Website Templates: You Buy Them, But What’s Next?

Website Templates: You Buy Them, But What’s Next?

So, you want to create a website for your business, and have been already searching through some of those beautiful templates, – website designs that allow you to have a professional website in a matter of hours? Then you are in luck, because ready-made templates are indeed a great solution for any small or medium business. Why should you order a custom design and pay thousands of dollars (no kidding) while you can find amazing designs for up to $100? Even if we put the price aside, consider your time. A ready-made template can be used right away, while a custom design needs weeks of planning and development. Do you have so much time? What if after all your efforts in explaining a designer what exactly you want, you still don’t like the end result? With a ready-made template situation is different – you see what you get, no more no less. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Wegy

Wegy

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Infant Clothing

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But let’s assume you have chosen your favorite theme. What’s next? How do you make it your own?
This is probably one of the trickiest parts, since all of the templates and themes you see on the web are filled with shiny stock photo images and gibberish text “lorem ipsum”. You don’t want your clients to see that, do you? You have to remove all that stuff and insert your own – images, text, and pages. You have to take care of how they look, adjust their size and position. Also, there’s a logo part, which means you have to make sure your logo looks beautiful on different backgrounds and screen resolutions. Well, you get the point. Needless to say, that buying a template is only the beginning of making your site truly yours.

Styler

Styler

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Customization can take a lot of time, especially if you’re new to the platform you’re using, or to the web development in general. Although you don’t have to know the markup languages of the web, such as HTML and CSS, their understanding would definitely help you out in your learning process. Take your time to get used to the back end of your website – the administration panel where you’ll be performing all the editing and managing the functionality of your site. Install and try out different plugins, modules and extensions for your site, see what they do and how they work. If you don’t have any prior experience using your platform of choice (whether it’s WordPress, Drupal or Joomla) you can always install a free theme and test it out for a couple of days. This is much better than start editing your premium theme on a live site at once – you might want to have at least minimal knowledge of how things have to work.

Pintex

Pintex

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In fact, there are services that can do all the customization process for you. You’ll get your site up and running in a few hours, with all your content polished up and placed where it belongs. It may be a smart solution if you don’t have too much time for diving into the ins and outs of website development. However, if you’re like me, who likes testing and breaking things, I advise you to spend a certain amount of time and get used to your content management system. It will be hard at first, but the result will be rewarding.

What is your experience with content management systems? Have you mastered any? Share with us your thoughts on how it is easy or difficult to manage your site in the comments section below.

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