What is a Web Design Template?
I need a web site design, but is a web design template a good choice?
Web templates are an excellent choice for anyone on a small or medium sized budget who doesn’t need to have a 100% unique design. What does that mean, a “100% unique design”? It means that when you buy a template, it’s possible that others have purchased the same design, and might continue to do so in the future. So you might not be the only one with that design. But practically speaking, the web has tens of millions of sites on it. When you purchase a web design template you normally alter it to some degree to fit your own content. Not every person who purchased the same web design template you did, will actually end up launching a website with it (sometimes plans fall through). So the chances that you will feel like you don’t have a unique design or that you will see other sites with your same design are slim.
Templates are an enormous time saver – creating the art and programming
and other files takes a lot of time, so if you choose to use a web design template you’re automatically saving a few thousand dollars.
On the other hand if you have a larger budget and want to go the custom route, and if it’s critical for your business that nobody else should have your design (you’ll want to own the copyrights to the design if you get a custom design created), then a template would not be a good choice.
What is a small or medium sized budget? And what will a custom design cost me?
Generally speaking a 10 page website will cost you anywhere from $500 to $5000 from beginning to end. That means from hiring a designer or developer, to getting the site live and completely finished.
A medium sized budget might be from $5,000 to $15,000 if you need 20 – 50 pages, or if you have special programming needs.
Using a template and a web developer with enough experience to really know what they are doing (always recommended!) will run you on average, around $2,500 for a nice professional design, around 10-15 pages and assuming you have a few bells and whistles you want added, past the standard Contact Us forms.
Why use a template? Isn’t it easier for a designer to start from scratch sometimes?
Templates allow web developers with minimal design experience or
those in a rush to create beautiful professional-grade web sites in a
fraction of the time.
Sometimes learning to work with files from another developer has a learning curve… but the web template designers these days tend to be so good at creating really professional looking designs that you will have a hard time locating a designer who can create such slick professional looking design in your local market. You can try a crowd sourced solution such as 99design.com but these designers are willing to fight other designers for work and many times they are not doing very high quality work (there are some exceptions though).
When you pay for a custom design, your designer will ask you questions about what you want and eventually give you a few designs to choose from. You sort of have to choose one, or it could cost you more $$ for a new round of design comps. Eventually you settle on one design direction and the designer will tweak the deign for you until you’re happy.
When you purchase a website template you have the benefit of choosing from thousands of excellent designs right off the bat, before you pay a cent! From there, you can purchase one for around $65. To get to this stage with a custom design will cost you normally a couple thousand dollars or more. Then you need to actually program the site. With a template, a lot of the programming is already done. With a custom design, the programming will take a few weeks and cost you a few thousand dollars more.
Can I purchase a web template and then have my developer customize it for me?
Absolutely! This is what most people do. That way you feel like you have a truly unique design and you also saved yourself lots of time and probably thousands of dollars in design time.
Can I purchase a web design template and make the site myself?
intend to use Adobe Photoshop to edit/adjust your template, then you
will need a developer who does. You can find a great developer here at CoolHomepages in our Find A Designer area.
files. The Adobe Photoshop graphics program, which is the world’s
leading graphic art program, is used by every web developer (or maybe
What comes with a web design template normally?
A web design template is a set of professionally created design
files used as a starting point for building a web site. When you order
or download a template you typically get a number of source files that
can be edited if you have software to edit the files.
Commonly, the source files will include a layered Photoshop master file,
images, HTML, CSS and other supporting files such as Flash .SWF files
or jQuery.js files if those technologies are used. Some files like
Photoshop and Flash files require specific software to edit them (Adobe
Photoshop and Adobe Flash for example), whereas CSS, HTML, jQuery and
other text based source files only require a regular text editor.
that you will adjust and edit the original design somewhat to create
your own web site. The kinds of things you might adjust and change are
button names, categories, the logo file, the tagline under the logo if
you have one, and various links on the page.
What else will I need to create my site?
How many web site design pages are included?
Can I create more pages if I need to?
How soon will I receive my template files?
How will I change the photos and text in the template to match my needs?
After I make changes, how do I make my web page reflect these changes?
You may have altered your .HTML file so that it is not looking in your /images directory anymore for some reason. Re-open the HTML file and make sure all your images say <img src=”/images/index_04.jpg” or whatever the image name is.. the important part is in bold. Correcting the path from the .html file to the images is the most common problem and easy to correct.