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Should I use a website template?

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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?
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Great help, thanks Gary
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