Archive for February, 2005
To create professional websites is not an easy task by any means. There are many things that you got to take into consideration like easy navigation, strategic links, clean coding, professional layout, easy downloading, scanability, usability and so on. These are the elements that differentiate a professional website from a mediocre one. So in a way it’s not designing the website that counts but how the website is designed.
The only option that most of us have in order to design a good website is to hire a web- designer. Web-designers can help you come up with a great website that looks professional and is coded to perfection, but what about the time factor, leave alone the costs. Here’s where web templates come to the rescue.
by James Berg
A Web Template is a ready-made website design created to use it as a basis for fast and high-quality website development. Just add your text and pictures to our template – and you get a functional and individual site ready for upload!
A website template can be used to build your personal webpage or huge corporate site, online shop or offline presentation or even as a design for the software you develop! And everything you create is going to be easy, fast and professional!
Our templates can suit the needs of the beginners without making them spend months and months studying HTML and design software. They are also perfect for web designers looking for new ideas and constrained by tight schedules. These products will suit the needs of active businessmen who want to develop a web project with minimal cost and time investments or for a hosting company offering customers supplementary web design services.
Once there was a time when website budgets where pretty substantial. It was easy for me in the late 90’s to find web site jobs at $5000 and $10 000 a shot. It got to the point that I would refuse anything under 5k!
Budgets slashed and the competition fierce
But those days are long gone, and now we have to put out web sites with budgets that are often times 10% of what they used to be! If you think that’s bad, it gets even worse – not only are the budgets slashed, the overall competition is stronger and in much greater numbers!
Putting out crappy looking web site doesn’t cut it anymore
Back in the early 90’s, many web designers were able to do well even if the work wasn’t the most beautiful. Today the web has matured and there are now many hotshot web designers out there, so putting out crappy looking websites just doesn’t cut it anymore – 1995 is long gone.
Although designing a great web site is an important part of developing a successful online business, it is often becomes a problem for newcomers to Internet business.
The vulgar problem is the lack of money. It usually costs from $500 up to $3000 or even more to develop a professional perfect looking website; but what to do if you don’t have such heap of money?
Of course you can make the site by yourself – luckily there’re lots of tutorials and other related stuff that can be easily found on the web and sometimes is of great use.
Do you really think that it’s so easy to create a professional looking website? Do you really think all these professionals at web design companies get their money just for nothing?
Just imagine that a few days after you find yourself staring at the monitor with your fingers shaking over the keyboard but with no result on the monitor or with a really poor result. Do you like such a perspective? Is it an effective way to get a nice website?
STOP! Don’t panic! There’s a solution! You shouldn’t torture yourself anymore trying to get something on your monitor which exists only in your imagination and you don’t need to pay enormous sum to some guys who call themselves developers for doing something which bears a strong resemblance to design.
by Chip Lane
I’ve seen articles (and websites) that suggest you can buy a website template and skip the expense of hiring a professional website designer. Recently, I read several testimonials from the very satisfied customers of a website template vendor that mentioned how quickly they were able to get their sites done. The template vendor commented that he/she had known people to complete their websites in around two hours.
With experiences and statements like these, it not surprising that more and more people are attempting to build websites themselves. I think that’s great in a way. For those of us who are concerned about the trends in the web industry and community, it’s great to see more people becoming web oriented and involved.
However, I think there is a misunderstanding by many of these people about what a website template really is – and is not. At this point, I think it only fair that I should mention that I am a professional website designer (the person you supposedly don’t need anymore). I should also mention that this is not my sole motivation for questioning this idea of templates replacing web designers. As a matter of fact, I think website templates are extremely useful. I recommend using them to my clients as a way of getting a great graphical look for their site. What I hope to convey is that template consumers need to know what they are and what they aren’t getting with a template.
Web design templates are easy to customize. Each template is provided with all necessary source files. Just add your creative ideas to the chosen design and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get an exclusive high quality website in no time.
The basic concept of template customization has been summarized in the following notes. Pay close attention to the hyperlinks, which will redirect you to helpful resources.
CSS Web Template is a website design created using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) technology. Cascading Style Sheets provide web developers an easy way to format and style web pages. CSS will be used even more because it’s the ideal compromise for browsers and the way out of the browser wars.
CSS templates allow enhanced browser and platform compatibility (CSS supporting browsers are used by 99,98% of existent web surfers). Your website will look perfect in Windows, *nix and Mac browsers. The template is primarily tested on multiple platforms to ensure better requirements compliance.
Style Sheets is the easiest way to provide a default font styling for HTML. So you can modify the whole text and link colors on all pages editing just a single CSS file! CSS also makes your coding much easier because you don’t have to numerously repeat the formatting tags. Such trimmer code equals faster download time and reduced bandwidth usage.
CSS templates show 100% compatibility with Macromedia Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage. Other web editors also handle this technology easier than usual HTML code.