My first software was FrontPage - wow, it was really easy to use and create sites. It worked for me but what I did not know was that the website I created was not going to be a seller. I mean, it was covered in ads, banners, buttons, scrolling text.. you know all the neat things back then. I started seeing that nobody was sticking around, no one signing up and of course no sales.
I asked a few close friends to look at the site and just so happens one of them was in school learning about the web. He advised that they were using templates to create test sites. I quickly ask hows a template going to help my website.
Easy he said.. you can have a much more professional website for 50 bucks or so and just change out the logo, text and edit the pages. I searched the web and found a template I liked. Also invested in Dreamweaver Editing Software package as I was hooked and knew I wanted to be in this field. Besides it was the suggested software for the template editing.
Took me a little time for the learning curve but what a website I created. I did not change much as it was professional design for my niche. I advertised it and within a day people were signing up and sales were happening. A couple of years later I was made an offer I could not refuse and sold the site :)
Why use a template.. for about 50 bucks and up you can have an excellent looking website. Sure, others will also purchase the design but they are sold world wide and it's not so likely that you'll see the same template online in the same niche. If so, I'm sure there are many changes to it. If not then modify yours a little bit more to give it that unique look.
I then created www.snerdey.com and the reason is to sell templates at a discounted rate to help people save money and time. Sure, we also offer custom editing services as well as custom website designs from scratch. Just depends on your budget and how knowledge you are to the different types of templates as there are many types. These include osCommerce or online stores, flash 8 websites, moto cms - content management sites including Joomla, Dupral and even WordPress Themes. Visit our website at Snerdey.com for the entire collection of 10,000's of website templates!
At Snerdey.com we are TemplateMonster Affiliates. Meaning we have their templates on our website and have discounted them each at 10% off everyday. We mostly sell to webmasters and new business owners that want to do it themselves.
My personal favorite Do It Yourself Website Templates are the MotoCMS or Formally known as FlashMoto. They are fantastic designs and search engine friendly. No special software required and even better you can edit from just about any internet browser connected to the web. Also they do not require a database so say goodbye to MySQL Injections Hacked Sites!
I do suggest that if you have never purchased a template before that you do some research on all the types and what will work for your business model or idea. We're here to consult at no charge to help point you in the right direction 24/7 we also offer Live Chat as well as Toll Free Sales Department at 877-619-6609 feel free to call anytime!
Best of luck to you all in your ventures.