a look at this customer persona called Jane:

Customer Persona template

Customer Persona template

This customer persona is missing the pain points and desires but it’s a good place to start.

After all, it’s much easier to relate to a fictional character than to an abstract cloud of various characteristics, so even a very basic persona is better than nothing. You can add to it over time.

However, do not to make your customer persona too rigid or formalized. Your goal isn’t to create a complete picture of your audience, it’s to provide direction for your side-hustle business.

Dr. David Travis of UserFocus explains why most teams don’t create fully-fleshed out personas on the first pass:

“Traditional personas began to look too finished, too final. Teams were savvy enough to know that fully formed, completed descriptions of users are an impossibility at the early stages of design. Instead, they wanted conversation starters.”

So add detail but keep it loose. Your target audience is just that: a target with a layer of rings. The bull’s eye is just one small, incomplete picture of the board.
And now onto the side-hustles…

Website Idea for Your Side-Hustle #1: Sell Online Courses

Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Based on the explosive growth, both present and projected of the online education market, the modern man agrees.

Case in point: the e-learning market is expected to boom to 243.8 million dollars by 2022.

E-learning market in 2014 and 2022

E-learning market in 2014 and 2022

But that market isn’t limited to professors and higher academic institutions anymore. Every day, new entrepreneurs enter the fray and deliver quality education (at a quality price) to the masses.

It’s a lot like a fruitcake. Time-intensive to create, but once you do, the revenue (or regifting) can go on for years with an appropriately evergreen topic.

Fortunately, the going-price for online courses is a lot higher than the unwanted Christmas gremlin. In fact, Podia found that the average price across over 132,000 sales for an online course is $182.59.

So if you want a side-hustle that can keep delivering and is easy to implement on a WordPress site, look no further than an online course.

This side-hustle can be so lucrative that a single course can pay for a brand new Hyundai Sonata in a month.

At least, that’s what one creator’s WordPress-based online course is doing, bringing in over $27,000 in monthly revenue.

Paul Jarvis' course revenue

Paul Jarvis’ course revenue

How can you tap into that hustle power? Go back to your target audience and personas. What could you teach them that they’d be willing to pay for? What do they need to make their lives healthier and happier?

Or, what can you offer them that no one can? Teaching someone doesn’t require you to be an expert, you just have to be willing to take the time to instruct.

Once you’ve figured out that, it’s “just” a matter of picking the right WordPress plugins.

You can check out our list of the best WordPress learning management system (LMS) plugins, but these are the highlights:

LearnDash

Website ideas: selling courses with LearnDash

LearnDash

Used by higher academic institutions and major business powerhouses alike, LearnDash is an affordable LMS solution for selling online courses which enables you to create quizzes, has built-in forums, and every marketing monetization option you can think of.

A one year license will run you $159, though the price jumps up to $189 if you want to run it on multiple websites.

WP CourseWare

Website ideas: selling courses with WP CourseWare

WP CourseWare

WP Courseware is a promising LMS plugin that is used by over 20,000 users worldwide.

It provides all the functionality that you might want, from a drag-and-drop course creation interface to drip content to quizzes to grade books.

Their least expensive license is $129.

LearnPress

Website ideas: selling courses with LearnPress

LearnPress

LearnPress is a free plugin that offers many of the same features as LearnDash.

It integrates with the major payment gateways, allows you to create quizzes and other interactive content, and has gamification features like points and badges to keep things exciting and competitive for your students.

On top of these, it lets you create paid memberships, which happens to be our second side-hustle idea.

Website Idea for Your Side-Hustle #2: Create Premium Memberships

If online courses are fruitcakes, then premium memberships are macarons.

People are willing to pay a lot for them but they require a lot more maintenance. The tradeoff is a nice one, though: while online courses provide income through multiple one-time purchases, premium memberships are a source of recurring revenue.

Which means a bankable monthly income you can add to your budget. 46% of online shoppers report having a subscription service in the past year, and many of them have multiple subscriptions.

US shoppers' subscription activity

US shoppers’ subscription activity

That said, this side-hustle isn’t as straightforward as the previous one, and there are a lot of important things to keep in mind for hosting a membership program off of a WordPress site.

Mainly, that you need a caching solution. If you’re with Kinsta, we’ve got you covered.

So, just how profitable can this side-hustle be?

Visual Media Church’s founder started their membership program with a strict $2,500 budget. Today, they have over 575 members at $25.00 or more a month.

Visual Media Church Case Study

Visual Media Church Case Study

Which comes to close to $15,000 a month, at the minimum. The math on that is excellent.

Coming up with ideas for a membership program is identical to generating ideas for an online course.

Reference your personas and ask what they can get from a monthly program. Can they benefit from a well-run community of like-minded people? Are they willing to pay for it?

Or, if you’re a content creator, can you produce enough material to justify the cost? The average blog post is nowadays over 1,000 words, so think about how much time you’re willing to invest before you jump in.

If you’re willing to put in the extra hours, here are some tools you can use to get started:

 

10 Ideas for Creating Innovative and Unique Web Designs

10 Ideas for Creating Innovative and Unique Web Designs

I consider it the one tool that helped me develop from a person who simply knew how to make websites to a web designer because the exposure to fantastic designers, tutorials, recommended readings, and impressive examples helped me build my design toolset and grow my abilities on both a technical and creative level.

So whenever someone asks my advice on how to become a better designer, things such as social networks (like Twitter and Facebook), design galleries and RSS feeds are at the top of my list of things that you should be using to learn and improve.

With that said, I think it is important that we take all of these things in moderation and limit our consumption of design tutorials and sources of “inspiration”. While all of this is a great method for keeping up with the design community and making sure you’re using the latest and greatest methods and standards, I find it a poor formula for sparking true creativity and innovation.

I find an increasing discomfort with the idea of starting a project — be it a personal or professional one — by looking at what other designers have done. Looking at how your problem has been solved before in order to come up with a solution is probably a good idea, but here is the problem, though: we aren’t mathematicians, we are called upon as a source of creativity and asked to produce beautiful and unique experiences.

I believe that most designers do strive to be unique individuals. I believe we always attempt to produce new and exciting results to share with this great community. If this is truly the goal, then we mustn’t be afraid to produce bad results. By bad results, I mean terrible, terrible, awful web designs that should never see the light of day. In order to learn, grow, and innovate, we mustn’t be afraid to fail often and fail early.

There are a few things you can do to help you reach this place of experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking; this article shares a few of them.

1. Start with a Blank Canvas

Starting with another design or any portion of work that you have done before is a great way to save time on a project. In reality, a lot of unused design work can be reworked and recycled into new projects, increasing your productivity. This is a practice I encourage as it saves a huge amount of time and pulls what might have been a great idea that didn’t click on a previous project out of the trash bin. But this is not a great way to come up with that cool new design that is going to set the world on fire.

Start with a blank canvas. Don’t even set the background color to white (which is the default in many popular web design graphic editors such as Photoshop); you may not know if that’s the color you want to go with yet. Try not to restrain yourself to starting at the top of the page layout (the header) or starting with a wireframe layout (if you already don’t use this process). Have a great idea for how navigation might work? Found sudden inspiration for a fantastic way to display page or post titles?

Starting with the details can be the opposite of a normal workflow because we typically start from big to small (i.e., layout structure and then content). However, this is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

OwaikeO

Who says a web layout needs to be constricted to 4 straight-edged sides? OwaikeO, a Kuwaiti graphic designer, uses an illustrative layout with an expressive perimeter for its content area.

You may be surprised by how well working on a small detail can spark new thoughts in your brain about different areas of the site (which Sacha Greif advises to try out as well on his article on busting through web designer’s block).

Before you know it, you will be skipping around your canvas trying to keep up with the great ideas bouncing around.

