WordPress powers more than 38% of the websites on the Internet. This means that most of the personal blogs, magazines, newspapers, or company presentation websites are built upon WordPress CMS. They use different web designs, some of them, according to the current design trends. One of the stronger and continually growing trends is minimalism in WordPress design. We will take a deep dive into what minimalism is really about and how to use this powerful trend on your WordPress website.
Minimalism is a Modern WordPress Design Approach
Minimalism has influenced the majority of web designs. With art combined with human-computer interaction, minimalism web design has its roots in the early 2000s. However, on the Tate website, minimalism is described as “an extreme form of abstract art developed in the USA in the 1960s and typified by artworks composed of simple geometric shapes based on the square and the rectangle.” Aesthetically, the minimalist design keeps your website’s elements simple, ordered, and in harmony. Functions like transitions, overall composition, navigation, and more can also be seen in popular portfolio WordPress themes or minimal WordPress themes.
A clean WordPress design that allows you to do more with less on your site will definitely ensure a high level of usability. Based on well-balanced elements favoring simplicity, minimalism is one of the modern web design approaches. With a modular system, every element can be moved around and still look great and simple. According to Usability Geek, “simplicity is, ironically, a little more complex to define in the context of web design. It’s not just about the way a site looks; it’s about the user’s overall experience interacting with the site.” Having this type of design on your WordPress website, makes it so your messages and indications will easily guide users.
Best Practices for a Minimalist WordPress Design
With a WordPress theme and a flexible page builder, you can easily create a responsive, unique, and minimalist website. Focus on what your business is all about and identify the elements that characterize it. This will ensure your site is one-of-a-kind, based on your requirements. Below, we’ve made a list of the best practices you can apply to your WordPress website in terms of minimalism design:
1. Negative Space
Use plenty of negative space between elements to guide the readers’ experience towards your product/subject of interest. Furthermore, empty space means design balance, inviting the audience to stay longer on your site. If you are already using a page builder, this is easily managed by adding margins or paddings to builder elements, or by using a spacing module (even Gutenberg includes a simple Spacer option).
2. Hidden Navigation/Hamburger Menu
By using one of these two menu types, you’re ensuring a great UX on your site. This can impact how your site ranks in SERP and even how many of your visitors will actually become customers. Focus on creating menu items
This article was written by Kyla and originally published on WPExplorer.