14 one-page website examples to draw inspiration from

July 05, 2024 - 7 min read

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14 one-page website examples to draw inspiration from

Author: Mary Mattingly

Your brand is about to launch a new app and you’ve been looking for a way to capture people’s attention. 

And it’s been A LOT.

You want something simple and elegant, but the options you’ve seen are about running paid ads. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But, you: 

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That’s where one-page websites step in. A self-contained site that does a good job of capturing the user's attention and has all the information they’ll need to take action quickly. 

These types of sites are easy to create and navigate, helping you achieve your business goals too. 

So, how do I create one?

We put together 14 of some of the best one-page website examples to draw inspiration from. 

So sit back, grab a cup of joe, and see how these examples can get the creative wheels turning for your next project.

What is a one-page website?

A one-page website is a site that’s created to provide detailed information about a brand, product, or service using a single HTML page.

That means users don’t have to click multiple times to access important details. They can just scroll through the page to find what they need and that’s all. 

Think of it as your personal business card with the essential details people need to know about you or your business. 

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And these essentials could include:

  • A contact form so visitors can reach you with ease. 
  • Services to show users what you can offer them.
  • Testimonials to add social proof from customers who’ve had positive experiences with your brand.
  • Pricing to inform prospective customers about the cost of your product or service.
  • A call to action so users know the next steps to take.

Now, another thing you should know about one-pagers is that they don’t have internal links.

You’ll see, however, anchor links to external pages or other sections of the site. 

Based on the description we’ve given one-pagers, you may think they’re kinda similar to landing pages. They both use one HTML page and have very focused content. 

But that’s pretty much where their similarities end and differences begin.  And here’s how:

A landing page is where people land from a promotional campaign while you’d use a one-pager as a brand’s main page or a product page. Also, while one-page sites usually get traffic from organic sources, landing pages get from paid traffic, social media, email campaigns, etc.

But let’s get back to one-pagers and how they can be a lifeline for different businesses––startups, eCommerce marketers, and small businesses––by ensuring users have quick access to the info they need to make decisions.

Simply put, creating one-pagers can be a good deal for your brand. 

But if you still need some more convincing, we added a brief explanation below to quickly explain why investing in it is a good idea. So, shall we?

Why is using a one-page website important?

Focus! That’s one reason why using a one-page site is important. 

Imagine you’re building an online presence for a creative agency and decide to use a one-pager.  

This approach would save you the stress of building multiple pages from scratch. You get to focus on only what visitors need to know about the brand like the About, Service, or Contact section.

All your efforts will be centered on designing those sections and creating content for them. 

If it was a multi-page website, you’d be all over the place. Working on creating other pages for the business website, mapping out internal links for the site, or thinking of the right content to fit the different pages.  

Simply put, using a one-pager means your work is cut out for you.  

In addition to that, here are other reasons why they’re a good choice:

  • 📱Seamless mobile experience. Imagine you’re scrolling through a favorite website on your smartphone. But instead of clicking between pages, everything flows smoothly. Readers won’t have to jump between pages, tapping *open link in new tab* over and over. No more dead ends. 

They get to explore everything they need and be on their merry way in seconds. Kind of the way you scroll on Instagram, swiping through Reels.

That’s one of the super-powers of one-pagers. 

  • Fast loading time: On one-page sites, everything you’ll need is on a single page. In developer language, that means the site needs less code, small-sized elements, and fewer HTTP requests. 

Translation? Your users would experience quick download time and fast loading times.

  • 👷Cheaper maintenance: Building multi-page sites is expensive. You have to hire a developer to write code for multiple pages. Your content creator has to produce more web content. Designers also have to put in more effort. 

None of that is cheap.

On the flip side, one-page sites will cost much less to create. As it’s just one page, you won’t need as much content or code compared to multi-page sites. Designers just need to pick a theme with a clear hierarchy and you’re good to go. 

And if you use a tool like Ceros Studio for design, you can go beyond having cool design aesthetics. You can throw in interactions like parallax scrolling to keep site visitors engaged. 

  • 💰Increased conversions: One-pagers typically have a very clear mission. From the moment users step in, it’s clear what you want them to do. So it’s easy for them to take action and that can lead to more conversions for you in the long run. 

Think a one-page site is something you’d like to create?

Take a look at the examples we’ve gathered below.

