Both the homepage and the content pages need to come with clear structure and hierarchy of information. The menus play incredible role and they need to facilitate people into exploring the entire website. White space should also be used cleverly. A template that features one leading element is better than a template that is saying too much. It is all about having the right focus and impressing visitors immediately after they get to the website.
It is not necessary to have a lot f software to use design templates. You will need a text editor to modify the template. Anything from Notepad found on Windows computers to Adobe Dreamweaver will work. Notepad is very simple and offers no help in understanding design. Dreamweaver is a top shelf WYSIWYG editor. Dreamweaver will aid in modifying the template with very little skill required.It is very expensive, however. You may want an image program to edit images. You will need an FTP program to upload the finished pages and images to your server. That is about all you will need.
When you change your template by choosing Pick New Template, Blogger's system is intelligent enough to preserve the gadgets you currently have set up. For instance, if you have added some gadgets using the Add a Gadget link on the Layout -> Page Elements page, those gadgets will be preserved in your new template design. I'll discuss later a method for changing your template design that requires more caution.
Take the time and work with your user community to identify the common templates used throughout the organization. Collect and organize these templates so they can be easily found and included in a workgroup template location. Take the time to prune any templates that are no longer necessary and update any requiring attention. Also take the time to identify templates that are still needed. Ideally, every common form would have a corresponding template. This process will not be quick or easy, so it makes a far better place to start than with any of the other technology portions.
People that are interested in a cause should find the right tools that will help them interact with the nonprofit organization, ask questions and leave comments or remarks. Look for nonprofit web templates that encourage interactivity and the participation of the website's audience. Good templates should incorporate social network sharing buttons, e-mailing options, comments and the chance for people to rate content and photographs. Interactivity makes visitors explore a website for a longer period of time, which is precisely what you want to be achieving.
In order to effectively edit your template beyond simply changing fonts and colors in the variable definition section, you'll need to know (or be willing to learn) some things about CSS and the Blogger XML schema. It will likely take some studying of the existing XML setup and some experimenting to make the improvements you're looking for. As you make changes, you might want to keep a backup copy of your last working template so you don't have to go back to work from the original template file if you mess something up.
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