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How to Use a Pre-built Website to Refresh a Website’s Look

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There are a host of websites out there sorely in need of an update. Designers can do so by incorporating one or more of the current web design trends. Current trends involve everything from upgrading color schemes to reorganizing design content.

It can be a long and laborious task, something most web designers would prefer to avoid. The same designers are also leery of quick fixes, out of fear they will compromise the quality of their work.

BeTheme provides a fast and easy way to redesign a website. It offers a selection of more than 350 pre-built website designs. These templates can be customized to satisfy a business’s need for a website. The finished site will have an up-to-date look and feel, having many of the necessary changes already built in.

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There’s more than one way to quickly redesign an outdated website. It is possible to transform it into an up-to-date award winner. You can do so by using a pre-built website as a starting point. Here are 7 approaches to pick and choose from. They are accompanied by pre-built website examples to illustrate the possibilities.

Express Redesign #1: Make a run-of-the-mill website more dynamic

A dynamic homepage makes it much easier to capture a visitor’s attention. It helps to convince them to stay around awhile. Most visitors decide whether to stay or leave within about 3 seconds. If you can keep a visitor engaged for longer than that, you have a potential customer. A dynamic homepage stokes a visitor’s curiosity and a desire to see what surprises lie ahead. This can be achieved with a striking image, a video, or an animation.

Hint: If you use a video make sure the Play button is front and center.

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BeSportsman

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BeGame

Express Redesign #2: Refresh the color scheme & bring it up to date

This is usually an easy fix and it can carry with it a big impact by dramatically changing a website’s look and feel. A new color scheme can play a big role in helping a business meet the goals.

A pre-built website makes refreshing the color scheme easy. Its colors will be in line with existing industry or business trends.

Hint: While you’re at it, use plenty of white space. It makes a website look up to date and allows the colors to stand out.

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BeApp3

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BeGsmService

Express Redesign #3: Reorganize the website’s content architecture

Many older websites are in need of a total architectural overhaul. Finding the right balance when attempting to combine text with images is never easy. This is unless you’re working with a pre-built website. Such a website can take into account much of what needs to be done. As you can see from the following examples they do a great job of attracting and engaging visitors.

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Express Redesign #4: Incorporate large, eye-catching visuals

A good first step toward giving a website a new, refreshing look is to start with the homepage. Adding a large, stunning visual is often all it takes to entice a visitor to stick around and explore the site. Adding the needed imagery can be done in seconds. These three pre-built websites demonstrate that the results can be outstanding.

BeDigital is an example of using a fascinating 3D still that’s impossible to ignore.

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BeTheme: The WordPress Theme that Follows the Latest Design Trends

This article was created in partnership with BAWMedia. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible.

2018 may be one of the greatest years yet for web design and web designers. There are web designers who are looking to stay relevant by keeping up with the latest trends. They certainly have their work cut out for them. After all, it takes some time to get acquainted and comfortable with new trends. It also takes more time to find ways to incorporate them into website designs.

To make things worse, the latest trends have succeeded in raising the competitive bar. They have made the designer’s work just that much more difficult.

Fortunately, there is a WordPress theme that has kept up with the latest in design. Here are examples of the 8 most stunning trends. BeTheme has incorporated them into their more than 330 pre-built websites.

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8 Creative Design Trends BeTheme has Already Put to Use

Design Trend #1: Illustration & Graphic Art

Custom art is currently all the rage in web design – and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Eye-catching vintage watercolor illustrations have caught on. They bring that sense of nostalgia that makes people feel relaxed and comfortable.

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Notice the use of bold fonts (complete with serifs in the second example). It attracts attention without detracting from the illustrations.

Design Trend #2: Light, Shadow & Smoke

Playing with lights and shadows has always been a popular web design technique. When you add smoke to the mix the design trend takes on a whole new look with a different vibe, especially when it comes to music and dance.

The right mix of light, shadow, and smoke lead to a soft, romantic look:

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Or a something a bit more dramatic:

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Or a perfect combination of sultry and classy…

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Design Trend #3: Gradients aka Color Transitions

Gradients are hot. Even hotter than last year’s use of bold colors. Gradients, or color transitions, work especially well with pastel colors. When they are allowed to clash with other design trends, the results can be surprising.

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Design Trend #4: 3D “Moving” Stills

Creating a 3D “moving” still can be tough, but when done right it can be a genuine eye-catcher. Maybe it’s because the illusion of the movement often attracts us more than movement itself. Here’s a pair of examples where you can see the results for yourself – a 3D image that appears to flow.

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There’s so much you can do with images like this. Give them any texture, play with light and shadow, make use of gradients or negative space. 3D moving stills combine nicely with many of the other trends to produce unique results.

Design Trend #5: 2018 Still Life

Still life has been popular for a long time. It’s a trend that could likely go on forever, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. The most popular form of modern still life is – you guessed it – 3D.

