Are you looking for a template to save designing a web site? You will find many, especially if your site is built on the WordPress platform. The thing to keep in mind is that not all templates are created equal. But you probably already figured that out for yourself. In fact, some are downright ugly.
That’s not to say that ugly sites aren’t profitable, because many do make incredible sales. So it’s not so much how pretty the site is, but more about whether or not it suits your particular needs and your niche audience.
The main purpose in using a site template is to save time otherwise spent building one from scratch. Conversely, you could end up spending just as much or more time modifying a previously designed template. The whole purpose is then void.
Here are some web designing tips you can use as a guide.
These tips will enable you to maximize your time while getting what you want.
- Look for unique templates
The problem with some templates is that too many people are using them. Perhaps you’ve seen the WordPress default template with the plain blue header. Imagine how many people use it just because it’s easy and some web designers don’t know how to change it.
Do you really want your site to look like thousands of others? Or would you rather offer a unique experience to your visitors?
- Find a unique template that you can modify quickly and easily
To make a template relevant to your niche, all you really need to do is change the banner and other images. Some templates make this very simple. They provide options where you can set different color schemes and images.
In other cases, you’ll need to figure out how to change the colors within the template editor itself. It’s not really as difficult as you might think. Simply scan through the page editors and look for the color settings. Just be sure to save the page first so you can put it back to original if you make a mistake.
For the image, find out the actual name of the image you want to change. Create a replacement image and give it the same name. Go into your host CPanel, locate the wp-content for your chosen theme and upload your replacement image. You might want to rename the original image in case you decide to use it later.
- Modify obvious elements but don’t go overboard
Give it your own blog title and sub-heading. Place widgets to suit your preferences. Where possible, use a widget to include an opt-in form or one of your offers. That’s about all you really need to do. Don’t get carried away designing the whole template. Make only the necessary changes.
Choosing the right template to begin with will save you a lot of time and effort. Since everyone has different ideas in how their site should look, you’ll have to use your own judgment on this.
Web design tips can cover many topics, but most important, don’t choose a template because it looks good. Choose it because it will serve your purpose.