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Building Web Sites Using Web Templates

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									by: M.Mukesh

Gone are the days when you had to rely on a web-designer to design your websites. New
technologies with innovative ideas have brought out a new variant to this trend in the form of
ready to use website templates.

So what are web templates?

Well, to put it in a simple way, web templates are nothing but readymade web-pages that can be
used to create websites in seconds! How you ask? Web templates act as html coded dummy web
pages that contain model content. Now these templates can be edited with ease (to add content,
graphics, logo, pictures etc) to create professional web pages in less time.

How to edit web templates

Now the next possible question that arises is as how to edit the web templates; isnt it? Thats
simple! Most web templates are editable and can be edited using popular html editors like
FrontPage, DreamWeaver, GoLive and Photoshop. These html editors are easy to use and have a
friendly interface. You need not be a pro to use them. Anyway in case anyone finds the editing
part difficult they can always go for template customization services that are provided by most
web template providers.

Are web templates really that green?

As a matter of fact, web templates can really help you save up lots of money and time and best of
all help you do professional work. Just imagine hiring a web designer to design your website. As
most of you must be aware, a web designer can charge you anything between $50 to $200 for
designing a single web-page! And then there is the time factor. Usually web-designers take a
minimum of 10 -15 days to complete a website. Heres where web templates come to the rescue.

Using a web template to create a website would cost you anything around $20 - $40 and thats not
all; websites designed using web templates could be over within a day after editing and pasting
graphics and will look professional too! So now it doesnt take an extraordinary mind to figure
out which is more lucrative.

What about Flash websites?

Designing a flash website is a real pain and might take lots of time and money. But in case you
believe in playing it smart your best bet would be to go for flash website templates. There are
many template websites that offer flash website templates of high quality at low costs. All you
need to do is insert content and you are ready to go!

Hey wait a minute I need to create a copyrighted website!

No problem! Almost all website template providers offer an option of copyrighted to non-
copyrighted templates. The major different between a copyrighted and a non copyrighted
template is the fact that copyrighted templates are sold only once and the purchaser of the
copyrighted template gets all user rights over it whereas in a non copyrighted template the rights
of usage stays with the template ownership company and can be sold again and again. So in case
you need to create a copyrighted website that is unique be sure to go for copyrighted website
templates.

How do I find out a quality template from an inferior one?

Quality web templates have the following features;

   1. Web-templates should be editable
   2. Web templates should be compatible with popular html editors
   3. The coding should be such that there is no alteration in the structure of the template on
      content/graphic insertion
   4. The web template should be easy to upload
   5. A webpage generated by a web template should download with ease in any browser

So in case your templates dont comply with the above, you can be sure they are of inferior
quality. Website templates are a great and easy way to host your website. So in case you are
game, go for good web template providers. Some good online website template provides are
www.buytemplates.net, freewebtemplates.com, dreamweaver-templates.net and
trendytemplates.com.

This article was posted on July 30, 2004

								
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