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So I've started my own IT consulting business and luckily one of the services I haven't chosen to offer is website developing because I am lost right now lol. I tried to follow a tutorial and used Notepad++ to write out the code. The only thing is, this is a very basic webpage and I somehow didn't get it right. So I went to Dreamweaver, tried to set up a template and change it up a bit with no luck.

After a bit of searching through Google, I found that you can purchase full website templates. The thing is, there are tens of thousands of templates on one site alone. Being that there are tens of thousands sites like this out there, what one would you recommend? Is there anything in particular that I should either look or watch out for when shopping for a template?
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Use Wordpress with the goal being using a template that is SEO geared. Lots of sites and info out there. Look into this plugin for Wordpress. Depending on how competitive your local market is, learning about SEO can make a difference.
Edited by bfe_vern - 1/16/11 at 9:10pm
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Thanks for the tip, I am looking through some of the templates now. These do seem to not stray much from the blog though. I'd prefer a more professional style look if possible, like a "real" business site.
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It doesn't have to look like a blog. If you go to http://wordpress.org/showcase/ you will see some that doesn't even look like its a blog. Do some more research on SEO and the use of WordPress. It will be worth it for you.

Look at this:

http://bernadot.com/portfolio/
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Thank you for the help. I did a lot of looking through those links last night before I went to sleep and I just think I am going for a different look. A lot of those pages seem to be quite long, without any real breakup between sections as if each paragraph is just another post rather than a whole section. I'm also not keen on the idea of the text on the right by the form of a login area since I will not be utilizing that, a testimonial area, or a recent post area.

I did find this that I did like here. It is just that it is a little bit too long for my taste and I would like a more organized and static layout, as well as a premade template that I can download, customize, and use. Sadly I just don't have the time to learn how to create my own template right now, but look forward to learning more about web design through customizing the initial template I bought in the months to come.

This is why I have been looking at www.entheosweb.com for full website templates. Do you have a recommendation on whether I should go with a site with flash animation or not? I do think some of them can be nice, and others obnoxious. I was leaning towards not having much animation because it's a computer repair/virus removal business..I want the page to actually load on their browser quickly lol.

Update: I wound up just using the website builder application included with my web hosting services. It's very basic but good enough for what I need as it gets my message across, in the future I will likely be on this portion of the forum a lot asking questions lol. Thank you for your recommendations, I appreciated your advice.
Edited by My arms stuck - 1/17/11 at 9:21am
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just to let you know, you get what you pay for. From what you sound like you want i can assure you will not find it from a template. You will either have to A. Man up and learn it, B. pay someone top dollar, or C. Settle for a template. AND DO NOT USE anything with flash, flash is crap, and everything that flash can do can be coded with Javascript.
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I don't necessarily need to "man up and learn it" because I do plan to learn in the long run. I value having the website looking decent and up now more than I do twiddling my thumbs having no customers but learning a skill I can't market yet. As stated in my last post:
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Sadly I just don't have the time to learn how to create my own template right now, but look forward to learning more about web design through customizing the initial template I bought in the months to come.
Further down the road will I be grateful I learned how to create good looking and easily navigated websites? Yes, that is obvious. Just because it's obvious doesn't mean I have the time to learn right now.
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Use Wordpress with the goal being using a template that is SEO geared. Lots of sites and info out there. Look into this plugin for Wordpress. Depending on how competitive your local market is, learning about SEO can make a difference.
I'd suggest Yoast's WordPress SEO Plugin over All in one. The features are far beyond anything else that handles titles and descriptions.

For WordPress themes ready to go with little customization, Elegant Themes or WooThemes are good. I use Thesis for custom sites.
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AND DO NOT USE anything with flash, flash is crap, and everything that flash can do can be coded with Javascript.
Well the last couple of adverts that I had to do and provide to 3rd party ad agencies couldn't be done in Javascript!

Can i-player, youtube etc be done in Javascript!

Sweeping statements like "flash is crap" sounds like a marketing justification as to why a certain device won't run it.
    
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Find a buddy to partner with you that is a developer...then you can market his/her talent and get a slight kick back in revenue from any consulting he/she does. Plus the developer can design and create a nice site for you
    
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