2. Think Outside the Box; Don’t Use a Pre-Described Layout

Grid systems such as the 960 Grid System are wonderful for displaying web content, not only because they are easy to set up and because they increase your efficiency in deploying and maintaining website projects, but also because they improve the usability and consistency of your web page layouts.

With some projects, there is something to be said for consistency and cross-browser support, especially if you are dealing with a broad, mainstream target audience.

On the other hand, having such a strict layout mechanism may be the biggest handcuff on a designer looking to think outside of the (layout) box.

What if it didn’t matter what size your page was? What if it didn’t matter how it was laid out?

For a change, create the product and then challenge yourself to a new solution. There is no rule that states your site cannot be accessible unless it fits in a 960-pixel box. So instead of curbing your ideas around these restraints, build the idea and find a way to make it work.

Lucuma

Lucuma, an audiovisual production firm, creatively steps outside of the box by using a horizontal-scrolling layout to fit the site’s content in one page.

Instead of sticking within your comfort zone, explore different layout types, look at how new standards like HTML5 and CSS3 (with progressive enhancement) can make your work better, and so on.

3. Do Not Use a CMS

Much like set layouts and grid systems, content management systems of today are amazing tools that save time and effort while maintaining beautiful design standards and pretty good flexibility. Platforms like WordPress, Expression Engine, and Drupal are very malleable and are used in innovative ways, but they still do provide designers with restrictions. Especially when combined with grid systems, which many publicly free themes do in order to speed up development, content management systems can be dangerous to your creativity.

It is no rare occasion that I find my first iteration of a client’s website design to be my favorite. 99% of the time, the progressive decline of an initial design can be attributed to a client who wants content added, taken away, or displayed in a particular fashion that the initial layout wasn’t meant to do.

If you are working on a creative project or a project just for fun, take advantage of your newfound freedom over content. Think about it: We use CMSs because we want an easier way to deal with site updates and changes, but if we eliminate this concern — at least on occasions where this is acceptable — we open so many new possibilities for the design.

4. Avoid Online Inspiration

For projects we want to be truly unique and innovative, we should probably avoid looking at what other designers have done before us. This means we mustn’t start our innovative web design project by looking at design galleries and design showcases.

Online galleries and blog posts containing inspirational examples of web designs are useful for getting inspiration. I look through these sites and blog posts all of the time — I love to see what other web designers are up to, and I even recommend you do, too.

Really, my big issue with finding inspiration this way is that it’s just no fun to start your new design with someone else’s design in mind.

Admittedly, this is hard. For example, clients who aren’t sure what they want in their website often find it helpful to provide you with links to websites they like in order to visually demonstrate what they’re expecting. It’s also difficult to start completely from scratch when you’re having a bad day, and to get your creative juices flowing, visual stimulation through design-aggregating websites and blog posts can jumpstart idea-generation.

NOFRKS Design Studio

NOFRKS Design Studio has an interesting single-page navigation scheme that has a background that changes depending on the time of day you visit the site.

However, if you want to produce a site that’s unique, see what you can come up with on your own. It won’t always be great — and that’s fine — fail often and fail early. Try to avoid the trap that you have to do as good as the competition when you could dig an even better solution out of your own mind.

5. Try at Least One Thing You Haven’t Done Before

Taking advantage of your experience and building projects based on techniques that have worked well in the past tends to become a standard practice for a lot of us — it’s quicker, easier, and efficient. But this gets stagnant pretty fast, and as part of an industry that shifts in nature very quickly, we should always encourage ourselves to try out new things and forge new talents. Is this going to work out well for you every time? You can bet your ass it won’t, but it will work at least once more than it will if you never try.

6. Pretend Like You Don’t Have to Code It

Let’s set one thing straight. In the “Should web designers know how to code?” debate, I’m of the opinion that web designers do indeed need to know how to markup and their own web design (at least in CSS and HTML).

However, web designers that know they’ll end up having to code a web design means we will have experienced-based design hesitation and restraints while producing the look for a new site (e.g., “I know this transparent PNG won’t work in IE6, and I don’t want to deal with that, so I’ll just avoid it”). The more HTML and CSS browser-rendering issues I encounter, the more it affects the way I develop the mockup of my sites in Photoshop.

Knowing how hard an element or interaction design is going to be to implement using CSS, HTML, and client-side scripting shapes the way I execute my ideas on a graphic level. This really isn’t bad at all. In fact, that’s why you should know how to code your own web designs. Knowing what the medium’s limitations are is key to crafting realistic and usable websites. And if you have deadlines to meet and know of a way to alter a design to save time and retain visual quality, you’ll be a more prolific web designer.

But, in terms of creative freedom, constantly thinking about how difficult or impossible things are to implement is a big restraint, and if we want to create something out of the box, ignorance is bliss.

Ecoki

A big photo-realistic background, elements that need to have transparent backgrounds, an organic and unorthodox layout structure — that’s way too much work, but Ecoki pulled it off brilliantly.

For projects that need to be innovative — projects that are risk-loving — temporarily pretend that you don’t know how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript works. See what you can come up with. Is it realistic? Does it translate well on the web where people need to use your design?

7. Go Old School

Many designers today are well-versed with the idea that using tables in your web design is sloppy and a bad practice. But this isn’t the entire truth. Tables still hold an important place in our web designs, and while I wouldn’t encourage you to use them to develop a web page layout, they do still have relevant applications such as displaying tabular data.

Tables aren’t the only elements left up on the shelf in the garage these days. Using marquees or blinking elements also stirs up nightmares for a lot of designers, and their poor reputations linger from a dark time in web design.

Trying to find a classy way to use a marquee-like element (which you should do using JavaScript or CSS3 because the <marquee> tag is deprecated), for example, will most likely be a challenge and a productive exercise in producing a creative solution to bring an old option back to the surface.

jQuery Robot

jQuery Robot, a proof-of-concept, scrolls the background horizontally, much like what <marquee> did with HTML text.

Revisiting some of our long lost friends in order to restore their reputation can be a fun project and can spark a lot of creativity.

8. Go New School

Browser testing and debugging sucks. It is one of the worst — yet most necessary — tasks involved in every web design project we embark on. Since web browsers (and other platforms that we have no control over) are displaying our work, it is easy to consider them the most crucial constraint on what is possible in web design.

However, competition in the browser market is ramping up, with browser vendors constantly trying to one-up each another (even Internet Explorer’s playing the game). Competition is good because browsers are less likely to accept the status quo, implementing future web standards more quickly than ever before.

Seeing what we can do with new things being introduced in HTML5 and CSS3 is a fun and popular hobby for the informed, modern web designer. For example, check out these proof-of-concepts that use CSS3 and/or HTML5:

Unfortunately, cross-browser compatibility tends to rain on our parade and limits the extent to which we will go when it comes to exploring how HTML5 or CSS3 can improve the form and function of a project. However, with enough understanding of the new specs, you should be able to use them without neglecting web browsers that do not/will not have support for these future standards.

To learn about CSS3 and HTML5, read the following resources:

9. Provide Unique Constraints

Most of what I’ve discussed so far are meant to encourage you to think outside of the box and provide your mind with limitless possibilities of what you can do with your designs. However, if you find yourself fighting a mental block or struggling to take advantage of your newfound freedom, one of the best methods for generating some unique ideas is to give yourself some restraints. Of course, we don’t want to slap on the same old limitations we always have; instead give yourself some clever limitations and see how you can bend your design in order to play by the rules you give yourself.

These constraints can come in any form. For example, what if you avoid using 5 colors that you almost always use in your web designs? What if you designed a site using nothing else but Arial font? What about keeping the page weights of your web designs under, say, 95KB? Pulling off an appealing design within limitations such as these will force you to use your skills to work your way around the walls you build yourself.

