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Do You Know How You Can Choose A Good Template For Your Site?

Introduction

Settling down for a particular website is like going for window-shopping. This is because website offers many types of templates. Undecided site owner may sometimes choose template not because it fulfills companies’ goals and has a professional touch but because he lacks vital information regarding the best websites. However, to avoid such serious mistakes, the owner should understand the following concepts

Be clear who is your target audience and driving force behind it

  • A web template offers solutions to different groups of people. It is therefore important to establish content that will feature in the website. Individuals that intends to socialize with family and friends can opt for personal page template which encourages sharing with family and friends. Incase you intend to advertise companies services and products, a business template would be ideal. If it is environmental friendly, you can choose one that has green colors and graphics that match text and theme.

Identify who your target audience and other interested groups

  • A successful website is one that caters for its target audience needs. To achieve this, website owner embraces tactics such as asking clients directly their tastes and preferences. With this information site owner is able to design site that reflects their expectation.
  • In addition, site owner becomes confident that his target audience has a solid reason to log into his website. Not only that, site owner hopes that the latter will be potential clients of buying products and services of his firms. If his prediction comes into reality, he boasts of having fulfilled clients’ needs.

Choose a convenient approach depending on nature of your website

  • Just as we discussed earlier web templates have many forms. This fact requires site owner to reflect theme of website with relevant attitude. A web owner targeting mothers to shop for baby wear uses persuasive friendly approach. Site will also contain attractive colors and animations. If you use a serious approach, they will feel commanded and shun your site. However, site owners venturing into business will use a serious approach that is simple and easy to understand. Should the latter embrace funny attitude browsers will consider him not a professional but a joker.
  • Having established the above the next step site owner takes into account is. Selection of web template is crucial in order to reflect your expenditure and skills. This is because templates designers use different techniques to design templates. These techniques if not considered hinder web owner from customizing template to come up with final site. It is not necessary to learn the different styles that design a template. Nevertheless, a little knowledge on them gives you an idea of what style to choose.

HTML (Hypertext markup language) is one among the best templates provide. Unlike other templates that take a longer time to load and are inefficient.HTML offers a new site owner with the following advantages. It loads faster in the computer is easy to use and it requires adding less words compared to other templates texts. Other templates web owner can use in designing his web design include PSD (photo standard document) it offers the option of customizing pictures by either slicing or adding. It brings out a unique look in your site.

 

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04.15.11

Try some of these:
All are free, some are easier than others.

Or go to or or try … these all have easy to do web editors and web space both.

04.15.11

That depends on what you mean as better? Better layout, better customers? Deo Graphics has custom made portfolio whil finerdesign uses a template that is common.

04.15.11

That’s the eternal question. I’ll toss out a strawman: one HELL of a lot more librarians need to know a course’s worth of web design/info arch than need to know a course’s worth of MARC.

04.15.11

I've been a web developer for about 8 years. I've single-handedly designed everything from small sites to sites ranked among the top 30,000 on the Internet. During this time I've had a few occasions to work with code that another developer created and I was asked to maintain/update.

To be honest, unless the developer did a fairly decent job of commenting and/or documenting his code, it may take you so long to familiarize yourself with his methods that it will end up being easier, and BETTER in the long run to redesign the entire thing yourself.

However, depending on the budget your client has to work with and the size of the overall site, it might not be feasible to actually redesign the entire project. In this case, you're basically stuck tracing the execution path from start to finish to get a good handle on how things are done. You will probably find that whatever the developer does on one page, he will also do on the rest of his pages. So once you discover that initial method, the rest will go much faster and easier.

Judging by the small amount of code you posted, it looks like he's using an SQL creation function to save himself the trouble of having to write an SQL query for each form on the site. He's using a class object which must be instantiated based on whatever table is determined to be the relevant table for this query. That table appears to be defined at the top of the code of the various pages. I wish I could provide more detail, but there isn't enough code here for me to perform any deeper analysis.

Best of luck my friend!

04.15.11

Bicycling.com’s website design sucks

04.15.11

You could get a savings account at a bank then link it to paypal and you could buy the domains and for hosting, try getting a reseller account or just a shared account and add the domains.

04.15.11

Happy Birthday Danielle! Your post was a delicious surprise this morning. My small web design company is getting ready to go through a renaming/rebranding and I’ve realized I need to decide this year if I’m really going to be a business owner – or find a corporate job for the rest of my days. It’s been an amazing year so far (I bought my first house three weeks ago!).