14 real-life examples of one-page websites that really pop

Even though one-pagers are easy to navigate, creating them can be a lot of work. 

According to Danula Wickramaarachchi, chief operation officer at eLearningUK, you’ll need to properly plan each section to ensure all your content can fit into a small space. 

You also run the risk of overwhelming users with too much content,” he says. 

We don’t want that for you.  

So to help you get the ball rolling, we sourced 14 single-page website examples to inspire you.

1. Allies Marketing

Our first single-page website is from a gaming influencer marketing agency, Allies. 

GIF of Allies' single-page website for a gaming influencer agency, opening with 'The marketing agency for talents and brands.' Scrolling reveals elegant fonts and interactive designs.

GIF Source: Allies Marketing

A good one-pager opens with a clear mission statement so visitors know what they’re in for. It gives them clarity so they immediately understand the site's purpose and decide whether or not to engage with it. 

And that’s what Allies Marketing did. 

When you enter the site, you’re greeted with the sentence: “The marketing agency for talents and brands.” A perfect summary of what their brand is about. 

As you scroll through the site, you’ll notice that the designers used elegant fonts and interactive designs in all the sections. This both reinforced the brand’s mission and made navigation on the site fun and interactive.  

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Using scroll-triggered animations can give users an immersive experience. That’s an interactive element and it nails capturing and sustaining people’s attention excellently. In a report by the Content Marketing Institute, 81% of users have been swayed by its appeal.
  • Adding vertical menus simplifies navigation for visitors. It allows them to skip to different sections of the site.

2. Dolox, Inc.

A one-page website should be visually compelling and strategically designed to captivate visitors immediately.

GIF of Dolox's website that features engaging elements like GIFs and interactive animations.

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Dolox’s designers understood the assignment and opened the floor with a GIF playing from an animated laptop. 

This visual gave visitors an intro to the site and the services it offers. When you use visuals like this, it helps you

  • Convey information more easily.
  • Make the website interesting for viewers.
  • Ensure the site is memorable too.

But the Dolox team didn’t stop there. 

Scroll down a little bit and users are taken on a journey through Dolox’s workflow.

The site does a good job of showcasing its services in an interactive way using animations and adding information visitors need, such as location and contact information.

But then, you have to be strategic when adding info like that to your side. You want to place it in a location that’s easy for users to interact with. In Dolox’s case, some of them were placed at the bottom of the page. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Storytelling can help increase engagement on your one-pager.
  • Using animations ensures your visitors aren’t overwhelmed with a lot of information. Instead of more text to explain a concept, visuals help demonstrate how it works. 
  • Remember to add fun design elements that represent your brand’s style.

3. Josef Kjærgaard

One-page sites are very versatile. They’re fluid and can take on any role you want them to like event promotions, single products, or portfolios like this one by Josef. 👇

Screenshot of Josef Kjærgaard's minimalist one-page online portfolio.

Image Source: Josef Kjærgaard

Josef is a full-stack developer with loads of experience.  But for his one-pager, he decided to go minimalist. 

He used an off-white theme for the site which is great for seamless readability and added all his professional information. Starting with his last three projects, CV, and skills.

To the right, you’ll find his headshot, contact information, and a vertical menu for easy navigation. 

An unconventional site but effective for a portfolio.

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • You can use minimalistic designs to help visitors stay focused on important information.
  • Usability–AKA how users interact with and navigate through the site– often drives the design choices for a website, like layout, visual elements, and overall structure.

4. Refire

Refire is a hydrogen energy technology company. You’d think that an organization like theirs would opt for a multi-page site because of the different services they offer. 

Well, they didn’t. 

GIF of Refire's single-page website with immersive videos, visuals, storytelling, stats, and interactive elements like a show/hide toggle.

Image Source: Refire

Once you enter the site, you’ll want to keep scrolling thanks to immersive videos.

This one-pager portrays its mission using captivating visuals, storytelling, and statistics. There are also micro-interactions like the show/hide toggle to increase user engagement on the site. 

Refire used visuals to reinforce its success and show the impact of its product in real-time.

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Videos and interactive elements like the show/hide toggle can give your one-pager the wow effect that’ll keep users engaged on the site. They get to interact with the site by exploring the hidden content 
  • Adding a visual hierarchy will help visitors focus on the essential info. Refire first hooked users with their immersive video, followed by some stats, and then another beautiful visual, making them curious about what’s next. 

