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The Best Website Background Templates to Check Out
If you're on the lookout for the best website templates, then you've come to the right place! In this guide, we're going to be taking a look at some of the coolest web backgrounds out there to help you transform your website's landing pages, hero sections and signup screens. These backgrounds can be used in so many contexts overall, and are a great way to add a pop of color to the backdrop of your site.
We'll be taking a look at a variety of types, from particle backgrounds to those including mesh gradients and so much more.
Let's get started!
Animated particles have been popular in lots of websites lately, and are great for landing pages, sign-in screens and so much more. There are lots of particle background sets available online, which you can purchase to make use of in your website.
These add an element of interactivity to your landing also, and I've found them to be quite effective in helping users stay on-site and become engaged with the content. The moving particles sure are eye-catching, I must say! There are lots of ways you could decorate a background such as this also, such as adding animated waves or an SVG wave to it for instance.
I'd also recommend adding a linear gradient to your particle backgrounds for a cool effect too!
2. Mesh Gradients
Mesh gradients have surged in popularity and are a great way to add an aesthetic backdrop to a hero section, signup pages and so much more. These are created by adding radial gradients together in CSS. They range from vibrant, bright mesh gradients to more subtle, pastel ones—there are so many styles to choose from overall!
If you'd like to find out how to create a mesh gradient, be sure to check out my guide on creating a mesh gradient in CSS. They primarily consist of stacking radial gradients of various colors together.
You'll see some examples in the image below.
3. SVG Triangle
A great way to decorate a mesh gradient further is by adding an SVG triangle, which creates a page divider effect. Lots of websites have been incorporating this design into their landing pages, including Stripe, for example.
To recreate this effect, simply create a mesh gradient (the link to the article is above) and then just add an SVG triangle underneath. You'll find an example of what it looks like in the image below.
The use of linear gradients is also quite a popular web design trend. Combining fun and vibrant colors together can make for quite an amazing backdrop overall!
Combinations can include neon purple with electric blues, bright pinks with orange, or lemon yellow with lawn green. Or, you could also try combining two different shades of the same color for a more subtle gradient, for instance a light purple with a slightly more neon purple.
You'll find some examples in the graphics below! You can also generate cool and vibrant gradients online using gradient generators, so be sure to check out my guide on the best gradient generators for a list.
To discover how to create a linear gradient background, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to create a linear gradient in CSS.
Here's an example of such a lovely gradient, combining sky blue with a neon purple. Looks great, right? You could combine this gradient with animated particles or SVG waves, for example.
5. Gradient and Waves
SVG waves can be added to a gradient background to create a wavy, page divider effect. They are either placed half-way down the page or at the end of the screen. Lots of websites have incorporated this design into their landing pages, and this design technique has been growing in popularity for quite some time.
I'd definitely recommend trying it out for your own website, as it's such a cool effect overall. It involves creating an SVG wave and then adding this to the end of the screen.
6. Triangle Background
These backgrounds often involve including triangles which move from one color to another, thus creating a cool gradient effect. Be sure to take a look at the example below!
7. Animated Waves
You can also animate SVG waves so that they move from one side to the other on the user's screen. It makes for a truly mesmerizing effect! Also, you could stack various waves of differing opacities together in order to create multiple waves. The wave at the front of the stack should be completely opaque, while the next wave should be semi-opaque and so on.
You could try combining these animated waves with a mesh gradient or linear gradient backdrop too.
Here's an example of a mesh gradient combined with some cool animated waves:
Website Background Templates
There are lots of animated particle effects to choose from, which can be combined with gradients for a cool background!
Mesh gradients have surged in popularity and are also known as "aurora gradients" in the design world.
For a cool effect, why not try adding an SVG triangle to a mesh gradient background?
For a fun and vibrant background, why not try adding a linear gradient?
Gradient and waves
SVG waves could be stacked over a gradient background for a cool design technique.
Triangle backgrounds make for a fun and vibrant backdrop to signup screens and landing hero sections.
Did you know you can also animate SVG waves?
Pastel backgrounds make for such an aesthetic backdrop!
8. Pastel gradients
Pastel gradients add such a lovely, aesthetic touch to websites. They are quite subtle and less vibrant than their other gradient counterparts, but they make for a lovely backdrop overall. If you're looking for a more toned-down version of the linear gradient example shown above, then I'd definitely recommend taking a look at pastel gradients instead.
The key to creating these involves combining gentle shades of colors together, from mauve and lilac to sky blue and meringue pink.
You'll find an example of a pastel gradient in the image below!
Hopefully you've discovered some great website background templates!
Thanks very much for reading this guide, hopefully you've found some incredibly useful and cool website background templates to check out! We've taken a look at a great variety of ideas, from animated particles to mesh gradients and everything-in-between. For more tools that help you generate backgrounds, be sure to take a look at my guide to the best sites that create website backgrounds.
Do you have any other ideas you'd like to recommend? Be sure to let me know down in the comments section below, as I'm always on the lookout for new backgrounds and web design techniques!
Thanks again for reading, and wishing you the very best with adding a background to your website!
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