Finding inspiration has always been part of my work and life. I created Best Web Gallery back in 2006 as my personal bookmark tool where I featured the best design on the web. I’ve featured more than 1700+ sites in the past years. Today I’m happy to announce the redesign. The new design gives the site a huge facelift and more functional.

Upgraded to WordPress 3.2 and Themify

The major upgrade in the backend is the WordPress platform and the theme framework. I upgraded WordPress from version 2.2 which is a 4-year old version to the latest 3.2. The theme back-end is based on the Themify framework.

themify framework

Multiple Viewing Options

Each post has multiple viewing options:

  • click on the thumbnail to visit link in the same window
  • click on the comment icon to view the post details
  • click on the zoom icon to view link in lightbox
  • click on the new window icon to open link in a new window
viewing options

Lightbox Browsing

Browsing on Best Web Gallery is easier. Featured links can be opened in a lightbox mode and users can use the arrow keys to browse through the gallery without having to switch tabs or go back and forth.

preview

Full Size Screencap

The image screen capture is taken at full size 1200px wide.

full size screencap

Rating System

On top of the new design and platform, I also added a star rating plugin (suggested by many). Now you can rate the site and view the top 2o sites.

preview

Fluid & Responsive

The layout is completely fluid and responsive. It works in any resolution and all major browsers including Internet Explorer. If you are into the responsive design, read my tutorial on how to code a responsive design with media queries.

responsive

Welcome Chad Mueller

Lastly, I would like to introduce Chad Mueller of Inspiredology. Chad will be on board and handling the submissions and site management.

81 Comments

Jesse Shin
Aug 23, 2011 at 2:56 am

Great work.

Sagar Ranpise
Aug 23, 2011 at 4:23 am

Looks Great!

Naama
Aug 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

Looks great. i liked very much the design of the page number navigation on the bottom, and it’s all css!.

Question: what is the name of the star rating plugin?

Eric
Aug 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

What plugin or code did you use to allow user ratings?

Nick La
Aug 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The star rating plugin is: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gd-star-rating/

Pragmatic Design
Aug 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

I was surprised, after seeing nothing in my BWG RSS Feed empty for so long, to suddenly have a huge new list of wonderful websites to visit. And the site revamp works really well too :)

kevin
Aug 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

Nice redesign, one thing though, the list of categories on the hover of “gallery” is hardly readable for the small terms.

Btw, i’ve updated the infos on regrouped.net about bestwebgallery.

Cheers

kalen
Aug 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Looking very nice.

silcon
Aug 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I am a beginner of web desigining. i found the article quite interesting.I want to learn more about web design

Empregada Doméstica Sorocaba
Aug 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

It was great, now it`s better! The navigation are easier. Great job, Nick!

Peter
Aug 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Liked the responsiveness of the site and it feels very slick. Nice job!

Ines
Aug 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

Great, that you’re back ;)

Joscha
Aug 24, 2011 at 3:45 am

BWG is back. Great work! :D

Houston Web Designer
Aug 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

I like it, great upgrade to the site.

Richard Hill
Aug 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

Just spent a pleasant 15 looking around it. Some nice choices there.

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Anton Shepherd
Aug 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Congrats on the revamp. BWG has always been one of the best in the past, I kept coming back hoping for new updates. Great job on the redesign.

Sangmi
Aug 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hi Nick, the site is awesome and thanks for posting my site. Haha. I had no idea till I got a random email from this girl who visited your site. Holla!

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Aug 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Looks really great. Good job on the hard work and creativity.

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Aug 26, 2011 at 6:21 am

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ashu
Aug 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

Great,

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Aug 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Wow new look, this looks great…

Brisbane Osteo
Aug 29, 2011 at 2:49 am

Good job, it was great before, now…amazing!!

Patrick
Aug 29, 2011 at 3:01 am

This is great, you start redesign work with Ndesign, then Web designer wall, and now is bestwebgallery. Is icondock the next revamp?

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Peter
Aug 29, 2011 at 4:51 am

Great design! Fresh look with good old simplicity and usability. Looks great on my mobile too :)

Billy
Aug 29, 2011 at 6:56 am

Great Design…..

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shan
Aug 29, 2011 at 7:22 am

Really great design.Good job.keep it up…

rick
Aug 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

Thanks for the article! Love it!

ling
Aug 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

I check the best web gallery site every week to find inspirations. I am kinda upset since I found the site was not updated for a while. So excited to see the redesign of the site. love it!!!

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Aug 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I like the design. We had something like that on our website and it looked pretty good. I think we switched for speed issues I believe. Awesome design though. Good post.

Dani
Sep 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love the feel of the site – great job.

noel
Sep 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Good stuff, i really enjoy your work.

Damian
Sep 2, 2011 at 2:31 am

brilliant thnks

Robert
Sep 3, 2011 at 5:05 am

Really great design.Good job.keep it up

Roshan
Sep 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Loving the new and improved web design gallery!!!

Web Design Hull
Sep 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Great revamp of the site, it’s a great source of inspiration!

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Sep 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

Awesome design, i like this new look :) Keep it up this nice posting:)

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Sep 5, 2011 at 4:13 am

My sincere congratulations for this blog! It helped me a lot and enjoyed, especially since all your shares are interesting.

shan
Sep 5, 2011 at 7:00 am

Nice stuffs,really i like it.keep posting more and more.

Natalie Dewhirst
Sep 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

Excellent. I love the simplicity of the interface (your own site should be featured!). Love how you can see so many examples in a single frame. Love the star rating system (reminds me of Bridge). I bookmarked it!

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Sep 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

looking much better – bookmarked for future use :)

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Sep 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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Sep 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

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Sep 13, 2011 at 1:48 am

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Maverick
Sep 13, 2011 at 6:30 am

very user-friendly and looks good as well…. good work!

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Sep 15, 2011 at 4:25 am

Really great web gallery has been created by you. Very user friendly.

Julian
Sep 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

interesting post, Thanks

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Sep 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

Very good. I just looked your best web gallery site. it is looking really good. I submitted my website also. thanks

Web Design dubai
Sep 22, 2011 at 12:57 am

I submitted my website to your best web gallery site. how many days will take for review? thank you

Matin
Sep 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Great Thanks

hyvaa
Sep 23, 2011 at 1:31 am

BWG Created by you! Now I know!
Wow- love it.

Nicole S.
Sep 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Love it! What rating system are you using on this site? Is that Flash?

Ruud
Sep 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I really like the design.
Though I would like to see a page transition in some sort of way?
The second thing is that the top 20 consists of the highest rating, but shouldn’t the number of votes also be taken into account? I think that it would make the top 20 more valuable.

just my 2 cents ;)

mybookmart
Oct 3, 2011 at 2:15 am

nice design i like it

Web Design Bournemouth
Oct 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

I like the look of Themify – might give that a shot at some point.

I’ve come across Thesis before, which seems similar, but doesn’t have the range of ready-to-buy themes that Themify has.

Nice choice for your gallery ;-)

Many Thanks,
Darren.

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Oct 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

looks awesome! will give Themify a go!

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Oct 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

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Oct 19, 2011 at 3:41 am

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Oct 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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Oct 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

Awesome! Great to see it working again with up to date entries!

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Oct 29, 2011 at 5:28 am

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Nov 11, 2011 at 4:51 am

Great article.Thank you for sharing.

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Nov 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Looks good! Thanks for sharing.

Diane
Nov 15, 2011 at 12:20 am

Your work is inspiring as always. You have such a talent for picking trends and making them your own. This is a so clean and polished – well done Nick!

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Mar 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

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