There’s no question that the web is a beautiful thing, but it can also be a pain in the butt to design.

For years, web designers have struggled to find the right balance between style and functionality.

The best sites are designed to solve that problem, and it’s no longer a question of choosing the perfect website to showcase your brand.

Here are five sites that have taken design and functionality to new heights, and are offering designers a whole new way to use their skills.

1. Simple.com