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Deck Your Website For The Holidays



It’s that time of year again; time to dig out the trimmings and deck the halls of hearth and home. But what about your homepage? Holiday web design decorations increase the fresh, up-to-date feel of a website and connect visitors to the site. A website decorated for the holidays creates a warm and familiar environment for your visitors. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to decorate your website with holiday art. From icons and buttons to animated graphics, there are many websites at your fingertips with many different designs and ideas to get you started.



Holiday designs for websites: Where to start


Sites to get started

The winter holidays are a great time to have fun with personalizing your website. Sites such as clipproject.info and AllFreeClipArt.com offer free downloads of graphics for all holidays ranging from Christmas to Kwanzaa. The clip art is free and can be added to your logo or website banner and then uploaded for a festive look. For some classic Christmas designs, Graphics Fairy has an array of vintage art available for downloading.

BeautyLife.info offers holiday art for icons, decorative RSS feed buttons and even holiday themed templates. Just right click and download to start updating your website. Graphics Grotto takes holiday decorating one step further. Here, seasonal animated .gif files are easy to download. Just click on the graphic to get the code for embedding into a social media site or HTML coding. From animated greetings to a waving snowman, these types of embellishments make your site seem more interactive.

If you’re not too sure about how to create personalized elements for your page this holiday season, then take a look at Graphic River. For a small fee, you can have personalized text added to a pre-designed web banner. The artist will send you a graphic file to upload to your website. Please note: there is a licensing agreement on using and reproducing the customized artwork.


Small changes, big impact

Holiday decorations attract attention because they are new elements on a website, just don’t overdo it. Too much ornamentation on a site can be distracting and confusing to your visitors. A simple Christmas wreath or Santa hat resting on your logo adds a personal touch that the public appreciates. Think of Google and its famous, occasion-appropriate logo changes. Adding a few holiday-themed buttons can bring some festive flair to your homepage and your visitors will have a positive memory of the fun and refreshing holiday web design decorations. Splash pages (a page that is shown before the actual homepage) are another way to show and share your holiday spirit with your site’s visitors.

Modifying your color palette can represent a seasonal change. Holidays have strong color associations attached to them. Red and green automatically bring Christmas to mind. Cool blue and white provide a feel of a winter wonderland. For vintage sites, burgundies, forest greens and golds bring out the richness of holidays past.

Turn your page into an interactive advent calendar with a countdown to Christmas banner. With daily updates and changes to the banner, visitors will be tempted to return every day to see what display you have created. By changing text or graphics to your web banner each day, you show interest in what your viewers are experiencing.


Take down Christmas lights… and holiday graphics

Have you ever visited a website and been less than impressed with an outdated holiday design? Think of your holiday web designs like any other holiday decoration. Once the holidays are over, pull the graphics down. A main goal of adding holiday content is to show a website is current and fresh. Sites that feature Christmas decorations can appear out of touch within a few days. Update your art for the appropriate holiday, whether it is Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day or New Year’s. Also, plan for adequate project support when managing holiday web design subject matter.

Updating content is also important. Timely information relating to the holiday season should be posted far enough in advance so visitors have a chance to read any promotions or holiday tips ahead of time. Just don’t post them too far in advance. Having information posted too early is just as bad as leaving holiday-themed graphics up too long.

Holidays provide an opportunity for you to liven up your website design and connect with your audience. However small, a tiny little decoration on a website can speak volumes to viewers. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can make changes to your website to entice audiences with up-to-date holiday flavor and boost reader interaction with your content.





Cover image and top image from Shutterstock and The Creative Finder.


Heather Bieber graduated college in Pennsylvania with a degree in Graphic Communications. She owned her own graphic design business before becoming employed as Art Director of Showbiz Weekly magazine in Las Vegas. She now works out of Pennsylvania as a freelance writer for Design-Training.com, graphic designer and artist.

 
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