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fast loading but rather plain looking template or prof looking.

     
2:17 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi all

I am planning to build my first (news and opinion) site ever, with Joomla. After searching for a suitable template for more than a year (yes I am picky), I still haven't been able to make a choice.

I am now considering a very fast loading but rather plain design by alledia (Bolt template), but I am afraid it doesn't look professional enough. The other choice is a template from joomlart: the design is pretty (rutile) but it might not be fast enough.

Should I put such an emphasis on speed and the size of the template, or is it a bit exaggerated.

Bas.

4:21 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Depends very much on two factors:
1. Who is your target audience
2. What do you mean by "professional looking".

My own view is that when in doubt stick to the maxim "less is more".

4:50 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I always use the other: K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid).

It has never failed me!

5:03 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Speed and size is never exaggerated. Even today.

Not sure what you mean by 'looking professional' nore even what that gets you. Actually, I do know what you mean. But on the web, pretty doesn't mean much of anything.

Fast and lean is and advantage - and I think it may even help in the SE's. And in terms of general tendancies, a clean, lean site tends to have more focus on the information than the look - and that's what your users want.

Proof of this concept, as always, can be seen at most high traffic sites like google, yahoo, many news sites, and so on.

6:19 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What a lot of people don't realy think about is... You are not realy restricted to using templates that have been built for yout cms. Almosy all templates can be converted to be used as a CMS theme or template file.

If you have a template you like it may be well worth your while having a developer convert the file for you. That way you have full control over the end result.

Mack.

9:23 am on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the quick reply. The target audience are investors: who are mostly male in de age of 30-35 and up. Most of the investment related websites around the web are simple as well, but somehow they look very professional. Maybe it's because of the nice graphics and ads.

I know speed is a very important issue, but nowadays especially in my country most of the people use a high speed cable or adsl connection. Anyway, I will have to think it over again.

Mack, thanks for the suggestion, I haven't thought about that at all.

Bas.