Do you borrow ideas from other websites?

trustdnb

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Have you ever tried to copy some ideas in web design from other websites you found and liked its layouts or colors?

I have but not much, just some part as button, header, footer or some interesting parts from popular websites.

What about you? have you ever done the same? What have you copied or borrowed?
 

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I'm often checking out competitors sites and seeing how they do things and thinking, I can do that, but better.

Also sometimes I'll be on a site and I'll be looking at something on it thinking I like what they've done there and how they've done that, something like that would be valuable on my site.

So I more use other sites for "ideas and inspiration" but I never directly copy their ideas and slap them onto my site. I take them, digest them then regurgitate something of my own.
 

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One of the first site's I built to try to make money with was a static HTML site. I copied the CSS file from someone else's website because I liked the layout and look of that site. So I took that file out of my temporary internet files folder and modified it slightly - changed some colors I think. I loved that site. Looking back at it now, it was a giant piece of crap. But I loved it at the time and thought it was excellent. The written content on the site was actually quite good, but the look of the site was so cheesy it is embarrassing. If I had kept it looking like that, anyone visiting the site today would instantly bounce.

When I come across a good site that looks cool, often times I will view the HTML so I can see if they are using a commercially sold theme and CMS. I have found a lot of great Wordpress themes by doing that. Then I just go buy the theme for my own use if I have a use for it. Or else I will add it to a list that I keep of cool themes. One of the most annoying parts of building a website, in my opinion, is to find the right look for the site. I absolutely hate how much time that takes. It feels like such an unproductive experience for me. I can't stand wading through theme after theme after theme looking for the "right" one for that project. And I wish I could delegate it to someone else.
 

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Personally, I always try to be unique when I build a site. I don't want it to look like another site, I want there to be a good enough difference that it will stand out and make an impression. This doesn't always work out with all my sites due to the type of site they might be or what field/niche, but that's the main goal.

I do sometimes however take a look at other sites that are either in the same or similar niche/field and use what I see as inspiration on what exactly I want to do with mine.

Sometimes when I just happen to come across a website I like the looks, layout, function, etc., I will bookmark that site for later reference when I am building a new site or remodeling an existing site.

I do like my sites to be original as much as possible while still serving their intended purpose.

Some of my sites are more original than others! ;)
 

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As much as we like to be unique and plagiarism free in our ideas, we anyhow tend to get amazed with some sort of design and try making the same in our websites: while its definitely not stealing, we keep our creativity and imagination to make the idea more appealing: as much as i want to deny , but yes we get inspired by the lucrative ideas of other websites
 

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Same here. you can check your competitors sites and videos and try to do better creation and better designs. even the way you create and design content.
 

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There are some instances but not actually copying. Just looking for some ideas about the design and more likely done it on other way.
 

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Honestly, I never copied idea from other site but use to get an idea.
 
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