Website Design Resources

Website design resources are a must when it comes to building your website. The internet is awash with support and help for starting out, here are just a few that we find useful so wanted to share:

Content Management Systems

WordPress

WordPress is software you can download onto your host/server. It’s one of the most versatile and easy to use open-source software available on the market today. With over 20% of websites now using WordPress, this proves how it has become the no.1 choice for creating websites and blogs.

Studiopress

For the keen DIY’er then the Genesis framework by Studiopress is a great place to choose a bunch of pre-made themes for your site.  Just choose which one you like best, install it and off you go. There are some great designs here.

Website Functionality

WordPress Plugins are great for enabling your site to do what you want it to do.  They are snippets of software that can be added to your WordPress site to add functionality to it. We have a few favourites like;

Shareaholic

Embeds great looking social media share buttons to your posts or pages (like you see at the bottom of this page), making it easy for your engaging content to be distributed on a wider platform.

Contact Form 7

A professional, simple and flexible contact form creator that you can place on any page or post helping your visitors to easily get in touch with you without the need to copy and past your email address.

Akismet

No WordPress website should be without this plugin that helps prevent your site from getting inundated by SPAM comments. It comes with your WordPress installation straight out of the box although you will have to follow the instructions given to activate it.

Twitter Widget

This is a neat gadget for displaying your recent Tweets in a sidebar. (See our Blog page for an example of this in action).