How to create a 2019-ready website?

December 29, 2018 DESIGNirvana 0

Here we stand at the dawn of yet another year. 2018 saw the birth of some new trends, while some trends disappeared altogether. Although this holds true for every industry, here we are concerned with the ever-evolving world of the Internet where things change constantly.  Even as we talk about it right now, new innovations are happening in the online industry. Web design, which is a natural extension of the Internet, is experiencing a revolution of sorts and the coming year will see the culmination of some cool web design trends.

Web design is the most important aspect of a website. Just like everyone having a business, however small or big, needs a website, similarly every website needs good web design. But what exactly makes web design important?

Why do you want to care about web design?

A good web design is as important as having a website itself. Think about it. What is the purpose of your website?

It might be conversion or brand awareness or maybe it is just pure information that you want to provide through the website.

Whatever might be the intention, your efforts should be on providing the visitors with quick and easy access to what they came looking for. And this is why good web design matters. Whenever a visitor comes to your website he already knows what he is there for and the landing page should be able to present him with all that without him even requiring scrolling. A good design facilitates a similar end result creating a loyal fan following or customer base.

Things that you might consider including in your web design in 2019

With the evolution of technology, there are certain necessary amendments required to keep websites relevant and consumer friendly. The emergence of mobile is the biggest game changer that has transformed the web design industry in the last few years.  As more people use smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets for accessing the web, designers are adopting new techniques and trends for meeting the new challenges. If you are a website owner, here are some of the changes that you also might consider including in the coming year:

Infinite scrolling:

Infinite scrolling is one of the most acclaimed techniques in the world of web design, and yet we are still far away from witnessing widespread adoption of it in websites.  Also known as endless scrolling or continuous scrolling, the technique auto loads the content of second page when the user reaches at the bottom of the page so that it is not necessary to look for pagination buttons to go to the next part.  From the current notable examples, Facebook Newsfeed uses it. This scrolling was also a feature of Apple’s iBook 3.0 where the reader could easily go through a bestseller using vertical scrolling.

Handwritten fonts & Flat design:

In the age of social media, adding a personal touch to every communication is the latest fad. Its obvious advantage is the feeling that it comes directly from a person and not a computer or robotic device. Such personalization has always been welcomed in the world of web and graphic design.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that 2018 was the year of flat design. When a whole operating system (Windows 8) is modeled on the principles of flat design, you can easily predict the importance and the bright future associated with it. Apple went flat with its iOS7 which featured a complete flat design overhaul and it has quickly crept into website design. The benefits are more than just visual appeal. It also boosts the existing performance level.

Responsive mobile design:

Much has already been said about the importance of responsive design. Mobile traffic now accounts for more than one-third of the total website traffic and it’s only going to increase in 2019. Earlier mobile-specific websites were created to address these consumers, which needed a separate design team, server space and maintenance costs. However, with responsive design, it all boiled down to sticking to specific CSS and HTML5 codes so as to make a site react as per the screen size on which it is being viewed. Not only does it reduce the expenses of maintaining a separate website, it also lends it a professional aura. 2019 will make RWD the de facto standard rather than an anomaly in website designing.

Collection of 15+ uniquely beautiful & professional free Drupal themes

December 26, 2018 DESIGNirvana 0

Drupal is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) coded purely in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. More than 2.1% of all websites worldwide are running on Drupal ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk. It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration. Drupal is highly customizable and easy to use even for people with very limited knowledge in web design. The user interface is really simple and comprehensible to common people.

The strength of Drupal as a CMS is mainly the community support, it is supported across globally by a large community of developers and designers who are specializing in Drupal framework.

With Drupal themes, we can easily and very quickly change the look and feel of the site with just a button click. There are a large number of free quality Drupal themes available online for download from various sources including the official Drupal theme directory. Finding uniquely beautiful and professional looking themes from the chunk of themes is really tough at times. So, here we have collected more than 15 beautiful and quality free Drupal themes which you can use in your next Drupal project.

