View Full Version : Where do you get your ideas?

03-23-2007, 01:54 AM
I have been wanting to start a site again ever since my host screwed me over and messed up all my databases that had everything I worked. It was a pretty successful site and with all that work gone I gave up on it.

I have been trying to come up with ideas for a couple months now and I still draw blanks.

I just wanted to know where everyone gets their ideas from / what inspires everyone.

03-23-2007, 02:46 AM
Well... other people's portfolios/sites are a great place to start. Other sites will sometimes give you great ideas for layouts and other stuff. Google is a good place to start.

Usually when I need a new look for my site or something I browse around, check out what everything looks like at that time, and then try and figure something from there - usually for me though I try to stick to what hasn't been done yet so my site's original and etc.

03-23-2007, 06:38 AM
well a design isnt hard to come up with, the thing im having trouble coming up with is site topic... what should it be about or what can i offer no one else currently does.

i have the coding ability just not the idea

03-23-2007, 11:15 AM
What was your original site about? Is ther still a market for it?

03-23-2007, 07:34 PM
New ideas are few and far between - almost every new site on the web is just a rehash of an old concept. The key is to find a niche that is underexploited either because there aren't very many people doing it online or because the sites that are doing it are badly designed or badly marketed.

To that end, your best source of inspiration is likely to be other people's badly done jobs, or interesting ideas that exist in the real world that have yet to make the transition to the web.

Edit: There's one more as well, ideas that may have been well done but in one country, that for users in other countries are either impossible or difficult to use. I see this a lot where often the only place to buy something is online from a US-centric website, and shipping costs end up being prohibitively expensive, or I'm just put off by the fact that I have to order from another country. That means for me there's often room to make a UK equivalent that has the potential to be successful over here despite the existence of market dominating websites in other locations.

03-23-2007, 07:52 PM
Also what are you interested in? If you have some interest or hobby and have ever been like "gosh, it'd be nice if there was a good site about it", you've got a possible topic.

03-24-2007, 08:01 PM
well my site was a gaming site, i had thought about making a myspace / xanga site before they had gotten big but I wasn't as experienced and now theres no way of competing there unless i got a team together to make it 1000x better wich is very possible.

that is why im looking for other ideas, and my gaming site brought revenue through adsence

03-24-2007, 09:17 PM
I take it this is going to be a personal web site. I usually get my inspiration from people wanting a site, so the hardest job is done for me! That's the great thing about working for customers, they tell you want they want and you build it!

I've had a few personal sites over the last year or so, but I keep changing them because I either get bored, or find a shortfall with the site that doesn't do as I expected, so I just start again.

What I'd say to you is, try something out, if it doesn't work you'll have learnt something, got some practise and are ready to try again with something better!

03-25-2007, 02:11 AM
Well I like well designed sites with a "minimalist style". Basically I like the look of uncluttered pages with small color sets.

I agree with all the above comments.

Some other thoughts: Sometimes advertising and printed materials have simple beautiful visual designs. So you don't necessarily only have to look at other websites for inspiration. There are many printed materials that have bold minimalist designs that can transfer quite well to the web.

Don't overlook navigation either. A simple navigation system will do wonders for a website. I prefer sites that don't have a deep navigation structure. Basically I like sites where you can get to anyplace within 2 clicks. For me 3 clicks are too many, and tit doen't matter if the sight is 30 pages or 50 pages.

When adding content to web pages don't be afraid to use local libraries. A lot of the content on the web is fairly derivative - basically content based on other websites. So I like to do some research in libraries and that will give you
subject content that is genuinely authorative and original.

Another thing you can do is speak to real live humans. This is especially useful
with subjects where information frequently changes and needs updating. Also by speaking to human sources you can get a sense of passion and interest in the subject.

OK cheers


03-25-2007, 02:33 AM
Oh another thing. I also like sites that express personal opinionsl.

The one's I like best are those that express thoughtful opinions that challenge me to think about things differently - even if the opinion is a bit radical
and perhaps even bordering on the offensive. :D

So don't be afraid to make a personal point of view known - it could attract a lot of readers.


03-25-2007, 02:53 PM
Lookin at what other people are doing can inspire check out other ppls thread

03-25-2007, 07:48 PM
thanks guys, i think i found an application i'm going to make and release, its not something that hasn't been done before but it will give me a good amount of practice and it will look nice on a portofolio lol