There are over 1 billion active websites as of April 2016 according to internetlivestats.com. Here are the top 5 best websites according to a variety of factors including design, interface, usability, branding, & style.
1. Microsoft Windows Website
Shocking as it may seem, you can’t argue with the catchy simplistic design. It carries the new branding well across multiple product platforms and shows off the Surface interface very well. Simple design that conveys a clean message.
Scoring near perfect in the branding category, Apple.com has wowed users for many years now. In fact, Apple.com is due for a redesign. The highly valued brand would score higher in the design and style category if it better reflected their overall brand with the new iOS 7 interface. The website is missing the clean minimalism found throughout iOS devices featuring the new iOS 7.
Square is an incredible company that was the brainchild of twitter founder Jack Dorsey, a true innovative genius. The website helps convey the company message of simple, easy to use interfaces, and fast service. The design is clean almost too clean with far too much white space on some occasions, the features clearly listed, the branding is fairly strong.
The site has won millions of loyal users by its exceptional design. Women are actually able to see more colors and details than males. Pinterest boasts 68% women user base and is heavy on color and conspicuous us of images.
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Pinterest User Infographic
This site has been one of the most copied news designed sites on the internet. With sites like buzzfeed and endless click-able click-bait sites modeling it. Like it or not, this design works due to a strong visual format that drives traffic and urges the user to find more “brain-candy” for a nice drop of dopamine that our cerebral cortex thrives on. A powerful design element is the obvious display of shares present on a page. This encourages the user to engage with others to continue the sharing pattern all by displaying a number of shares in front of each article.
The ecommerce juggernaut that has taken the world by storm, even surpassing Walmart as the world’s largest retailer. This is the most optimized site in the universe. Don’t let the discounts on bulk toilet paper fool you, Amazon is colossal achievement in internet retailing and web optimization. That is why it was award a top 10 rank.
No link needed here. Everyone knows the power of Google that has made it the number one uncontested search engine in the world. So much so that every competitor copies its simple home page verbatim. We often forget the amazing, yet simple, and intuitive design choices (excluding the logo) that makes it so personal and obvious.
Every time I use this site I marvel at its simplicity and ease of use. Everything seems completely customized to my tastes and that makes it a great site. Balancing user functionality with features and dynamic content, only Youtube rivals this site but not in design.
Chances are you might have used this site or app to find this website and article. It just works and has for many years. The design is constantly refined yet simplistic. Offering user-customizable options yet keeping the major design elements there, even if your color scheme is of the neon fluorescent variety.
This site makes you want to buy a Tesla, which is the goal of any website. By showing many of the features using rich, dynamic content. It offers way to customize your new vehicle all styled in a uniquely familiar way.
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