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You can also use photography (or a 3D-photo combo). Here’s a pair of examples that make extraordinary use of white space:

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These Top WordPress Themes Can Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

This article was sponsored by BAWMedia. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible.

Web design trends change over the years. Some trends come and go. Others become permanent fixtures.

Such is the case with responsive websites. The number of Internet shoppers that primarily rely on mobile devices has grown. The need for retina-ready, responsive websites has grown as well — almost in lockstep.

Some time ago, a responsive website could give any business a competitive advantage. Today, a responsive website is imperative if a business wishes to have an online presence.

Fortunately, most premium WordPress themes make creating a responsive website a breeze. This includes the ThemeForest products highlighted here.

You don’t have to worry about what’s needed. Any of these themes will ensure your website pages will display correctly on all devices. You can focus entirely on creating an engaging UX.

These top themes make it easy to do that.

1. Be Theme

Be Theme

Every website project has its challenges. If your work involves creating websites for a diverse clientele, purchasing a multipurpose WordPress theme such as Be Theme usually makes the most sense.

Be Theme is a premium theme in terms of its features, performance, and support — and its selection of more than 300 pre-built websites has you covered. They address more than 30 different business niche categories, and the most common website types as well – portfolios, blogs, eCommerce sites, and one-page websites.

Finding the right theme for a given business or niche typically takes but a few minutes. Since they are customizable, it’s easy to convert a close fit into a perfect match. It takes a single-click to install a theme, saving you even more time.

Thanks to Muffin Builder, the Options Panel, shortcodes, and a host of other core features, you’ll find building a responsive website is an easy task, with no need to write code.

2. Kalium – Creative Theme for Professionals

Kalium

Kalium is another multipurpose theme you should check out. It’s a creative theme designed by professionals. While it was also designed for professionals, you don’t have to be an experienced web designer to use it. Kalium is easy to use, responsive, requires no coding, and includes a host of demo sites, layouts, shortcodes, premium plugins, and other special features you’ll need to build award-winning websites. Especially noteworthy is the large collection of shop layouts.

A recipient of several best-in-industry awards, and a web-building tool that currently enjoys ThemeForest’s top rating, you can be confident of providing your clients with products that will meet or exceed their expectations. Kalium is an especially good choice if your clientele consists largely of creative agencies, bloggers, or online store owners.

3. Pro

Pro

Some WordPress themes force you into a trial-and-error approach to website building — one that can lead to substandard results and lower productivity.

Pro offers a better way. This responsive WP theme was designed for those who prefer following a logical, building-block web design approach. Pro’s approach is centered around 3 primary building blocks, a Header Builder, a Content Builder, and a Footer Builder. These, in turn, are supported by secondary building blocks (presets) and a host of design elements and options.

The principle behind the Header Builder is “if you can think of it, you can create it”. The Content Builder’s drag-and-drop feature is easy to use, and its workflow optimization features are designed to give your productivity efforts a helping hand. Footers are seldom works of art, or significant contributors to a site’s UX — but with the Footer Builder, you can change that!

One more thing: You can work with Pro from your browser.

4. Newspaper

Newspaper

What is the best approach when building a responsive news or magazine website? You can struggle with a multipurpose theme, or you can choose a dedicated WordPress theme, with features designed for the publishing industry. Newspaper is the best-selling template for the publishing industry, providing a powerful frontend page builder, drag-and-drop functionality, elements for landing pages, premium widgets, intelligent ads, and beautiful layouts.

With 48+ ready-made demos that focus on subjects like technology, arts, sports, health, food or architecture, any website can be built without coding skills.

5. Uncode – Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

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Uncode has everything needed to build responsive award-winning websites. Other premium WordPress themes can say the same, so what makes Uncode different? One reason is that this pixel-perfect theme provides an ideal solution to a web designer tasked with creating high quality portfolios or blogs for extremely picky clients.

One of its most useful capabilities is the centered mobile menu feature — a feature greatly favored by the mobile crowd.

6. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

TheGem

TheGem is aptly named. This multipurpose theme is an ideal choice for building creative websites, business websites, one page or multipage websites, portfolios, or blogs. TheGem offers more than 70 unique multi-purpose concepts, an array of stunning demo pages, plus flexible page layouts.

No coding is required, and all the elements, layouts, and styles you pick can be freely combined. The package even comes with a ready-to-launch fashion store!

7. Houzez

Houzez

With this specialty theme, its super-easy to create a website that even the most demanding real estate agent or agency would fall in love with, and do so in record time.

Houzez’ features range from radius and advanced search capabilities and geolocations, to listings options, payment options, and memberships.

8. The Core

The Core

The Core is a great choice if your clientele largely consists of business and corporate types. Still, this multipurpose, responsive WordPress theme is flexible and versatile enough to be able to claim that if you can envision it, you can build it.

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