Templates are web designs in a box. You just edit for content (logos, pictures, text) and publish to the net. This can be the fastest way to a quality web design.
There are essentially 4 steps.
- Buy a template. I recommend TemplateMonster.com. I`ve used their products in the past, and continue to purchase from them for quick starts to projects.
- Edit the template using Dreamweaver or any free web site editors. I use Dreamweaver from time to time, but actually do most of my coding by hand. However, a great free editor (I`ve used in the past) is CoffeeCup.
- You`ll need to host your website online. The host I use (and have used for years) is Dreamhost.com. Use the promo code redfish to save $25. They`ve got all the options you can think of! If you just want space, and you want someone else to manage all the details for you I recommend my hosting service. You can message me and we can set it up (as little as $5/month-to-month and no setup fees - and you`ll still be getting Dreamhost for less!). With hosting you`ll also need to buy a domain (www.yourbusiness.com). I recommend purchasing your domain when you purchase your hosting - it is much easier, otherwise you have to use some advanced DNS services.
- Upload your website using an FTP program. There are tutorials about how to do this or if you use my hosting I will help you set it all up. CuteFTP is a great piece of software and has a trial. The software I use is no longer available. You can also use online versions.
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