10. Collaborate with Others

Working as a member of a team can be both a wonderful and a wonderfully frustrating experience. On one hand, dedicating experts into specialized areas of a website’s production will often yield better results in less time. On the other hand, communicating your own thoughts and ideas with another person can be a challenge, along with trying to interpret their take on the problem the team faces.

However, partnering up with another designer (or a group of designers) can be both fun and inspiring. This technique can be seen at its finest in Dribbble rebound challenges. While Dribbble did not invent this idea, it has brought a lot of light to it with a large and very talented design pool to draw from. Designing based on another person’s work is a great way to force creative results based on the unpredictable efforts of a different designer with limited restrictions.

Conclusion

What will happen if we execute all of these ideas?

Well, let’s take a look:

  • Your site will not have a standard layout
  • Your design might not function in content management systems without a lot of work and tweaking
  • You won’t be utilizing any of the experiences you have accumulated
  • You won’t be taking advantage of the experiences other design professionals have willingly shared
  • Your design will involve experimental ideas that may not work
  • You may be using techniques that are considered old-school (like marquee or blinking elements)
  • You may end up using code that not all web browsers support (e.g., CSS3 and HTML5)

Sounds like a pretty awful way to build a website to me — but it may just work.

Really, though, if these ideas produce just one good idea, a new technique, or a better gauge of your professional skills, then you have had succeeded in my book.

If you find just one new idea that is your own and that you love, then you have hit a home run in terms of getting better at web design. This will not happen all of the time; it won’t even happen most of the time. The real value in exploring your own creativity is to be able to use just one idea that no one else has done before.

What other methods do you use to spark creativity in your work? Have you tried the ideas discussed in this article before (and how did it go)?

Top Web Design Ideas to Inspire You in 2021

Top Web Design Ideas to Inspire You in 2021

Now that we’re at the business end of 2021, let’s start discussing what the next year holds in terms of new web design ideas. There’s so much to look forward to for the next year as far as websites are concerned. Web designers are exploring so many different and creative ways to make sites more intuitive and interactive. As the digital environment is full to the brim with stimuli and information, modern websites need to stand out, deliver their message and have a direct guide to its visitors. Web design should not only consist of visual aesthetic but should rather communicate and market its product in the clearest way possible.

Proper layouting of your web design ideas will organize, summarize, and brand your product well accordingly. It will help branch out your web design content ideas and fluctuate its reach. These tips will also help you decide on how to economize and revolve your branding to your webpage.

If you’re on the hunt for website building ideas 2021, here are a few that would get your creative juices going.

You can also check out Strikingly’s Discover page for some of the best website ideas for beginners to inspire your next project.

1. Bold Fonts

Big typography continues to make waves in 2020, and will most likely succeed this 2021 as modern web design ideas move towards simple and minimalist design elements that are meant to enhance clarity and directedness to its website design objective. As the decade progresses, convenience becomes a necessity for people in order to create a more fast-paced environment, especially when generating website building ideas, bold typography efficiently helps visitors to catch the attention of the bigger fonts.

As this style becomes more prominent, these web design ideas not only direct you to important information, it also helps create or play around your logo since it heightens the text and pops. The technique can create a strong and striking pointer for your highlighted word and is very easy to apply especially when gathering website design ideas for beginners.

Bold and oversized lettering are better applied on important information that you want to highlight on your website. This technique will draw attention to a company’s brand, product or service, with visitors more likely to remember whatever is written in this type than any other content. This is one of the best website ideas you should consider for your website this coming year.

Personal web design idea: try playing around with different font size recommendations on the Strikingly website editor to see how different sizes impact message delivery.

2. Split screen content

If you need to communicate more than one idea but you don’t want your website to look too cluttered, split screen layouts are great web design ideas that you want to get into. These web design ideas give the visitors efficiency because it encourages them to make a choice between two things rather than to choose from different template layouts. It gives visual flow to the eye and establishes the theme of what your website intends to portray. Plus, it is user-friendly on both desktop and mobile phones as its format is fairly common. It does not create a different layout when transferred on mobile as it visually makes the visitor feel that they have not missed any important information.

This formatting will also layer and narrow down the less important details of your website and summarize it in two choices or create faux choices, making all of your most important web design content ideas pop. It will leave visitors wanting to find out more as this technique minimizes some details and lets them explore more into your website content.

From a huge majority, this makes split screen contents one of the best website ideas especially for beginners or minimal-styled contents.

On certain Strikingly web templates such as Perspective, you can change the section layout into split screen so you can upload two visuals on the same section. Make it even more fun by converting one half of the section into a video or add parallax scrolling effects for a bit of asymmetry.

3. Lots of whitespace

 

This technique creates an illusion of letting the visitors browse into your web as it leaves them the feeling of wanting to know more as negative space hones a strong emotion on your catchphrase or logo. If you have certain images or colors you want to portray it will surely brighten the page and can hardly not be noticeable.

Also, adding a lot of blank areas on your website can give it a more spacious and minimalistic feel – ‘a less is more’ vibe that speaks towards your product. It may seem like a waste of online space but this technique actually has the ability to highlight other design elements on your site. Adding significant negative space around your visuals makes them pop even more. The use of negative space layers your web design content ideas, making your marketing value clearer and communicates what your product intends to sell.

This is one of the many web design ideas that we think will continue to rise in prominence as we go into 2021 or through the next decade.

4. Video content

The use of video backgrounds continues to be one of the best webpage ideas in the coming year of 2021. Animation trumps static visuals in making visitors stay longer and help them understand more about your intended objective for your website. It is also a big help on planning your web design content ideas as videos not only create stunning visuals but is a fast-paced educational tour of your website and is sometimes stimulating depending on how the video is conceptualized.Content creation

A high-quality corporate video content not only delivers the message conveniently to your visitors but can also be very entertaining, especially when the content is educationally engaging and a fun concept about your product. It will easily bring new visitors to your website as video contents are very common in social media and will attract viewers to browse the page, thus more activity on your webpage. Lastly, it authenticates your brand and will most probably maximize your website’s reaches.

If you have the budget for it, invest in professional videography services as this will surely give you high-quality video. But if you are starting out and tight on your finances you can check out this blog on Strickingly’s website and will help you with your web design content ideas. To regularly activate your website’s reach, we recommend for you to create more video contents and try it out here.

Add a video background instead of an image to your Strikingly website’s banner and get your audience hooked as soon as they land on your page. Introduce your company or brand through video or animation but do be careful not to make it too long.

5. Custom images and icons

Adding images to your website not only attracts visitors and fluctuates your website’s reach but will give them the idea of the product you are portraying on your webpage. Even more so, this will distinguish your website if the images and icons you put are customized to your own liking or according to your brand image.

Personalized icons and photograph visuals are the best way to distinguish your web design ideas from other similar pages on the web. When you create a site from a website template, there is always the risk of ending up with a generic looking website if you don’t take the time to inject your personal style into the page design.

Customized photography will speak to the service or bring your product to life. It delivers visually and at the same time it will differentiate your website to similar other sites. Good-quality image fuels viewers from social media and will likely share your content.

This being said, it is better to use your own images instead of stock photos, play around with different ways of conveying your message through illustrations. The downside of using stock photos on the internet is the image’s reach will not only direct to your website but will direct to multiple webpages.

Customized icons generate thematic emotion to your website and highlight the branding of your product through its aesthetic, making you more distinguishable than most. If so at least the customized image will help you communicate with your viewers. By then, it is best to replace the generic icons and personalize social media buttons to make them complement your brand image and capture your brand’s vision.

If your budget is tight on its pockets and you need to grab free images, check out this resource here.

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15 Creative Website Design Ideas

15 Creative Website Design Ideas

15 Creative Website Design Ideas

Have you ever clicked through to a website and immediately clicked away because you didn’t like what you saw?

