WordPress Themes for Artist Websites

With WordPress, and Themes for Artist Websites, the only subjective opinion that matters is the experience of the person that you are trying to reach. In addition to that, technology has provided new and innovative tools for creators. For example, photo editing and graphic design can blend the traditional talent and vision, with modern processing power and technology. The result is an impressive rendition that can impress even the most cynical of critics. Spheres of art such as tattoo design and body paint have also gained wider social acceptance. We often see modernity as the golden age of enlightenment, but we forget to mention that it is also the golden age of art.

Free Themes

WPFolio – is simple, sleek, and easy to use. This theme comes closest to ‘traditional’ artist websites.
This theme hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
artist wordpress theme wpfolio

Optics is a free WordPress portfolio theme for creating a fully-integrated blog, portfolio, and e-commerce store.
optics free wordpress theme
Fullscreen – A non-traditional site great for artists who want to make a big impact with their work right off of the bat. Here’s a rendition that I did, using Leonardo DaVinci’s work. View the Demo Here
fullscreen wordpress theme
Tempera is a free WordPress theme with over 200 settings, a light user interface, responsive layout, carefully crafted typography, socials and much more. View the Demo here
tempera free wordpress theme
Weaver Xtreme is the original, and still the best, fully customizable WordPress theme. Weaver Xtreme Version 3.1 is the latest version of the theme. Weaver Xtreme’s advanced design is based on over six years of experience with previous Weaver themes and the input of thousands of users.
weaver free wordpress theme

R1000.00 Free Website Design Themes

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Free Website Design Themes

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Ask For: Furniture Removal Theme
Ask For: Writee
Ask for: Lovecraft

Ask for: Zerif

Ask For: Sydney

Ask for: Spacious
Ask for Spirit or Fullscreen Lite
Ask for: Shopisle
Ask for: Shapely
Ask for: Parrot

 

Ask for: Sensible

Ask for: Scribe
Ask for: Panino
Ask for: Optimizer
Ask for: Olsen
Ask for: Make
Ask for: Wedding (Rez) Theme
Ask for: Kale
Ask for: Issue
Ask for: Clean Stick
Ask for :Hoffman
Ask for: Hemingway
Ask for: Gillie Brown
Ask for: Fukasawa
Ask for: Fluida
Ask for: Flash
Ask for: Eleganto
Ask for: Edge
Ask for: Brilliant
Ask for: Astrid
Ask for: Anissa

 

Want more? (There are many thousands to choose from…)

Features your Website SHOULD have

Page Speed / Loading Time

A slow-loading website and slow-loading pages are some of the greatest detractors to your site and will harm your conversion rate before you even start. Visitors don’t have time to hang around waiting for your website to load. The simplest thing for them to do is click the back button and go to your nearest competitor’s site even if they are below you in search rankings. By minimizing your load time by just a second can increase your conversions, boost your reputation and increase your page ranking.

Website Design / Call to Actions

The next thing that grabs the attention of the visitor is the layout and web design. If your website does not look professional, has pop-ups all over the place or seems to be somewhat complicated to navigate, it will deter even the most loyal customers. When visitors visit your website they expect it to be:

  • Organized – Provides users with a quick and clear understanding of what the site is about. It should display all of your most important selling points and it should guide the users with easy to see calls to action. Remember, direct visitors where YOU want them to go.
  • Easy to navigate – A navigable website is the essence of creating a well-organized and user-friendly website. Your website should allow visitors to explore further, while still being able to find their way back to where they started. An easy-to-navigate website will keep your visitors there longer and increase the chance for conversion.
  • Offer value – If your users come to your site for your product or service. Deliver. Craft your website around those products and services and present them in a way that the user knows exactly what you are offering. Most times visitors search for specific topics and keywords, so if you have specific topics make sure the relevant information is there.

Self-shot images

The use of stock images on websites, gives it a somewhat more ‘professional’ look, but that is not a true reflection of YOU or YOUR business. When visitors land on your website, they want to see the people behind the brand. By revealing yourself and your business you build rapport that will result in lasting relationships. Another significant aspect of self-managed photography is that it shows willingness to go the extra mile, which to a potential customer is GOLD!

Images over content

It is sometimes hard to find the balance between content and images. But it has been proven that people prefer image-heavy websites over content-heavy websites. It is not always possible when you have intricate products or services, BUT, the use of diagrams and info graphics can be beneficial. These image heavy tools convey complex products in simple ways offering enough space and area for text.We are not saying ditch content completely, because at the end of the day content is key when it comes to website ranking and for those Google bots to pick out keywords. The key is to find the balance.

Control

Visitors expect a guided user-friendly experience, while still being in control of their experience. This means, creating a website that does not force users to go to certain pages, does not have pop-ups, auto-play videos or links that activate when hovered over.Directing and redirecting your visitor to various pages, does not expose them to more of your brand or tell them more about your business. It actually causes visitors to leave, because they come looking for specific information, and ONLY if you have their attention will they navigate further.Visitors seldom mind advertising and videos on your websites, if they are not placed in the middle of your page where your important content is. Somewhere toward the side is usually the ideal place, because there it will be caught in the visitor’s peripheral vision and he/she will have the option to click and view.

Still not sure how to structure your website? Contact us to find out more about how we can help get your website up and running.

Web Design Checklist

Use this website design checklist as guide to gather the items needed to have your web site designed. This list is a great starting point of recommended items that will help you put your best foot forward with your web design project.

Your Company Info

  • Company profile or history
  • Company stationery/business card
  • Profiles of your employees and management
  • Your company’s mission statement, goals, etc.
  • Recent press releases
  • Articles written about your company
  • Portfolio of work/projects
  • Client testimonials
  • Contact information
  • Hiring information
  • Employee/Management Bios

Marketing Information

  • Your target audience
  • Descriptions of your ideal customer
  • Best selling products or services
  • What makes your offering different or appealing
  • What are the hot buttons for your product or service
  • What is the problem you are solving for your customers
  • How much time or effort does your product save customers
  • How does your product stack up next to the competition
  • What are the strengths of your products or services
  • What are the possible weaknesses in your product or service offering
  • Where is the opportunity for you, in your niche market

Your Products and Services

  • Descriptions of services offered
  • Descriptions of products to be sold via web site
  • Pricing sheet
  • Specials
  • Product catalogs
  • Special events
  • Samples of existing marketing materials
  • Spreadsheets with product info

Images

  • Company Logo (original graphic files are the best to get)
  • Photos relating to your industry
  • Photos of your business
  • Photos of your employees/management
  • Images of your products
  • Photos relating to your services

Web Site Addresses

  • Top competitors’ web addresses
  • Any websites that you like (jot down what you liked about each address)
  • Any websites that you dislike (and why)
  • Current website

Summary

With these items collected, you are in a great position to take this to a knowledgeable web development company who will use all this information to craft a website that will position your company in the best possible light.

You will want to spend the time to actually find a company with a strong Marketing background, who knows how to take all this information and communicate it in a compelling, interesting and direct fashion.  Believe it or not, this is above and beyond what can be expected by most web designers, who will simply regurgitate your information.

The objective with website development is to weave a compelling story about your company and its products and service which will be compelling enough to get people to inquire, thereby generating leads and sales for your organization.  This is our objective with every website we build.