Monday, July 20, 2009

Homestead Website Design Templates-Why I Never Use Them

One thing I’ve never used is the Homestead website templates. The reason is because I like to be creative and design my own web site layouts. Although the Intuit/Homestead Company has a very large selection of professional templates to choose from, my experience has been that they limit the amount of things you can put on a page. When you try to expand the pages design, you loose the connection between the various layers that comprise the template. The Site Builder is easy to use, but trying to learn how to increase the size of the layout of a template page only leads to a frustrating experience. I had to learn this the hard way, through trial and error.

Because I have chosen to not use the built-in web site designs offered by Homestead, it has been necessary for me to make connections with other web design methods. One of the first programs that launched me into becoming more creative was Gimp. This is free photo editing software that is comparable to Photo Shop. It has its own learning curve attached to it, but there are videos and several articles available to help you learn how to create your own logos using layers. Get it at Gimp.

Creating your own Homestead website templates allows you to have more control over how large or long the pages can be. Once your first page is designed you can then just copy it for the other pages. If your objective is to get a good looking site up quickly, then use the built-in templates. If you’re not educated in working with photo editing programs or developing your own logo designs, then the pre-made templates that are available for Homestead website design are going to be your best options.
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