5. Beyond Venice

One-page websites are quite effective when it comes to promoting events as they provide visitors with all the info they’ll need to make quick decisions. And it presents information in a way that’s easy for people to digest. 

Beyond Venice is a good example of a beautiful one-page website that provides users with all the info they need.

Beyond Venice music festival site with ornate masks, columns, and 'An immersive experience unlike anything else.' 'Sign Up' button at center.

Image Source: Beyond Venice

It’s a music festival that boasts of an immersive, spiritual experience. 

Here, they began with a catchy header that makes you think the festival is a party in ancient Rome. 

Then if you scroll down, you see artists who’ve been involved in the past. 

You’ll notice the site doesn’t have lots of text. 

Instead, there are headshots of past participants and a summary of the experience visitors can expect. In a way, that was like a testimonial assuring prospects they were in for a good time. 

Applying the approach Beyond Venice used here is a good way to get people focused on the details you want them to.

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • You can use appealing header images to spark interest in visitors and get them curious enough to check out the site.
  • Your choice of typography should reflect the brand’s style. Notice how unique the font they used is to Beyond Venice, not something you’ll probably see everywhere.

6. Pien Geerlings

Here’s another example of a single-page site that’s also a portfolio. This time, it’s from a freelancer.

Portfolio site of photographer Pien Geerlings with a white theme, showcasing model images in a minimalist 'Discover My Work' section.

Image Source: Pien Geerlings

The designer went straight to the point with this site. 

Using a white-themed background, all you’ll see when you visit is a display of Pien’s works. 

It shows pictures in a slideshow format and videos at the bottom of the site. Just before the end of the page is a form to contact the photographer. 

That’s all!

It’s simple, elegant, and has all the details a potential customer will need to make a decision. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • You don’t always need written content to create a user-friendly website. Engaging visuals can do the trick!
  • For portfolios, let your work speak to your audience.

7. Change By Design

Change by Design is an event for creatives held in Norway. 

Change By Design event website with bold typography, color combos, 'WHAT? NOW?' text, and scroll-triggered background color changes.

Image Source: Change By Design

At first, the site looks like the artwork of a music album. But this one-pager displays all the event’s important details using a mix of bold typography and color combos. An effective approach considering creatives love to see relatable art in their design.

It has an action-triggered interaction where the background color changes as a user scrolls through. And this delivers a captivating experience to users, allowing them to access the event information in a fun way.   

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Micro-interactions like parallax scrolling or highlighting can be subtle and yet effective. In the Change By Design site, it drew users into the site and sorta motivated them to interact with it too.  
  • Ensure your website design creatively communicates all important details within a short space. You can do this by using a visual hierarchy where you arrange site elements in order of importance.

8. The Rafael

The Rafael’s website has a beautiful aura about it. 

GIF of The Rafael's one-page website with a black-and-white theme.

Image Source: The Rafael

As you enter the page, you’re greeted with an architectural layout of The Rafael and The Julian buildings in downtown Brooklyn to get you curious. 

The site features a black-and-white theme with blocks of text for easy description. 

And when you scroll down, you’re given a crash course on the properties, including: 

  • What the neighborhood is like
  • The available amenities
  • Unit types
  • A gallery of the building’s interior

Basically capturing everything required to make a decision. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • A navigation menu at the top of the page can help users navigate your site more easily. With a single click, they can move to different sections of the page.
  • Using consistent design elements such as button styles and navigation can make your site more accessible.

9. Types and Pixels

Our next example is this one-page site for a creative agency. And what’s one thing brands like this love to do?

Wow their audience, right? That’s what the designers here did.

Types and Pixels one-page website for a creative agency.

Image Source: Types and Pixels

They started with a moving gallery of eye-catching animations, pictures, and cartoony icons to dazzle viewers.  

After that is a brief ‘about’ section summarizing who they are and what they can do. 

Then, they used parallax scrolling and witty visuals to show off their case studies. A pretty cool way to let their audience know what they can offer. 

In a nutshell, the site design helps position the brand as a leader in their field primarily using visuals and interactive scrolling effects. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Using creative ways to showcase your service can hold people’s attention and get them to engage with you. Types and Pixels did that with their site using more visuals and less text.
  • Few menu items can help guide the user’s focus in the direction you want. The example above used only three, Work, About, and Contact, which was most likely all they wanted their audience to see.  

