|Premade Website Template
To most people the process of building
a web site remains somewhat of a mystery. This confusion probably
stems from the fact that there is a cornucopia of web sites
on the Internet. Even with wide variety of sites, every single
one can be divided into two sections: front-end and back-end.
The front-end is the first thing that it is designed. It encompasses
the look and feel of a web site. This is probably the most
established part of the web site production process. Design
has been around since Guttenberg printed his first bible.
Much of what has been used in print media (especially art
magazines) has transferred to the web.
Most well thought out web sites start off with sketches on
paper. We like using the big huge box of crayons, the one
with the crayon sharpener built in. Most of the colors in
the "big box" are pleasing to the eye and are web friendly.
If you use begin paying attention to sites you'll notice that
only a few colors are actually used, 256 to be exact. Only
about 100 of those won't give you a headache when you look
at them. On request we will give these early designs to a
client that wants to control the look and feel of their site.
The site, of course, never ends up looking like the early
designs. The same idea and concept is there but because of
restrictions colors and whole images are lost.
This brings us to the next part of the front-end, the actual
site creation. This is what many people view as the most important,
which is what separates a professional looking site from an
The images are created using products from across the board.
Mainly, designers stick to industry standards like Photoshop
and Illustrator. After getting the basic image in terms of
proportions and size the designer should create the static
This is the basic page you would see if you viewed the page
source. This is one of the most rewarding, most hated and
most tedious part of the web design process. Each browser
displays a page differently. Since most users either use Internet
Explorer 4+ or Netscape 4.5 we cater to those two. Sometimes
we build a different site for each, trying to maintain the
That concludes the front-end section. Personal sites and some
small business sites stop here. While this maybe acceptable
today, tomorrow any web site hoping to attract and keep visitors
is going to have a strong back-end.
There are many sites and website designers that offer premade
templates, these have the entire graphical layout that a page
For those with little or no experience with website design
software, templates have quickly become a practical solution
to professional website design. Most of the top end sites
offer a huge selection of very impressive, easy-to-edit website
templates. All you have to do is check your email containing
the link to download the .zip file. The html in these templates
is compatible with Adobe GoLive, Macromedia Dreamweaver and
Microsoft Frontpage. The major advantage is the price, they
run anywhere from $20 to $70. Another great advantage is you
don't have to hire a web designer, who usually takes 1 to
2 weeks to produce a page of such high quality. Webmasters,
either novice or expert, can easily save thousands of dollars
on design fees by using website templates.
There are also some exception sites, such as http://www.web-site-templates.org
that provide packages of templates at one price, instead of
providing a different price for each template.
About the author:
Alexandru Marias is an IT student mentaining software sites