40 Beautiful & Refreshing WordPress Designs for Inspiration 2012

written by aext on July 9, 2012 in Roundup and WordPress with no comments

Creative WordPress designs are chosen by artists, graphic designers and photographers to showcase their work online. Since it’s of supreme importance for them to grab followers and turn them into customers, designers have been developing new and innovative website designs to attract more attention to their work.

Choosing the correct design for your website can be hard and challenging, with most people painstakingly going through detail after detail so as to have something truly unique that stands out. Don’t forget the 3 key pillars to any SUCCESSFUL website design. They are…

1) Focus On The Work…Not The Design – Unless your business is actually providing creative work to others, make sure that the items you are showcasing on your site or in your portfolio take a front seat to the design of your site. You don’t want the design on the site to compete with your work.

2) Simple Is Better – In keeping with the point above, just because you love a rainbow assortment of colors, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your visitors/customers/clients will. Don’t necessarily pick a color scheme that you and 2 other people like when you are trying to appeal to a wide audience of people. While the debate about design will always be relatively subjective, there is a consensus of opinion around the fact that a good website design should actually be more minimal. Take this recent re-design of Elegant Themes as further example of this.

3) Go With Your Analytics – This point can not be stressed enough. No matter what any “expert” tells you (us included), there is NO debating what your visitors actually do on your site. Did your recent design increase or decrease the time on your site? Did overall conversions go up or fall off a cliff? Has your bounce rate gone up or down? Learn to love analytics as this will be your absolute best judge of a successful website design.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here are 40 of the most beautiful & refreshing WordPress designs on the market today.

1. Sky Theme

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2. Gleam

Gleam

3. DK

BRWPD01

4. Fluence Portfolio

BRWPD02

5. Contrast

BRWPD03

6. Crius

BRWPD04

7. Gotta Get to Fowa

BRWPD05

8. Nine Lion Design

BRWPD06

9. King Size

BRWPD07

10. Line25

BRWPD08

11. Juno Media

BRWPD09

12. Iconz Planet 

BRWPD10

13. Go Glamping

BRWPD11

14. Healogix

BRWPD12

15. Icon Dock

BRWPD13

16. Little Oak

BRWPD14

17. Sawyer

BRWPD15

18. Naumow

BRWPD17

19. My Snow Buddy

BRWPD18

20. Lubuski Hip Hop

BRWPD19

21. Minimatica

BRWPD20

22. Old Loft

BRWPD21

23. By Marina

BRWPD22

24. Beautiful Email Newsletters

BRWPD23

25. Cmsyourpsd

BRWPD24

26. Creative Life

BRWPD25

27. Design Bombs

BRWPD26

28. Photox

BRWPD27

29. Herout

 BRWPD28

30. U-Design

BRWPD30

31. TehCpeng

BRWPD32

32. Spot Light

BRWPD33

33. Royale

BRWPD34

34. Duotive

BRWPD35

35. Twin

BRWPD36

36. We Heart

BRWPD37

37. Space Head Concepts

BRWPD38

38. Crea Oriental Portfolio

BRWPD39

39. Right Now

BRWPD40

40. InStyle

BRWPD31

Elegant Themes is one of our favorite places for innovative WordPress designs of 2012 so be sure to check them out for even more great WordPress ideas.