Maybe the website was too cluttered and it made the experience overwhelming. Maybe it looked like a website built in the 90’s and you worried the information would be out of date because the website design was.

Like it or not, website design matters.

Your website’s the primary face of your brand online and its design plays a key role in how your visitors experience the site. Incorporating smart and creative website design ideas gives you a way to stand out and provide a unique, positive experience for your visitors.

If you’ve been considering a web design makeover, but you haven’t decided yet what you really want, these creative website design ideas can provide some inspiration.

1. Make It Interactive.

Ideally, you don’t want a visit to your business website to be a passive experience. You want visitors to be engaged with the information on your pages. One way you can pretty much ensure that will happen is by adding interactive elements to your website.

This can include anything that gives the visitor the power to change their experience on a page by scrolling and clicking certain parts of it. One good example of this is the Nurture Digital homepage:

 

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Instead of a typical menu, their different services are labeled alongside a cute animation. Scrolling over each option changes the animation slightly, and clicking opens up a page within the page that provides more information.

 

Even though the page is different than what people are used to on a homepage, it’s intuitive to figure out and still makes it easy to find all the information a visitor needs.

 

2. Use Original Illustrations.

An interactive site won’t make sense for every brand, but there’s a much simpler step you can take to make sure your website shows a unique brand personality. Hiring a graphic designer to create original illustrations for your website and content can help you develop a unified visual experience for your brand.

Illustrations that are in the same style and color scheme across the website will tie all the different pages of your website together visually and tell visitors something about your brand personality without them even realizing it’s happening.

This is a web design tactic we use here at HostGator. You can see a unified style between the images used on our homepage, our product pages, and our blog. Each one is relevant to the context on the page, but also fits in with the larger visual whole of the site.

 

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3. Use Animation.

While it’s a bit more difficult (and costly) to achieve, animation can be another alluring way to create a memorable website experience. Adding some movement to the image on the page can draw people’s eyes and make them more interested in what they’re seeing.

The Rollpark website uses a mix of animation that’s constant when you’re on the page and some that’s triggered by scrolling. In both cases, it adds something visually arresting to your experience of the page while helping draw attention to the messaging the brand wants to get across.

 

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You do want to be careful if you choose to use animation on your website that it supports the larger message you’re trying to communicate to visitors, rather than serving as a distraction away from it.

 

 

4. Incorporate Product Photos.

Let’s be honest, product photography often isn’t particularly beautiful or interesting. But it can be.

And if you take an approach to your product photography that makes it more artsy or attractive, you could make photos of your product the center of your web design.

People Footwear does a good job of this. By positioning their shoes in visually aesthetic and creative ways, they create images that both serve as good backgrounds for their homepage and communicate something about the products – and not just how they look, you can tell right away from the images that they’re good for activities like walking and tennis.

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5. Use a Unique Font.

Most of us that aren’t web designers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about fonts, but they have an effect on how we interact with different websites we visit. Choosing a unique font is a small way you can add some additional personality to your website and create a design experience that feels original.

There are a lot of resources online for finding new fonts and if you want to mix things up by using different fonts on one page, Font Combinations is a useful tool for helping you pick out fonts that look good together.

Caava Design uses a mix of different fonts to create a visually compelling homepage that tells you something about their style as a brand and as designers. The design all works together naturally enough that you might not notice the different fonts if you’re not looking for it, but once you notice you can see how well they all work off each other.

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6. Make Your Content the Star.

If you’re putting a lot of work into creating high-quality content, then you want people to find it. One option for making your content more visible is to build your website around it.

Content-centric websites, sometimes called content hubs, put your valuable content front and center. They’re designed to make sure people easily notice the content options they’re most interested in.

Websites that are built to center content make the most sense for media companies that have a business model based on content or for brands that want to give high priority to their content marketing programs.

Makeup.com from L’oréal falls into the latter category. The entire website is focused on drawing attention to the content the brand has created around makeup subjects. People can also find the company’s products by scrolling down some, but they’re not the main focus of the website. The website clearly follows the content marketing principle of providing value first and promoting products later.

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7. Leave Visitors Wanting More.

Sometimes less is more when it comes to great web design. If you can keep your main landing page simple but intriguing, it can make your visitors want to keep scrolling or clicking to figure out what the site is all about.

The restaurant Maaemo uses this principle. At first, the only thing you see on the website is the name (in interesting font, see tip #5) with a beautiful moving landscape in the background. The only clue at this point as to what the site is for is the “Book a table” in the top left corner.

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You have to scroll down to learn that the website is for a restaurant that specializes in using natural, local produce as a way to help people better understand the local landscape and culture through food (which makes the initial image relevant to the brand’s positioning).

It’s beautiful and interesting enough to catch your attention from the first moment, but it makes you do just a little but of work to engage with the website and learn more.

 

8. Dare to Be Colorful.

While a minimalist style can be just right for some brands, for others your personality will be better represented by a burst of color.

Wistia’s website is full of vibrant colors, which makes perfect sense for an artsy brand that presents a playful personality.

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You don’t have to limit yourself to a basic color scheme that just uses a small part of the color palette, as long as you choose your colors wisely so they all look good together, you can make your website stand out and make its mark by using vibrant colors.

 

9. Use (Silent) Video.

To start, let me be very clear that I don’t mean using loud autoplay videos. That creates a bad user experience and will inspire many visitors to quickly x out of the window and find another site to visit instead. But you can use silent video as a way to make the background image on your website do more by showing more.

Mediaboom does this by having a video in the background of their homepage that shows people working and browsing the web. It’s subtle enough not to distract from the positioning or CTA on the page in text (the most important font and CTA button are in yellow, while the video’s in black and white), but it does some extra work to humanize the brand and provide visual information about what the business does.

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10. Make Your CTA Bold.

A lot of the web design ideas on this list are about providing an experience that’s visually interesting or unique. But it’s important that whatever else you do with your website’s design, you also make sure it does the main job you need it to: communicating what your brand is and what makes it special.

For that reason, you should make sure that your web design centers your main positioning. You want everyone that comes to your website to quickly learn what makes your business valuable.

Freshbooks does a pretty good job of this on their homepage. The first thing you notice when you visit is the big blue writing that tells you they provide “Small Business Accounting Software that Makes Billing Painless.” You know what their product is, who it’s for, and why people should use it.

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11. Use Parallax Scrolling.

Parallax scrolling is when the website changes as you scroll down. Sometimes it’s the background that changes and sometimes your scrolling triggers animations. Either way, it makes for a memorable experience that gives the visitor a lot to look at as they navigate the page.

The Make Your Money Matter site uses parallax scrolling to let you control the pace of an animated story that makes the case for choosing credit unions over banks. It’s an intuitive and entertaining way to take people through an argument that might have sounded dry and boring if delivered in another way.

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13. Make Your Navigation Fun.

Remember the “choose your own adventure” books you read as a kid? Getting to pick where the story went next was exciting. You can design your website to provide your visitor a similar experience by letting them pick the version of your website they want to see as they go.

This can be as simple as letting them choose which persona they fall into before delivering up the correct version of the website for them. Or it can be something more fun like the “choose your own adventure” experience provided by Lower Junction.

 

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The site lets you choose between options like “Follow the Smell of Java” or take a “Tour of Moca.” Each option takes you on a different path of learning about the Lower Junction community in Toronto. It’s an innovative way to introduce people to an apartment community.

 

 

13. Use Gamification.

While this option won’t be a fit for every type of website, in some cases incorporating gamification into the design of your website can be a smart way to get your visitors more engaged and drive the kind of actions you want them to take.

Gamification involves providing a system of rewards in exchange for the actions you want your visitors to take – like in a video game. For example, you could devise a points system that adds up to discounts or upgrades.