04.15.11

If you know almost nothing, then you probably want to stick with some form of template. By “promotional” I’m assuming you mean you want a couple static pages describing who you are and what you do… More like a business website than a blog. If so, do a Google search for “business website templates.”

04.15.11

You might want to look at using Server Side Includes (SSI) to do this.

It also makes using things like Google Analytics a lot easier, you just put their code into your footer file.

The main thing to be careful about is that your syntax checker may fail to pick up some errors because the SSI files do not include the header. You can use an online validator to check for this. Also, some servers require that you use the .shtml extension for pages that include scripting or SSI.

04.15.11

Junior. Not even remotely to be overqualified. Can't develop and normalize a schema? Forget it, these days developers do everything. Learn the theory.
PHP – forget about memorizing libraries, as long as you understand all concepts. Make sure be able to design your own algos and procedures. Let the employer know you're capable of it. If you're not, study.
Any frameworks you worked with? Any PHP products?

(A little hard on you, but the employers will be even harder, so brace yourself :-) )

UPDATE: You do have an essential set of skills, but there are a lot of room for improvement. Just tell the employer that you are familiar with few CMS products (Joomla/Typo3 /Mambo – they are pretty simple to use, so you'd figure it out as you learn. I mean worst case you still can read the code).
Get a book or an ebook on a Symphony or Cake frameworks (if you really want to tie with php of course), and make few apps.
And the database theory wouldn't hurt at all.
If you're not in a hurry, best would be for you to take few freelance projects, the ones you build from the very scratch.

To sum up: Database theory, learn a framework, play with few open source products, get a freelance job to scoop up all these bits and pieces being paid at the same time. Good luck.

P.S. The fellow below is absolutely right, normalisation you should know, its like come-on

04.15.11

How about AMworks, Art by Am, AMcreativity.

04.15.11

If your 5 questions all relate to what should go into the keyword meta tag then the answer is – it doesn't matter!

The keyword meta has long since been ignored by the search engines since people started to spam it in about 1997.

http://www.seo-blog.com/keyword-meta-tag.php

04.15.11

Answered same question here:

Ron

04.15.11

The real purpose of a business plan is often distorted and made solely to keep the bank happy. A real business plan is a working tool, something that you and your bank manager can use to keep track of how well your business is doing. For example, you may show that in your first month, say march, you will spend spend spend. Income will be expected to be a 10th of what you spend so you're running at a loss, and you expect the next month to be the same. But by the fifth month, you're expecting a and b to happen so income will triple. By the end of the tenth month you'll be breaking even and expect that to stay like that for the next 6 months when you'll start to go into profit.
This means that when you have regular meets with your manager, he'll look at your losses and notice how they are in line with your predictions, so will be happy to continue to finance you. If each month you show you're on target, you should have his full support.
Now what are you going to do with a web based business relying on ad revenue? What google adsense? You'll be lucky! I can't see any bank financing a web based business unless you have major backing of your own.

04.15.11

1) Most likely your web host has you on a server with WAMP already installed. The HTML editors you have will be enough to publish your website. However, Frontpage is one you should avoid using since Microsoft no longer develops it or supports it and most web host companies are phasing it out. Nvu is also discontinued so you may want to steer clear of using that one as well. Kompozer is a recent development from Nvu and should work for what you need although Dreamweaver is about the best one out there. I'll provide you with a url for a tutorial on defining a site in Dreamweaver MX, your first step.

2) You don't change the localhost. localhost is a reserved name meaning 'my computer'. Posting a second url for you below to help you understand more about localhost.

04.15.11

The quiz templates were removed from CS4 for legal reasons (I don't know the
specifics beyond that). For the solution look here in my link below.Hope i was able to help a fellow programmer.

04.15.11

there are downloadable website builders which are pretty easy to find by typing into the yahoo search engine but also with webs.com you can move alot of the stuff around with CSS. You can change the sizes and colours of everything, change the navigation bar to go across the top or down the side and move the side bar from one side to the other, there is also other stuff.

Some of the CSS codes for webs.com are at and there is more on the way soon.

04.15.11

Try using Joomla powered CMS.

04.15.11

In fact, that is the best route to go (hosting your own forum, rather than at the sites which allow you to create a site because the moment you want to move to your own host, you'll find a lot of difficulties and sometimes you might even have to lose all the forum content and start over again.)

