20 Badass Sites Built on WordPress
We (obviously) love WordPress, and we really love finding sites built with WordPress that are absolutely beautiful and powerful. We made a list of 20 sites–ranging from portfolio sites to blogs to agencies to photographers–that are perfect examples of how beautiful WordPress sites can be. Check them out below.
3. Trent Walton
12. I Shot Him
13. Captain Creative
16. Hyemi Oh
17. Trever Hoehne
18. Michael Berger
19. Breanna Rose
20. We Say So
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The Captain Creative site is f-f-f-f-FRESH! I love how the colors even look retro.
Most of the rest of these use imagery to tell stories, oftentimes in intriguing ways. Check out Racket, LIsten, Trent Walton’s site, Design Made In Germany, and Sane.
The workspace photo as a metaphor for expertise is still effective, but I think it *has* peaked and will eventually become cliched. This applies for both the macro (here’s our offices) and micro (coffee cup and Mac).
It’s difficult to tell a story with photos, that just seems to be the quickest way to do it, and I see everyone do it.
That Seattle Cider site uses photography very effectively, without being blunt.
John, I checked out the Captain Creative site and it does look amazing. It really surprised me that his last blog update was in August of 2012. Yikes!
Yikes indeed! That’s way too bog of a gap in between publishing. Good content works wonders if you produce it consistently.
Its always quite impressive, how designers use WordPress. For years I try that May blog looks different.
I liked the way Trever Hoehne displayed the images on the front page. I’d love to know how that was done so that a screen loading quickly, as others below it were starting to load in the background. With our big cats, that could really be stunning.
I noticed that most of the graphics intensive sites took 8 seconds or longer to load, which isn’t a trade off we can make. We have been thrilled to get our 6 seconds down to about 2 thanks to FlyWheel.
You could use any of the lazy load plugin which would help image loading and also use a static caching plugin as well.
These are very cool designs. Some of them seemed a little similar to a couple of Squarespace templates but getting these designs on WordPress is impressive. With the flexibility of Wordpess, I think more and more people are migrating from SQ.