Web Design Templates – How to Use Them for the Best Results

Web Design Templates – How to Use Them for the Best Results

Web marketing has actually become extremely simple these days because of all the resources readily available to you.

It is a popular reality that you need to use the web in order to produce awareness about your business irrespective of exactly what product or service you are offering. It is unimaginable that a company, whether big or small, can function without a website nowadays.

A web site is normally the very first point of contact between a company and its potential consumer because people prefer to do most business deals online these days due to the convenience and benefit it offers them.

The issue, however, is that numerous small businesses do not have the resources to hire a website design business. If you are confronted with this problem then help is at hand because you can use style templates that are easily readily available online.

Website design templates are nothing more than pre-designed sites that you can get from various sources. You can use these templates in order to add your very own personal material in any way you prefer. Your opportunities of success depend upon the extent to which you can customise the website.

After all, your future consumers will be judging your company on the basis of the information it supplies on its web site in addition to the total impression that the web site produces.

There are lots of excellent web design templates these days. In many cases you will be able to produce a high quality web site in an extremely short time with these readymade website designs.

In fact, if you put in enough effort to customise it, your visitors will not even understand that you have actually utilised a design template in order to create it. These design templates are extremely easy to download and you can begin on the process of customisation at the very start.

Like other products, these design templates come in a range of qualities depending on the business that has actually manufactured them. It will make the job of promoting your company a lot easier if you can determine the very best web site template producer and use only that company’s item.

A website design template that is of the very best quality will make your task of modification very simple in addition to which the completed item will certainly look better. There is also very little chance that these design templates have any mistakes that can decrease the quality of your consumer’s visit to your web site.

You do need to put in the minimum amount of effort in order to make sure that your website style is appealing. You will be amply rewarded within an extremely short time when your company starts to make a regular income as a result of visitors pertaining to your site.

You will be able to keep your revenues at a high level because your company expenses can be kept under control if you make your very own website. You may be surprised to learn that a large number of small companies use their own self designed websites and are reaping the benefits of their online presence.


Using Themes For A Local Website

marketing-ideas-for-roofing-companiesI was approached a few weeks ago to produce a new website for a local roofing company. They already have a website up and running which I think is doing a good job for them, but they wanted something a little more personalised.

You can see here the original website for Quality Roofing Nottingham. I wanted to share this project with you from beginning to end so that you can see how it progresses. I would welcome your comments if you can contact me through the webform and give me your thoughts and ideas on this original site and again when the new one is finished.

Below ae the main points that he wants me to convey in the new website. Fingers crossed that I can do a good job for them!

Most of us haven’t heard of fascias and soffits. But as you look forward to learning about them, it will come as a surprise that you’ve been seeing them all along only that you didn’t realize them by their name.

If you take a look at most houses that have a guttering running alongside the house just below the roofline, you will see that it is attached to a box. The underside of the box is what’s technically known as soffit. Fascias, on the other hand, are walls of the said box that can be seen attached to the roofline of the home.

The main role of the guttering is to trap any rainwater coming off the roof so as it can drain it away.

The Main Roles of Soffits and Fascias

Soffits and fascias make a significant part of the home since they are responsible for keeping the damp out. They help to keep the rainwater from coming inside and also making sure the entire house is insulated. Discoloration, leaks, birds nesting in your roof are all signs that you should give some attention to these two.

Note that if the two get damaged, it will be harder for your roof to effectively carry out its role of keeping the home safe. To keep soffits and fascias in a good state all the time, it’s expected that you should have them checked for repairs all the time and also keep them well-maintained.

Various Types of Soffits and Fasciasconstruction-wordpress-theme

Not until recently, fascias and soffits were mostly made with timber. Some of the major issues that timber had include rotting, fading, splitting and warping. However, today, there’s a much better alternative.

uPVC, a plastic made up of non-toxic elements, bears all the durability and strength expected of the two. Interestingly, it has wood effect finishes, ranging from, rosewood to mahogany and many other finishes. Such effects have made it easier to achieve any effect you desire in your home.

