Sunday, September 7, 2008

Getting a Cool Website

Website Templates

If you are planning to put up your own website, what are your options? You can of course build them from scratch and make it to suit your specific tastes and requirements. That’s going to be time consuming and expensive, not to speak of the experimentation that you’ll have to do in order to get it right. There’s an easier way – using website templates.

What are templates?

Website templates are pre-designed templates that could form the starting point of your website design. If you look around you can get something that is affordable, user-friendly and one that you can handle easily yourself. These templates can be modified by you to suit your exact requirements through many standard editors such as Microsoft Frontpage, Macromedia Flash, Golive and Dreamweaver.

Finding a cool template

Getting a cool template for your website is a matter of looking around and choosing from hundreds of vendors. You type ‘web templates’ in your Google search bar and hit the return key, and what do you get. A few million sites! And when you visit them you find that you are directed to the same site several times because of affiliate marketing. Is there an easier way, you wonder?

Well, as a matter of fact, there is. There are a few sites that give you lots and lots of choices. You could try the link in my bio. These give you a number of templates arranged by type and category and you can make your choice from them. The templates are categorized by the editor, the product category and features.

Pricing and features

The templates at these sites are reasonably priced and cost typically around $55. The templates come with tutorials for using them, FAQs, help and support. You can increase your choice if you are willing to pay a small fee (typically around $6.)

What’s a cool website?

Depends on what you’re going to do with it, of course, but almost everybody wants a professional website that looks great – pleasing colors, graphics and animation – and is easy to navigate and use. And don’t forget speed. If your website is going to take ages to load, then most people would have left before your home page loads!

A few basic guidelines for building a good website

When you go out looking for that cool template keep these guidelines in mind. The important parts of your site should draw attention of the visitor. This means that you should not clutter your site with unnecessary details but leave enough space for the important parts to stand out. A use of pleasing colors is important, but take care not to use too many or very bright, colors. The background and foreground colors should be so chosen that the content is easy to read. The text size should also be chosen carefully, being neither too small (so that your site visitors find it difficult to read) nor too big (which will look unattractive and seem to shout out your message). Your site should be consistent in its look and feel. Use the same fonts and color schemes throughout your site. You can also use graphics and sounds, if appropriate, to enhance the impact of the site, and to deliver the message more effectively.

The template that you choose should help you in achieving all the above characteristics in your site. Templates are available from very simple to fairly sophisticated designs and can include facility for sounds, graphics and animation.

About The Author

Paul Rockwood has been in the interactive industry for over seven years as a web designer. He is currently freelancing and plays a Important role in helping smallbusinesses bring their ventures to the Internet.Site:

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