Dumbledore once remarked to Harry Potter that “…it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
It’s a statement that probably rings true in a number of domains, not least of which is the world of web design. Whether it’s using a website builder or getting started in WordPress, downloading plugins, testing out page builders, tinkering with Elementor templates or trying your hand at the new template kits (more on this later!), it can be an adventure as daunting as the Chamber of Secrets to work out what you should use and why.
The Word On WordPress
Among those choices is obviously WordPress, now powering more than 37% of all websites, with more than 500 sites a day being built on the world’s most popular content management system. But despite its (still growing) popularity, for many aspiring website owners, WordPress is not their first choice, as increasingly time-poor business owners and side-hustlers turn to the likes of Wix and Squarespace to get their website dreams up and running. No, the art of web development is not dead, though the renaissance in web design has led to a mini-revolution on WordPress in the form of block-based themes and builders.
New Building Blocks
Released as part of WordPress 5.0, the Gutenberg editor replaced the default ‘Classic’ editor which – alongside the rise of page builder plugins like Elementor, Beaver and Divvi – has helped usher in a new breed of WordPress web design that’s sleek, modern, creative and eye-catching.
It is in this arena that Template Kits have arrived; a bold new approach to harnessing the power of block editors and lowering the barrier to entry for aspiring WordPress web designers in the process. It’s a shakeup long expected by many in the industry that will see block-based themes and template kits continue to rise in popularity, especially with the rapid growth of the no-code/low-code movement.
Here are three key ways these kits stand out in a crowded theme marketplace:
- Code Free
Template Kits bring the power of the WordPress theme design community to your site without you needing to have high-level UI or coding knowledge. The new Template Kits let you literally drag and drop your favourite pre-designed content blocks and pages straight onto your site, letting you spend more time focussing on what matters most – the content. Sure, you can still roll your sleeves up and get deep into your website’s back end, but you won’t need to worry about manually coding its aesthetic anytime soon.
- Endless Customisation
Each Template Kit contains all the designs and visual elements required to get a fully functioning website up and running, with a suite of multi-page designs and content blocks allowing for endless customisation in Elementor to help designers get their dream site live quicker than ever before. Looking to put forward your best face with a glossy, on-trend portfolio site? Template Kits let you do that. Want to build the perfect yoga studio website? You can do that too. But you don’t need to stop there, as you can take any number of elements from the available kits and combine them to bring your website idea to life, or even just upgrade your existing Elementor-compatible website.
- Strong Foundations
The current crop of Template Kits is well supported, with each high quality and professional design created by the Envato author community who have made ThemeForest one of the world’s number one destinations for WordPress themes and templates. Each kit is also built from the ground up to be compatible with Elementor, the leading WordPress page builder in the industry currently with more than five million active installs. And with more page builders set to be supported soon, you will soon be spoilt for choice for how to…?
A Template for Success
Having a world-class web design is now easier than ever. If nothing else, the arrival of Template Kits provides aspiring website builders and seasoned professionals with another set of tools to experiment and build with. A new golden age of web design is just beginning!