Debbie Austin Template January 23rd, 2020 - 04:01:58
Should you decide not to go with free website templates, and you look for professional design options, be prepared to spend a nice amount of money. Professional designers will usually require you to allocate a lot of money toward the development of a website. There are other elements involved as well, such as search engine optimization. What if your desire is not to have a really professional looking website, but just something that looks nice enough for you to present? Free website templates are perfect for just that.
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.
The perfect template for your website is out there somewhere; however, if it is already available, 9 chances out of 10 there is another website that uses the same template as you have chosen. If you truly want a unique template that is a reflection of you or your company, you might want to consider hiring a designer who can write an original template for you website. This will guarantee that your website will be the only site that is using this design. Of course, you will have to pay the designer, but they will not be able to sell the design unless you confirm.
I begin with the XML file as this is the file that will need to contain the instructions for Joomla to install the file, this files can become a stock standard copy and paste for the templates you construct, however if there any files that were used in the previous template and not in the new template you will need to remove them from the XML file or you will find a horrible error when you try to install the template in the backend of Joomla.
Choose a business template that represents your business. Are you into fashion, food, marketing or finance management? Whatever the nature of your business is, use it as a primary consideration in deciding which type of template you should use for your online business. If you're into financial management, why don't you give your clients a sense of psychological by choosing a template with a dominant blue color? After all, blue really stands for peace and security. Plus, if you want your business to send a message that it is the classic or traditional type, go with a template that uses simple font and images that suit your taste.
A final note on templates in general. Those willing to buy the software, take the time to learn it, and use a template should be aware that many templates are not "well coded." For the most part this may not effect or even matter to the template buyer. They will have a website and it will "work". Anyone who is also attempting to optimize their site for search engine placement, or who wants to make their site more efficient and use less code, should pay attention to the structure of the HTML files provided in the template. Many, though by no means all, templates, use a "tables" based layout that could be improved upon to make it more code efficient and make search engine optimization easier.