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    So, what exactly is a website template? What do people expect to see and experience when they buy a website template?

    Should it be user friendly like blogger for example and have text boxes for the owner to type in website content or should the user know a bit of html just to type in the information he/she needs on the website?

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    Templates are usually associated with PHP or ASP ... server-side languages.

    With PHP, and usually a MySQL database, you use PHP to dynamically fill-in the
    content by grabbing content from a database. So, essentially, there is one PHP
    script that dynamically creates all pages. Since the layout is the same for all
    pages, a template is used. Only the content changes within the template.

    This site you're using right now is an example. You notice all pages look pretty
    much the same, but the content changes. So, they must have a template or theme.
    Theme and template (to me) mean the same thing.

    Some templates you see, that are called HTML/CSS or XHTML/CSS templates can
    also be used with Dreamweaver. Mixing PHP with HTML can be an issue if you plan
    on scripting offline, unless you have your own server or WAMP (to run PHP) installed.


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    So, if I were to hand over my website template to lets say a client, how would he/she put in their own content for the website?

    Would they have to know some coding?

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    It's kinda difficult to explain since template can mean different things to people at different levels of skills with coding and or setup.

    I would suggest you download a "template" from a site like "freecsstemplates.com", and then download a template from wordpress.com

    the "HTML" template is a single "or somethings several pages", that can be used as is, you just update the "content section", modify header info, and build out your links to work for your site. These are usually fine of the person editing the content knows HTML and knows what NOT to change. A site can easily be broken using these type of templates.

    a PHP template like used for wordpress, has all the pages coded with the PHP markup, and the wordpress system uses and loads them into a front end, the content is added using the front end, and loaded into a DB. All the user and or You normally see is the front end and sections to add and modify content, NO code knowledge is needed to use this type of templating system and pretty much has become the standard for designers that provide a content management system to clients.

    Again, it would be easier to understand if you downloaded some examples and just looked at them.

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    In my experience, "templates" usually refer to HTML and CSS only layouts, while "themes" refer to layouts that involve the use of PHP (WordPress, Joomla, many of the free shopping carts)
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    If you are use wordpress, zencart, oscommerce, etc, you will understand what a template will do. It also called SKIN in some programs.
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    As a web designer and developer I use templates to get the job done faster. You can always tailor the template to look like your business. But the benefits of using templates is knowing it looks good and the coding is already done and ready to go. I've had lots of success using all sorts of templates.

    I always design either wordpress or joomla. It makes editing content a breeze.

    Try .... [Edit: link removed. This link was not germane to the thread - nobody was asking where to get templates, they only wanted a definition. Please read the rules about posting links. Alphamare.] .... for professional joomla 1.7 templates. They also have extensions as well.

    Good luck.


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