Just like those of made of timber, uPVC are able to clip into place with ease and soon as they are fixed well, they will be able to guide the rainwater, protect the roofline and keep away the damp. Aside from that, due to its excellent thermal stability, you can expect less expansion and contraction compared to other materials. Not forgetting to mention that you won’t have to repair it every often. You can just wipe it down with a PVC-U cleaner and a damp cloth,

Caring for Soffits and Fascias

The fascia acts to secure the guttering and also ensures rainwater is drained away properly from the roof right into the drain. So check to ensure the soffits have clear little ventilation holes at the bottom. This helps to prevent the roof from suffering damage caused by damp. Also, inspect to ensure there’s no rot. When rainwater splashes around, it can result into such. And when you notice rot, the best thing is to deal with it urgently. This will prevent it from spreading.

As you can see, the main focus is for Fascias and Soffits, as it is a very lucrative side of his roofing business. A good website not only helps to bring more visitors to the site, but also helps to convert those visitors into sales. No pressure then!!

Watch the video below which discusses the importance of a good quality website for the roofing business.


Pre-made Templates – The Pro’s and Con’s

Personally I can see the advantages of both methods. For a quick and easy website solution, which is all that is required in most cases, then I think that using a premade template or theme is the best way to go.

If you need a more customised, more complicated or personal style and design, then a made to measure website is by far the best option.

I saw this image and thought is worth sharing…..

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More Tips for choosing the best theme for your website

More Tips for choosing the best theme for your website

There are thousands of website themes available today, which one do you choose, the choice can be overwhelming. You need to commit to your theme, in some ways it is like choosing your life partner; you are going to be spending a lot of time together, so you need to choose well! This guide will hopefully put you on the right track to finding the perfect theme for your website.

What are your needs?
While looking through the vast choice, it is easy to think too much about how the theme looks. And all too easy to grab the theme that makes your site look most pretty. But don’t go there! Step away from the download! You should first decide on a plan, and decide what you need your site to do and what is most important.

Answer these questions first before you decide.

A. How large will your site be? Will it have a lot of content?thinking about theme
B. Will it be a commercial or web commerce site?
C. Do you need a mobile responsive website?
D. In your opinion, what are the items that are the most important to display on the 1st page of your site?
E. Will your site look the same in 1 year? 2 years?

Unfortunately, you will probably find that not one theme will give you all the answers. But by knowing what you need your site to do, will help you to pick the theme that ticks the most boxes. Find a theme that works well with your content.

It is often the case that we see the demo of a theme, and make our content fit that demo.  That is not how it should be, it should happen the other way around. You may fall in love with a them that has the best blog display and fabulous featured blogging images. But that probably isn’t the best fit if you are not a big blogger and don’t have a large supply of images. Try to look at the type of content that you are wanting to display, and see if the theme is going to work well with what you have.

Thinking ahead.
I know this is a difficult one, but if you were to instal this theme today, is it going to be able to handle the plans that you have for your site in 1 years time? If you are a roofing company and just need a shop window website, then you will probably just have a few blogs to add over the year, but if you are selling home made items or a small manufacturer, you will be adding product continuously.

But if you are a manufacturer, or retailer, with new and more products coming through, will your theme be able to cope. It may be fine now with just a few pages, but what if you start adding lots more content? Be sure that the time you pick has the right navigational structure to be able to organise your new content in a way that the end user will be able to make sense of. Much better to ask these questions now, rather than find you have already outgrown your new beloved theme in just a few short months.

Dig Deeper
It is an unwanted task searching through the related info that comes with any theme. So think hard, reduce your choices to just a few that are going to suit your future plans. Try and find reviews and questions online that relate to those themes. You will start to build up a picture of what is working or not for certain types of businesses. Chances are you will be able to see the different types of sites that are being made using your favourite themes, giving you a better idea of what and how it would work.

