You may think of a website as one of the easiest ways to have your word spread to millions of people living all over the globe. Whether you want your website to have a huge amount of content or just enough to get your message across, it’s important to realize the fact that putting it down into a webpage is tough for a beginner without the use of a web builder or pre-made templates.
Why is this?
In order to place your website on the web, the website needs to be written using code that is hidden from view. The code can be written in a variety of languages such as HTML, php, ASP, and a lot of other acronyms that most beginners could care less about. Because of the complexity of the coding languages and the time it takes to learn them creating a website from scratch is usually not something beginners want to undertake or even think about.
When you are just starting out, a simple site is almost always going to be what you want. The term ‘simple site’ can sometimes confuse beginners. It is not a boring website that looks like it was made 15 years ago. Even though a website is called “simple” it can be pretty, professional and have more features on it than most beginners will ever dream about including basics like video, blogs, forms and so forth.
A simple site can be created in one of two ways: using a web host’s web builder, like this, or with the help of premade webpage templates, like this.
While there are a lot of web templates available for purchase, most beginners find it better and easier to just use one of the hundreds of web templates that come with their web host’s web building program. For those adventurous souls that do wish to venture into the realm of techies selecting the right template is extremely crucial. Given below are some easy tips to help you sail through the process of selecting the right template for your website.
1. Know the field for which you are creating a website
Before you venture into the selection aspect of a website template, it is important to break down the field that you are working in. For instance, a photography portfolio style website will differ immensely from a restaurant’s website not just in layout but also the style used in creating the website. Therefore, filtering your search by way of your profession will ensure that you come across a chunk of web templates that cater specifically to that profession. You may not realize it, but doing this will help you save a massive amount of time when it comes to customizing your website to your liking.
2. Be practical, not emotional
Many times, you may come across a website template that sweeps you off your feet and feels just perfect for your purpose. It may look aesthetically pleasing and the colour scheme used may look perfect for your future website. But that is as you see the template on your screen. You need to be sure that even if it is a template for a simple site it possesses all the features needed for your site to run effectively. Therefore, skimming through all the specifications of the template with great care and more importantly, practicality is important. Truth be told, the aesthetics and colour scheme can be achieved in terms of any template that you zero in on.
3. The layout for the content should be based on the type of profession you undertake
You need to realize that every company is different and therefore, their needs to project the content for their company will be different as well. A news based company will prefer a website template that has ample space to showcase written matter. A model’s website, on the contrary, will need very less content and more space for images and space to showcase his or her portfolio and work that they have undertaken. Therefore, the placement and layout of the content section should be scrutinized carefully to make sure that it works for what your needs are.
4. Ability to customize easily
For any website, constant change and upgrading is an essential aspect. Therefore, when buying a template, you should always look if the template enables you to make changes to the CSS and HTML files so that you can transform your website into a phenomenal experience for your subscribers from time to time. If you don’t know what CSS and HTML are it is recommended that you don’t use a template and instead go with your web host’s web builder or a wordpress blog.
5. Ability to integrate with your hosting account
Each template is made using a different coding language. It’s important to make sure that your template works with the language your web hosting account works with. For example, if you get a php template it would not work on a windows server unless PHP is installed on the server. Conversely, if your account is on a linux server you would not want to get a .asp template.
Again, if any of this terminology is unfamiliar to you it’s probably best if you do not attempt to install a premade template or use one for your website. You will be better off using a website building program from your web host.