Footer are often ignored when it comes to website design. Often, they’re just left as the default footer of the theme. Sometimes they get some sprucing up as an afterthought. Most visitors never scroll down that far, so any hard work you put into it will probably go unseen. However, the readers who do scroll down that far are looking for something specific. They’re usually looking for links or other information. Great web design includes the footer and it can be used in interesting ways. Let’s look at creating interesting footers for your WordPress website.
What to Include in Your Footer
The key to good footer design is determining its purpose. This means deciding what you want to readers to do once they reach the footer. Do you want them to read more about your website, yourself, or your services? Do you want them to contact you, or follow you? Do you want them to sign up for something? Footers are actually a great place to keep some important information:
- Specialized navigation
- Contact info
- Operating hours
- Sign up forms
- Popular posts
- Recent post
- Social follow buttons
- Media info
- Site info
Examples of Great Footer Design
Don’t try to place everything in the footer though. Keep it clean and simple, only including the most important elements. Choose the few things that matter the most. A good footer design would also be visually appealing.
Here’s a look at Elegant Themes. They have a large footer area with recent posts, categories, and social follow buttons followed by an animated call to action (CTA), security and business certificates, social follow buttons with stats, a menu with different links than the primary menu, and a copyright notice. The footer items are centered.
EvangelicalBible.com shows the logo, contact info, small newsletter signup form, social buttons, copyright notice, store hours, and a back-to-top button.
This one is from CNet.com. It uses a full screen image with a CTA, copyright notice, menu, and links to top brands.
Avada’s Shop demo provides contact info, social buttons, top rated products with star ratings, latest posts, tags, copyright notice, and payment info.
Creating a Great Footer with Divi
Divi has built-in footer editing features. The Theme Customizer includes features for layout, widgets, footer elements, footer menu, and bottom bar. Choose from 10 layouts, customize the widget area, show social icons, create your own copyright notice, style the footer menu, style the footer credits, and disable or create your own footer credits.
Using a Plugin to Design your Footer
There are several plugins to help you create footers. Here are a few popular free and premium plugins:
- Do you design your own footer or use your themes’ default footer?
- Do you use a plugin or a theme builder to design your footer?
- What’s your favorite tool to build custom footers?
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Featured image by Jacob Rank