The key benefit of a template parameter based control is template management. Rather than require multiple templates for the same site, you can have one template with a variety of layouts. This technique is a real time-saver when you need to make changes to the template; instead of updating several templates with the same modification - and processing the changes in the site - you only need to alter one. Moreover, template parameter-based layouts allow master designers to hand off carefully crafted templates to be implemented by junior designers or even those with no design skills whatsoever, like Contribute users.
Before beginning the discussion about the pros and cons of using a template to design a website, we need to know what exactly it is. Spoken in a layman's term, a website template is a pre-designed website that you can buy and then customize the same by adding your own content to launch your own website. The website templates can be customized in terms of color, images and content and leave little to imagination as regards the end product. However, it has both advantages and disadvantages.
Templates should be dimensionally stable, durable and capable of taking the fine details. Solid wood is a poor choice for templates as it is not dimensionally stable. While steel is stable and durable if you accidentally touch a spinning bit to a template made from steel, you will probably wreck the bit and the template. Acrylic is transparent and allows for visibility of the work beneath but a slow bearing can generate enough heat from friction to melt a template made out of acrylic. Although all of these materials can be used, Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) is probably the best choice and has shown to produce great results.
If you don't want to have to pay for a design, like mentioned earlier, you can always write your own. Because of the language of the software, it is best if you know a little bit about it, as well as, HTML and CSS coding, or you could get lost easily in the process. There is software available that will assist you in writing your own templates, whether they are back end templates or front end templates. So, the choice is yours. I'm sure you can find the layout and style that you are looking for; however, it may take a little time to find it.
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.
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