15 Impressive and Beautiful Uses of WordPress

By / Apr 29, 2009 / Inspiration
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WordPress is no longer just used to power blogs. It has become the CMS of choice for many web designers. It’s always interesting to see how it’s flexibility provides web designers with the freedom to design sites with no limitations. Here are 15 beautiful web sites all powered by WordPress.

Creative Depart

Creative Depart

Big Spaceship

Big Spaceship

Ecoki

Ecoki

20 jours pour la retrouver par Kevin Polof

20 jours pour la retrouver par Kevin Polof

Search Inside Video

Search Inside Video

UGSMAG

UGSMAG

App Storm

App Storm

IconDock

IconDock

ANidea

ANidea

45royale

45royale

Alpha Multimedia Solutions

Alpha Multimedia Solutions

the Art of Catalin Bridinel

the Art of Catalin Bridinel

EightHourDay

EightHourDay

ESPIRA

ESPIRA

StopDesign

StopDesign

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

58 Comments

  1. Paul Randall
    April 29, 2009

    Some great examples of what can be acheived in WordPress. Really inspirational.

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  2. Patternhead
    April 29, 2009

    Nice list. Like the look of Ugsmag and Icondock is amazing.

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  3. hash
    April 29, 2009

    These are great looking sites using WordPress, thanks for putting them up. What’s missing though is a sentence on what you think is so special/unique about each one.

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  4. Adeline
    April 29, 2009

    The list of great looking WP sites just keeps growing :)

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  5. Yitzhak Benezra
    April 29, 2009

    Great. Thank you

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  6. Ryan Bickett
    April 29, 2009

    I love to see examples of WordPress being used as a complete CMS versus just a blog engine. This is a great list. I am bookmarking this as inspiration!

    Thanks for the post!

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  7. The Masked Designer
    April 29, 2009

    Thanks for the post. I love to see what others are doing with WP.

    I’m surprised that Joshua Davis’ site isn’t listed. It is a great WP site with even better work.

    Z

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  8. stevegmag
    April 29, 2009

    Good Stuff. We’ve done some custom WP template work in the past. Always good to see others delivering good design implementations with WP.

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  9. Tim Smith
    April 29, 2009

    Wow!! Cool list! I didn’t know that so many sites are using WordPress!! That’s good WP rocks!

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  10. Mikael
    April 29, 2009

    These are great, thanks for posting them. Our website design studio also loves utilizing WP for sites.

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  11. Waz
    April 29, 2009

    Waz thinks: wordpress is for geeks, Joomla for nerds, and notepad2 for the experts!

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  12. Justin
    April 29, 2009

    way to be smarmy, Waz. You messed up your url in the comment box. notepad2 indeed.

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  13. Joares Miranda
    April 29, 2009

    My entire website was built in WP, if want: http://jmiranda.com.br

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  14. kamrul
    April 30, 2009

    Yes word press is a great way to publish websites. I am convinced.

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  15. Quakeboy
    May 4, 2009

    Why does wordpress needs to be credited for the designers capabiity.. kinda stupid title i say

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  16. Hiro
    May 4, 2009

    Very impressive samples.

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  17. Albert Pak
    May 12, 2009

    Very nice :) I really like IconDock WP set up :)

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  18. olybop
    May 13, 2009

    Nice ! i’d like the IconDock WP theme too like Albert

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  19. Creamy CSS
    May 19, 2009

    Great collection! Really beautiful use of WP.

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  20. Anika
    May 29, 2009

    What a sexy blog, love the theme, what are you using?

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  21. Kelly D
    June 16, 2009

    Just came across your post. I found it informative for me and I’m sure many others. I did also have small trouble subscribing to the blog but figured it out; I’m still a 2-finger typist :) . Thank you and keep your blogging spirit going strong.

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  22. Rock Your Web
    June 19, 2009

    Nice article. Good job.

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  23. pordee
    July 2, 2009

    That was a nice read

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  24. joded
    July 3, 2009

    Nicely article

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  25. printedproof
    July 22, 2009

    Great collection! Love WordPress.

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  26. Andy Shaw
    July 22, 2009

    Every other CMS should bow in the presence of the master, that is WordPress!

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  27. 15 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Building WordPress Themes | Web Design Ledger
    July 23, 2009

    [...] already shown you some beautiful sites built using WordPress. So now that you are inspired, you probably want to start building your own themes using this [...]

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  28. Colin
    July 27, 2009

    What a fantastic array of design choice in these 15 templates. Professional web designers need to start shaking in their boots.

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  29. gebelik
    July 29, 2009

    i like this site. i added on my bookmark i thanks

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  30. manuel
    August 4, 2009

    great collection, thx

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  31. San Diego Web Design
    September 8, 2009

    Thanks for the very helpful collection of cheat sheets! Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and the detailed information you offer!