10. Apple Plug

A witty parody of the Apple website, Apple Plug is a one-pager that can give you ideas on what elements can be included in yours.

Apple Plug one-page website, a witty parody of the Apple website that features a minimalist design.

Image Source: Apple Plug

Apple Plug featured a minimalist design, similar to Apple with lots of white space, a good use of visual hierarchy, and goofy copy. 

They’ve got a horizontal menu to help users navigate the site effectively. You’ll also find eye-catching visuals and icons that capture people’s attention.  

Overall, the site does a great job of highlighting the fake product and gives users a call to action (CTA). 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • The position of your CTA makes it easy for people to engage with it.
  • It’s okay to be witty with your copy and get visitors to laugh a little.

11. Pixel Lab

One-page websites should be catchy, interactive, and do a good job of highlighting the brand’s services. 

Pixel Lab is an example of a one-pager that does just this. 

The site’s homepage loads to an animated visual of an actual lab. 

GIF of Pixel Lab's one-page website showing an animated lab, project drop-downs, and seamless navigation with a top menu bar.

GIF Source: Pixel Lab

The website covers the lab’s completed projects in a pretty fun way. You click on the numbers beside it and a drop-down of another project appears.

Then, they have an About Us section that leads up to their Contact Us page. 

Pixel Lab’s navigation is seamless with a top menu bar guiding users to different sections of the site. And ensuring they have a smooth user experience.

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Appealing visuals give users an immersive experience that’ll encourage them to engage with the site.
  • Using slideshows for projects can make the page feel less cluttered.

12. Gerard Stric

You can create an online portfolio without the typical chunky text approach and instead show a blend of your projects, skillset, and favorite tools. That’s what freelance designer, Gerard Stric, opted for here.

GIF of Gerard Stric's one-page online portfolio.

GIF Source: Gerard Stric

His portfolio features a clean layout with hover effects to make the site more engaging. You barely find blocks of text on this design. 

Instead, you’ll see a professional headshot of him, a gallery of his work, and his contact information. 

With this approach, potential clients know what you have to offer almost immediately. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • If you’re designing a portfolio, including more projects and skillsets has more impact than chunks of text.
  • Adding interactive elements to your portfolio will help showcase your skills effectively.

13. Brittany Chiang

Brittany Chiang’s portfolio website is another one-pager you can draw inspiration from. 

GIF of Brittany Chiang's one-page portfolio website featuring a parallax effect.

GIF Source: Brittany Chiang

The main feature here is the parallax effect Brittany used for her site. 

Brittany’s site has a brief intro and vertical menu used as the site’s background. 

As you scroll the site, you’re taken from the About section through to her resume and then completed projects. 

The design here is quite simple, with a static intro and other parts moving when you scroll.

It’s a perfect way to showcase her experience and skills.

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Organizing information properly will help users navigate the site seamlessly.
  • Thinking outside the box as Brittany did will always help capture people’s attention.

14. Heippa

Thinking of promoting a single product? 

You can use a one-page layout like Heippa did here: 

Screenshot of Heippa's one-page website promoting a single product.

Image Source: Heippa

For this example, the designers combined high-quality images with engaging color schemes. 

They broke down the site into segments. Each section guides users through what Heippa is and how it works. 

Key design takeaways from this website 

  • Product one-pagers should have a CTA they can follow at every section. 
  • Visual images have a role to play in creating an interactive website and having smooth transitions. 

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It’s now time to bring this guide to a close. 

So, what’s next for you?

We’re pretty sure you can’t wait to start designing your one-pagers now. To help you get started, we’ve got one more trick that’ll help ensure a smooth ride going forward.

It’s time, designer

You've explored some exceptional one-pagers and (hopefully) gleaned inspiration from their innovative designs. Now, the canvas awaits your own masterpiece. But where do you start?

That’s where Ceros comes in. More than just a tool, Ceros empowers you to bring your creative visions to life with intuitive ease. 

With a user-friendly interface and a suite of interactive capabilities, Studio enables you to craft elegant and immersive websites that captivate and engage. Whether you're building from scratch or leveraging one of our hundreds of customizable website templates, the process is streamlined and adaptable to your needs.

Don’t just take our word for it—experience the magic yourself.

Request a demo today, and discover how effortlessly you can set up your one-pager with Ceros.

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