Why Use a Web Design Template?

What is a Website Template?

Many smart and savvy businesses are choosing to use a website template, and avoiding employing a professional designer. Why? Well, there are clear benefits: saving on cost, saving on time, and ensuring quality.

Web templates close the gap between the amateur website owner learning to create his/her own website, and a one-off custom design.

What is a website template? A web template is a ready-made design for your website, including images, some navigation, preferably several sample pages and in some cases Flash animation. However, it has no content related to you or your business ? that must come from you! Remember that a web template must be customized / modified (to whatever degree you are comfortable with) to turn it into your very own website.

What about hiring a website designer, or using a quick-and-easy tool to build your own website?

The answer to this question is easy ? your, and your business', professional image. There is no other way to say this - if you do not have appropriate web / Internet design experience, don't put together a quick and dirty website and expect it to be a professional portrayal of you / your business!

So then do you have to spend a lot of money having a website custom designed for you? Well, you could. But you no longer need to!

A low-cost, but professional design

While selecting a ready-made web design template, you will probably browse through a collection of different website designs until you find one (or a few) that you like.

Expect to be able to at least see a screen capture of what your web page will look like, and hopefully a "see-in-action"? which lets you see exactly what you will be getting.

Choose your template carefully, and you will have a professional design, executed by a qualified designer with all due attention to accessibility, standards compliance, browser quirks and a lot of other things that you would not want to have to learn about from scratch, yourself! All for a fraction of the cost of hiring a custom website designer or design firm.

Avoid the common mistakes made when choosing a website template

Don't assume that every last thing within the template can be changed, easily. Of course anything can be changed if you have graphics knowledge, but for the novice, if you're unsure whether a particular graphic used can be easily replaced by your own image, ask the template designer! This is why it is best to choose a template store where the template designer provides personal support for his / her designs.

Sometimes one or more elements of the template design are intrinsic parts of the template, and cannot just be "swapped out" without technical knowledge. Good, professional template designers will offer a customization service to perform this kind of function for you.

What a template is ? and isn't

The website template you have chosen is a look-and-feel for your site. Some high-end templates have database back-ends and so on built in, but straightforward website templates are generally a "shell" for your website. Adding the content which is specific to your website, and "making it your own", involves editing the template. Fortunately, these days html / web editors are very easy to use, but be aware that you will need to do add content to the template to make into your website.

You will want to add your own text, set your meta tags (keywords and description), and possibly insert some product images into your product listing pages (if applicable).

Not the only one!

Most website templates are sold more than once ? which technically means that you won't have the only website on the Internet that looks like yours. However, don't consider this a problem ? with Google having over 8 billion sites (May 2005) in its inde, the chances of someone seeing another site that looks like yours are tiny. However, if you need a copyrighted design, ask the template designer about buying the template for exclusive use. This will increase the price though, and also depends on the template not having been sold before.

Web site templates are a cost-effective way to produce an attractive, professional website at a fraction of the cost of hiring your own web designer.

Julia Jackson is the owner of Xenon Web Services, specialising in website design and database design, as well as an online store of original, professional website templates.

http://web-site-templates.info
http://websitetemplates.co.za

Web Copy - What You Should Know First

Just what is web copy? Some people think that web copy is anything that is... Read More

Event Planning Must Include An Event Website

As part of your event planning you should seriously consider registering a special event domain.... Read More

Will You Site be a BIG SUCCESS. 7 Reasons Why It Might Not!

With so many new websites going up, it is hard sometimes to tell if your... Read More

Website Advertising: 10 Dynamic Tactics To Super-Charge Your Sales

Here are 10 dynamic website advertising tactics to super-charge your sales, starting now:1. Test different... Read More

Website Design Considerations

Q: Should I build and maintain my business Web site myself or pay someone else... Read More

Is Your Site Too Slow? Why Image Optimization Is Critical

Graphics are fun, but if you put in too many bells and whistles when you... Read More

Is Your Website Color As Inviting as Your Home? Does Color Really Matter?

