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quality of templates at web hosting companies

    • 2 posts
    March 20, 2009 10:56 AM EDT
    For a basic (no-ecommerce or video) web site for my business,  can I get reasonably good functionality, design and ease from the templates supplied by the popular web hosting companies?   

    Or do I need to have it designed by someone else?
    • 14 posts
    December 14, 2012 6:12 PM EST

    To finalize a template for a website is actually a tough job but for ease of customers so many web companies have been developed many free templates which can be customized and changed after.

    Outsource web design & development

    • 5 posts
    June 1, 2013 2:01 AM EDT

    Using site templates are a cost saving measure, but scarcely plug and-play. You'll still have to tweak the content to suit the spaces and will most likely want a programmer familiar with Cascading Style Sheets to have it match your company brand, if the documents have been created in HTML. In Addition, the templates generally come with picture-based navigation elements which should be edited in Photoshop or associated applications. For novices, it is a timewaster.  


    • 26 posts
    April 10, 2009 8:16 AM EDT
    Using website templates are a cost-saving measure, but rarely plug-and-play.  If the files have been designed in HTML, you will still need to tweak the content to fit the provided spaces and will probably want a developer familiar with Cascading Style Sheets to have it match your business brand.  Moreover, the templates usually come with image-based navigation elements that are to be edited in Photoshop or related software.  For beginners, this is a time-waster.  What will take you hours to attempt can be readily completed by a skilled graphic designer in minutes.  Even templates that are supposedly easy require some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP and while you may not create a website that is complete trash, it may also not match the the picture you had of it when purchasing the template.  (Those were done by skilled designers, naturally, and they are designed to sell.)

    In short, my advice to you and other web novices is to find a template and either hire a web developer to make it your own or purchase the add-on customization services that the template seller offers.  Of course, purchasing a unique design, especially for simple sites, is still affordable.

    If you would like to receive a quote on a project that you are ready to move forward, I would be happy to help.

    Tammi L. Coles
    Archer Targeted Communication
    Follow me on Twitter @archertc

    • 412 posts
    March 20, 2009 11:10 AM EDT
    Could be the supplied templates will be fine, it`s dependent on if they fit your site concept and needs .... see what they have available .... however there`s the possibility that other people may use the same template, losing the originality aspect if you want that ... also, check with the hosting company to see if the template is portable, if it`s html based or generator based, and if it is SEO friendly.

    M Hall
    Website Critique Community
    International Society of Curmudgeons

    • 747 posts
    March 20, 2009 1:52 PM EDT
    Plus there are many many FREE template available on the web.
    Certainly, you would want to change any template to make it yourown.

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