Creating a website is always a challenge, even when you are a large company with unlimited funds and resources. When you want to start a blog, things get even more complicated. You need to be informed about content management systems, the prices, and the current design trends.
The latter one is often overlooked, as we are guided by the mantra “content is the king”.
You should remember, though, that we humans are prevailingly visual beings and if you want to get someone’s attention long enough to get interested in the content of your blog, it needs to look appealing.
Also, keeping up with the web design novelties will put you on the map of bloggers who are always up-to-date, and who knows, maybe even make you a trendsetter.
With that in mind, we’ll guide you through some of the best 2019 web design trends.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
When Google’s mobile-friendly update, otherwise known as Mobilegeddon, came to the scene in 2015, it changed everything. The whole point was in favoring the websites that are mobile friendly. These websites were automatically ranked better in Google’s search.
Recent tweaks are telling us that Mobilegeddon was just the beginning because last year Google introduced mobile-first indexing, meaning that it will be looking to the mobile versions of pages as a priority, as opposed to the past when the desktop was the priority.
Accelerated mobile pages (AMP) boosts loading of the pages, even when the internet connection is weak.
Another important perk is that AMP generates attractive websites and ads across a variety of devices.
Single Page Design
In 2017, designers focused on creating minimalistic and simple websites to improve mobile performance. Since then, flat designs have become the norm to follow. Single page design takes things to the next level by providing the users one instead of multiple service pages.
There are two opposite opinions about this trend:
- It will make it difficult to rank for particular keywords and accomplish advanced SEO options.
- It will contribute to the better ranking because of its simplicity and flat design.
It is up to you to do your research and see on which side you are. You can also take the middle road and minimize the number of pages and buttons for better ranking.
WordPress, as the leading platform (4, 5% of the Internet is based on it), will probably be among the first ones to embrace the minimalist approach.
Of course, extreme simplicity is not always the way to go, especially if your blog handles colorful topics, such as traveling. Video headers are an excellent trick to capture the visitor’s attention and to create a sense of artistry which can’t be accomplished with static background images.
One would think that this is a tricky thing to implement, but most of the highly customizable platforms are keeping up with the trends and offering this option. For example, while handling all the requirements of the WordPress installation you can also sign up for their 4.7 ‘Vaughn’ version which has the ability to loop video headers.
Micro-animations are another way to provide users with a satisfying and intuitive experience without having too much impact on the download speed. They are particularly useful if your website consists of multiple pages and the visitors need some hints from you to understand them.
Micro-animations are acknowledging the users’ movements across your website, and validate their mouse clicks or overs by changing the color of the buttons or expanding a menu. They let the users know if they are doing the right actions while exploring your blog and create an enriched experience which increases retention.
The first web page came to be in August 1991. Since then, we have seen the development and rise of millions of websites, and it was about time for designers to start thinking outside the box. The unorthodox ideas came in the shape of asymmetrical layouts and broken grid.
The traditional grid system maintains alignment, consistency, and symmetry regardless of the various content, images, and videos added, and it is, in many ways, similar to the traditional newspaper grid.
The out-of-the-box design challenges these ideas by introducing planned asymmetry and thus establishing hierarchy.
Colors, shapes, textures, and patterns are used to direct the attention in a new engaging way.
This is an ideal choice for your blog if you are dealing with edgy content or trends, in any way, and if you are trying to grab the attention of a younger audience.
The year ahead of us is an exciting one, both for web designers and bloggers, as it will demand a higher degree of cooperation between these two groups, because of the highly contrasting trends in the design sphere. Minimalism as popular as ever, but so it is grabbing someone’s attention with strong visual effect. Where does your blog stand in this conflict? It is up to you to decide.