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  1. #1
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    choosing a template

    Hi,
    It seems that there are literally thousands of free website templates out there. How does one go about choosing one?
    ....john

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    How about trying your own judgement first. Then ask others if they like it. Probably help to post this question in the design section too.

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    Hi Ultima,
    Well, since I started this thread I have realized that what I want is something that has a lot of thumbnails on the home page, that can be blown up by clicking on them.
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    .... johh

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    I would choose something appropriate to your situation. For example I wouldn't choose a super techy looking template for a womens clothing store.

    What is your end result? Who would you like to appeal to?

    Hope that helps.

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    Hi sjosh,
    Yes, good idea. What I want to do is demonstrate my umbrellas, so I would like some sort of picture gallery format. My audience will likely be my age, 50+.
    .. john

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    Being that you are part of your target demographic I would go with what Ultima Host said about trusting your judgment. It makes things a lot easier when you know what your customers want to see.

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    Hi sjosh,
    Yes, the problem I'm having right now is finding a suitable (free) template to display my photos.
    .....john

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    Why does it need to be free?

    (and why is this in the Windows section more to the point?)

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    Hi Ultima,
    Well, I guess it doesn't HAVE to be free.
    I apologize if I've posted this in the wrong place.
    .....john

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    Just choose one from templatemonster.com. Your real challenge will come when you try to customize it. Very difficult if you don't have any web design skills.

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    Thanks. I'll check them out. My webhost, Fused Network, is helping me. Hopefully I'll be able to do it with their help.
    .....john

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinnen View Post
    Thanks. I'll check them out. My webhost, Fused Network, is helping me. Hopefully I'll be able to do it with their help.
    .....john
    I'm trying to avoid helping with any html though John!
    *sobs, I don't like code*

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    I appreciate your help David.
    ....... John

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    I ahve been using FREE templates in my package itself.I got a package of 5GB windows in Manas Hosting.In the package i got 5000 templates .

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    Nice.... 5000 free templates

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    Free templates are a good way to start off. But if you really want your website to stand our you should have one made for you. Mike from www.zoodia.com makes great website and does them for an affordable rate. I think investing money in a website is the best thing you can do. Clients will look at your website first then they'll look at what you have to offer. I think Mike's login on these forums is "Dollar". You should get a quote, you'll be impressed!
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    Thanks Speedy. I'll have a look.
    ......john

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    free templates get around though, and are recognisable by a fair few people so if its for a business or e-commerce may be worth buying one.. but then i am a designer so i would say this ;p

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    Thanks Voic3

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    I'd go for a Wordpress blog and a gallery plugin. DesignDisease got some nice free WP themes but you can always try to find one here.

    Finally, there's Showcase. A premium (paid) WordPress theme suitable as a web design gallery, online portfolio and photo blog.
    My woman left me..
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    it's better pay your money if you want reasonably professional looking one.

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    Templatemonster is the best. If you like something there, PM me and I'll give you a link which will bring you a 20% discount there

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    Thanks Beow. I'll keep that in mind.
    .....john

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