For many people, it can feel like building a website is a full time job. Beginners often have a hard time building and designing a site from scratch. But anyone can build a beautiful site given enough time. The question is: how do you build beautiful sites faster? Here are some shortcuts, general tips and hacks to slash your design time and costs that anyone can use.
Purchase Easy to Use Themes/Templates
By far, the easiest way to build a beautiful site is to buy one. There are themes and templates you can buy in design marketplaces for anywhere from $10 to $70. A large number of them are beautifully designed and look very professional. You can install the template or theme by going into your web hosting panel or content management system panel and simply uploading it. You’ll need to login to your web hosting panel and do some minor coding if you’re using a template.
Sure, going this route means that you won’t have a unique looking site. But many themes offer multiple layouts and customization options. If you put in just a little bit of time into creating your own unique look, very few people will notice that you’re using a theme or template.
Use Drag and Drop Designers
What if you don’t want to use a theme or template? What if you can’t find a design that delivers on what you’re looking for? There are many drag and drop plugins for WordPress that you can use to build great looking websites fast. As the name says, it allows you to build every component of your website without knowing any code. All you have to do is to get used to the user interface of the site builder so that you can drag and drop your way to a new site. Some of the best tools you can use are Beaver Builder and Elementor.
Steal Like an Artist
It’s said that every artist’s idea comes from a collection of previous ideas. So why not take the same concept to design your site? Look for sites in your industry and marketplace so that you can study their designs. Then, build a collection of ideas that you like about each site. See if you can compile these ideas into your own sites in an organized manner. That will help you come up with a unique design without spending hours on brainstorming.
Focus on the Basics, Outsource the Rest
Use Big Images
Big images help fill in the space for your web design. They also make a visual impact that supports your message. There’s a reason why oversized images called ‘hero images’ are in trend. Not only does it look nice, large graphics with the right layout and copy can outperform (in conversions) web sites that are using only text. Make sure that the image either represents your brand or your core message. Use high quality photography or well designed graphics. Do not use stock photography as most of them are easy to spot for what they are.
Use Great Looking Fonts and More Space
The easiest way to make your site more beautiful is to use a great font and more white space. A great font makes your website more readable, unique and professional. Since content makes up the majority of a website, you should invest time into finding typography that will suit your design. Another big aspect of design is space. Too many websites suffer from the cramped look. Adding enough space between the various columns, letters, widgets, graphics and the margins will make your site more breathable. It will make it more friendly to the eyes and thus, more attractive.
Use Free Graphics Sites
There are many sites that offer royalty free graphics that you can use to design your site. You should use these sites for vectors, icons, graphical cues, web buttons, infographic templates and backgrounds. These small accents will add the finishing touch for your site. Believe it or not, many of these sites have really well designed graphics. Instead of doing everything yourself or paying a freelancer, look for these sites on Google and use them to complete your site’s look.
When you peel back the layers, it’s really all about the basics when it comes to designing beautiful sites quickly. Using any of these shortcuts and hacks will save a lot of time and money in design/development costs. Overall, the best way to finish a design project quickly is to focus on what you’re good at and rely on these tips to handle what you’re bad at.