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.
It is possible to fall into a number of design traps if you are not completely comfortable with web design. Those who have at one time used Microsoft FrontPage are aware that it is possible to build certain constructions that look the same but have different construction. This may look good when viewed only with Microsoft Internet Explorer. The same page view with Firefox or another browser may find that it is all out of shape and balance. The design skill that goes into the building of a good template will save a person from this danger. The template will have proper structure and consistency in its design. It will probably have commented areas which show where to type in the text. This consistency makes a good website and saves us from the pain of getting negative comments on our work.
But before talking more about this matter it's important to remember that it's only allowed to edit the codes of the template when you got it for free. Otherwise, you may face copyright infringement problems if you do edit templates that are being sold online.
If you make frequent changes to your website you are likely in a hurry for them. Changes made through a web design firm may lag behind your schedule. When you have your site based on a good template and understand that template it is easy to make changes quickly. With some skill it is possible to change ads, add articles and change prices.
Two of a nonprofit website's main functions are to lure volunteers into getting involved and to stimulate others to provide donations for the cause. These two goals can be achieved more successfully through the selection of the right design template. Pick templates that encourage donations and volunteer work. These templates will usually feature highly visible, contrasting buttons on the homepage and the content pages. The buttons come with a call to action and make it easier for everyone who is willing to get involved.
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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