To Conclude
In looking for the perfect theme for your shiny new website, don’t just plump for the coolest. Roll up your sleeves and dig around to get a better picture of how your end result may look in the future. It is always better to have a plan, and it will help you to throw out the pretty looking sites that are not really suitable for you needs. If you can pick the right theme, your site will flow naturally, grow organically, and will help you to achieve the end result that you are looking for.

This Youtube video from ipage has 10 really useful tips that may help you to decide on the right theme for your situation.

Free Website Templates

Free Website Templates

Just a quick post here about free website templates. There are many places on the web that offer free templates, some good and some not so good. I have tried several of them with varying degrees of success. Most hope that you will upgrade to one of the premium themes and that is how they make their business work.

Here are a few that you can try.

Free Web Templates
According to their advertising they have over 3,400 templates available. Definitely worth taking a look. templates

Free WordPress Themes
These are from the wordpress website. WordPress is really easy to use and is very flexible. Check out their free themes here:

Free Website Templates
I have not used this service, but they have many excellent themes for you to choose from:

Open Designs
2067 Open Source web Design Templates. A really nice selection here:

So anyway you get the idea. Just do a search on google for free website templates or themes and you can spend hours looking for your ideal theme for free.

Happy Hunting…..


Pay for a pro or DIY?

Pay for a pro or DIY?

Or… how to Make the Decision to CreateYour Own Website or Pay a Professional


The seemingly obvious answer to this question is how much experience do you have in website design? A few other questions to ask yourself are how much are you willing to spend and how “nice” do you want your website to look?


So let us assume you have no website design experience. If you decided to create your own website, there are plenty of companies to choose from that have a simple makeup, designed for people like yourself. “Input photos here, insert quote about your business here, give an introduction here,” is a pretty good example of what you might find. The upside of doing it yourself is that you will not have to spend a dime and there are minimal technical skills needed.


A downside may be that it will end up looking just like every other free website out there, with no distinctions and you will be limited to what you can do. These limits mean that you will only be able to do what the host’s plugins allow you to do during the website building process.classroom how to make a website image


So the next assumption is that you know a little bit about designing your own website. You can pay a small monthly fee to use a premium theme design with an already established website designing company. In other words, you will have access to more options (like more plugins and themes) for your website than with a basic, free, create your own website program.


A downside to this is that programs like this aren’t basic and require intermediate technical skills to be able to successfully create on your own. These technical skills usually include CSS and or HTML knowledge.


If you are thinking of trying the DIY route, and I recommend you do, because you will either find that you have a flair for web design, and find the experience rewarding, in which case you might even find a new career path for yourself, or you find that you hate the whole process and decide that you would rather spend your money hiring a professional, ( might I recommend me at this point? ), and put your spare to more enjoyable pursuits.


One of the companies you will find if you start to look at building a site yourself is Weebly. I have always been impressed by the quality of site that you can build with Weebly, so you should maybe give it a try. You can have a free account to start, and build your website, the downside to this is that the domain will be But if you make something that you are happy  with, you can pay for the regular account, which is fairly inexpensive anyway, and convert your domain to a more normal


There are of course limitation as to what you can do with this type of site, but if you are a small local business just looking for a shop window for your products, then it may be all that you need. Go check them out and see at


Here is a beginners guide to Weebly, it may help you to decide if it is something that you are prepared to tackle. Take a look and see.


The final option is to have little to do with the actual creation of your website and leave the hard work to the professionals. This is probably a good option for a growing, professional company, but really that’s your decision to make.


A major plus for this option is that you will get exactly what you want, how you want it, and when you want it. You will always have technical support and a design team to do anything for you that you may need. You may have to fork out a chunk of change to begin with, but it will save you valuable time and money down the road.

How to Choose a Good Theme for Your Business’s Website

How to Choose a Good Theme for Your Business’s Website

If you have ever created a website or have done any research on themes, you know there are a ton of options out there. So how do you know which the best to use on your business’s website? Let us start from the basics, what exactly is a theme?


