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Should I use a website template?

I recently asked for some help in a PHP web template I was trying to edit.

I got some great advice in coming to terms with PHP and starting by gaining a better understanding code in simpler formats and gradually progressing.

I had planned to set up a Windows 7 PC running IIS so I could view my web changes without uploading them. As I was warned, the fact that I did some editing in Frontpage screwed up several changes in fonts,

However, the time will take to finish the website, makes me ask the question - would I be better off buying  a template package from someone like TemplateMonster and spend around £225 ($375) was the template and editing package.

Do these templates allow you to edit without a knowledge of code so long as you keep to the layout? Or am I back to square one and need to learn code?
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Templates can give you a very good looking site without too much work - the reality is you will need to spend time customizing them.
But if they can save you the time of building something from scratch and give you a very good base from which to start then they are worth the money.
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Thanks Gary, do they all allow real editing or require a knowledge of code.

Any template companies you know to be good?
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Thanks, that looks good.

Is a Regular licence ok to advertise my business? No online ordering or anything.

If it's HTML can I edit in Dreaweaver/Frontpage 2003?
Regular licence is usually just one website and you can do whatever you like with it.

Frontpage is like swearing around here ;o)
Yep you should be able to edit it quite easily in either.

The author's on the site are usually quite good at helping out with any problems you may have.
When choosing templates from there I generally am just looking at the layout more so than the colours etc as by the time I have finished customizing it it generally will be quite different from how it started.
But I am just using it as a framework to get going.
looking at the layout more so than the colours etc as by the time I have finished customizing it it generally will be quite different from how it started.

I see the little monsters at TM want £50 to change the colour scheme.
Great help, thanks Gary