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The Best Websites Of 2021

A collection of the best websites I've found over the last year built with a websites builder or CMS.

Last Updated April 14 2022

Written By Steve Benjamins

I have an ongoing collection of inspirational websites that are built with tools like Squarespace, Weebly, Wix and Wordpress. These are my favourite websites from that collection.

This list reflects my taste— I prefer websites with strong typography, clear navigation and bold photography. Check out my best website builder roundup if you'd like to build your own website.

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Douglas Cardinal studied at The University of British Columbia before moving to Texas and becoming an architecture student. His love for nature flows through his work and creates a unique flow of design.

Right as you enter his website, the tagline “Without any preconceptions, I evolve a design from the inside out, open to all possibilities.” mesmerizes you. His philosophy page is equally impressive, with mentions of his “signature style of harmonious curvilinear forms,” “understanding of architecture as a tool to better the world,” and more.

The central part: His portfolio items are placed a bit deep into the website under Work \> Categories (Spiritual, Educational, Health, Museums, Masterplans, Housing, Lodging, Civic, Commercial) \> Pages, but each portfolio piece is well presented with great pictures. We’d recommend keeping the portfolio items as easily accessible as possible.



Sasaki has been in the works for over 65 years and only continues to grow. Their design style blends many different outlooks to create a forward-moving design concept with sustainability at the top.

Their website has a modern feel to it. It has fantastic fonts, amazing animations, high-quality photos, and concise copy.

On their Projects page, they have a search bar to find if you are looking for any specific architecture design project and filters if you want to look at their projects in a particular sector, region, service, or type of architecture. In addition, each project’s details include multiple well-shot photos from across the project’s premises, and each photo has a precise, well-describing caption.

Just like with the Projects section, Sasaki nails all the website’s pages. In short, if you have a big architecture firm, Sasaki’s online portfolio and the website design are worth looking up to.



Benjamin is a photographer that captures some amazing images of harsh environments that’ll give you the chills just looking at them. His work is often completed in Iceland, you can find images of beautiful landscapes and animals that live in the wild.



Kaylux has a relatively small but cute selection of beauty products. You can find eye shadows, powders, body highlighters and false lashes.



You can figure out this beauty company as it says it all in the name. Super cool skincare products that find their color from natural fruits, and are infused with other powerhouses like green tea.



Church with 6 different locations in the San Francisco area. BACC is a Christian church that is open to a wide variety of individuals.



Inspired by and located in Kansas City, Jones Bar-B-Q is famous for its delicious flavors. The restaurant started back in 1970 and has since grown to produce sauces that can be purchased online from anywhere in the world.

For the website, they have chosen a red-based color palette for branding, so the visitors instantly connect them with something hot or exciting.

From a hierarchical viewpoint, they have an image of the freshly-made hot sauce and a big and bold text⁠ that reads “SAUCE MADE WITH LOVE IN KANSAS CITY⁠” at the top. Then, there’s a clear navigation bar (with a CTA to their online shop) and a separate highlighted call-to-action button, “Shop Sauces.”

In short, the hierarchy leads to their store. Their store is a typical three-column store made with the Squarespace ecommerce platform.



Allbirds sells men’s, women’s, and kids’ super comfy casual shoes. They are made with natural materials like wool and offer a unique style choice.

The ecommerce site features excellent copy, really good images, and a natural flow for potential buyers. Plus, everything is optimized for conversions ⁠— for example, notice the navigation bar: each link is to a commercial page; the navigation to non-commercial pages like the contact or about page is placed in the footer.

They also have great remarketing in-store: Whenever a visitor visits a product page but doesn’t buy the product, they are shown those products under “Take Another Look” right at the top of the homepage (whether the visitor is logged in or not).



The Supernatural brand features an exciting, plant-based way to get creative in the kitchen. All of their powder products and recipes are vibrant in color, better for you, and fun to use in the kitchen!

The no-copy, no-CTA hero section gives the website a clean look. And the yellow-based color scheme matches with their packaging and ad & social media post colors, giving it consistent branding.

Their shop section has a lot of negative space, product image thumbnails that change on hover, and minimal captions. The product description copy is straightforward and well-structured, and each product has associated customer reviews at the bottom that add social proof.



Minna is an organic tea company selling many different tea flavors in individual cans or a variety packs. Their teas are free of the excessive sugar you’ll find in most teas yet still taste light and delicious.

The full-sized header image, the white space throughout the homepage, the CSS parallax scrolling effect, and the appropriate colorful sections…all are examples of modern-day web design trends. Also, minor details like adding nutritional facts and relevant certificates near the “Order Online” CTAs elevate the visitors’ trust in the brand.

Note : The Minna website is more like a landing page for branding. The CTAs take potential buyers to their Amazon listings.

One minor error you should avoid: The navigation text isn’t contrasting enough to the background image, so the visitors will struggle to see the “Shop Tea” link.



In Zurich Switzerland you’ll find this small and intimate festival that includes low key bands and delicious snacks. It is put on entirely by volunteers and is a non-profit organization that uses any earnings it makes to help put on the next festival.



Moon Choi is based out of New York City, and the designs of this line fit well within the city. They are sophisticated and combine menswear into women’s fashion for a sophisticated look.



Personal Effects is a menswear line located in London. You can find items for men ranging from basic tees to outerwear. All pieces are handmade with attention to detail using the best fabrics available.



Rumba Watches has locations in New York and LA. They also offer stylish sunglasses along with their watches. They make functional pieces, that are stylish and made to last.



Inspired by and located in Kansas City, Jones Bar-B-Q is famous for its’ delicious flavors. The restaurant started back in 1970, and has since grown producing sauces that can be purchased from anywhere in the world.