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  32. organic seo
    September 14, 2009

    what would be cost for customized design. I need an unique design on wordpress theme.

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  33. Sam Relan
    September 18, 2009

    This is infact a great collection. I would like to recommend to take a look at CSSJockey’s portfolio as well. They have amazing creations as well. http://CSSJockey.com/portfolio I guess.

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  34. Svetainu kurimas
    October 19, 2009

    Wow this is useful. Thanks.

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  35. JunoWebDesign
    October 21, 2009

    Great designs.. makes me fell like we need a revamp!

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  36. Andy Fitzpatrick
    October 28, 2009

    Wonderful designs and inspires you to do more thanks for these

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  37. Andhrus
    October 28, 2009

    Very Nice design! look excellent! Thanks for sharing…

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  38. Vijendra Mishra
    November 2, 2009

    Nice Post these websites are awesome … now i decided that i’m gonna build my site on wordpress….

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  39. red
    January 13, 2010

    Very cool. WordPress is better than most CMS I’ve used.

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  40. Ben Blodgett
    February 11, 2010

    Ahh wordpress is fun, we recently redid our site with it and its awesome!

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  41. Louise
    February 15, 2010

    Hi :-)

    Great assemblage of WP execution!
    I’d love to know whether “Creative Depart” realy is built on WP and what Theme they are using … thanks for letting me know ;)

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    February 17, 2010

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  43. Sonu
    March 13, 2010

    Amazing List, WordPress is really great CMS … if you have wordpress you can think beyond boundaries (-:

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  44. Freedom Blue
    March 15, 2010

    A great selection of beautifully designed websites! I am using WordPress as CMS too. The only thing I wished would be better is the menu. You always have to do a ‘detour’ to get the pages you want in the menu. Pagemash is a useful plugin this regard, but something like it should be built in WordPress by default.

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  45. rjbrill
    May 1, 2010

    Having been using WordPress for the last few years I would say it is one of the most useful and easiest CMS’ for designers, developers and users to create, develop and maintain websites and these sites are all great examples of its power, good article.

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  46. Faith Simmons
    May 1, 2010

    WordPress is the best blogging platform ever. It is much better than Typepad and blogspot.,,.

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  47. Learn Master Guitar
    June 28, 2010

    I am wondering whether upgrading to WP 3.0 will affect my current theme? I heard that a couple plug-ins have problems after upgrading, but might the upgrade break themes too? Does anybody have information on that? Thanks for answering!

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  48. Phoebe Clarke
    August 12, 2010

    i have been into Copywriting lately and this stuff also requires some writing talent’`.

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  49. Alghero
    April 4, 2011

    I think Design-wise Ecoki is awesome, but all the list is noteworthy.
    Thank you for posting it, it’s a great inspiring list.

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  50. Makedo
    June 8, 2011

    Thanks, very interesting.

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  51. Jason
    September 7, 2011

    WordPress can do anything.

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  52. mike
    September 15, 2011

    this cms is more strong. you can do all that with wordpress. this is a first time i see that, now i want learn this cms ?

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  53. Web Design In India
    November 16, 2011

    excellent post…. i like list of designs…
    WordPress is best thing by which you do just about everything you would desire to do on the web. with the help of it you can make attractive web designs.

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  54. liudic
    March 2, 2012

    Awesome list. This was the original post that inspired us to create our social network on barcelona-underground. Alot more forums, blogs and videos were watched and read after this post but just wanted to say thanks for the original inspiration :)

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  55. Osman
    April 25, 2012

    You might wanna add my site Moviesdig.com which is also made in wordpress and looks better than some of the above sites.

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    • Fernando
      April 24, 2013

      Great idea Osman. btw how long have you been your wits up and running? good one for the audience. the best way to build traffic is to build up traffic by sharing and giving out other people more traffic.

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  56. Jan
    September 2, 2012

    Looking at this gallery of sites, I always compare them mentally to early web design efforts or at least mine (which I remember the most and were pretty terrible). I noticed how sites migrated from having all the info laid out vertically to now horizontally (but no rolling off the page) placing blocks of different data next to each other. I’ve always been curious as to when this method of laying out data first began, whether this method has an actual name, where it may have of originated from and what sort of fields you need to read up on concerning page layout/placing data appropriately on the page.

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  57. Fernando
    April 24, 2013

    Simply great post with a lot of useful and impressive WordPress knowledge. i was just searching for what are the search results for “how to build you own WordPress website” this site came up on the first page. Thanks for the sharing. It’s the knowledge economy and people appreciate the fact that leaders share process and knowledge to educate the people who come you blog.

    Reply

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