Website templates are very affordable and they save you a lot of effort and time when you want to create a new layout for your website. However, a lot of people make mistakes in the process of choosing and using a web template and end up with something that was unlike the image they had in mind. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid those mistakes.
The first obvious mistake you should be aware of is using a template that is very popular. If many people use the same template, your website will not appear unique at all and your credibility as a solid, different website will be tarnished. In other words, you will appear generic just like your next-door neighbors.
The whole point of using a web template is to save time and effort. You just change the title and appropriate details and you’re done. The biggest mistake one makes is to customize the template beyond recognition. While that may be good in the sense that you’re creating a unique graphic, you’re defying the very purpose of using a web template — saving time and effort.
On the opposite side, if a template you purchase is suitable but some changes must be made to suit your site’s theme, then you will have to take some time to make the changes. For example, you can find a very nice template that suits your hobby site except the original designer has put an image of stamps in the header. You can find images of garden plants and spades to replace the stamps for your gardening hobby site. However, do only make the necessary changes and don’t redesign the entire template.
In some circumstances, some people simply make the wrong choice of templates. This is a very subjective issue but you have to be careful in selecting templates to suite your audience. Do not choose templates just because they are pretty, choose them because they serve your purpose.
If you need a good-looking website and don’t have the necessary skills to craft your own, or the funds to hire a good web designer, here are some good options for WordPress users that have been created by people who know what they’re doing.
TheNa :: Photography & Portfolio Theme
This theme is well suitable for any types of Portfolio, Photography, Wedding and Design Agency sites.
It comes with three portfolio template styles and lots of customization options, plus two styles of blog template and a shortcode template with 18 modules for building other types of pages.
Benri :: Multi-Purpose Theme
Benri is a multi-purpose responsive theme that comes with Visual Composer, Ultimate VC, LayerSlider and more. If you need to get up and running quickly, it features a huge collection of ready made demo sites that you can install with a single click.
Composer :: Multi-Purpose Theme
Composer has over 70-ready made demo sites for you to work with, covering just about every web design possibility, and it makes it easy to create your own layouts from scratch. It also features WooCommerce integration and comes with some free premium plugins.
Enfold :: Multi-Purpose Theme
Designed to be the most user-friendly WordPress theme, Enfold is a versatile and fully responsive theme suitable for business sites, online stores (with WooCommerce support) and portfolios.
Avada :: Multi-Purpose Theme
Avada claims to be the best-selling WordPress theme of all. The underlying framework is flexible enough to enable the crafting of all kinds of design styles, and there are tons of user-friendly tools and options for fine-tuning the resulting site.