The Supernatural brand features an exciting, plant-based way to get creative in the kitchen. All of their powder products and recipes are vibrant in color, better for you and fun to use in the kitchen!



Minna is an organic tea company selling many different tea flavors in individual cans or in a variety pack. Their teas are free of the excessive sugar you’ll find in most teas, yet still taste light and delicious.



Tasty Shop has some pretty cool and different recipes, that look delicious! Aside from that, you can purchase their products like cookware, bake ware and utensils in vibrant color choices.



An all around lovely and clean-cut website for all of your recipe desires. Find collections based on meals, in addition to snack beverages and more. You can subscribe to a monthly newsletter as well to have recipes delivered to your inbox.



This site is a digital food publication based in Singapore. You can read about all things related to food, travel and nightlife. They provide authentic reviews on all their trials so that you know what your getting into!



Avery Cox is located in Texas, where she adds a unique style that is colorful and bold to the spaces she designs. She gained experience working in New York, with some big name designers that allowed her to take what she learned and apply that to her own business.



Ver Designs is a design and merchandising company located in California. They work on commercial spaces, project management, architectural critique and more.



Singer-Songwriter based in Toronto that focuses on writing music that a variety of individuals and emotional states can connect with. You can access his blog, listen to his music and learn about upcoming events on his site.



Try Alpha is an organization made up of groups around the world, and videos for those interested in Christ. No specific background is necessary and it’s open to opinions and questions from people of all backgrounds that have an interest in learning more about Christ.



Josh is from the Bay Area, but has traveled throughout the years sharing his talents in music, dance and acting. You can find music on his website and links to his YouTube channel as well.



Devon is the Squarespace website design guru. If you need an impressive website, this is your guy. Additionally he provides training in these departments and additional plugins that may be needed as well.



You may have seen Lin-Manual Miranda in the Broadway show “Hamilton”. He is also the creator of that play, and has won a ton of awards including a Grammy and an Emmy.



Meiwen is a professional photographer that features travel, people, editorial and interior photography. He is also a designer, combining his many artistic talents to help his clients with branding, artistic direction and more.



Adrieana is a photographer raised in New Jersey. She has some sharp and breathtaking images of animals, people and more. There are a lot of black and whites for a classic yet loud vibe. She also used to be an opera singer and learned a lot about what it meant to succeed from her years in that field.



Commercial photographer that provides images that stand for something and accompany important messages. You can check out his “press” tab from the website and see where his images have been featured, and read articles about the photographer and his skills.



Duncan Trusell is a comedic podcast host. He has episodes that discuss and explore spirituality and debatable topics like after life and reincarnation for example.



The Friday Habit is a system to help entrepreneurs to grow their business by intentionally setting aside time on Fridays.



Meiwen is a professional photographer that features travel, people, editorial, and interior photography. He is also a designer, combining his many artistic talents to help his clients with branding, art direction, and more.

His website is minimalistic. On the homepage, he has gone with the two main things: a short bio and his photography and design portfolio with a few featured items. The minimal navigation bar helps visitors find more of his portfolio items, the contact form, or the primary social media profiles (Behance, Instagram, and Pinterest).



As you see on the home page of the website, Fat Choy is located in New York and mixes Chinese and Vegan flavors. They offer dine in, carry out and outdoor dining options for their customer base.



Three centered links are laid over a full-screen image which morphs in response to different cursor positions. This is an extremely visual website you can use to promote your establishment.



An image-heavy restaurant website designed to attract customers with stunning pictures of gourmet dishes. Photos are enhanced with a darkening fade effect.



Perfect for gyms, personal trainers or any businesses focused on fitness. Striking motivational images will get customers pumped to join your classes.



Ashley Easter is an activist, speaker, author, coach, and advocate of abuse survivors. Whether it’s on stage at an event, or in a coaching session, Ashley empowers survivors of abuse to change the world.



Inspired by and located in Kansas City, Jones Bar-B-Q is famous for its’ delicious flavors. The restaurant started back in 1970, and has since grown producing sauces that can be purchased from anywhere in the world.



As you see on the home page of the website, Fat Choy is located in New York and mixes Chinese and Vegan flavors. They offer dine in, carry out and outdoor dining options for their customer base.



The Supernatural brand features an exciting, plant-based way to get creative in the kitchen. All of their powder products and recipes are vibrant in color, better for you and fun to use in the kitchen!



Minna is an organic tea company selling many different tea flavors in individual cans or in a variety pack. Their teas are free of the excessive sugar you’ll find in most teas, yet still taste light and delicious.



Personal Effects is a menswear line located in London. You can find items for men ranging from basic tees to outerwear. All pieces are handmade with attention to detail using the best fabrics available.



Meiwen is a professional photographer that features travel, people, editorial and interior photography. He is also a designer, combining his many artistic talents to help his clients with branding, artistic direction and more.



Minaa is a mental health professional who is truly passionate about what she does. Aside from her general services, she focuses on self-care and learning tools that support a better quality of life through the guides she’s written.



Meiwen is a professional photographer that features travel, people, editorial and interior photography. He is also a designer, combining his many artistic talents to help his clients with branding, artistic direction and more.



Minaa is a professional in the mental health field that is truly passionate about what she does. Aside from her general services, she puts a focus on self-care and learning tools that support a better quality of life.



Minaa is a professional in the mental health field that is truly passionate about what she does. Aside from her general services, she puts a focus on self-care and learning tools that support a better quality of life.



Clean, elegant design. A great example of what you want a wedding website to be. Plus: lots of room to showcase engagement photos.