In this article, our Product Designer discusses why and how to create your own style guide. Web design has an art; Any website requires certain pages to be consistent and deviating from this formula is likely to discourage new customers. This is the page where most people are the first to land when they visit your site, so make sure it is convincing enough to capture and retain their attention.
E-commerce platforms work much the same as website makers, but are specially designed to help you set up an online store. Some are only specially designed for e-commerce, while others are website makers with e-commerce capabilities. To help you with this, we’ve put together some wonderful examples of style guides to give you an idea of how different brands represent their online identity. Other sources of inspiration include online folders such as Style Guides.io or Design Systems Repo, where you can find various examples of style guides and design systems from leading companies and brands.
Spacing is an important element in creating visually pleasant and easy to navigate websites. Correct use of blanks is crucial for creating a design that perfectly balances text, photos and images. By keeping your space constant, your users can easily navigate through your website. There are many website makers on the market today that offer a wide range of functions and services. Wix, Squarespace, Webflow and PageCloud are just a few examples of popular website creators, ranging in design options, template options, price and overall editing experience. Make sure to do your research, experiment with free testing, and determine which platform best suits your website’s needs.
In that sense, powerful web makers like Divi, Astra and Spencer have a lot more functionality, allowing you to work with native themes and ignore them if you want to create custom page layouts. Most web developers using WordPress to design their websites take advantage of paid subscription page creators such as Elementor, WPBakery Page Builder and Beaver Builder. These page creators make it much easier for people without any coding knowledge to design a web page, saving tons of time and money. While rebuilding a website all over again may seem like a daunting task, especially given the extremely high quality of the world’s best websites, you are very capable of doing it yourself.
When programming, you should always keep the user experience as your primary focus. Creating an easy-to-follow navigation and user interface, maintaining a consistent style and incorporating easy-to-follow content will always be more important than showing off. Of course there will be situations in the future where changing the envelope will be appropriate, but for the time being focus on learning and mastering the rules.