2014 has come and gone, and with it, the amount of WordPress users keeps getting bigger and more demanding. In 2014, WordPress users rose to over 75 million users (over 60% of websites using a CMS), with those numbers rising by the hundreds of thousands every day. ModernThemes takes look at the some of the trends we can expect to be seeing in 2015.
Content is always the key to a good website, but content that tells a beautiful story will be the key to a great website in 2015. More and more websites are adopting a storytelling model for their website, so naturally, WordPress users will have a strong demand for WordPress themes which offer a storytelling feature that is easy to create, and not painful to edit.
With WordPress users getting more savvy over the years, interesting designs are easier to create in admin panels. Bloggers will be able to select templates and posts for their content and trust that designers and developers selected the code that will come together to tell a story every website will be wanting.
ModernThemes suggests Trail by ThemeTrust as an example of a WordPress theme that is beautiful in design and powerful in storytelling.
If you have a WordPress-powered website, there is a really good chance that you are blogging with it. Over the past year, it has become apparent that especially with users viewing on mobile devices, the most important factor is that they can actually read the content. Readable text affects how users process the content of the website, while poor readability scares readers away .
WordPress themes with exceptional readability will allow users to efficiently read and take in the information in the text. Whether viewing on a mobile device or desktop, it is of the utmost importance that the text can be read. It is the job of the WordPress developer to create an experience which selects the best text and spacing for the user’s eyes. When WordPress released their yearly theme with the last 4.1 update, the year of readability for WordPress themes and blogs began.
ModernThemes suggests Swell by ThemeTrust as an example of a modern WordPress theme which has great content and superior readability.
Full Screen Video Background
HTML5 video background WordPress themes have been around for a couple years now with varying degrees of success. The rise of mainstream websites using full screen video background for their websites will only grow the desire to purchase WordPress themes with a video feature.
While being mindful of load times and mobile devices that can play video backgrounds, it is no secret that this can be a powerful feature to make your WordPress website stand out. Video background allows the user to showcase their work or interests with more engaging content. The visual presentation of video offers a promotion of creative skills that still content cannot measure up to.
ModernThemes suggests Piccolo by ThemeJug as an example of a modern WordPress theme which captures the power of full screen video.