Dropbox uses gamification to encourage users to start using the program more actively, and to share the program with other friends. In exchange, users get more space for free rather than having to pay to upgrade.

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Gamification plays on the human desire for competition – even if it’s not against someone else. Feeling like you’re earning new levels and winning feels good. If you can create that feeling, you can get people to take action.

 

14. Pack More In With Mouseover Text.

We’ve established that clutter is a bad thing on a webpage, but sometimes you have a lot to say. Figuring out how to get all the most important points onto the page without making the page look too crowded is a challenge. One handy design feature you can use to solve this issue is mouseover text.

Stink Studio provides a collection of images with basic textual information over them on their homepage, but when you scroll over each, you get more detail on what you’ll see if you click.

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That allows them to keep the website more visual, while still saying everything they need to.

 

15. Provide a Virtual Tour.

If your business has a physical location you want to give visitors a taste of, you can use a 360 virtual tour to provide a feel for what a visit will be like. Even if you don’t have a storefront, it can be a way to humanize your brand and staff for your visitors by bringing them into the headquarters where you work every day.

Virtual tours are a neat way to allow visitors a new way to interact with your brand and get more out of visiting your website.

Agora Gallery uses virtual tours to give website visitors a view of the art that’s likely to entice them to want to see it in person. For someone on the fence about making a visit, a glimpse of what they’ll see when they get there could be enough to tip them toward coming in.

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What’s the Right Design for Your Website?

Providing a unique or cool experience is nice, but it should never be at the expense of your site being easy to navigate and clearly communicating what you do. Balance creativity with function.

Whatever creative web design ideas, or website builder tools you decide to use, make sure you always make it clear what your business does, why visitors should care about your brand and products, and what you want them to do next.

If you know you want to take your website design to the next level, but you don’t really know how to make that happen, HostGator’s web design services could be the solution you’re looking for. We can help you put together a website that’s optimized for search, looks great on mobile, and represents your brand effectively. Get in touch to learn more.

8 Crazy Ideas For Building a Web Site

8 Crazy Ideas For Building a Web Site

Many beginner web developers already know that they need to practice, practice, practice the new skills that they are learning. Building real projects will bring challenges that you will not find in textbooks or interactive tutorials. It will also help you gain confidence if you are going to use HTML. CSS and JavaScript in your career. But, as usual, the experiences that are most useful are also the most difficult.

I see novice developers asking on Reddit, Quora, and Facebook and in every corner of the internet about what projects they should be building. Here are 8 fun ideas which will test all of your new skills, but will also prepare you for the challenges that professional web developers face. All are strictly front-end: HTML/CSS/JS/jQuery. And yes, they are pretty absurd, which will help your portfolio stand out compared to all the others. If you build the same projects as everybody else, you will have a hard time distinguishing yourself from all the others.

1. Big Dave’s Chop Shop

The Idea: A store that contains both a motorcycle repair garage and an open pit barbecue. I hope they are physically separate for the sake of human safety, but you can let your imagination run wild.

Type of Site: Small Business

Key Functions:

  • Ability to see what types of service the repair shop does, and which makes/models
  • Positive customer reviews for the motorcycle shop from real customers
  • Yelp reviews for both the garage and restaurant
  • Restaurant menu
  • Details on the kitchen/chef/story of how it was founded

Key Design Decisions:

  • How will you separate the garage and restaurant so the user can choose the one they are looking for? Will they have similar designs or different themes?
  • Who is your key demographic? It is definitely men. But is it older, motorycle-riding men? Urban hipsters?
  • How many pictures will you use? This one could be a very picture-dominated site due to the unique concept.
  • What will your color scheme be? A more aggressive combination like red and black, or something else?
  • What is the typical way people would use this store? Could it be bikers that are on long journeys? Bikers that want a meal while their bike is in the shop? More casual visitors that are just there to check out the unique concept?

What You Will Learn: This one will give you plenty of creative opportunity to create a real attitude on your site. You can show this attitude through pictures, colors, copy or little interactive elements. Whatever you do, you need to build a site that is easy for older men to use, but also reinforces the unique branding of this store.

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2. Political Haikus

The Idea: Everybody loves good political humor and poking fun of these figures that the public judges so frequently. This is a site where you (and others, potentially) could post haikus mocking the latest gaffe or statement that a well-known candidate makes. Especially relevant during campaign season!

Type of Site: Blog

Key Functions:

  • A blog-type interface with a series of haikus that are easy to browse
  • Funny picture of the candidate with each haiku so the reader can easily scan the page
  • Either an infinite scroll ability or new page for every 20–50 haikus
  • Google Form to allow others to contribute a haiku and picture

Key Design Decisions:

  • What color scheme is appropriate for a haiku site? More of a parchment color scheme? How do you style each haiku?
  • How can your copy increase the sarcasm/parody feeling? Do you put sarcastic titles with each post?
  • Do you allow the user to choose based on candidate, or just one long feed? If the user can choose by candidate, do you want to create a unique personality for each candidate’s subpage?
  • How often do you post here, and how often do you expect users to visit? One a day, or every time a candidate makes a funny mistake, or a different timing?

What You Will Learn: Blogs are super simple- they are just reading and looking at pictures. There is no real potential for interaction. This means that your copy has to be exceptionally effective. You will need to create a consistent theme with your copy. If a user is going to visit throughout election season, they are going to want a consistent sense of humor. And you will only have 3 lines to do it! You can also try marketing this one with Twitter- it is a very similar style.

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3. The Toilet Paper Depot

The Idea: An online store for just toilet paper. If you have ever used toilet paper (hopefully all of you), you have experienced the significant difference between different types of toilet paper. After you rub yourself with the equivalent of cardboard, you are cursing the building owners and wishing ill upon them. This would be a site for toilet paper aficionados… if those even exist.

Type of Site: E-commerce

Key Functions:

  • A variety of toilet paper products that can be categorized/searched based on size, quality, brand or price.
  • A shopping cart and checkout process to simulate the buying procedure
  • A subscription option so users can sign up to have their favorite toilet paper automatically delivered
  • A separate section for toilet paper holders with a variety of designs. These would be gift opportunities!

Key Design Decisions:

  • Your users can go ANYWHERE to buy toilet paper. Why would they choose your site? Perhaps humorous copy? An easy buying process? The subscription option? Think of ways to make this unique among e-commerce sites.
  • Who are your customers? Are they moms? High-end restaurants? Luxury hotels? Germophobic people? This should determine much of the way products are listed.
  • How do you want to structure your landing page? Do you want users to go immediately to the shopping interface, or do you want to have an initial page to introduce your site?

What You Will Learn: E-commerce is a huge industry, and there are many little decisions that go into a pleasant and user-friendly shopping experience. You will get practice with every little step needed to explain products and make the shopping process easy. Think about Amazon.com- what do you like about it? How do they quickly allow you to find the product you want?

4. Mario’s Personal Website

The Idea: Mario, one of the most popular cartoon characters ever, does not have a personal site! He needs you to build one that represents him as a character. It obviously can’t be just any personal website because he is such a distinctive character. It needs lots of interactivity and animation, just like a video game. You can read about Mario’s history here, and you can check out an incredibly intricate video game-inspired personal site here.

Type of Site: Personal Website

Key Functions:

  • Like any personal website, it needs to talk about his accomplishments and all of his experiences/adventures.
  • Tell Mario’s story visually- after all, he is a cartoon character. Not just sentences about his work, but use little visual animations to bring those accomplishments to life.
  • Use quantifiable numbers to show his accomplishments across his entire career- how many princesses saved? How many games sold? Etc.

Key Design Decisions:

  • What color palette is associated with Mario games? This is the one you want to use, as well as an appropriate cartoon font.
  • How can you use animation to further tell his story? You may want to check out jQuery UI for this one.
  • What imagery is associated with Mario? How can you easily add this imagery without hours of design?
  • Can you create a feel of adventure within the site’s experience? Or perhaps the feeling of a timeline throughout all of his stories?