It is best to go with a forum framework (rather, a forum content management system). There are lots of them around with some open source ones being phpBB 3, myBB and SMF. Amongst the paid ones, vBulletin is probably the best.

Search for them and their tutorials and you'll be all set within a day. Godaddy isn't probably the best place to host it because they don't give you cPanel (I haven't checked lately but that is supposed to be the best control panel you can get.) Plus if you have Fantastico De Luxe / SimpleScripts (available with lots of hosts), then installing the forums would probably be a matter of clicks.

04.15.11

Start with the basics

04.15.11

That is actually something like a html table graphic.
Images inside a table.
The top would be a row with a column span and image inserted.
the others just cells with images and cell padding.

You can do it that way.

04.15.11

Hi,
I realise you dont want to create your own website but it may be worth while checking this out.
Its a Free ebook on how to create your first website by 3.45 this afternoon.

Its an easy to follow ebook and includes instruction videos and pictures
It's a total breeze to Follow even if you're an internet Newbie.

The only cost involved is your domain name and web hosting, which all websites need.

You can get a free copy of the ebook here.
or at this Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jrodgersj

04.15.11

Have your dad sign into his PayPal account and go to "Resolution Center" in the top menu. There are tutorials on how to handle and incident like you describe. Your dad can read and follow the procedures for filing a claim against the seller.

There will be an investigation and they will contact the seller.
If the seller does not respond after time, PayPal will refund your dad's money.
If the investigation shows your father was swindled, Paypal will refund his money. The money will be taken out of the other person's PayPal account or associated checking account.
Chances are the guy cheated other people too and PayPal has already received complaints on him. Good Luck.

Addition:

I design websites for fun and profit and looked at the websites designed by Ovi Graphics, the web designer for the link you provided. The websites are all the same. The designs are all crude, tacky, and distasteful for any business.
They all have loud and obnoxious gangsta-rap music. I don't think your dad wants a site like that. It's low-class ghetto trash.

04.15.11

Berners-Lee in late 1991

04.15.11

Looks like a Div conflict. Footer is in the same Div as your Flash. Separating them should help.
Try this:
</h2>
</div>
<!– Footer was here –>
</div><!– End of Div id="content" –>
<!– Moved Footer out of the Div: id="content" –>
<div id="footer">
<p>
© 2010 Tbalonick.</p>
</div>
</div>
</body>

04.15.11

Pros : Easy and fast. You don't need to know any knowledge about web language (well, sometimes you'll need to know it though).

Cons : Sometimes it cost too much. The designer will put (generally) its logo in the end of the design or on the web code. If you want to change something such the colors or the text, you just can't because they are fixed, if you change them, you'll screw the whole template.

04.15.11

Being certificated has proven to be of little value in practice.

They also seam to charge a smaller furtune ($8550 US) for something you can learn for free online, they do however mention hand-coding which is a good sign.

After i've reviewed their "Training Program", i must recommend that you leave it alone. They have not mentioned much about JavaScript / AJAX, or server-side programming such as PHP / MySQL.

They also seam to teach a lot of obsolate stuff, how to layout your pages using tables for instance. Its stuff like that you can figure out simply by doing a search on google. Why teach bad design practices?

Learning HTML + CSS shouldnt take longer then a few days, simply by following tutorials online, the same could be said about obsolate tools as dreamweaver, which some web designers for some reason insist on using.

I've never seen any useful point with WYSIWYG tools, and i've yet to encounter the tool to replace good old hand-coding, however there are many nice hand-coding editors, which make things easier.

You should know, that few recognized certificates exists, and even more are outdated and obsolate. They have stated on their website that they will be teaching XHTML, well thats rather ridiculous considering the difference between html and xhtml today is minimal. xhtml isn't exactly what i would chose for new sites, since the specification isn't fully supported by browsers, and since HTML 4.01 Strict performs just as well.

I'm waiting for HTML 5 and XHTML 2.0, at that point i'll decide if xhtml actually is better, but right now it seams ridiculous to chose xhtml just to add extra slashes to img tags and meta tags, not to mention br tags.

Sites of interest:
- Certification
- Tutorials and References
- Tutorials and References

04.15.11

dreamweaver, flash, shockwave

04.15.11

Go to the first place that the broken reference is cited and update whatever is between the <ref> tags.

The reflist is built dynamically based on <ref> tags in the article text – that way, if someone adds new references, then all citation links in the article and the reference list itself can be automatically updated.

04.15.11

To address exactly the same problem – Server side technologies came into play. (But they also address a lot more issues than that..)

