WordPress Web Design Improvement Tips

September 30, 2021    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

WordPress website design involves a lot of different factors. Whether you’re an experienced designer or someone who’s just getting started, here are some tips to keep in mind as you work on your next WordPress website.

1) Use Google Fonts. If you’re not familiar with Google Fonts , they’re a collection of pretty awesome fonts that Google has made available to the web design community for free. Because I’m a fan of Comic Sans, you probably won’t find it here, but they have a wide variety of other font types and styles to choose from.

2) Make sure your website is responsive. With mobile browsing being so popular these days, it’s important to have a responsive website design so that your site is easy to view on a mobile device.

3) Don’t use too many plugins. Plugins, while awesome and super useful, can overload the functionality of your WordPress website if you’re not careful. Keeping plugins at a minimum should be one of the goals when designing a WordPress website.

4) Design for humans. Even though you’re designing for a screen, rather than printing out the finished product like you’d do with graphic design, it’s important to remember that humans will actually be using this website. When they look at your site, will they have an easy time reading it? Will they have an easy time navigating your site?

5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s a lot involved with creating a WordPress website, and it can be very overwhelming if you’re not used to doing it. The good news is that there are plenty of people out there who have been designing these types of websites for years and would love to help.

This blog post will hopefully be useful to you if you’re planning on creating a WordPress website or if you already have one and are looking to improve it. Thanks for reading!

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Written by Shawn Hooghkirk on September 30, 2021

Last updated on October 01, 2021. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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I really can’t fully express how great my experience was working with Shawn and Graticle. I work for a non-profit and our website had fallen into disrepair–we had even lost ownership of our domain name! But Shawn went above and beyond and walked me through the process of getting our domain name back, along with the complete design of the new site. I absolutely LOVED that he developed videos that walked us through the process of managing the website–from logging in, to editing photos, to changing content–he covered all the bases we needed to take care of our new site. This was particularly appreciated because, as a non-profit, we will likely be moving through web managers over the years and having these videos to pass on to each new manager will be an incredible relief, and will (hopefully) help us avoid the trap we fell into with our last site. He is the most responsible businessman I’ve ever worked with, he was extremely prompt in his replies to emails, and I never felt like he left us hanging or confused at any step along the way. I recommend his services with full marks! You won’t regret it!

Katrina

Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

FriendsWVNWRC.org

Corvallis, Oregon

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.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California