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WordPress Website Design Trends To Keep In Mind For 2019

WordPress Website Design 2019

It is hard to believe that it is already 2019. In the immortal words if Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

Now granted, Ferris was talking about the human life span, but the same can be said about lifespans in the digital realm as well. As technology constantly changes from month-to-month, let alone year-to-year, it is important to stop and see what the current trends are lest you and your business get left behind.

2019 especially looks to be a big year for new innovated changes to WordPress Web Design. From functionality changes to layout aesthetics, the rise of new and improved design standards will no doubt help keep your website brand modern and relevant in the last year of the ‘10s.

So, without further ado here are the top WordPress Web Design Trends for 2019:

The Rise of the Plug-in-Play Editor

Let’s face it, one of the biggest draws of having a WordPress website is that it is very user-friendly, both for visitors to your website as well as backend users trying to make updates. For years, WordPress has carried the biggest draw for being the platform that makes updates easy. With the use of What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) standard editors built into the interface, combined with neat tricks you can do using shortcode – WordPress was the web platform to beat.

Until the rise of the Plug-in-Play editor.

Within the last few years, these types of wisywig editor tools have been increasing in popularity with many of the proprietary web building services, like Wix and Squarespace. WordPress started to incorporate these plug-in-play editors with a few of their paid themes; however, many editor builders still relied on clunky layout builders or shortcode to achieve many of their interactive visual elements.

That is until now.  In late 2018, WordPress made a controversial decision to switch their standard text editing solution.

WordPress Website Design Plug'n'Play Editor

Gutenberg is a new text editor that is planned to replace the current TinyMCE-based editor within WordPress. Inspired by other WYSIWYG builders, Gutenberg features a drag-and-drop interface that enables you to freely customize different areas of a post or page.

This change will naturally have a huge impact on the WordPress experience, and the project has been debated. Even so, it seems clear that page builders are the way of the future, and we’re likely to see them evolve and grow even more in the years to come.

Minimalist Flat Design Is the Key To Search Engine Success

Remember the days where white space on a page was considered bad form? Well, those days are officially over.

You might have noticed this trend already – instead of using lots of large images and flashy interactions designers opt to create drama and focus through deliberate use of empty space.

WordPress Website Design Flat Design

This approach offers a clean, professional impression upon first glance. Using white space properly helps you draw attention to specific spaces and give focus to what you want the user paying attention to.

This technique also prevents a site visitor from being overwhelmed by a wall of text.

The trend to move towards minimal design and more white space also helps pages by decluttering. This decreases page load times and sizes which is great because ‘smaller sites’ tend to get higher rankings. Google rewards fast loading sites.

Accessibility Is More Important Than Ever

We spend a lot of time covering user experience in web design and digital marketing. But that makes sense. Your website is a living space where people come to learn, interact and find information.

That said, web design and digital marketing strategists are spending more time making sure that their products and websites are accessible in new ways.

Web designers and developers continue working on website solutions that increase accessibility for any and all users with disabilities.

There are even guidelines and compliance standards beginning to appear within this space. One of the more popular guideline sets is the WCAG or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

If you’re looking for some helpful resources to get your site up-to-code, you can visit the full list of tools recommended by W3C, the community responsible for developing the standards for the web, here.

And that is just scratching the surface to many of the exciting trends coming down the WordPress pipeline in 2019 – for both visual design and digital marketing strategy. No doubt about it: 2019 is going to be an exciting year for WordPress users, and you’ll need to do a little work to keep up with the latest developments. Not sure how to get started, Andromeda is here to help! Contact us today by email (Contact@WeNetwork.com) or Phone (815-836-0030) and get started today with a website assessment and see how you can bring your website to 2019 standards!