Solution 1.
But for your problem, if you know a little bit of PHP, its a one line game (OR if you know your server uses PHP, just close your eyes and blindly include the following line on every html page you create)

<?php include("path_to_your_menu_HTML_file_name"); ?>

(of course, replace path_to_you_menu_HTML_file_name with the one appropriate for your context!)

Now with that line, you can put your menu in one file (the one you are referring to in the above code), and then include the rest of the matter in all your other files.

A little caveat though – you will have to name all your files as ending with .php (not .htm or .html).

So, if you know your server is running PHP and you have renamed all your files on the website from .htm (or .html) to .php and included the above code. You are all set to go.

The advantage fo this solution is that it doesn't depend on the client side browser, so you are sure that your client receives HTML only.

Solution 2. (Easiest One)
Use iframes…
Use this code:
<iframe src="included.html" width="450" height="400">

Adjust the src, width and height according to your need.

The advantage for you is that it keeps you in the domain of HTML. (no renaming of files!)

The thing with inline frames (the code above – iframe) is that it breaks on very old browsers (maybe a non-issue today) and search engines do not cache it.

Here is an excellent resource on iframes:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/special/iframe.html

04.15.11

Now that you've got your domain name you'll need to get it hosted (you can use Godaddy for that too), and then you can use any of the TONS of webbuilding software packages out there to make your site.

I personally write everything from scratch, but I'm a web designer for a living, so if you'd like something easier there's many many options.

Most of them, however do cost money. I haven't used a web template since about 1997 so I don't know what's available now for that sort of thing, but I do know that a lot of people like Dreamweaver and Site Spinner.

Being that I write from scratch with FTP and an open source text editor though I'm not familiar with pricing.

Anyhoo… about css. Basically it stands for "cascading style sheets" and if you know how to use them they are for styling your page.

This site:

has some great tutorials on how to use HTML and CSS.

Good luck!

04.15.11

To address exactly the same problem – Server side technologies came into play. (But they also address a lot more issues than that..)

Solution 1.
But for your problem, if you know a little bit of PHP, its a one line game (OR if you know your server uses PHP, just close your eyes and blindly include the following line on every html page you create)

<?php include("path_to_your_menu_HTML_file_name"); ?>

(of course, replace path_to_you_menu_HTML_file_name with the one appropriate for your context!)

Now with that line, you can put your menu in one file (the one you are referring to in the above code), and then include the rest of the matter in all your other files.

A little caveat though – you will have to name all your files as ending with .php (not .htm or .html).

So, if you know your server is running PHP and you have renamed all your files on the website from .htm (or .html) to .php and included the above code. You are all set to go.

The advantage fo this solution is that it doesn't depend on the client side browser, so you are sure that your client receives HTML only.

Solution 2. (Easiest One)
Use iframes…
Use this code:
<iframe src="included.html" width="450" height="400">

Adjust the src, width and height according to your need.

The advantage for you is that it keeps you in the domain of HTML. (no renaming of files!)

The thing with inline frames (the code above – iframe) is that it breaks on very old browsers (maybe a non-issue today) and search engines do not cache it.

Here is an excellent resource on iframes:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/special/iframe.html

04.15.11

To address exactly the same problem – Server side technologies came into play. (But they also address a lot more issues than that..)

Solution 1.
But for your problem, if you know a little bit of PHP, its a one line game (OR if you know your server uses PHP, just close your eyes and blindly include the following line on every html page you create)

<?php include("path_to_your_menu_HTML_file_name"); ?>

(of course, replace path_to_you_menu_HTML_file_name with the one appropriate for your context!)

Now with that line, you can put your menu in one file (the one you are referring to in the above code), and then include the rest of the matter in all your other files.

A little caveat though – you will have to name all your files as ending with .php (not .htm or .html).

So, if you know your server is running PHP and you have renamed all your files on the website from .htm (or .html) to .php and included the above code. You are all set to go.

The advantage fo this solution is that it doesn't depend on the client side browser, so you are sure that your client receives HTML only.

Solution 2. (Easiest One)
Use iframes…
Use this code:
<iframe src="included.html" width="450" height="400">

Adjust the src, width and height according to your need.

The advantage for you is that it keeps you in the domain of HTML. (no renaming of files!)

The thing with inline frames (the code above – iframe) is that it breaks on very old browsers (maybe a non-issue today) and search engines do not cache it.

Here is an excellent resource on iframes:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/special/iframe.html

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