Designmodo’s Startup Design Framework vs WordPress!
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You may have noticed a kind of mini wave of excitement amongst designers lately thanks to a new Startup Design Framework by Designmodo, which just so happens to excel at something WordPress seems to pretty much suck at (and hence we thought we’d pick it up as a topic for this blog post): it lets you quickly and easily create absolutely-stunning light-weight highly-customizable one-page websites*! What’s more, whereas a lot of websites created with WordPress tend to be on the slow and cumbersome side (often requiring a fair amount of caching and server side resources to load quickly), websites created with the new Startup Design Framework are not only comparably tiny, lightning-fast and extremely simple to host, but also require practically no maintenance!
What is this ‘oh-so-awesome’ Startup Design Framework exactly then?
Well, in short, it’s a series of beautifully-styled HTML user-interface blocks (over 100 of them in fact) that have each been designed to merge together (i.e. mixed and matched) into countless different combinations – thereby enabling web designers (or anybody who feels comfortable editing HTML and CSS) to create beautifully simple websites using what could essentially be thought of as a series of HTML LEGO bricks. Admittedly this isn’t a particularly new idea, what makes the Startup Design Framework unique however, is the level of both detail and UI choice it contains (not to mention that it’s also completely responsive and retina ready). Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
Wait wait. . . that seems pretty awesome, isn’t WinningWP supposed to be pro-everything-WordPress???
Well, comparing WordPress (a system capable of creating and managing vast amounts of content) with something as simple as a set of HTML user-interface blocks that fit together to make single webpages seems a bit like comparing an industrial-sized factory to a single highly specialized craftsman, i.e., one seems more like an antithesis of the other. WordPress sets out to let people publish their own content online with minimum fuss whereas the Designmodo framework is little more than a relatively simple tool built to help developers/users create beautiful static websites quickly and easily – one page at a time. What’s more, love WordPress we might, but when it comes to creating highly-customizable simple one-page designs/websites, WordPress flops (after all, this isn’t what it was originally created for). Sure, you could argue that there’s an ever-increasing number of relatively-innovative looking one-page WordPress themes appearing on the market (hopefully a trend that will continue), like Freelancer by Themefuse, Flat by Themify and Parallax Pro by StudioPress, but trying to use any of these themes as a starter theme to create a custom website as diverse (in terms of both functionality and design) as something you could cook up using the framework in a matter of minutes could well drive you round the bend – not to mention the fact that the WordPress version would be bigger, clunkier, require more resources to run and need to be regularly updated/maintained!
The big caveat. . .
*you can of course use it to create as many pages as you like and then combine each page into a multi-page website, but you’d have to create each page separately is the point.
If you haven’t already, go check it out!
(update – 16th March – since writing this post Designmodo have kindly provided us with a special discount coupon code entitling WinningWP readers to 15% off all Designmodo products (including the aforementioned Startup Design Framework) – view coupon).