25 Inspiring Dark Website Designs

Since the majority of websites use light background colors, choosing a dark background color is one way to help a web design stand out from the crowd. Dark websites with light text often have an elegant look and feel.

While dark backgrounds aren’t always an appropriate choice for text-heavy sites, certain types of sites are well suited for dark backgrounds. Websites that make heavy use of photos and images will often look great on dark backgrounds. You’ll often see portfolio sites using dark backgrounds for this reason.

In this blog post we’ll showcase 25 different websites that look great with dark backgrounds. If you’re working on a design of your own I’m sure this showcase can provide some inspiration.

Grilled Pixels

Grilled Pixels

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Who Offers the Best WordPress Hosting?

For any business or website, choosing the right host is an important decision. However, when you’re using WordPress to power your website there are some additional decisions that need to be made, including whether managed WordPress hosting is the best option for you. In this article we’ll look at some of the things you need to consider when choosing a host for a WordPress-based site, as well as some basic categories of hosts.

Whenever you’re looking at different hosts and comparing various plans, it’s important to remember that no hosting environment is perfect for every website. Different types of sites have different needs, and the budgets also will vary. So keep in mind the specifics of your site in order to find the best option for you.

WP Engine

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Shape Up! New Fitness Flyers and UI Mega Packs

Ready for the latest and greatest from the Shop? We’re certainly ready to show off these hot off the press design packs. Performance Fitness Flyer PSD Template Fitness classes and bootcamps are popping up all over the country, and it’s high time that designers grab on to this client opportunity. Use this new Performance Fitness […]

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45 Clean and Minimal WordPress Themes

Although there are thousands of different WordPress themes available, finding the right one can be a challenge. Sometimes the best choice is a theme that features a clean design without unneeded design elements and distractions.

WordPress themes with a clean or minimalist design and layout are often easier to customize and use as a starting point, and they can also look great on their own without the need for customizations.

In this post we’ll showcase 45 different WordPress themes that avoid excess in terms of design and style. Some are very minimal, and others use clean layouts.

Minimal Multi Purpose ($55)

Minimal Multi Purpose

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12 Ways to Make Money in the Design Industry, Aside from Client Work

When it comes to working as a designer or developer the options that come to mind are typically 1) work as an employee for a design studio or agency, 2) work as employee as an in-house designer or developer, or 3) work as freelancer.

While all of those are perfectly legitimate options, there are thousands of designers and developers who are earning a living in the industry with less traditional approaches. In this article we’ll look at some of the ways that you can use design and coding skills, aside from the 3 approaches mentioned above.

Working as a freelancer is something that many designers aspire to do. In reality, most freelancers struggle to find enough client work to make the income that they need. A growing number of designers and developers are taking alternative approaches as a result. One of the great benefits is that many of these things can be done part-time or full-time, which also means that you can combine one or more of these approaches with client work.

So let’s take a look at some of the options for designers and developers. We’ll also see some examples of people who taking these alternative approaches, and you’ll find links to some excellent learning and training resources that can help you in your own pursuit.

1. Designing and Selling Stock Graphics

A common approach to making money as a designer is to sell stock graphics (PSD files, logo templates, Photoshop brushes, vectors, icons, etc). Marketplaces like GraphicRiver, Creative Market, and major stock photo sites like iStock allow designers to sell their own creations to a large existing audience. The down side of selling at these types of marketplace sites is that you will need to share the revenue with the marketplace, and in many cases you’ll also face restrictions related to pricing, the types of products you can sell, and exclusivity.

Of the major marketplaces, Creative Market provides the most flexibility and fewest restrictions for designers. They don’t require exclusivity (you can sell your products at your own site or at other sites), you can set your own prices, and they offer 70% of each sale to the designer.


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How to Choose a Basic Web Hosting Provider

Hosting is something that every website needs, but no one really enjoys shopping for it. With thousands of hosts to choose from it can easily become overwhelming if you don’t know what you should be looking for. It’s also a decision that you’ll want to get right, because changing hosts can be a cumbersome experience with some websites.

Every website is unique and will have its own needs. Web hosting is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so you’ll need to know what is important for your website in order to find the best host for you. For the purposes of this article we’ll be looking at the subject from a perspective of a typical small business that needs a basic shared hosting provider. High-traffic websites or those with unique or specific demands may need to go with a VPS (Virtual Private Server) or a dedicated server. Most of the principles that we’ll cover in this article will still apply when shopping for a VPS or dedicated server, but we’re specifically focusing on basic shared hosting here.

If you’re looking for a host, what factors should you consider? Let’s take a look.

At the end of this article you’ll find a chart that can be very helpful for comparing some of the leading hosts.

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30 Amazing Websites with Big Background Photos

One approach to creating a website that will make a strong visual impact is to use a large or full-screen background photo. Many sites that have taken this approach feature a simple of minimalist design, and the photo takes center stage.

Big background photos can be used for any type of website in just about any industry. In this post you’ll see 30 examples of website designs that feature large background photos. Finding the right photo is obviously an important part of the process, and hopefully this selection will provide provide some inspiration that you can put to use in your own work.

Ditto Residential

Ditto Residential

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What Freelancers Absolutely Must Know about the Hot New Trends, Coworking & Hives

Does your freelancing web design future include other freelancers?

Many freelancers think dealing with coworkers became a thing of the past once they left traditional employment. But a new breed of freelancer is choosing to work closely with others, often in an office environment. And they’re thriving.

I’m talking about the new trends towards coworking and freelancing hives. As freelancers, it’s important to take note of new trends. It’s especially important when such trends seem to be working.

This article from Karsten Strauss on Forbes, Why Coworking Spaces Are Here To Stay, examines the popularity of coworking.

Image Source: Steelcase by Cole Camplese CC by 2.0

In this post, we’ll take an even closer look at coworking and the latest freelancing trend, hives. We’ll examine some of the benefits (and drawbacks) of each.

If you liked this post, you may also like How to Transition from a Freelance Web Designer to a Lucrative Consulting Business.

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