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What elements make a website template good.
So many templates... what makes one better over another?

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Msg#: 2366 posted 4:21 pm on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have been to a lot of website template sites and I have used them in the past for some of my projects. I am thinking about making some html or Dreamweaver templates and I am just curious to what makes a template better over another template? Is it the overall design, clean html coding, Flash enhancements, a Splash page, several types of layouts, PSD file, Fireworks file, CSS, e-commerce buttons, good stock photos etc…

Also, if you had to create the perfect template what would it come with?



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Msg#: 2366 posted 4:47 pm on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I looked at a lot of template sites as well, and the thing that I found was an issue was cross-browser functionality.

I also didn't find a lot of fluid layouts, even in the ones that used CSS. I finally decided to just learn to do it myself with a lot of help from the CSS forum here, and a bit of hired expert help.

There was one really good fluid CSS template done by a guy in the CSS forum, it was called Iris-something. He offered it for free, but I would have paid him for it if I could get the color scheme I wanted and incorporated my logo and graphics. But I was too hurried to do the color testing.

So..to create a perfect template, I'd say:

cross browser
fluid layout
Easy to customize color, (say with the divs marked, bordered, and numbered so the uninitiated can clearly see WHERE the applied color displays)
varied places for graphics
Optional menu locations
Optional "Pull quote" divs within a content div would be wunnerful.

To really sell, an added template for HTML mail that would not use CSS, but would complement or match the website would be a great feature in a template package. I'm thinking that alone could up your asking price considerably.

Those things would make a customer out of me if I was looking for a turnkey site layout. Now, if you can do all that, call me :)



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Msg#: 2366 posted 12:24 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Run the template through a code validator before you add any content. You'll find many with a total mess of HTML, full of typos, nesting errors, and unspoorted tags. Use one that will need the least cleaning up.

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