Comparing the design of a “WordPress Website” to a “Non-WordPress Website”, is a little like judging the performance of a computer by just looking at it.
WordPress is the “engine” your website uses to run. It doesn’t affect anything that you actually see on the website.
Visually, the design is what separates one website from the next. The website could be built on WordPress or any other content management system, and no one would be any the wiser.
What WordPress does do well is content management and extensibility. But again, this does not effect the design of the website.
Still not convinced?
Below are 8 well designed websites from brands or companies that you’ll recognize, and each are built on WordPress.
This major leader in business journalism chose WordPress for their content driven website.
The Dallas Mavericks not only pushed the limits in the design of their website, but they also chose to build it on WordPress. And of course, it’s mobile friendly. Well done Mavs.
The Broncos did well with not only designing a great looking academic website, but they also developed it on WordPress. Being a Fresno State Bulldog, it’s hard to give credit to Boise State, but here it’s well deserved.
You wouldn’t expect anything less than creative with AIGA, and Portland’s AIGA chapter did just that. (built on WordPress)
Creativity is an understatement with Lollapalooza’s website. It just goes to show that WordPress has nothing to do with the actual design of a website.
Managing content is a breeze with WordPress, so is it really a surprise that TechCrunch chose WordPress?
One of the major players in the music industry trusts WordPress to run their website.
Another great example of showcasing the possibilities with WordPress. TIME is the 153rd most visited website in the United States so I think it’s safe to say WordPress can handle traffic. (source: alexa.com/siteinfo/time.com)
I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.
My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.
Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.
Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.
Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.
Shawn was very organized and delivered everything he needed to on time. When he made videos to help understand how the website would function and how to update it, it was very helpful. He was always responsive to e-mails and eager to share his knowledge of website design to give his input and help me as a project manager understand his thought process. In the end, he helped to create a very professional, usable, informative and creative website that has brought us business and we are very happy with it.
Graticle started in 2009 out of Ridgefield, Washington. Not the ideal time to start a business (with a recession in full) but we’ve figured out how to stay ahead of the curve and work harder and better than the other guys. We started out with one thing in mind: Clients. We realized that a project is what you’re after but that’s not all. Our clients not only love what we create but also receive great care and appreciation throughout and after their project is completed. Need more proof? Read any one of our 94 customer reviews.