WEBSITE TEMPLATES - PRE INSTALLED WEBSITE SOFTWARE OR CUSTOM MADE - WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
Web designing has come a long way from the cumbersome and tiresome coding and programming it was initially known for. In fact, web design has been simplified in a whole lot of ways. Thanks to new innovations, technology and education, we now have website design and development tools that can help create a websites in record time. The best part is that almost anyone can use these tools. Practically every business owner and entrepreneur now wants to own and run website. Many assume that Internet business is easier to run or that being on the Internet improves their business performance. Yes, these things are true but they are not automatic. A lot of effort usually goes into setting up a website and running a business on the Internet.
Unfortunately, sometimes having access to different kinds of website design tools and other information about online business may be more overwhelming than helpful. You are lost wondering where to start from or what to start with. As a web designer, I can tell you that having the right tools is crucial to your business. It would affect your level of efficiency. Knowing what options are available for you would make your work easier. In this article, I'm going to simplify things for you by giving you some options that are available for you to work with. If you have decided to design you website by yourself, there are 3 main options available. These are pre-installed website software, website templates and custom-built websites. These 3 have a common purpose and that is to give you a website that is specifically suited for your needs. I'm going to explain what each one is about so that you can decide which option to choose.
Pre-installed Website Software
You will find that an average web hosting company on the Internet practically offers pre-installed website software especially if you purchase a premium hosting package. This software allows you to run your website like a professional. It comes with an administrator's control panel that allows you to do practically everything a professional web designer does. You will be able to add forums, logs, polls, blog postings, pictures and videos; add chat rooms; incorporate other social media platforms; change the design, theme and layouts of your website. Some of the best ones come with website templates, program coding and full website functionality after completing the installation process. It gives you the flexibility to set or change your preferences, use your pictures, configure files to suit your purposes and then your website is fully functional. There are many types of program coding, each one with its own specific purpose. The functionality of each one determines the function of your website.
Remember, when choosing a pre-installed website software, make sure you factor in the purpose of the website and the program coding you are used to. Make sure to choose a popular software that comes with plenty of useful features and full technical support. A good website template should come with many things including frames, layouts, themes, font types and sizes, banners, colour styles and many other things. The layout of the template will determine the position and appearance of your text, pictures, menu and banners on the website. The theme gives your website the same ambience all through the pages of the website. There must be a consistency.
All these things are crucial for any website to be fully functional.
You will find both free templates and paid templates on the Internet. The paid ones are relatively cheap depending on the vendor and how sophisticated the components are. Sometimes, web-hosting companies give away free templates as bonus to certain premium packages. When choosing templates, pick the one you can easily manipulate to suit your purposes and make sure it comes with instructions on how to make the necessary changes and adjustments. Either way, you would have to employ a lot of resources and it can be time consuming and more costly. You might also need different people for different aspects of the design. An average DIY website designer would not usually venture into custom-built website. In fact, I would not really recommend this if you are a newbie in web design unless you are really interested in learning how to design from scratch. It will make your work easier, faster and cheaper than doing a custom-built website.