It doesn’t have to be this way.
If you have developed on WordPress for any length of time you have heard this from your clients:
“All WordPress sites look like templates. They are all ‘boxy.’ They all look the same.”
It’s true. Both you and I can usually tell a WordPress site just by looking at it. The widgetized sidebars and footers. The scrolling image sliders and horizontal navigation are a dead giveaway.
WordPress sites are decidedly “boxy.” But it doesn’t have to be this way.
WordPress has become a powerful CMS solution that can handle just about any design you throw at it. And more and more clients are wanting to take advantage of WordPress without having to settle for that “boxy” template look and feel.
Take a look at these ten WordPress designs that don’t have that “boxy” look.
This is a wild website design that reflects the personality of Mike Rowe, the man behind the Ford Commercials and the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs. Most of the images you see in the design are links to internal pages on the site.
This design is certainly not “boxy.” The site communicates that Hey Papa Legend Studios is hip with the times while conjuring of feeling of nostalgia about the roots of music.
This image says it all. While this design is a nightmare for any SEO person wanting to see more text on the page, it instantly communicates what this singer/songwriter does.
This creative agency, Kantt, uses the WordPress platform to incorporate a clean and interesting headline and benefit statement. While the design below the fold incorporates a more “boxy” feel, the design above the fold feels very free flowing.
This is a beautifully simple and “unboxy” design on WordPress that instantly communicates the work that Floris Voorveld does. (Graphic design for those of you scoring at home.)
The site visitor can’t help but feel transported elsewhere by the larger than life images used in the background of this WordPress home page. The focal point is clearly the circular center that contains the text that communicates where you have landed.
The use of circles in this design are the antithesis of a typical WordPress look and feel.
This site incorporates lots of boxes but not in the way we are used to with WordPress. A photograph of clouds is posted every day for almost 1,000 days creating a patchwork quilt of natural beauty.
This site is using Flash front and center to break the mold of the typical WordPress design. The design is dark and woody feeling which is very appropriate for the product.
This design makes interesting use of cloud shapes in its navigation and other elements. It breaks the WordPress mold by using shapes with rounded edges.
What about you? What websites have you seen or developed on WordPress that don’t have a “boxy” design?