are templates available for web sites, web page headers and banners,
navigation links, order buttons, and more. Templates save time
and money, and they can greatly improve the look of a web site.
However, the improper use of templates can have the opposite affect.
The following are the four most common mistakes people make when
using pre-made web templates.
You are probably familiar with the phrase, "too much of a
good thing." It is not uncommon for a particular graphic
template to become very popular. If you use an overused template
or image, it will diminish its impact, and you site will lose
its uniqueness that sets it apart from your competitors.
If you purchased professionally made, quality web graphics, typically,
all you'll need to do is add your own text, and maybe even your
own graphic image. A common mistake some template users make is
to alter the template so much that it no longer resembles the
way it first appeared. What was once a professionally created
image (which is why you chose it in the first place), is now a
less than quality graphic. What is the point of using a template
if you completely change it?
The flip side of this is also a mistake some people make. While
many good templates need little else than your own text, some
may require a little more customization to be appropriate for
your situation. Some templates, for instance, come with generic
text that is intended to be replaced with your own. If you do
not change this text, it may look out of place on your site. Also
you may send the wrong message to your visitors if you don't change
an image in a header template. For example, if your audience is
work-at-home moms and the template has a picture of a businessman,
it would be confusing as to who you were targeting on your site.
The fourth most common mistake is simply making the wrong choice
of a template to begin with. Some templates won't be appropriate
for your web site. The overall design may be out of place. For
example, the theme of your web page is American Southwest, while
the template’s theme is Gothic. The colors may conflict
with your site’s colors. The image(s) may not relate to
the subject of your site or your target audience. No matter how
good the web template may look, if it doesn’t fit with your
web site then it will do nothing to improve the look of your site.
proper use of templates is a balance of choosing an appropriate
design for your needs, coupled with the right amount of customization
of the template. When you have struck the right balance, a quality
template will definitely improve the quality of your web site.
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