One of the most beautiful ways to add an extra layer of dimension to your website is with the parallax effect. Even if you’ve never heard of it by name, odds are you’ve crossed path with this web design trend. The Parallax effects adds a super cool 3D effect to your website and best of all it’s now available on the New Wix Editor.
To help get you started we’ve broken down the basics of the parallax effect, and even jotted down some of our favorite tips:
Between you and us, parallax scrolling is a big name for a simple idea. Parallax scrolling is a term ascribed to the visual effect of your background image moving slower than an image placed in your foreground. Your end result is a background that dramatically reveals itself at a slower pace than the rest of your page.
Long Scrolls <3 Parallax
Because the parallax effect makes scrolling on your site so much fun, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the style works best on long scroll sites. Here’s a fabulous example:
Show Off in Segments:
As is the case with many thing in life, when it comes to using parallax, less is more. Use parallax to help key areas of your site stand out, just resist the urge to add it all over your web pages. By this same token, you can also add more subtle elements to your foreground give your site visitors a small yet unexpected wink.
Embed the parallax effect in one of our beautiful new strips to keep the effect contained to key areas of your page, highlighting the most impressive points in your website’s content.
Take Your Site Viewers on a Trip:
Because the parallax effect allows aspects of your page to slowly reveal themselves, take the opportunity to surprise your website’s visitors with an unexpected journey. The scroll to reveal effect is the perfect method to draw viewers in and encourage them to explore your website to see what other tricks you have in store for them.
For an added level of immersion, combine the parallax effect with a stylish video background. More tips on how to do that in this previous blog post.
Bring Your Content to Life:
It’s no surprise that our attention span for content is dwindling. Add your text to the foreground of your parallax scroll to make it look like those words are magically floating on top of the background. If you’ve got a lot of content to cover, consider breaking up your text by highlighting important paragraphs in a strip segmented parallax scroll. We dare your site viewers to look away!
Of course, none of these tips are set in stone. Play around with parallax on your own and find the technique that works best for you!
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