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With availability of free web editor softwares nowadays, customizing web templates should be a walk in park. For graphical related customizations, getting a free trial of Macromedia Fireworks (www.macromedia.com) or Adobe Photoshop (www.adobe.com) would help greatly for your overall graphical customization needs. A rough estimate of 95% of web templates are provided within a Photoshop sourcefile template, and remaining 5% usually drops in Fireworks category. You still be able to open Adobe Photoshop source file from Macromedia Fireworks, but editing capabilities will be rather limited.
You might need certain additional software like Macromedia Flash if you intend to customize any flash files. As complex as it may sounds to certain group of people, customization services are usually offered on top of purchase of any web templates, if you don't have editing knowledge. Customization is usually highly affordable as work is relatively minimal and usually can be done within a 24 hour period.
The only drawback for an overall customization perspective is that you need a programmer to have programming elements installed within your web templates should you need one. Programming issues usually can be considered as next step of implementation.
Reason #4 : Speed
Large variety and availability of quality templates. There's no reason to doubt and totally safe to say that in most cases, considering that your list of requirements are not too long, you can have a high quality and presentable website as fast as within a 48 to 72 hour period.
Reason #5 : Affordable
Whether it's on long run or short run, price range for web templates are generally affordable. With availability of large varitey ot templates, anyone can spend their money more effectively, selecting ones which suites their idea best.
Reason #6 : Additional Resources
Web templates are not complete if there are no additional resourcess that come together with them. It is common for Web templates enthusiasts to acquire additional resources such as images, fonts, logo templates, buttons, cliparts, etc for their customization efforts. Not to mention extra resources on how you can market your newly acquired website to World Wide Web. Most of time, web templates provider will provide such materials free of charge.
As automated as world has become today, areas such as web design can't afford to be left out altogether. Automation such as this, if taken advantage of, will surely yield great results both on level of productivity as well as being time efficient.
All best in your online endeavors.
by John Teh
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