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10 Modern Templates for Inspiration

Ramona Nemeth-Csoka
Ramona Nemeth-Csoka
December 12, 2022

The first website went live on August 6, 1991. It was a basic site, on white background, using black text and blue links. As the years have passed the technology has evolved. As a result, people could create more interesting websites. For example, they could add different colors, images, various effects and animations. Thanks to these new technologies we can create gorgeous modern website templates.

What makes a template feel modern?

Designing a template in 2023 doesn’t mean it will be a modern template. In fact, lots of websites are still created in a non-modern style. This can raise the question: what makes a template feel modern? Well, I’ve collected some of the signs to help you recognize a modern template.


Modern templates tend to be minimalist. Minimalist design prioritizes the essential elements. So, a minimalist website doesn’t have anything that’s unnecessary. In fact, it follows the saying “less is more” using the design around the content.

Micro animations

Micro animations are small animations that enrich your website. In fact, they give visual feedback to the visitor while they go through the website. Additionally, they help create a better experience with various parts of the site. For example, if you have a hamburger menu you can use a micro animation to make it appear. This animation will help clarify the action of what’s happened.

Full page Headers

The header is probably the most important part of the website. It’s the first thing the visitor sees when they arrive on your site. So your header needs to catch their attention fast and make them scroll down. A full page header offers plenty of space to display a captivating headline and nice visuals.

Bright colors

We’re not living in 1991 anymore. While the first website’s design was acceptable back then, people have changed since then. They expect pleasant looking sites. They want colors, to make the pages more interesting. Designers of modern templates like to use bright colors to stand out.

3D effects

According to modern template design, adding depth to the site makes it more appealing. So, modern designers use various tools to achieve the feel of depth and create 3D effects. For example, they might use box shadows on images or boxes. Or, they might use the Parallax effect to make the page more attractive.


Illustrations are custom made designs that make the website look more interesting. Additionally, they can strengthen the message because they give a visual clue.

10 modern template examples for inspiration

Do you want to create a modern website template, but don’t know where to start? We’ve gathered 10 amazing modern template examples for you. They can be your inspiration to create something amazing. In fact, you can import them to Smart Slider 3 Pro and fine-tune them for your site.

1. Greek Restaurant

Greek Restaurant modern template

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The first example showcases a colorful full page header. Also, many of its sections have the parallax effect. Additionally, it has layer animations. Some are basic animations: they move and fade. However, some others are more special, as they’re colorful reveal animations.

2. Bonsai

Bonsai modern template

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The Bonsai is a modern template that uses a minimalist approach. It has large white spaces and solid colors. It also has a Shape Divider at the bottom.

3. 404 Illustration

404 Illustration modern template

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Illustrations are one of the coolest trends of modern web design. They help to enrich the website with shapes and figures. As a result, it will be interesting and personal. So, it’s worth using illustrations in a modern template.

4. Green Energy

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The Green Energy is a modern template that features several awesome animations. They make the page load more interesting and bring some interactivity to the page.

5. Product Compare

Product Compare template

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A modern template doesn’t have to be minimalistic, but it’s a great addition. The Product Compare example is a clean and minimalist template. It displays a blurred color background and colorful images. Additionally, it has an animated Shape Divider.

6. Cosmetics

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This modern template example focuses on the main picture. In fact, it has very little content that’s placed to the bottom left corner. There’s also a frame around it, which provides space for the navigation arrows and bullets. When your slider focuses on images, it’s worth giving them a nice animation. In this case, the Morph animation appears on the images during slide switching.

7. Security Block

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Bold colors and the illustrations are the first things you’ll notice on this modern template. The final result is spectacular and outstanding.

8. Showcase Portfolio

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This template is a bit different than the others. Of course, the most obvious difference is that it displays more slides at a time. However, this is not what makes the Showcase Portfolio a modern template. Actually, the way it was built makes it modern. Each slide uses a different bright or pastel color that just shines on the page.

9. Feature Card

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You can find beautiful bright purple, orange and green colors on this template. Additionally, there is a top and bottom Shape Divider and 3D animation. Just three of the many amazing things this modern template can offer you. It’s a versatile template, so you can easily make it fit into your website.

10. Smart Bank

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The Smart Bank example’s most interesting feature is the gradient on the headline and button. The effect uses bright colors, which immediately catch the visitor’s attention. Additionally, it has the Particle effect that moves behind the main content.

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Unlike 30 years ago, today’s visitors expect to see colorful websites. This gives designers a great challenge when they design websites. Creating a modern template can help you amaze your visitors. People like modern templates, as they are colorful. Additionally, they have lots of effects and animations which enrich the visitor’s experience. It’s time for you to modernize your site. While you’re at it, why not use a template?

Ramona Nemeth-Csoka

About Author

Hi, I’m Ramona and I’m a member of Nextend‘s awesome support team. You’ve probably chat with me if you’ve submit a support ticket. When I’m not answering support emails I read a book or go cycling. I enjoy writing as well, both for our blog and for my private projects.