Have you been looking for a top WordPress designer to work with on your next website?
Or perhaps you’re just looking for web design inspiration?
This post showcases 25 beautiful website examples – and the WordPress web designers who created them.
In a previous post I explained your 3 best options for managing a website project (depending on your budget) and this post contains examples of all 3. You can:
- hire a design agency: some of the below designs were created by design agencies for leading brands like Beyonce and the New Yorker
- hire a freelance designer: others were created by small, independent freelancers at significantly more affordable prices
- do it yourself: and some were built by savvy, budget-minded business owners – at no cost at all; they simply bought a theme and did it themselves
If you’ve been looking for a top WordPress designer to work with on your next project then why not reach out to one? Have we missed any great designers? Please let us know in the comments below. And if you enjoy it, please share.
When Microsoft needed a blog they chose WebDevStudios. Based in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, WebDevStudios have a staff of 26 developers and designers – and have the resources to support any client from a single blogger to a WordPress Multisite network with thousands of sites. These guys are big players in the WP community and really know their stuff.
Nick Davis (UK/Europe)
Mark Jaquith is a leading WordPress developer and when he needed a web design for his new WordPress product (VelocityPage – a drag and drop pages builder for sales and landing pages) he chose Nick Davis.
Nick is a very talented independent web designer from the UK – currently living the dream near a lake someplace in Italy. Nick takes new website projects (design supplied by you) from $3,500 and can arrange complete website projects (where you need a design and development) from $7,000 (for more complex sites the cost will be higher).
Three Thrifty guys (US)
Now it’s important to say that this DIY approach won’t work for everyone (some people simply make horrible web designers) – but if you’re good and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty then it’s a great way to save money.
Human Made (UK)
Human Made is a leading WordPress agency based in the UK who specialise in high-end WordPress development for large, complex or high-traffic sites. With clients such as Yell.com, Sony Ericsson, PayPal, the Chicago Tribune and Skype (see design below), Human made have 15 full-time as well as part-time staff currently spanning the globe.
Rachael Butts Strode (Texas)
Rachael Butts Strode is a Texan with a passion for crafting custom designs , illustrations and functional WordPress websites that convert. As an independent freelancer she provides a full design and develops beautiful websites (like AdamRosante.com) on top of the Genesis framework (explanation here).
10up have a huge team of WordPress experts scattered across the world who work with serious clients such as TechCrunch to make sure sites look great and also perform well at scale.
JamJo is a web design and development agency based in Cork, Ireland – who specialise in the design, development, hosting and support of WordPress powered websites for clients all over the globe. One of their sites is smalbusinesscan which is a network for small businesses that has all sorts of built in social networking features – and I love the way it looks.
Bill Erickson (USA)
Bill Erickson does design and development and makes some really nice websites on top of the Genesis framework.
Yoast, one of the leading WordPress experts in the world selected Bill to build his website – so the guy must be doing something right.
Depending on your needs, the discovery and design phase is typically $1,500-5,000 – and the development phase starts at $3,000.
Men with Pens
James Chartrand is the founder and owner of Men with Pens – a full-service Canadian website company providing clients with strategic website design, engaging copywriting and content, and sophisticated WordPress website development for all online marketing needs.
The Mogul Mom is a very popular website for moms who run a business and raise a family – check out their lovely design.
Viva la Violette (USA)
Heather ‘Violet’ Jones works with bloggers and small business owners to create Custom WordPress designs built on the Genesis framework.
Heather makes beautiful websites and offers a number of design packages ranging from $600-$3000.
Pod1 is a london-based agency specializing in e-commerce with over 400 people in their UK, USA and Asia offices.
Brian McDaniel (California)
Brian McDaniel is a california-based designer who creates really beautiful websites.
Brian’s websites are in the $2500-$3500 range and his logos start at $500 – which is really good value when you look at the beautiful job he did for Allison Crow – a life and business coach with one hell of a nice website.
Designed Memory (New York)
A couple of years back Beyonce posted an advertisement saying she wanted a new website in 48 hours (see my previous post 5 ways you can really annoy a web designer). Anyway, New York studio Designed Memory were up for the challenge and put together a bloody sensational website for everyone’s favorite female pop superstar.
Simple as Milk (Europe)
Simple as Milk are a travelling team of creatives who build beautiful user experiences for the web and iOS. These award winning wanderers work from a different, inspiring country each month – so if you have a problem, and no-one else can fix it, (and you can afford them at $2500 a day) then these guys are definitely worth checking out.
They did a nice job on Jess Marks wedding photography site that’s for sure!
Bourn Creative (Sacramento)
Founded in 2005, Bourn Creative is an award-winning Sacramento web design and graphic design company that partners with a variety of corporate, small business, and entrepreneurial clients around the world, offering web design for the Genesis Framework, brand design, and graphic design.
You can read the full case study of the design project on the woo themes blog
iDesign Studios (Florida)
iDesign Studios is a web design and development company based in Florida run by Selene Bowlby – specializing in custom WordPress themes.
Pixel Dandy is run by Marc Hagan-Guirey – a senior creative designer and digital art director based in the UK. Marc spent six months working on the concept, design and development of Darren Browns website.
David Metcalf (Australia)
David Metcalf runs a web design company called BirdBrainin western Australia where he creates impressive websites for small businesses.
Web Savvy Marketing
Web Savvy Marketing is a Michigan-based design company run by active WordPress community activist Rebecca Gill. Rebecca’s team build small business websites using the Genesis framework – with a focus on SEO.
Sean Berg (Ireland)
Sean Berg is a talented German / Brazilian UX designer who specializes in WordPress and lives in Ireland. Sean helped put the finishing touches on wpapplied – which (in case you haven’t heard) is an online training system for WordPress website owners; teaching them website management and digital marketing skills on a safe, practice website.
Social Panda (UK)
Social Panda are based in Greenwich, England and make beautiful websites for small businesses as well as leading brands.
DigitEvo are a family run recruitment company who hired Social Panda to create a brand as well as a responsive website – with spectacular results. Check it out.
Chase Reeves may not be actively taking on web design projects as he’s a very busy guy with his online business training business Fizzle. He did an impressive job however helping Pat Flynn redesign his Smart Passive Income blog. Pat Flynn, in case you haven’t heard of him, is one of the worlds leading bloggers and Internet marketing experts. Read the full case study of Pat’s re-design here (worth a look!).
More big brands
Here’s two more really nice WordPress sites for two world-famous brands.
I’m not sure who created them though. If you know, please share in the comments.
The New Yorker
A final word
You’ll notice that some of the worlds leading brands (Beyonce, The New Yorker), technology companies (Google, Microsoft) and Internet marketing experts (Yoast, Pat Flynn) have chosen WordPress for their blog or company website.
Most of these “big name brands” choose highly experienced designers to help them create their site because a) they can afford it and b) they know they’ll see a return on their investment.
We’ve also seen examples however of smaller, less-established businesses who still get to have a beautiful website, on a much tighter budget.
By carefully selecting a talented freelancer, or simply purchasing a theme and managing the project carefully, you can still get excellent, affordable results on a stylish new website for your small business.
If you’re looking for a designer to work with on your next project then why not take a few minutes to think about your requirements before getting in touch with one of the designers listed above?
My apologies for focusing mostly on UK, US and Irish designers – these are simply the countries I am most familiar with. If you know of a talented designer who’s not listed then please post a link to their portfolio in the comments below. And please share this post with anyone in the market for a great WordPress designer.