1. Creative Theme

Creative Theme is a very clean and modern business and portfolio Drupal 7 theme that is perfect for any small or large business website, corporate or portfolio. I have created this theme with a focus on simplicity. If you want a very clean yet powerful website, Creative Theme might be the theme you seek.

2. Magazeen Lite

Magazeen Lite by More than (just) Themes is based on the WordPress’ Magazeen theme plus the addition of a slideshow, which was created by the talented WeFunction Design Agency for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Magazeen Lite theme has been ported to Drupal and is supported by More than (just) Themes, as part of our ongoing effort to bring top quality themes to Drupal community.

3. Journal Crunch

JournalCruch for Drupal by More than (just) Themes is based on the WordPress’ JournalCruch theme, which was designed by Site5 for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

JournalCruch has been ported to Drupal and is supported by More than (just) Themes, as part of our ongoing effort to bring quality themes to Drupal community.

4. TB Methys

Looking for refreshment in Drupal theme? This may be your choice.

TB Methys is designed in simple and bold style: bold font set and wide slideshow. Furthermore, it supports multi-color skin tone, which gives more choices to customize the theme.

TB Methys comes with a set of features as you know from our Drupal themes. TB Methys is the first theme supporting multi-color serving for fashion and live style content.

5. Fold

Fold is a fixed width (980px) theme. The theme is not dependent on any core theme or module. Its very lightweight with a modern look.

6. Corporate Clean

Corporate Clean for Drupal by More than (just) Themes is based on the homonymous PSD template, which was designed and published by Zsolt Kacso.

Corporate Clean theme has been ported to Drupal and is supported by More than (just) Themes, as part of our ongoing effort to bring top quality themes to Drupal community. Corporate Clean theme 7.x-2.x releases come with a responsive grid layout.

7. Acquia Prosper

Acquia Prosper is an advanced Drupal theme by TopNotchThemes, with a monochromatic look and clean lines. It is designed as an Ubercart e-commerce theme that is easy to customize but is extremely flexible for any type of site.

8. TB Sirate

Impress your business partners with a well-organized, an informative online profile and a professional look. Clean layout and lightweight code make TB Sirate becomes a great theme for small, medium-sized businesses or big corporations to get up and run quickly. TB Sirate features as a sub-theme of Drupal Nucleus.

9. TB Blog

TB Blog is the easiest way to get your Drupal Journal started. It is kept very airy and simple with the subtle body background texture. You can post blog entries with preformatted image styles, auto-resizing thumbnails.

Are you interested in starting a forum as well? This theme gives Drupal’s default forum the look people feel more familiar interacting with, try it out.

10. Plasma

Plasma is a Drupal 7 theme by DrupalYag.

Plasma is a fixed width (980px) theme. The theme is not dependent on any core theme. Its very lightweight for fast loading with a modern look.

11. TB Neris

Neris is a clean business portfolio theme with a modern and simple touch. A highlight for your products and services on the web.

12. Rave

Looking for a site to publish news or built your magazine site, this Drupal theme TB Rave will be a perfect suit.

TB Rave supports great articles posting, pop-up photos viewing, forum, twitter buzz and many more. Along with the clean and simple design, all in one site to give you the best experience of a magazine, news site could do.

With Multi-color feature, TB Rave gives you the best choices to quickly change colors of theme as well as customize it.

13. ImpreZZ

ImpreZZ for Drupal is based on the WordPress theme ImpreZZ, which was created by ProductiveDreams for Smashing Magazine.

ImpreZZ has been ported to Drupal and is supported by More than Themes, as part of our ongoing effort to bring quality WP themes to Drupal.

14. Touch

Touch is a great looking Drupal 7 theme. The theme is not dependent on any core theme.

Its very lightweight with a modern look and feel.

15. Skeleton

Skeleton theme for Drupal by More than (just) Themes is a responsive theme, built upon the Skeleton Boilerplate. It has been inspired by the excellent Skeleton WordPress theme, which was designed by Simple themes.

16. BlueMasters

BlueMasters for Drupal by More than (just) Themes is based on the homonymous PSD template, which was designed by Wendell Fernandes and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers.