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Today we have invited David Brandon from Website Builder Insider to write our very first Guest Post. Over the past few months we've spoken regularly with David to share experiences of Weebly and to give him some insight to how our themes work.
We're really excited to see what he has to say... Over to you David!
The design of the internet is defined by trends.
Every year brings new standards and features, just as every season brings a new selection of colors and styles in the fashion world.
Although you may not keep up with these updates, assume that your website builder probably does. Especially if you use Weebly.
Weebly is known for its usability and high-end designs, but the company also constantly improves and adds new features based on the needs and desires of internet users.
This year is no different and there are many new features that you should get excited about.
Listed below are the top Weebly design trends for 2017.
1. Header Background Videos
As websites become more powerful, people expect much more from them.
Nothing begins a user’s experience with a splash more effectively than a header background video.
This is because a video has the power to captivate more effectively than a slideshow, a photograph, or text.
It’s such a popular feature that Weebly has implemented it on their homepage.
You can add a header background video to your own website today by selecting from a library of pre-loaded options on your Weebly dashboard, or by uploading one of your own.
Of course, there are some guidelines you should follow for best results:
2. Grid Design
The grid design scheme isn’t anything new, but in 2017 people began to take interest.
That’s because it is the optimal way to present large amount of content in a small space.
It also has the added benefit of being extremely mobile-friendly.
This is important because - believe it or not - there are not more mobile users than there are users accessing the internet from a desktop or laptop computer.
That means your website has to look good on everything from a four-inch smartphone screen to a 20-inch monitor.
A grid can automatically change its layout to cater to all users, providing an attractive design when there is ample room and a more stacked (but still visually appealing) design when there is less space.
The best part is that there are many different layouts to choose from, enabling you to create a unique design.
I recommend choosing the best examples of your work to display in your grid. And although the images don’t need to be related, they should flow well. Try moving elements around until things just look “right.”
3. Vibrant Colors
If your website still looks like a plain white document composed in Microsoft Word, you need to add some color!
Thankfully, 2017 saw the implementation of vibrant color schemes to the Weebly platform, enabling you to add bursts of color throughout your website.
You can use colors to accentuate important parts of your website, making the most important elements pop.
As the internet matures, even the most conservative of websites are taking more risks with color and are finding that visitors are reacting positively.
Add some color to your website today and see what it can do for you.
4. Infinite Scrolling
You know those articles that make you click on a ‘next page’ link to get to EVERY. SINGLE. POINT?
Everyone hates those sites.
Especially now that so many others have implemented infinite scrolling.
Also called long scrolling, infinite scrolling enables your pages to go on and on without the user having to load a new page.
This is especially good for mobile users, who are even more fickle than desktop users about experience and design.
Each additional click one needs to make on your site is a potential bounce.
Avoid it and start using this popular Weebly feature on your site today.
As the internet continues to evolve, what is considered vital today might become irrelevant. But as long as you use Weebly and a high-end theme, your website is sure to stay on the cutting edge.
More about the Author
Brandon David is the founder of www.WebsiteBuilderInsider.com. Although he didn’t receive any formal training, he has dedicated most of his time to becoming an authority on everything web related. When not online, Brandon is most likely eating, sleeping, or doing something else to maintain his unhealthy addiction to the internet.
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