Catalina Morales Template February 24th, 2020 - 02:31:19
Now there are some instances where free website templates may not be a good idea. Maybe your goal is to create a highly specialized website. If your goal is to create a highly specialized website, then free templates may not work for you. You would need something a little bit more customized. You can do simple research on the Internet to find a design that might work for you for the time being, but most likely you want something that is custom made to fit the image you are trying to create for your website.
There are many options for keeping machine templates up to date, but most should have an incremental copy utility like ROBOCOPY at the heart of their operation. If you choose to use ROBOCOPY, make sure that you use the /MIR option to make sure that it cleans up deleted templates as well as copying updated ones. You may need to have a few copy steps in your process. One step should copy any "generic" templates. A second step should copy any business unit/department specific templates. Finally, a third step to cleanup any templates that should not be shown to the current user. If you prefer, you can also use file system permissions to control what templates individuals can see/use, but then whatever distribution method you use will need to support running tasks as a user other than the logged in user.
Few other options for editing the provided PSD files exist. Only using the native program will allow full advantage to be taken of the file's information. Some programs can open PSD files but cannot edit them. Some may be able to import the layers of a PSD file into their own native format for editing. A freeware alternative is "the GIMP". GIMP stands for "GNU Image Manipulation Program". The GIMP can import and read PSD files, though it may have trouble keeping text in an easily editable format. Other options are Macromedia Fireworks and PaintShop Pro. Though cheaper than Photoshop, Fireworks is still on the expensive side of the spectrum. Coming in around $100, PaintShop Pro is a cheaper alternative to Photoshop or Fireworks, but will also require some time and effort be devoted to learning its capabilities. Again, it's important to point out these programs will not replace Photoshop as the ideal editor for the native PSD format. They will likely not support advanced features of the original PSD files and may not even be able to open some PSD files.
However, if a person wishes to go for a template, rather than a designer, he will have to observe the attributes and characteristics of the template, which includes design and style that can match the central theme of the site. For instance, if a website owner has gardening as his central theme, he can go for a template having patterns of gardening tools, pots, green and natural scenery. This will offer a great impression in the minds of the viewers and they can also be attracted to visit the website again.
Things only become more complicated beyond text. Your website design software may allow you to change text and move graphics and images around on the page, but it will not allow you to modify the content of the graphics or images. In most cases templates have graphical headers or graphics over images and logos that will contain similar placeholder text. This kind of "text" cannot be edited via Notepad or any other web design software because it is actually an image. Virtually every template package available today will come with large, editable graphic files in a format called "PSD." These are "PhotoShop Documents", and may only be fully edited by the industry standard Adobe Photoshop program. PhotoShop is the 500 pound gorilla of graphic design, it can do just about anything with the humble pixel. This kind of power comes with a high price tag, though. Coming in around $500-$600 street price, that's just the first investment Photoshop requires. The second is the time and effort to learn the effective use of the program. Opening a template's PSD file will likely result in a cascade of "layers" and "slices" even an experienced Photoshop hand would take time to digest.