This week: WordCamp Europe 2022, changes to WordPress 6.0, WordPress gives new life to the newspaper, and much more.
Brian Gardner is a Chicago-based designer, WordPress expert, and the founder of Minimologie—an independent design studio. He currently leads WordPress developer relations at WP Engine and is the creator of Frost. You can find him frequenting the local Starbucks or running a nearby trail in his free time.
In today’s world of information overload, it can be challenging to sift through the noise and create a WordPress website that stands out. One way you can do this is by using minimalism in your design process.
Minimalist design isn’t just about less clutter but also more focus. It forces builders to think critically about what content should go on a website and how visitors will interact with it—which ultimately leads to better engagement.
Design is marketing. It’s about communicating a message that resonates with your audience and drives them to take action, whether it’s clicking on your website link or purchasing what you’re selling.
There is always something new to see and learn in the design world. With the internet, it’s easier than ever to find examples of great design and be inspired by them. However, it can be tough to develop new ideas for web design. Staring at a blank screen, or worse —a project already in progress and due tomorrow—is not the most fun way to spend an evening. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there. And luckily, there are plenty of places to find inspiration for your next web design project. Whether you’re looking for big picture ideas or need help with the details, these sources will get you started on your next masterpiece.
Typography is one of the essential elements of good design. It’s a compositional tool for designers to control the appearance of text—the arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading, letter spacing, and word spacing. The importance of typography can’t be understated, and the fonts used on a website can significantly impact how users read and understand the content. These elements matter since they provide a pleasant reading experience for users, often making the difference between taking action on your website or dropping off.
I’ve been designing websites for years. I’ve seen all the trends come and go. I’ve done a little bit of everything. But I’ll never forget the day when I thought to myself: What if I just got rid of my sidebar? In the web design world, sidebars had become something of a necessity. It’s where bloggers and authors would put links to their products and books for sale, where people would share ad space; it was where you would put your “subscribe now” button. So if we got rid of sidebars, wouldn’t that be like getting rid of websites? Hint: nope.
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A terrific article on how WordPress allowed Welch News to go online. More local newspapers should consider following suit.