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.
Web templates is indeed a more affordable option than hiring a web designer to build website from scratch. Even experienced web designers sometimes use web template as a base to create websites for their clients, or browsing through template websites to get ideas for a web design project. They often use a web site template as the foundation for a web site design. For example, use the main layout design of the template, but change all the logos, menu bar, titles, graphics and color scheme so to make the page design personalized.
Understanding each type of template will allow you to make an educated choice for your business. A flash template is a great way to show creative artwork or showcase your photos. A Cascading Style Sheet or CSS template has been designed to work on multi-platform (different devices) and on multi-browsers. This means no matter what you are viewing the web page on it will look perfect. HTML templates can give you an attractive easy to use layout that will allow you to maintain the web template to your liking.
There are both free and paid templates available for your use. With a few exceptions the free templates will come with a licence that gives rules for its use. Creative Commons licenses are often used by the creator of free web design templates. The rules may require that you use the template for only certain purposes. Attribution is often required which means that you must give proper credit to the author and not claim the design for yourself. The license is often included in the template download. If the license is not included in the download or the website you may assume that there is no license.
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.
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