Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the 3mil house, not a web designer was stirring, not even with their mouse. The last amends had been made, and final designs were sent off with care, in hopes that positive client feedback would soon be there… With Christmas slowly creeping up on us we thought it would be a great time to talk about how you can make your existing web design a little more festive. So whether you’re a coding extraordinaire or a less technical web design enthusiast we have something for you that can spice up your website this Christmas!
Nothing quite says Merry Christmas like a subtle snow flurry. Even if you don’t have a white Christmas yourself, at least you can make it snow on your website! If you have a WordPress website, you’re in luck because there are many plug-ins you can use to get a variety of snowy effects. However if you’re using a different CMS you can always code something yourself or scour the internet for a relevant widget.
Christmas colour schemes
Red, greens, golds are all colours that come to mind when we think of Christmas. So why not implement them throughout your website this season to create a more festive feel? You don’t need to use all of the Christmas colours you can think of – just adding a few in more subtly will work just fine. We think the easiest way to do this is to incorporate them into borders, link text and button backgrounds. This way, they can easily be changed back once the festive season is over.
This festive web design idea is a little trickier. But if you remember when we spoke about micro-interactions then you’ll able to understand what we mean. So when someone interacts with a common feature on your website like a button – you can could have a some streamers, snow or sparkles burst out from behind it when it is clicked. This is sure to make your visitors feel some festive magic without going too over the top.
Starry light widgets
Similar to snow flurries, but a little less intrusive are starry light widgets. Frame your website with some Christmas lights for a few weeks to spread some festive cheer. Not only will they brighten up your website but also the days of your visitors. Again, if you’re on WordPress there are already some plug-ins for this, if not you may have to code your own.
Pop up presents
Instead of populating your website with pop-up ads, why not populate it with pop-up presents? When a user lands on your page, after a few seconds make a festive window appear. The window could contain anything you like from a festive promotion or money off code to a Christmas cracker joke.