Designing your site yourself? Here are some resources for reference, which I will be updating occasionally. If you have something to add, let me know in the comments!
- HTML Color Picker – Convert a color
- Color scheme/palette generators: Coolors.co – Mycolor.space
- Gradient generators: uigradients.com – Mycolor.space
- Find the hex code for anything you’re looking at: Colorzilla extension for Firefox/Chrome
- Reading about colors
- Google Fonts
- Google Webfonts helper – for downloading Google fonts to self-host them for your site (or use on your computer)
- Font Pair – helps you pair google fonts together
- Ultimate Google Font Pairings – beautiful collection of Google font pairings
Sourcing Images & Graphics
- Envato Elements contains a large library of photos, graphics, templates, fonts, and also audio and video available for a subscription fee. (Available for my clients 🙂 )
- Royalty-free photography:
- Icons and illustrations
- Image editing tools
- Creating graphics for social media and more: Snappa – Canva – Crello
- Make awesome product images – Glorifyapp
- Mockups: Smartmockups – Placeit
Where to Look for Website Design Inspiration
- Design Shack
- Land-book – Dribbble
- Lapa Ninja – landing page designs you can filter by category or color
- Saaspages.xyz – SaaS landing pages you can filter by section
- The Qubely section library can give you section layout ideas even if you don’t use Qubely
- UI8 – Buy illustrations and icon sets, or look for inspiration
- The Best Designs
- Collect UI – if you’re looking for a specific element
Ready-Made Website Templates
If you’re looking for a pre-made site that you can import in a few clicks and customize to fit your needs, check out:
- Generate Press Site Library – To import these you’ll need the pro version of Generate Press ($59 for an annual license)
- Kadence Theme with Starter Template plugin – For these there are options that are completely free, as well as premium sites that are available for those with Kadence membership.
- There are some beautiful feminine Kadence child themes available from Restored 316 Designs.
- Qubely starter packs – free and paid options
- Astra – I wouldn’t pick Astra for a new site build these days, but they’ve been around awhile and have a large library of importable sites.
I do not recommend the WordPress themes available for purchase at Theme Forest. With very few exceptions, they’re built with clunky page builders and might amaze with all the “features” included, but these come at a heavy price of the website’s performance, bulking up your site with far more code than is needed or desired.