The theme of your website is like the accessories and paint for your car. Your decision on the theme should be based on how you want your business to be represented and how it will best make your business stand out from all the other businesses out there. The good news, is that if you get everything set up and want to change the theme later down the road, you should be able to without messing up any of the actual content. Generally speaking, the website content is saved to the website address and changing the theme just changes how it is presented.


A question that will help you determine the theme to use is, do you go with a free theme or a premium one? There are some things you want to save money on and can do so by cutting corners, but this probably isn’t one of them. Your website is probably the first, and sometimes only, visual a potential client may have of your business and you want it to be a good one. By going the premium route, this usually means that your site will have more security and more of a technical team to help with any potential issues or answer any questions you may have. Think of it as an investment.


Below are some popular website themes.

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Now let us consider some more specific theme questions that you will want to consider before making your decision. Since this will be a professional website, you are going to want a good support team, correct? If you are familiar with website designs, maybe not, but you do not want to be in a situation where you can’t ask anyone for help. So the degree of technical support is something to consider.


Does the theme already have SEO (search engine optimization) options for you, or will you have to set that up yourself? How much additional work will you have to put into it? Some premium themes may look like what you want in your website, while other ones may require you to do a lot more changing around than you have time for. Also keep in mind that you want the theme to be easily accessed on multiple devices, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and the like.


One of my favourite companies that has some really great looking and high converting website themes is Be Theme from the Muffin group. I’m a bit of a Muffin group junkie, but I have no affiliation in presenting this to you. It’s just that they always have a great theme that works for the type of site I am building, and they are easy to instal and use. Check them out here.


If your website is on wordpress, and you need to install your first theme, or would just like to change the one that you already have, here is a great video for beginners, or as a reminder how to change your wordpress them. If you are using a different platform for your website, such as Joomla or Wix, there is plenty of information on both Youtube and Google that can help you to make the change you need.

The Benefits of a Good Website

The Benefits of a Good Website

You may have heard people recommend having a good website to get your business noticed, but what exactly can it do for your company? Consistently give your business an identity. People want to know what your business is all about. What can you offer them and how might they benefit from working with you? Giving a visual to your potential clients will answer these questions. If you have more than just your business’s official website, like any social media sites or even your business card, make sure they are all consistent with the image you want your company to project.


The goal is to get more visitors. You want people to check out your website and browse through it. A good website will both inform a potential client (or customer) and keep them intrigued to be involved and learn more. What you do not want is someone taking a look at your homepage and immediately leaving the site, so you need to be unique!

If you were successful at the last step, getting more visitors to your website, you will get more customers!


A good website will set you apart from your competitors. Chances are, your business is not the only of its kind, but your website needs to project that it is different. Phrase the wording differently, find one of a kind photos and let your website connect with those looking at it. You want to be better than your competitors, so you have got to show that you are through your website, since that is the way most people will learn about your design


Keep your website short, simple, but informative, because most people will not take the time to read a lengthy introduction page. A clear and concise website will keep viewers attention long enough to get them interested in your product or services.


I often find that customers try to get more bang for their buck by putting as much information as possible into a website, because they somehow feel that they are then getting more value for money. I find this too when I create print ads for local businesses. They will be paying for a credit card size ad, but want to fit in every service that they can possibly do in order to maximise on their ad spend.


This doesn’t work in an advert, and it doesn’t work in a website either. You end up confusing the reader. The best way in my experience is to focus one one or two services, get the readers attention and sell those services, and later you can tell them about all the other great things that you offer. Rant over!


By spending the ‘extra’ money for a higher quality website, you will actually be saving money down the road. If your business cuts corners now, you may end up paying more money later to have your website re-vamped and spiced up. At this point, you may have lost many potential customers and clients. You may even have to spend more money if you have to shut down your old website in order to start from scratch.

Watch the video below for some more information on the benefits of having a good website design.