We said it once and we’ll say it again – 2016 is going to be a great year for web design. But why should we settle for ‘great’ if we can get ‘fantastic?’ Our goal here at Wix is to make the World Wide Web a better and more stunning place, and from time to time this requires some tough but much needed feedback.
We all encounter uninspired web design and unintuitive sites more often than we should, but that doesn’t have to be a permanent condition! Let’s have a look at SIX popular websites that could use a new look. Just to clarify: we chose these sites because we actually love what they’re about. But let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a makeover every once in a while?
If you’re just starting to create a website yourself, this list could be valuable when making important design and content decisions.
We know what you’re thinking – if it ain’t broken, why fix it? While it’s true that Craigslist’s popularity is unquestioned, we still can’t help but wonder about its outdated looks. When you visit Craigslist, the year is always 1996. Now, ten years after the official launch, might be the ideal time for a facelift. We’re not expecting anything flashy or cutting-edge, but perhaps some drop-down menus to clear the link clutter? Or getting rid of those highlightings? Just saying.
Dear House of Windsor,
You may have luxurious castles and the ultimate collection of dress hats, but your website is really not up to nobility standards. Where’s the glamour? The elegance? The grace? If we didn’t know any better, we’d think we just landed on the site of the Water Services Regulation Authority. Bottom line – your website needs a new look. We suggest you get Kate Middleton on this. She’ll know what to do.
All websites should aspire to look their best, but shopping sites have an even bigger incentive because a better looking site makes for increased sales. Then why isn’t eBay, one of the world’s leading shopping sites, leading the way in eCommerce design? Images that aren’t cropped right, a confusing content hierarchy and a layout that has little logic – what gives?
Don’t get us wrong. We understand that HBO has a format that they stick to, and all in all this format is really quite good. But if there ever was a TV series worth breaking a format for, Game of Thrones is it. We’re envisioning a larger-than-life header, a dramatic video background, and definitely more emphasis on media than on text. In other words, a bold and captivating design worthy of Khaleesi’s approval.
With so many things happening at the same time, basketball is one of the most dynamic games out there. It’s one of the reasons we’re addicted to it. But when it comes to web design, too much action is not our cup of tea. The NBA website is so crowded with content and info that it’s making our heads spin. We counted 13 links on the navigation menu alone, many of them drop down with more clicking options; the scores banner – obviously a crucial feature – could definitely be more spacious; and don’t get us started on the footer. Not playoff material.
Yelp is more than just a website, it’s like the bible of user-generated content. We find ourselves consulting its invaluable reviews whenever possible, which is exactly why we hope to see it get a good redesign. As an established platform, Yelp can certainly allow itself a bolder look. The rouge coloring and the Yelp logo are a great start, but it’s high time they get even more prominence. Be edgy, Yelp!
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