Let Google be your friend.
There's many, many sources, and it all depends what you are looking for; no sense (and against the rules), being specific about it!
Whatever you choose, do look under the hood. Many templates - especially, but not only, free ones - are pretty poor on a functional basis, and that matters as much as the visual design.
Probably best to draw up a list of the attributes you seek before you start; else you'll be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers :)
There are a number of sites where templates can be uploaded and critiqued.
The CSS Zen Garden is a particularly good one.
I'd go for this type of site, vs. the ad-supported ones screaming "free templates!".
I like OSWD, I've used a few of their free designs.
Thanks you guys are some good people.
As we can't discuss where to go to get templates, perhaps we could discuss how to tell whether a template is up to scratch instead. When you 'look under the hood' what should you keep an eye out for?
Checking that the code validates (http://validator.w3.org/) would seem to be a good start, but what other checks should you do?
Check for code bloat; especially nested tables and pointless fonts.
These days, a decent template should use CSS for all font styles and sizes, even if it still uses tables for positioning - but between those extremes, you decide exactly how much CSS you can use!
On the security side, check for hidden links (or any unwanted links), and check any pre-installed js very carefully indeed.
Some 'free template' sites best left well alone!
I have seen novice webmasters have a lot of problems with templates. A few common pitfalls:
Images: if there is a space for an image then resize the image file to fit. Obvious but so many people forget.
Browser compatibility: there are some free templates around that turn out to include browser specific features. Create a test page and check before committing too much development time.
"Free" web hosts: if your host puts ads on your page then they may end up overlaying the content. Again create a test page and check first.
just type this in google:
intitle:website templates inurl:website templates inanchor:website templates
Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I would like you to explain the meaning of googling the way you sugested:
just type this in google:
intitle:website templates inurl:website templates inurl:website templates
Why write; intitle: inurl: and inurl: followed by website templates
Does it also mean that all these sites have good and reliable website templates?
|Why write; intitle: inurl: and inurl: followed by website templates |
That will search for pages that have "website templates" in their page title or URL.
|Does it also mean that all these sites have good and reliable website templates? |
Of course not. Google doesn't review the quality of products that appear on result pages (nor in Google ads, for that matter).