Creating websites just got a whole lot easier
Posted on 30. Apr, 2007 by The Gimcracker in Stuff On The Internet
When developing purely informational sites, or “brochure” sites as some call them, I used to spend most of my time creating, un-creating, and re-creating style. “Hmm… that color doesn’t look right there.” “That line’s way too thick.” “I can’t believe I was going to put that background image there.” After completing the initial draft of the style and taking a break to work on content or go home for the night or even just get a cup of joe, you can rest assured that I would return to my desk and redo everything.
I have to admit that, by advancing my CSS and HTML skills over time, I’ve gotten better at creating style that has more modular and universal qualities. But wouldn’t it be cool to have a bank of complete style templates? Sometimes don’t you just want to avoid worrying about which color scheme you’re going to use? Isn’t it nice to imagine a website template that contains all the images you need, instead of having to open Photoshop and figure out how to make a background floral brush to match your website (or worse – pay for a kit of Photoshop brushes)? You don’t? Oh.
Well I do. That’s why I was glad when I found these templates that are completely valid CSS and XHTML. Now, I can use these templates as a basis for informational websites that I do in the future, as well as really any other kind of site. Obviously if the client wants something specific I will still have to tap into my design skills, but imagine how much faster it will be to make a very simple website for, say, a landscaping company. Beauty is just minutes away.
If you need some convincing, just look around you. This website is based on a template called Dirtylicious, and I think it’s darn delicious. My bro’s game site is based on another one of the templates from this site. I believe there are around 20 templates there right now, and they can be used as is or modified to suit your wildest fancy. Just make sure you give the proper credit to Arcsin, as I have done down at the bottom of my page. You can also browse their WordPress templates library to skin your blog.
Best of all, they’re free!