Ok the big dillema "The Hosting Template"
now alot of people make an effort to get a good template rather then get a photoshop newbie and havea "GFXor Template" < i used that term because i have been one of those photoshop template makers.
Here are a few examples of these cliche templates that now are so obviously untrustworthy with everybody, im not just saying that i have heard loads of reviews about that.
Im not sure if i can post examples of site using these ugly templates but ill try to explain anyway, these templates are used very very widely so much that now i can tell if the company is ran by a newbie or a pro, now see a pro would ALWAYS go for less space more performance based optimization, only big established companies go for heavy websites because they can afford it.
And a template is very very important for a hosting website as well, i agree, but if its not looking good or you think it doesnt fit, ITS NOT WORTH IT, its your business its your image so i say never make any compromises.
I took 6 months to get a template for my company, now everyone assumes i had no sales in those 6 months...well a good manager never relies on just one asset, getting clients is not based on a template, a template is more of a corporate image and the level of investment you can afford on advertising, and now i have a successful business, breaking a healthy profit everymonth and now i can have a custom hosting software built.
Thats just my opinion, i would love to hear your opinions.
I think the best are clean and simple with good amounts of whitespace. I'm so tired of seeing what is obviously a picture of just some random person who looks like a business person and that means a good host...