What You Will Learn: You hopefully want your own personal site to tell the unique story of you. This project will let you tell the story of a character with so many accomplishments that it is truly unreal! The design of a personal site should be unique to the subject, and Mario certainly has his own unique style. Additionally, you will learn how to add little animations that add value to the story and please the user- they create an impression without forcing the reader to process more text.

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5. avoided connections

The Idea: Craigslist has a famous section called Missed Connections, where individuals can post about a person they saw in public that caught their eye or smiled at them in hopes that the person also reads Missed Connections and will get in touch. This is the opposite: for people you saw in public and quickly looked away from, in hopes that they would not talk to you or notice you. Frequent subjects could be beggars, solicitors or drunks on public transportation. Some of these types of people can be doing particularly notable things especially if they are drunk, so this is an opportunity to share that story.

Type of Site: Blog

Key Functions:

  • A list of stories with a headline about the subject i.e. The drunk man talking to himself on the E train at 3 PM. Potentially including pictures.
  • The ability to categorize the post by location, time of day and venue (the street, coffee shop, bus etc.)
  • A Google Form so users can submit their own stories
  • Ability to segment posts by any of the categories so users can look at stories like “Who were the people worth avoiding at 3AM in London?”

Key Design Decisions:

  • What kind of activities are worthy of a post? Should only truly deplorable public behavior count. What about political positions that you overheard that you do not agree with? Or unpleasant people encountered at the bar?
  • How can you protect the individual’s privacy so that this does not become a harassment site?
  • Should this be a funny resource, or more about watching out for creepy people?

What You Will Learn: The little factors that influence a community feeling on a blog. If this became popular, you would hopefully have a stream of funny stories and users that returned consistently for entertainment. You need to provide all the details that make a story believable and allow the readers to pretend they are experiencing it themselves.

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6. Snake Oil Enterprises

The Idea: A small shop where you sell all sorts of miraculous remedies that are untested by science. A site where seemingly useless things like ground pig’s tail can somehow cure cancer. The term comes from the 19th century Western US. Fake doctors would claim to have miraculous natural cures to various ailments, when in reality they were fraudulent.

Type of Site: Small Business

Key Functions:

  • A dozen naturally occurring substances that you claim will have miraculous cures for different ailments
  • An “About” page where you explain the fake qualifications of the owner, and how these fake medications saved his 2nd cousin.
  • Ability to sort the cures based on the ailment- are you looking to cure cancer? Arthritis?
  • Customer testimonials on each product that swear that they work based on an individual story

Key Design Decisions:

  • If a person was actually going to buy one of these “miraculous” cures, what sort of information would they need to see to convince them?
  • What color scheme fits this? A natural/earth colors color scheme, or something else?
  • What is the demographic that would visit this site? If it is the natural-foods community, you probably want the design to be similar to sites they frequently visit.

What You Will Learn: You need to think up some specific sales copy for selling these fantastical products. You need to make them sound as appealing as possible. Also, this would likely be a small, independent shop, so it would have a specific, unique appeal that makes it more personable than e-commerce.

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7. Who is Pissed Off At Your Music? The Quiz

The Idea: Older generations frequently dislike the music of younger generations. Hippies and hipsters frequently dislike the music of the mainstream. And vice versa. In fact, whenever you are playing music in public, you are probably annoying someone. This will allow you to enter your musical taste with a few questions and tell you which group of people dislike you because of it.

Type of Site: Interactive Quiz

Key Functions:

  • An series of questions that are presented one at a time. Each is a multiple choice question, and the answer determines the following question. For example, if you answer “I like rap” to one question, the next question might be “Who is your favorite of these 5 artists?” or “What type of rap, specifically?”
  • An end page that shows the type of people that your music annoys, and why. You can also include a few humorous YouTube videos or gifs of funny reactions of that group.
  • Imagery with each question that is humorous and increases the comical feel of the site. It is not supposed to be serious!

Key Design Decisions:

  • How are you going to create a smooth flow between questions? What animations can you use?
  • How can you let users know what step they are on? Like Step 1 of 5.
  • How can you make the answer humorous? Users are on your site for entertainment, and they are going to be hoping for something funny after the questions they answer.
  • What imagery will increase the humorous feeling? What fun facts can you include? This is sometimes called microcopy.

What You Will Learn: You will cover technical skills like embedding with HTML5 and jQuery UI. You are also covering a common pattern of on-boarding sequences in full web apps, so this is practice for a real process!

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8. My Weight Gain Chronicles

The Idea: We all eat food that we know we should not be eating. But it tastes so good! This will be an opportunity to post about all the food you feel guilty about, but actually tastes delicious and may lead you to gaining weight. You could even phrase these as fake obituaries. For example, you regret the passing of that wonderful piece of cake.

Type of Site: Personal Blog

Key Functions:

  • Every time you eat food that you feel guilty about, you post a picture of it with a quick note about its passing. The picture can either be a plate of crumbs/scraps or the unhealthy food itself.
  • Tag the food based on time of day and type of food.
  • Google Form to allow others to add their guilt stories.
  • A list of self-help resources, like dieting communities and fitness apps.

Key Design Decisions:

  • Do you want to actually style this after a funeral website for maximum sarcastic effect? Google examples of funeral websites.
  • How can you write these descriptions to make them funny for a wide audience, and not uncomfortable?
  • What do you need to make this a full site, rather than just content that could be on Twitter?

What You Will Learn: Humor on the internet can be tricky! The biggest key may be keeping one specific tone so that users can reliably expect one type of content on your site. At the same time, sites with a great sense of humor can be highly viral because people love sharing jokes with friends.

Conclusion

You can turn pretty much any idea into a website! You always want to consider ways to make your site memorable– this will help you stand out in your search for a job or clientele, and it will stand out in your users’ minds if they are deciding whether to return to your site or not. You can distinguish yourself from the rest if you make an effort to stand out!

Did this give you any inspiration? Let me know in the comments!

Cool Website Ideas: 26 Niche, Content & Layout Suggestions

Cool Website Ideas: 26 Niche, Content & Layout Suggestions

Perhaps one of the most daunting tasks when starting an online venture is generating niche website ideas, but this applies equally to content and design. You’ll want to come up with good website ideas that will hook visitors. Then you’ll want to present them in a way that is appealing and keep those visitors returning. So once your website is created, how should you go about brainstorming website ideas to make money, or to keep your audience engaged? “Study the masters,” they say. Let’s take a look at what’s out there, what might inspire you, and how you may be able to put your touch on it. We’ll break this post up into 3 main sections. Namely…

  • Niche website ideas
  • Website layout ideas
  • Website Content ideas

ideas

To be successful, you’ll have to come up with something people will want to read about continually. You also have to make sure that you can provide a unique take so that you can forge your place in what might be an already saturated arena.Website ideas

1. The fashion website

The fashion-oriented websites and blogs are a mainstay of the web. They cover fashion, to be sure, but also extend their reach into other lifestyle topics. Health, wealth, and overall beauty all fall under the purview of this website variety. They aren’t limited by gender, so you can have at it whether you’re male or female but be aware, you’ll have to come up with a fairly decent website design idea before launch because if you can’t design your own website very well, who is going to trust your fashion sense! 🙂 There are already plenty of great examples from which to draw inspiration. Style Me Grasie puts out articles on current fashion topics of interest. Supply has a collection of brands and products that they offer. Stella McCartney has a blog where she does news and interviews, and also peddles her wares. Each has a slightly different focus, providing a unique role in the industry. What’s one way you can tackle it? If you have original fashions to share you can certainly do so. You can also cover news and various trending topics. One avenue that is gaining traction is assembling and marketing different looks. You can scour the web for style trends, put together outfits based on different looks, talk about why they look so impressive. You would also serve as an outlet for visitors to procure this look. Stockpiling the component pieces and selling the outfits once you generated some interest. You might even be able to tailor the site to fit a more niche market, for instance, mid or plus-sized women. This will allow you to focus on a specific segment of the population, and make visitors feel like you’re providing them with a unique service. If you’re well versed in beauty and makeup, share some tips. Tutorials are always in demand, and if you have some signature techniques, readers would love to know about them.

