Do You Use a Template for Your Website? And Do You Know the Drawbacks?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  Website templates are pre-made websites that can be set up quickly. Answer a few questions and in a few steps and your website is up and running. Many web hosting companies offer hundreds and even thousands of different styles (another name for template) with their hosting. Use Wordpress or other blogging package? Themes are also templates. Templates can also be purchase for about $60 each or an annual membership can be purchase for unlimited templates.

  I don't hate templates because I use them also because my clients request them. The problem that I have with templates are that many times the templates are not written neatly. Changing certain piece of the code can make the site look aweful or hard to add new functionalities without spending many hours.

  Security is another concern. When installing certain template especially ones that use a database such as MySQL, there are usually a folder call "install" and also a file call install.php to configure the website and database. Many users do not change the install file to something else, delete the folder, or change the permission. So if anyone that google for that file can totally change the website.

  Some of the programmers of the templates also encrypt the original source code using specialize software like cube that prevent viewing of the code to prevent copying or updating the code.

  These are the reasons why you might want to take a few times to maybe have a custom website done yourself or hire a programmer than to use templates.

Comments (4)

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for sharing some information about websites I didn't know before.

Nov 12, 2010 06:10 PM
Kin San
Rosemead, CA

Ill take this into consideration when I design a new website, Thank you

Nov 12, 2010 06:26 PM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

  Michelle: No problem.

  Kin: Thanks for the feedback.

Nov 16, 2010 06:09 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Read the three joomla books, needed a sister site that had the video embed, aerial, all the links, copy and images in one spot with a blog option and social media propagator too. Build it the secret and out source a little of the loose ends to "get 'er done."

Jan 30, 2011 03:49 AM