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ASK DN: Minimalist CSS Gallery I've been building since 2009. Is it useful?

6 years ago from , Siiimple.com

Minimalist CSS Gallery: http://www.siiimple.com/

So I've had this site going for what seems like an eternity. It's a basic gallery of sites I've collected over the years - started with sites I found interesting and over time became a full-fledged css gallery - another one of those. It's a fun side-project that has never ended...Wondering if anyone has any advice how to make it worthwhile - either monetizing it in some way or simply building on it.

I know the search features aren't great, and that's something that could be built on, added to, etc. Any helpful advice would be cool.

13 comments

  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, 6 years ago

    If you don't mind me asking, I'm curious what kind of traffic this site gets each month?

    3 points
  • Lee HordLee Hord, 6 years ago

    I really like it, nice and clean, simple.

    I would be tempted to move the save action next to the favourite/like button and make the entire image clickable to visit the linked website.

    Also I can't seem to see an obvious option to register, am I missing something?

    The site feels really nice, I do like a good design/pattern gallery.

    2 points
    • Justin YoungJustin Young, 6 years ago

      Thanks, yes, I had a registration option so users could save sites they preferred into their account. I removed it recently because I had some odd issues with spam that I was trying to sort out. It's still there for current users but new registrations are not currently available.

      0 points
  • Mitchell AkomolafeMitchell Akomolafe, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Absolutely gorgeous site, really well done. I'll definitely be visiting in the future.

    Just wondering if there's any way to subscribe to receive email notifications when new sites have been added?

    1 point
  • Steven BrownSteven Brown, almost 6 years ago

    Looks really nice. Good place to get inspiration. Would be nice to see the website load without needing JS to set the height its seems glitchy onload. I would add padding bottom to the div surrounding the image to get the right ratio then absolute position the image, then you don't see the layout thrashing on load.

    1 point
  • Maciej Golebiewski, 6 years ago

    Bookmarked. This is great!

    1 point
  • Charles KiarieCharles Kiarie, 6 years ago

    Just to say I found siiimple.com back in 2014 when I was really new to all this I still visit the sit and I find it amazingly helpful. People usually default to using Ad's and well they seem to work...what about getting exclusive sponsors or something?

    Or sell themes and templates basically web assets.

    0 points
  • Matt Smadner, 6 years ago

    I love this site and check it all the time. I would love to help out any way you may need.

    0 points
  • Kirsty MarrKirsty Marr, 6 years ago

    I have a folder of sites like these that I've bookmarked. I find them really useful and visit each one a couple times a month. I think yours stands out since the sites on there are different from the rest. Most of the sites I frequent tend to have the same designs in their feeds.

    I've never heard of your site though... I specifically search for these kinds of sites and have never stumbled on yours before, maybe you need some better seo? I would usually search for "minimal web design inspiration" not "minimalist css gallery".

    I really like the way that http://www.siteinspire.com/websites has their ads btw. Integrates right into the feed, but is still well designed and obvious.

    0 points
  • Recep KütükRecep Kütük, 6 years ago

    I know and follow this site (among many others) and I can't even remember how many times my submissions to this site got rejeceted :D Ironically, that's why I like it and keep following it, I really love the tone of your selections, it conveys a certain understanding of quality. Please keep up the good work!

    0 points
  • David DarnesDavid Darnes, 6 years ago

    Always liked this site, but I have to admit it's been a while since I checked it out.

    I would've suggested adding some tasteful advertising and referrals but I see you're doing that already. Great job with those by the way, they are clear but they don't ruin the design or distract users from the main content.

    The fact that the site name doesn't actually directly mention CSS makes me think that you could expand into other aspects of site design. Could it be a "minimalist site gallery" which filters down to CSS, JS or even content types? Like government sites, trade, fashion? Maybe these themes have been explored before, but a brand name like Siiimple you can easily widen your scope to all sorts of web design. Food for thought :)

    0 points
  • Sherizan SheikhSherizan Sheikh, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Awesome stuff!

    0 points
  • Tim BowenTim Bowen, almost 6 years ago

    Well done. I hope you keep this going!

    0 points