2. The gaming website

The number of sites that review games and talk about gaming news might be endless. You’ve got IGNRock Paper ShotgunKotaku, and the like. You likely can’t be a humongous site with multiple writers straight out the gate. What you can do, though, is provide your insights in a manner that builds a dedicated following. Jim Sterling, for instance, has made a mark with his dry, biting wit. “Angry” Joe Vargas has humorous skits and a “tell-it-like-it-is” reviewing style that audiences enjoy. You could potentially carve out your niche, appealing to gamers with a unique style. You can weave in personal stories. You can explore your thoughts on industry trends. You can talk about what excites you, what makes you hopeful, and what’s grinding your gears. Talk about gaming history, little-known gaming facts, and hypothetical scenarios. You might even be able to approach things from an art & design angle. Talk about what makes certain stories appealing and which art styles are the most clever. Delve into the ins-and-outs of game design. Break down the minutiae in a way that would appeal to the masses. Much like many of the other independent gaming icons, you can also build a presence on video services like YouTube and Twitch. Weave all of these things into a tapestry that is your own. There are plenty of creators doing gaming, but none doing it exactly like you would.

3. The art, music, or film website

Perhaps you’re a fan of the arts? Write about it. Journalists and reviewers give their takes on media all the time. Much like gaming sites, the personal viewpoint is what matters the most. ScreenJunkiesColossal, and Pitchfork are good places from which you can draw ideas. Just remember that you’ll be introducing a personal spin. You can talk about how these art forms have inspired you. You can bring in stories about going to concerts or meeting different artists. If you have creative experience in one of these fields, you can relay that to your audience. Write about the trials of being a creator. Talk about how you hone your craft. Do interviews with your colleagues who are also in the field. You can bring a behind-the-scenes perspective to those that want to hear it.

4. The writing website

Writers writing about writing? It’s writing Inception! It needn’t be as confusing as the movie, though. A writing website can be a place to talk about your personal process. Much like Susannah Breslin or Jeff Goins, you can write about what it’s like being a writer. If you write fiction, you might also mix in the Stephen King or Salman Rushdie approach. Promote your works, or even offer some self-published samples to whet the appetites of your hungry readers. You can talk about the mindset that helps you focus on your goals. You can talk about other authors or works that inspire you to do better. You can provide literary analysis of popular stories. Mix in tales of rejection from editors, and how you’ve learned from setbacks. Travel, and write about your time spent traversing the country. What you learn along the way could be of interest to many. Keep it fresh and fun, add your heart and soul, and you might end up with a winning formula.

5. The sports website

If you have a deep understanding of a sport, you can share it with visitors. BJPenn.com is one of many examples. You can provide your take on sporting events, delving into analysis on what teams or competitors did right/wrong. You can cover news of the day, and how it will affect the sport as a whole. You can write about your favorite athletes, and what you find intriguing about their personal flair. If you’re into fantasy sports, there’s a market for that as well. Strategies, top picks, projections on fantasy sports trends are a big-ticket. You could document your journey in your fantasy sports leagues, weaving in the trash talk and rivalries that are emblematic of the hobby.

6. The health & fitness website

Lots of people want to get in shape. Loads of people enjoy getting motivation from those who have been on a journey to great health and fitness. Can you give some tips and advice if you have been on a similar journey? For example, Lauren Fleshman, a runner, shares her stories as a business owner and athlete. Tony Gentilcore is a strength coach and he provides best tips on how to stay in shape. You can easily add your own story and perspective to your health and fitness website. Ideas for your website could be to share your own workout routines, what works for you best, and answer reader questions that they post or email to you. If someone is hesitant to start exercising, address their concerns with care and kindness. For those who don’t know how to exercise and be healthy, you can be their inspiration. Another idea is to look at and offer advice on a niche issue. Examples include NerdFitnessNia Shanks, or YogaDork. Zoom in on a specific type of exercise or lifestyle category you have a lot of knowledge in. Look at unique diets, such as Just Paleo Foods or Primal Kitchen. There are readers who are looking for information on these kinds of diets, and you can provide this insight. Think about brining some humor to your website on health and fitness. Examples for inspiration are the Hodgetwins or the “Brofessor,” Dom Mazzetti. You can also become an affiliate and market fitness- and health-related products, like gym equipments, supplements, and active gear, as a form of passive income. Tie in these efforts with social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube – offer promotions and increase your following. By following these two influencers, Paige Hathaway and Laci Somers, you can see how you can use social media to your advantage.

7. The gear review website

There are a lot of products available, and if you are like me, I like checking out reviews before I move closer to a buying decision. Honest and valuable information before buying is something people want more of these days.  For product reviews, consider an intro to the product, key specs or features, pros and cons, and anything else a potential buyer would want to know. This could apply to just about any consumer market. And you can even look at product comparisons. Electronics are usually not cheap. If someone is looking to buy a gaming computer, they want the best specs for the kinds of games they play. You could look at the RAM, storage, screen resolution, configuration options, the warranty, and even best-for pcs – like best mid-range gaming computers, best cheap gaming pcs, and so forth. Let people know what they should be getting, and what they might want to avoid. Throw in some expert opinions, and fine-tune recommendations based upon the product’s specifics. You can monetize these efforts through something like an Amazon Associates Program. You advertise and link to certain products, and Amazon gives you a cut on some of the profit. It doesn’t just have to be cameras, though. Sporting goods, home supplies, furniture, musical equipment and much more could be your focus.

8. The pet-centric website

People love animals. If you love animals too, you can write about them. Advice on how to care for pets is popular. Articles about pet behavior are an excellent source for your material. Training tips and funny pet stories can also make for sources of discussion. You can also target pet products, doing reviews of things pet owners are likely to buy. Advertise hot ticket items, and even market your own if you have them.

9. Zeroing in on other niches

These aren’t the only niches you can explore. There are always new specialties popping up, and strategies for tracking them down. Keep your eye on shopping sites to see what is gaining popularity. Perform frequent keyword research, and lurk forums to see what people are discussing.

Website layout ideas

Here are some great layout ideas for websites…

1. The hamburger menu

It’s hotly contested. Some designers love it; others loathe it. Its presence seems ubiquitous, though, and it does have some benefits. Many users already know what it is and how to use it, so you may consider having one on your site. Here’s a tutorial explaining how to add a hamburger menu in WordPress:

2. The long scroll

Some designers eschew the idea of keeping things above the fold. The counterargument is that today’s web users scroll through sites every day when viewing on mobile devices, so you might as well go for it. The long scroll allows for a form of visual storytelling, broken down into sections for easier navigation.

3. The hero image

One large, compelling banner, coming right up! This oversized header can be useful for immediately capturing attention. You can then prompt visitors to poke around further and learn more about your site.

4. The card layout

This allows you to break your information into bite-sized, rectangular chunks. The cards are “containers” for different topics, giving you the power to organize related information with ease. You can see this in action on our main blog page, the “blog about blogging

5. Animations

Too much movement on a site can be distracting. Just enough movement can be compelling, though. Animations act as storytelling devices, enhancing interactivity and making the web surfing experience more entertaining.

Website layout tips

website layout ideasOnce you have some website feature ideas that you can run with, you’ll need to plan how you want the site to look. Visual appeal goes a long way. Perfecting an inspiring appearance that will draw in readers is going to be vital to your success.

