There is no denying that WordPress is a platform that makes developing a website ridiculously easy. It can turn a project that would typically take a matter of weeks to create in to a task of no more than a day or two. More often than not people see WordPress sites as a cookie cutter site that has the same general layout features. I was one of those people until I started looking closer, so let’s take a look at some amazing examples of sites developed on the WordPress platform.
Waveguide is a good example of a camouflaged WordPress site. The homepage features a full-width image slideshow that grabs your attention and doesn’t immediately scream WordPress. In fact, it wasn’t until I was browsing the interior pages that I began to wonder if it was a WordPress site or not. I really like the structure of their top level and secondary navigation bars.
Citizen Cope is another great example of how much you can do on the WordPress platform. Full-screen background images set the tone, while a single page structure with smooth scrolling between each section really drives the design home. In all, this is a very well developed and creative site.
CreativeDepart dishes up a nice spin on site structure with their responsive, multi-column layout. What’s even cooler than that is that you have the ability to change the layout of the site and navigation. A lot of thought was put in to the architecture of the design, but it was all worth it once you see the final product.
The only thing more hardcore than a roller derby is the website for the Carolina Rollergirls. This is another site that utilizes a full-screen background image to set the pace, while their logo packs the punch. I like the balance between color and black and white on this site, with all of the ads and news announcements they have it would be easy to overwhelm the viewer with too much contrasting color.
Bear Grylls is the type of guy who bleeds sawdust, has bones made of steal and most likely cuts his 160 ounce steaks with a chainsaw. So how do you make a website that encompasses so much manliness? Deploy a full-width header image, complete with moving leaves, freaky-looking reptiles, and all, and develop it on the WordPress platform for maximum ease of updating.
Carnet Ordinaire is a fun site with a background image of some fun, cartoony sketches that give the site a lot of character. I also like the spin they put on the standard homepage content slider and made in a sketch book that you’re able to flip through the pages of. In fact, that’s not just how they display the content they want you to see on the homepage, but on every page throughout the site!
More of Me is the pinnacle of what a WordPress site is capable of. Not only is it build on the WordPress CMS, but it’s an ecommerce store as well! And unlike most ecommerce stores they’re able to keep the clutter and navigation to a minimum in order to maintain a simple, clean, and modern looking website that’s still easy to navigate through.
Gadget-O tips the web design world on its side with their horizontal scrolling WordPress site. Call me old fashioned, but I’ve never been a huge fan of a site that has a horizontal scroll bar. I don’t mind links that make a site scroll sideways, if the horizontal scrollbar isn’t visible, but there’s just something odd about a scrollbar at the bottom of the page. However, I did find the layout of this site quite refreshing and worthy of a spot on this list.
Gardener and Marks push the limits of WordPress with their site, featuring all of their content decorating a wall, while plants, furniture, and other odds and ends flesh out the rest of the character for the site. There’s really nothing in this site that makes me think it’s a WordPress site, and if it weren’t for the telltale signs in the source code I never would have guessed it.
Racket is the studio that designed the Gardener & Marks site and it’s no surprise that they’ve made it in another top 10 of mine, 10 Awesome Websites With The Best Navigation Structure. They truly are a design studio that thinks outside of the box and pushes the limits of what’s possible, and their own website is a testament to that.
About the author: with over ten years in the freelance web design and writing fields, Scott Stanton has had his finger on the beating pulse of the industry’s hottest design trends and bends for the past decade. Scott regularly writes for Wix.com the free website builder. Follow him on Twitter @TheScottStanton.
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