Creating a website can be a daunting task. It may not look like a lot of work to the average internet user, but in reality it takes a lot of planning and preparation. You have to decide on images, fonts, colours and the overall style that you want your website to have. It is also important to have dummy text to use as placeholders for your real copy to speed up the design process.

Luckily there are resources out there that help make the process much easier!

 

ImagesStock.Xchng

In most cases, a good website has images that will grab the viewer’s attention and make them want to explore the rest of your website. Unless you are a great photographer, you will probably need to grab some stock photos from the internet. There are many great sites that offer photos at reasonable prices, but if you are on a low budget, the best place to look for stock photography is Stock.Xchng (SXC for short). SXC has a great selection of free photographs to use for your website or any other project you may need photography for. They also show you what is available at other premium stock photography websites.

 

FontsGoogle Fonts

Font choice is a very important part of creating a website. Where can you find these fonts? Google Fonts is a great place to start looking. They have a wide selection of fonts for use with web. Google Fonts makes it easy to search for exactly what you are looking for with their filters for serif, sans-serif, heavy weight or light weight, and much more. It is also very easy to download fonts. You can go through and select as many fonts as you like and download them all in one convenient download. (As mentioned in our previous blog; it is a bad idea to use more than three different fonts on your website, so don’t go too crazy!)

 

ColourCOLOURlovers

Colour is one of the most important aspects of a website. Too many colours and your site will look like a dog’s breakfast. Too little colour and your site will just be plain boring. If you are having trouble deciding on a colour scheme to use for your site; check out COLOURlovers. Here, people create and post colour schemes and palettes which you can use for your own projects. The site is easy to search and is filled to the brim with different colour schemes. Check out this post for more information on how to choose colors for your website.

 

PatternsSubtle Patterns

Adding a pattern to your website background or elements is a great way to add some dimension to your site and it also makes for a more eye catching experience. Subtle Patterns is a website where you can download free user made patterns. There are tons to choose from, so rest assured that you will be able to find a pattern or texture that suits your needs. Subtle Patterns also now offers a plug-in for Photoshop that allows you to browse patterns and textures right from Photoshop! This can be a very useful tool for any web design project.

 

Dummy TextLipsum

When designing a website, it is important to have dummy text to use to help with the layout of the site. While this may not be too important on the client’s end of things, it allows a designer to simulate what the website will look like once the official copy has been placed into the website. This is beneficial to the client because it gives them a better idea on how the website will look. Lorem Ipsum is “simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s”. Lipsum is a Lorem Ipsum generator that allows you to generate dummy text in the format of paragraphs, words, bites and lists. Just input the amount of text you want to generate and watch the magic happen!

 

These may not be the only resources out there on the web that fill their respective roles, but the great thing about them is that they are all FREE to use! This is great for both designers and clients who want to really be involved with the design process. So if you don’t already have a website, get out there and make one! Or hire a professional and give us a call!

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