Creativity is the driving force of the web publishing industry. The best proof of that is found in successful, personalized websites that were built from pre-designed templates. The ready-made theme allows you to focus on your content, rather than fiddle over color schemes and layout versions. Besides, it can be a great source of inspiration as you’re building your site.
A single template can result in various design and style possibilities to achieve different goals, so if you still think that using ready templates is cheating, think again. But the flipside of all the benefits of using a template is the issue of uniqueness. Many are concerned that using a template will result in a cookie-cutter look.
Though this concern isn’t unfounded, it can be easily dealt with. All you need is a website editor that offers great freedom in customization. One of these is MotoCMS. Its CMS templates were invented specially for that purpose. Today’s compilation of exemplary websites comes from MotoCMS users who really know how to take full advantage of the builder.
Example 1: Caroline’s Promise
CarolinesPromise.net is a non-profit website raising awareness of the needs of orphaned and abandoned children. This website connects North American Christian communities with churches in developing nations to establish Christ-centered programs addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of vulnerable children.
The wide background of the website immediately captivates attention, and the overall simple look helps guide site visitors to the most important areas: mission statement, volunteering and fundraising projects. The website is linked with the company’s blog, web store and social media accounts. Visitors can make a donation directly via the website.
Example 2: Joost Smeets
JoostSmeets.com – the owner uses his website to promote himself and his passion to music. He’s making great use of an image carousel. By showing thoughtfully chosen photographs he adds visual interest to the page and keeps visitors engaged. Without even scrolling down, you can quickly access his Biography translated into 7 languages, Repertoire, News as well contact one of his managers.
The website designed at MotoCMS has the most important information about its owner gathered all in one place. There is no need to keep browsing through the site to find out info about Joost Smeets, watch media files or discover the news about the upcoming performances and other events. This info can be found in the sections at the top of the homepage.
Example 3: Fitness Star
FitnesSstar.com is a MotoCMS-based website owned and operated by an inspirational organization run by fitness models for fitness models. The website consists of multiple divisions supporting the fitness model and fashion industries creating a ‘one-stop solution’ both for amateurs and pros. It contains many useful links to fitness magazines, videos, studios and other resources.
The website navigation is understandable and hassle-free at Fitness Star. Due to the list of categories provided in the menu at the top of the homepage, users may gain access to any information they need. The clickable “Start” button redirects visitors to the profile of the company that comes with a captivating video.
Example 4: Laval Christian Fellowship
LavalChristianFellowship.com is an elegant church website that belongs to a community located in Laval, Quebec. The website has a very easy-to-navigate, eye-pleasing homepage layout starting with a wide header and slider, followed by a brief information bar (gathering times, location, links to latest sermons and social media pages).
There’s also a video explaining the structure and purpose of this website. There’s a calendar where you can see upcoming events and an archive of sermons and Bible studies. All in all, the website has a very professional look that clearly reflects the church’s values and beliefs.
Example 5: Luminosity
luminoSitySmiles.com website of a teeth whitening and tanning salon that has an active presence on the web. One reason this site is so successful is the neat design. The layout is user-friendly and well organized, and the colors are consistent and eye-pleasing. Another reason this website has a spot in our compilation is the use of images and other media. High quality images is one of the most engaging things you can liven your site up with.
There’s also a shopping section where you can purchase related products without leaving the website, as well as appointments section where you can book an appointment in a few clicks.
Example 6: The Gathering BC
TheGatheringBC.org is another MotoCMS-based church website that keeps things very simple. There’s a calendar, information on ministries, location and contact data. Simple and effective. Easy to browse and exciting to navigate.
The black-and-white transparent background of the website highlights the vibrant slider that provides the church members with the most important information they are excited to find out. There is also an interesting video on the homepage of the site that reveals the essence of the church and encourages the users, who visit the page, to watch it. The combination of these features is what makes the website stand out in the crowd.
Example 7: Gone Chocolate
GoneChocolate.com is one of the best examples of how a user-friendly website should be designed. The site was created at MotoCMS with users’ tastes and interests in mind. This is the family run chocolate and ice cream store, which offers dozens of sweet products to cater to any preferences.
The topic of the project is wisely reflected in each web design element. Vibrant images of chocolate and ice cream that are available in a variety of sizes on a light background just cannot but attract the attention of users, who are crazy about desserts. The homepage of the site offers the choice of categories to help customers make the best choice.
Example 8: Premier Designs
Premier-Designs.com is a MotoCMS-based website offering high quality barbeque grills and accessories for everyone, who is going to add style, durability, value and quality to the outdoor living space.
The design of the site features the harmonious combination of white background, vibrant photos and the catalogue of products the company offers to the clients. The availability of social networking buttons on the top of the homepage contributes to the popularity of the resource and helps catch the attention of the target audience. These characteristics make the site user-friendly and engaging.
Example 9: Ipoh Bali Hotel
IpohBaliHotel.com is a site of the hotel created on the basis of the MotoCMS platform. The design of the resource helps reveal the atmosphere of this extraordinary hotel found in the center of Ipoh. Welcoming the tourists from all over the world, the hotel impresses them with bamboo décor elements, antique rustic natural woods, unique furnishings and other items, which make up the conception of the site’s web design.
Among the web design elements that captivate the attention of a user one can mention effective color combination, availability of photos of the hotel and a large slider found at the top of the homepage that makes it possible to see the beauty of the most outstanding places of the hotel. For greater convenience of users, the site is available in the English and Chinese languages.
Just to recap: each MotoCMS template is a unique ‘all-in-one’ theme that’s equipped with a set of widgets and site editing tools that require no coding knowledge. Take a closer look at these websites to see what makes them so easy to look at. Then head over to your own site and see what kind of improvements you can make right now. Happy site building!