We've all read the countless publications about effective web site design, outstanding written content and... Read More

Web Coach Tip: The Single Most Important and CRUCIAL Element of Your Web Site

Here's the single most important part of your website: YOUR WEB COPY! And remember: Your... Read More

5 Website Design Tips to Make Your Site More Attractive

The question that I most frequently hear from people is "How can I attract thousands... Read More

Got Web Traffic but Still Low Sales? Ten Ways to Selling Success - Part 2

Part one of this article is available at www.bookcoaching.com/freearticles/article-34.shtml. Have you put a... Read More

Concentrate On Web Content Instead Of Search Engine Optimization

For many webmasters the title of my article may seem like bad advice and contradict... Read More

Using CCS to Eliminate Tables

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets has opened up tremendous possibilities for improving web site designs,... Read More

The Best Simple Software For The Busy Webmaster

Here are a few programs I can't do without. They're free, and make being a... Read More

Essential Strategies To Make Your Web Copy Attractive To Your Target Audience

Reading on the web is different than reading in all other formats. People approach it... Read More

How to Choose a Website Design Company

The internet is full of web design companies pleading for your business. They all look... Read More

Custom Website Design - 3 Must Have Tools

Creating your own website can be fun and easy, as long as you have the... Read More

Keep It Simple, Stupid: The Beauty of a Clean Cut Website

Don't knock it; "Keep It Simple, Stupid" is a great rule to live by. Nobody... Read More

Long Copy Sales Letters on the Web: Hype or Not?

I have written before about long sales copy on the web. But I have more... Read More

Why You Should Use CSS

It seems more and more webmasters are using CSS for the design and layout of... Read More

Web Advertising: 10 Little Known Tricks To Help Convert Your Traffics To Buying Customers

You may not believe it, but people still judge things by their appearances.How does your... Read More

Why Use a Web Design Template?

What is a Website Template?Many smart and savvy businesses are choosing to use a website... Read More

Creating Quality Websites

Websites, there are literally billions of them out there in cyber-space. How many of them... Read More

How Do We Know When Its Time To Redesign Our Web Site?

A question we frequently get asked is, "how do we know when it is time... Read More

So You?re Hiring a Web Designer?You Have the Right to Demand these 7 Perks

Whether you're hiring a designer who has created 10 sites or 1000 sites for other... Read More

Using Graphic Design on Your Website

Almost everything is available on the web? products, services, e-books, software, audios,... Read More

How to Design a Search Engine Friendly Web Site

Many web site designers don't design their sites for the search engines. This is a... Read More

Breathe New Life Into Your Half-dead Website By Using Words That Sell

This article may come as a surprise to you.Especially since it is written by a... Read More

Testament To Testimonials

We have all seen websites showcasing their testimonials either spread strategically throughout the site or... Read More

Free Online Tools to Design (and Maintain) Your Website

These days, it seems that everyone has a website. Unfortunately, many of these websites are... Read More

Drupal Modules

There are plenty of Drupal Modules that you can install for your site as add-ons.... Read More

Web Page Building for Beginners 4

Page ranking by search engines such as Google are not only overrated but unusually explained... Read More

Choose & Use the Best Colors

The Psychology of ColorAre you using the best colors for your web site? Many web... Read More

Web Site Templates and Their Benefits

Unarguably, the most important part of your website is content. To draw in clients or... Read More

Ten Steps to a Winning Home Page

There's no doubt about it - the first page your site visitors see is the... Read More

Pop-Ups Still Work. At Least For The Time Being

Do you remember playing with the jack-in-the-box toy as a child? You knew that if... Read More

Flash Web Design - The Wave of the Future?

There are two camps when it comes to flash web design, those who believe it... Read More

Creating Your First Website

Building your first website can be very frustrating. It looks fairly easy, but almost always... Read More

Tips On Effectively Organizing Your Navigation

Not all links are created equal.While all of your links may be important, you must... Read More

The Seven Deadly Sins of Web Business Design

Before you take a road trip it is usually a good idea to know where... Read More

Save Time and Boost Profits with Free Content

Public domain gives you a head start creating ebooks, ecourses, newsletters, teleconferences,... Read More

Good Websites Stand Out From The Masses Of Boring, Hard To Travel Sites

Good websites stand out from the masses of boring, hard to travel, and overly commercial... Read More

Top Ten Fonts for Website Design

The top ten fonts for website design might change in order, but for the most... Read More

What Happened to My Website when I Deleted the Home Page by Mistake?

There is a widespread confusion among lots of new website designer concerning the home page.If... Read More

How to Create a Great Landing Page for Your Website

The landing page or entry page of your visitors is the most important page to... Read More

Designing Your Websites Directory Structure

Any kid, and their grandmother too, can make a webpage. There are many "wysiwyg" webpage... Read More

Website Design For Small Businesses

There are many different website design companies, offering different facilities such as flash design, however... Read More

Positive Design Attributes for a Successful Website

Designing a website is hard job, and requires you to think out a plan of... Read More

Content is Crucial!

Content is undoubtedly the most important element of a website. It is the defining factor... Read More

Turn Benefits Into Sales with Streaming Media

The "Wow" factor that accompanied the introduction of streaming media on the Web has long... Read More

How To Use Unsafe Web Colors With Minimum And Safety And Maximum And Profit

Do you want to use unsafe web colors without offending anyone? You can and you... Read More