Using a website template to design a website is the best option for start-up companies that are often short on capital. While an eye-catching website template is available for as low as $35-$60, hiring a professional website designer to design a customized website is likely to send you back by $5000.
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.
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.
In today's cut-throat world where time is money, you cannot afford to spend months on designing a website. By using a website template you can jump start your website in a matter of few days, as soon as you are ready with your content and image bank. The faster turnaround time will help you get an edge over competition.
Is the PSD template user friendly? You want to ensure that the PSD template is easy to work with when editing with image editing software like Adobe Photoshop. When working with these template designs the idea is to customize them by inserting your wedding photos into the appropriate spots within the design. You don't want a complicated template design that contains too many groups and subgroups, etc., making it more difficult and time consuming to work with. You need a template that is both elegant and at the same time, one that is constructed with a simple flow giving you easy access to the different image locations. Essentially, you want to get in easily, add your photo, resize/edit to fit and get out, without spending too much time and effort.
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