1. Keep it clean

If your layout is messy and hard to follow, visitors will be clicking away in a hurry. Overloading visitors with too much at once is a turn-off. Come correct with a clear, concise presentation that conveys who you are and what you do. Less is more. Keep the important stuff “above the fold.” This means that the essentials are all viewable when a visitor first lands on your page. If they have to scroll to find out what’s going on, they’ll likely become fed up. This includes your statement of purpose and site navigation buttons. Implement easy to read fonts, and limit the number that you use. Font choice has a pronounced psychological effect on visitors. If they can’t read what you’re trying to tell them, it’s a wasted effort. Fonts also convey personality. Make sure yours reflect what your site is all about. Don’t use jarring color schemes. Consult a color guide to see what complements what. If you opt for a background image, make sure it goes with the colors that you have selected. Don’t fear white space. Don’t include sliders or other annoying distractions that can harm the user experience. When it comes to images, be judicious. Make sure any images you use are high resolution. Pixelated or low-quality imagery screams “unprofessional.” You might opt for a video. Again, make sure the quality is superb. You should also make sure that it is relevant. A video that has nothing to do with your site’s purpose has no business being there, regardless of how cool it is. Be careful that your video isn’t hogging too many resources. If it’s slowing down your site’s performance, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.

2. Guide your visitors

Your homepage should be the hook that draws visitors into view more. Once you have their attention, direct them to the other pages on your site so they can explore your content. Review everything to make sure it flows naturally. Calls to action can work, but you have to do them right. Don’t include too many. One is plenty, and it should be compelling enough to get visitors to continue perusing what you have to offer. Keep it visible, keep it under four words, and keep it powerful.

3. Update regularly

Keeping content on the homepage fresh will convey to visitors that you are active. If they keep coming back to the same old thing, they will lose interest. Your key points can remain the same, but change things up by way of a blog or news on what you’re doing. Just remember not to go overboard. No one wants to read a novel on the first page. Save the in-depth stuff for your other pages, and keep the homepage light and fresh.

4. Don’t be afraid to borrow

If it works, it works. Check out what other sites are doing right and put that to practice on your own. There are tons of sources showcasing quality website design ideas. Refer to them often to gain inspiration.

5. Keep trends in mind

You should stay aware of the most current ideas for website layout. You don’t have to make use of every new trend or feature, but knowing what’s out there will help you in your plans.

Content ideas for websites

website content ideasYou might already have a good idea of how you want your website to look, more or less. Looks are only one component of a great site, however. You also need stellar content, and cool website ideas to build your site around. If your website is a reflection of your current artistic ventures, this won’t be hard. Just adapt your performance persona for the net, and you’ve got your site right there. If you’re starting from scratch, though, It will take more work to come up with good ideas for a website. You’ll have to investigate what works while staying unique at the same time. Old-school web site ideas like the simple blog aren’t going to cut it for you. You want to explore new ideas that push the boundaries of your creativity. You’ll need to locate niche market that’s prime for growth. Something like HDR SoftwareAdult Coloring Books, or Wood Sunglasses. Let’s explore. Remember, you’ll need to zero in on a market that’s ripe for cornering. Something that’s poised for an explosion but needs a small push. Here’s what to focus on when you’re researching concepts.

1. Trending products

These are items that are starting to catch on with a wider audience. Take drones, for instance. Once just a novelty item, now a big business regulated by the FAA. Those who got in on the ground floor made out for themselves, as sites like Top Drones can attest. The idea behind sites like these is simple. Position yourself as an expert on the product in hand. Do reviews on products. Analyze the market, then sell brands that you recommend. What products fall into this category currently? This list is by no means exhaustive, but smart site builders should keep their eyes on: 4K TVs — Analysts forecast a market expansion through 2020. Wearable Technology — The market could be worth $34 billion by 2020. VR Gaming — The introduction of PlayStation VR has made the market competitive. The technology will see refinements in the coming years. The market could grow to $9.55 billion by 2022. 3D Printing — This is looking like a rising star, particularly for healthcare. Printers will get faster and more precise. The technology, as a result, will be in higher demand around the nation. Niche Meats — There’s a growing trend towards “paleo” and “primal” diets. This has caused a surge in demand for meats like buffalo, elk, and deer. The demand for so-called “lean meats” should continue to grow steadily.

2. Hot new hobbies

content ideas for your websiteThese are activities that are on the upswing. You can gain site traffic from providing unique insights into the industry. Tutorials, reviews, what’s hot, etc. The true money comes from marketing products associated with these hobbies. Runners, for instance, are always looking for new gear that can enhance their runs. Water packs, runner’s bags, etc. What hobbies are on the rise that you can target? Advances in technology have opened the door to a few endeavors that require lots of equipment:

3. Home studios

Up-and-coming engineers and wannabe musicians can try their hands at home recordings. They just need the right tools to do it. Soundboards, recording software, microphones and more. You might even be able to supply instruments and recording tutorials.

4. Independent filmmaking

Just about anyone can try their hand at making video content nowadays. There’s no shortage of demand for high-end camera gear. Videomakers also need powerful computers and editing software to complete their projects.

5. Homebrewing

Just about everyone loves alcohol. A select few enjoy crafting their own mixtures at home. These intrepid brewmasters need raw materials, fermenters, containers, etc. to make their concoctions.

6. Untapped fandom

People love their fiction. Some of these fandoms, though, could use a structured mind to organize the things fantasy enthusiasts love best. We could list fandoms for days. Just pick any comic, manga, or science fiction novel and gaze upon the opportunities.

7. New twists on classic themes

You could always try classic websites with ideas of your own mixed in. There are plenty of ideas from which you can choose. Video game reviews, gameplay videos, celebrity gossip, cool photography. There’s no shortage of topics that could use a personal touch:

  • Music Tutorials
  • How To Cook
  • Meme Database
  • Sports Analysis
  • Health & Fitness
  • Fun Adventures
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • How To Save Money
  • Career Advice

Remember that all of these are competitive fields. The component that will differentiate you is the personality that you bring to the field. If you have charisma and a unique point of view, though, you can take any topic and make it your own.

Websites with the right ideas

Here are a few reference sites that are doing a great job with their niche and really have cool website ideas: 4K.com These guys have the lock on everything 4K, as the name suggests. They do reviews on 4K televisions and monitors. They analyze technologies like gaming that are moving to the 4K space. They even have handy affiliate links to their most recommended products.

Midwest Supplies If you need anything for homebrewing beer or wine, these guys have you covered. By the looks of it, they’ve integrated all their social media interaction into the site as well. A good strategy for modernizing the site and keeping visitors engaged. Street Fighter Devotion Like we said, any IP can have a devout fandom. Popular series like Street Fighter have serious followers who love to stay up-to-date. This site has parts dedicated to the games, movies, books, and art the property has inspired.

Website ideas: my conclusion

You should now have enough website ideas to get started. Remember that brainstorming can seem tough, but if you make use of the wealth of resources the Internet has to offer, you can make the process easier. Anyone stuck for cool website ideas just needs to rethink their focus. There are plenty of specialties to home in on if you know what’s becoming popular. Make sure to explore markets that have potential but haven’t quite hit the mainstream. This will allow you to maximize your positioning in the arena. When designing your site layout, stick to the fundamentals, and don’t hesitate to call on some expert advice if you need it. Following these principles will put you in an advantageous position to stake your claim with a killer website that keeps the visitors coming back for more. Draw inspiration from others, add your personal touch and keep refining your own creativity. Anyone can carve out a spot on the web if they recognize what they have to offer and aren’t afraid to express it. Implement the strategies we covered to locate up-and-coming-niches. Then make sure you build a killer site with great content to make the most of it.

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