Archive for April, 2007

What is a Web Template?

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

A web template is a framework of graphics and style created to simplify the web design process. A template is created with design elements excluding unique content effectively separating design and content elements. Templates vary in style and complexity.

Types of Web Templates

All-Page Template – a template encompasses an entire page including all design elements. Most elements including a header, footer, graphics and content location are fixed.

Block Templates – Only a portion of a website is included in template format. Menu bars or headers might be fixed on an otherwise dynamic website.

Template Engines - Templates used in conjunction with a template engine can be used to create mass-produced pages. Customized content contained within a database is combined with a pre-selected template to create mass-produce pages of a website. The template engine creates slightly differing pages based on database entries with little or no manual input of content into the web design.

Web Design Templates – Templates used for more personalized customization to create a more complex and unique website. These pages are updated in a more manual fashion. They may also contain fewer pages as they are not mass-produced via template engine.


Friday, April 20th, 2007

Google has quickly become the search engine of choice for a vast number of internet browsers, requiring web developers to focus heavily on optimizing page visibility for Google’s crawlers. Ensuring quick access to every file on a site can mean more pages get indexed, allowing for better keyword results. Many developers focus on directory structure to enhance results, a practice that can make most sites, especially those containing hundreds or thousands of pages, easy to manage. Still, a directory must be more than a random organization of folders and files. Good directories improve indexing speed and provide an organizational structure to the site. Consider the following examples when organizing your site. (more…)

Advantages of Website Templates

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The main reason why people use website templates is to get an advantage in the form of it being faster in making the website that can often be as many as five to ten times faster than other means of creating a website. Professionals who are expert web designers can do the job, but the whole process is much slower.

You would also get better quality of finished product if you use a website template since the one’s that are already created are aesthetic as well as professional and provide maximum functionality as well. With ease of editing of the website template possible, you can create truly artistic websites without much fuss or bother.

A website template will also not necessarily mean spending a lot of money, as for a small sum of money; you can get a quality design that will provide a basis for creating your own website. Spending fewer than one hundred dollars provides you with a full-site creation with many pages, and for two hundred dollars you can get the templates adapted to your particular requirements. (more…)

Defining Website Templates

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

If you aren’t a web designer and need to create a webpage, you don’t have to go through all that painful process. If there is one thing that Internet has shown us is that you can find services of any kind inside it. Web templates aren’t the exception. You only need to enter the following keywords: web templates, website templates or web templates and you will obtain thousands of results.

However, what are web templates exactly? Basically, website templates are the structure for the “text side” of your website. That means that within web site templates you will be able to find the content plus the html code.

Remember that web templates come empty. The only thing that you need to do is to insert your content in the predefined spaces of the website templates; the programming does the rest. You’ll see how the pre-programmed code of web site templates arranges the content perfectly. (more…)

Website Design Templates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

If you are building a consumer driver website, it needs to look the part. Websites designed for search engines and spiders are not of the same caliber as websites for actual customers or clients. All marketers know it is best to start dabbling in a project to test its possibilities before committing full-scale, and the best way to do so is to create a basic site, and see if the target customers start arriving.

To build this site, you need to use better techniques than with previous, non-visually based websites. The cheapest and easiest way to do so is to use web design templates. These can help bridge the gap between concept and success, and most templates are so professional in appearance; they might be exactly what you need when the business really gets rolling, too.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Templates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Web templates can be a huge asset to busy web designers. The variety of templates available is astounding, and almost any style of website can be developed using a template as a foundation. With that being said, there are also reasons to think carefully before selecting a template at random.

Advantages of Web Templates

Web templates have many advantages over custom designed sites. The most obvious advantage is the cost and time element. A web template costs considerably less than a custom website, but the quality of the design is often consistent with the custom variety.

Constructing a website from a template also can save a great deal of time. Custom sites can take months, but template based sites can be created in days, perhaps even hours. The more time that is spent initially in planning a website’s purpose and features, the less time the actual site creation will take.

If you know what is important in the design before shopping for a template, you can find a template that is the right color, contains the right graphics, and customize anything else. A well-designed template can be customized to almost any degree. It is unlikely that one of the millions of templates available will be absolutely perfect. However, if the basic elements of a site are present in the design, you can always add or delete pages, fix the buttons or make any other changes necessary.

Using Web Templates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Creating websites was once a job best undertaken by professionals with years of experience and often a high fee. Fortunately, this is no longer the case as the internet is now filled with web templates to help the average user design a professional looking website - without the help of a paid designer.

Web Templates

Web templates are best compared to paint-by–number pictures so popular among the toddler set. They are simply pre-designed websites that make it simple to add relevant information, content, links, logos, and pictures. The HTML coding is already set up, and by cutting and pasting to add the items that make a site unique, a user can design an effective website in very little time, and for very little money.

Readymade Web Templates - The Negatives

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Pre-designed web templates, for most of us, at first may appear to be really handy creations. But a bit of closer analysis would reveal that it has some glaring drawbacks that could eventually lead to more issues than solutions later on for the webmasters. Given below are few reasons why readymade web templates are not so good an idea.

  • The issue starts with the code itself, which ideally must be search engine friendly. Unfortunately, virtually none of the free web templates available in the web have search engine friendly codes. Then there are templates created entirely in Flash, which are unspiderable. People tend to overlook such crucial aspects usually.
  • W3C compliance: Most of the ready made web templates available in the web are not W3C compliant, which in fact sets the standard for website coding.
  • Another essential property of a website is its cross browser compatibility. That is, how it is programmed to be compatible with all popular browsers in vogue. Many of the pre-designed web templates are not optimized this way.
  • In web design, there are certain best practices or quality standards that every web designer strictly adheres to (like positioning the logo on the top left hand side of the webpage). But, the same cannot be said about pre-designed web templates.
  • Yet another major flaw observed with pre-designed web templates is its navigation. In most cases, the navigation used in free web templates rarely meets one’s actual requirements. What is the use in having such a website?

To sum it up, unless yours is not a freak website, it is always better to have a website designed by professionals than going for a free web template for the sake of saving few hundred dollars. If you do so, sooner or later, you’ll end up spending more.

Flash Templates - Making the Right Choice

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Flash, or interactive animated portions of a website, are one of the latest technologies to span the globe. As most internet browsers, as well as operating systems, now have flash players equipped, it seems only logical to put a little sparkle into any company website. This is not always as fool-proof as it seems, however. While Flash is a valuable aspect of a website for most individuals or companies, there are some who should consider the decision carefully.

What are Flash Templates?

Most small businesses who want to incorporate Flash into a website use Flash templates. These templates are great timesaving, budget friendly measures that greatly simplify website design. All web templates are basic outlines containing design aspects for a website. The uniqueness of the Flash templates is in the actual animated portions of the design.