These days, almost everyone needs a website, whether they're a REALTOR trying to sell condos and lofts or an artist trying to make their way in the world; however, not everyone is capable of designing and programming their own websites. Luckily, there are thousands of templates out there that you can use. This article will explain what a template is, how to find them, how much they cost, and which templates are best suited for the type of website that you want.
A template is a pre-designed website "shell" that can be uploaded as a package through your web host's control panel. Once the template is installed, you can edit your website using a series of option panels and typing boxes into which you simply add your content and upload it into the template. It is the template's job to display what you upload properly by arranging your photos and text into set forms. You can see how each template organizes information by viewing samples or other live sites that use the template. Here's an example of a real estate brokerage that uses a template specially designed for their industry, which include features that are useful in their business (such as handling listings data and open house information): Terrequity.com
The easiest way to use a website template is to download a template management platform such as Wordpress, Drupal, Movable Type, or Joomla. These platforms come with access to thousands of free templates that are verified by the platform designers as functional and virus free. You can also download templates in programs such as PHP, CSS, and Java directly from their designers, but some of them may be loaded with ads, contaminated by viruses, or cost money.
Choosing a template will probably be the most time consuming part of constructing your sitee. Each template will have strengths and weaknesses. Some might look cluttered, others too sparse, some may have shopping cart support while others are strictly designed for blogging and still others are designed to display photos. Before your site goes live, download and test several different templates to find the one that works best for your needs.
It is unlikely that you will find the perfect template. Some will be the wrong color, be missing a function, or not display your titles in the right place for your taste; however, before dismissing a template, investigate the degree to which you can choose options such as font style, text size, photo alignment, and banner photo. With these options enabled you can customize your site to look completely unique and perfect suited to your content.