There are many ways to approach web design; if there weren’t, it wouldn’t be so confusing!

What can be quickly realized is that no way is the best way for each project. Building a website from a website template is an affordable way to get started and very possibly create a fantastic and unique website. This short tutorial will describe the concept behind website templates and help you realize the potential hidden within to save time and money.

The only real deterrent from using templates is the fear that I website could not be differentiated from another website that used the same template. Templates often are used to get ideas and that is it. Then someone goes out and spends thousands of dollars on a custom designed website they aren’t overly excited about and it is inserted into the mixture of humdrum sites on the Net. In essence realizing the same fear of using templates – it is unrecognizable, in this case from the rest of the mediocre websites out there. This happens often simply because there will, in the vast majority of cases, be a technical language barrier between business representative and website designer. So bring back our templates and let them server as foundations of communication.

Templates can remove the more diffcult to explain issues such as graphical placement, fonts, column and row structures and leave a designer and client with just functionality left to discuss. And isn’t functionality that is on the forefront of your mind when you decide to launch a site – what service am I able to bring to my customer? Let’s get into exemplifying our argument.

Templates rarely look exactly like the template once completed. Colors, fonts, placement all change. So why a template? Answer: the structure is all there! What most clients do not understand, nor need or want to, is that every website has a visual design component and a structural design component. The visual is what to display as the structural is how to display it. Therefore, with a solid structure, moving visual components around becomes the easy part. For example, once the structure of a search box is created, moving it from place to place on the webpage itself is as easy as copy/paste.

Continue reading to see how we took one template and made it into something new!