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How To Upload Website Files Online

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Once you have your website files ready to go online you actually have to upload them online in some way. If you don’t have a developer to do that for you, you’ll have to handle that on your own.  Don’t panic, it is not complicated at all, just follow the instructions from our post and you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes time.

The very first thing you should think about is the hosting and the domain name for your website. When choosing the hosting company, compare the pricing and pay attention to what’s included into the hosting offer. If you’re just a start up, even the simplest package will work for you perfectly. It’s pretty convenient to buy the domain name from that same hosting provider, but if you have the name already, that’s not a problem. It’s just that you’ll have to wait for another 2-3 days for your domain name to “set up” with the new hosting. It’s always better to speak with support people to make sure that the host works for you (and to make sure there’s actually a support team 🙂 BTW, if your don’t know what a hosting is, in short that’s a place on a remote computer (called server) where your website files will be stored.

Now, when you have purchased some hosting package, you will receive an email from the hosting company with the details of your account. Usually that’s the access to the hosting admin panel, mail settings, access to the so called “ftp” and the database details. If you have only received the access to the hosting admin panel, don’t worry, as a rule you can make all the necessary settings inside your account and without any special knowledge.

Uploading website files is in general copying website files from your computer to some specific folder on the remote computer (server). But since this computer is located in the other place you need to upload it in a special way, using the FTP program and the FTP access provided by your hosting company. FTP is the file transfer protocol which is a specific way to transfer your files to remote computer.

First you need to have some FTP program on your computer. There are lots of them available online for free (at least the trial versions), if you Google it, you’ll find programs like cuteftp, smartftp, coreftp and lots of others. They all work in a same way, let’s see how you can make it with smartftp for example.

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Right below the main menu you’ll see the fields to enter the host name, login and password. This is the access to the FTP that your hosting company has sent you or that you can ask to make for you ( or you can make it on your own from the hosting managing panel).

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Now enter your info and click on a green arrow. You will see the program connecting. Once it’s done, you’ll see something like this.

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In most cases your website files should be uploaded to “public_html” folder, “www” folder or just to the root depending on your hosting settings and info sent to you in the email. So look for these folder, and if you are not sure, it’s better to check with your hosting company.

Now we’ll show the easiest way to upload the files. Just select all the files that you want to upload, right click with your mouse and choose copy. Then get back to the smartftp and in the white area in the middle of the page ( that shows what files are located on the server) right click with your mouse and choose paste. That’s it, the files will start uploading.

Once you have copied all the files you can go ahead and check your website online typing http://www.mywebsitename.com into the browser line. If your website home page doesn’t come up or you see some error, you need to get in touch with the hosting company to see what’s wrong.

Good luck!

11 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Template.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The name of the post today speaks for itself. We’ll list answers to the 10 most popular but very important questions answers to which you should know before buying a template.

1. Can I “try” the template before making a purchase?

No, it’s not possible to “try” the template. It makes sense to send the template link to your friends, partners, family and get to know what that think about this exact template you have chosen. There’s no difference, whether you see the template on our website or on your domain name so it’s easy to make the decision.

Take a minute to check our Learning to Choose the Right Template article, it should help you with choosing the right template. If you are interested to try your editing skills, check our Free Sample Templates section. For this, choose any template of the type you are interested in and go to the template detailed page. There you’ll find the link to download the sample template of according type. Keep in mind that you can’t use the sample website to built a website, it’s meant for testing purposes only.

2. How can I edit the template? Is there some place to edit it?

Our templates are the design plus HTML code or flash only. There’s no admin area where you could change the content, place your logo or upload new images. In order to edit the look and layout of the template you have to edit the template source files, which include graphical .psd files (Photoshop), .html files and flash .fla files, if that’s a flash template or a usual template with the flash header animation.

In order to edit these files you’ll need some programs (listed in the Software required section for every template) and you’ll need to know how to actually work with these programs and update the files. If you are not sure you can edit the template on your own, we highly recommend to contact us for the help. For a very affordable fee we will add your logo, content and images on the template pages and will make sure the website is ready to go online.

3. Is it easy to edit the template?
Yes, editing the template is easy but you should have at least the beginner skills working with the programs listed in the Software required section. We have some tutorials in our help center here at www.template-help.com and there are lots of free tutorials available online.

4. I know how to work with the Frontpage, can I edit the template?

If you have chosen a website template or a CSS template and don’t plan updating the graphics (you’re just replacing the texts on pages) then you can. In all the other cases you should have all the programs listed in the Software Required section to be able to customize the template to fit your needs.

5. There’s a search form on the template, it’ll work, right?

No, the search form or the property listings won’t work, that’s just the design element. We do not produce templates with scripts and we don’t program elements like the search form. The only exclusion here are the templates based on the CMS which means a content management system, that is osCommerce, Creloaded, WordPress, phpBB, php-Nuke, Joomla, Mambo and Magento templates.

6. How will you deliver the template?

We don’t ship the discs with the templates. We’ll send you an email with the link to download your template files in about 5 minutes after the purchase has been made and verified by the billing officer. You will be able to download template files during 3 days after template purchase, after that the link will become inactive. If you didn’t have a change to save template files to your computer during this time, feel free to contact us and we’ll resend you the link.

7. What files are included into the template package?

Inside the template zip file you’ll find the following folders: screenshots, site, site_flash (if that’s a flash site) and sources folder. Screenshots folder contains the screenshots of the pages, the site and site_flash folders have the html files or flash file accordingly (that’s the template files that are usually uploaded to the server). The sources folder contains all the template source accordingly, including graphical files, fonts, flash and the clipart library.

8. Can you tell me who have purchased the template before me?

No, this is a confidential information. Taking into account the number of websites online, the possibility you will find the website built from the same templates comes to zero (especially if you have customized the template).

9. Can I get a discount?

Why not, we’ll glad to offer our returned customers ( over 10 templates purchased) a 5% discount.

10. Can you help me to choose the design?

We can help you to choose the right template type, but in terms of template design, you’re the only one to take the decision. Noone knows your business and your preferences better than you do.

11. Will the template look absolutely the same on my website?

Yes, the template will look exactly the same as you see it on our website. It’ll have all the nice flash effects, roll-overs and sounds. By the way, if you don’t like the sounds we can replace them for you at a small fee.

If you still have some questions about the templates, feel free to visit our online help center here http://template-help.com. Good luck!

The On Page Search Engine Optimization.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

You have customized the template with your logo, texts, probably additional pages and an advanced contact form. You might be thinking that your website is ready to go online, but that’s not correct and too many companies miss that point. Before your actual website launch you should take care about on page search engine optimization.

So what’s the on page search engine optimization? We all know that to access our website people have to find it first of all. In which way can they do that? Ok, that’s printed ads, website address on your new business cards, word of mouth or just the banner on some website. That’s fine, but there are also many people looking for a company and some services online via the search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. The on page website optimization is meant for the search engines to better know who you are, what you do and thus show your website in search results for the matching search queries and preferably closer to the top than on one thousand eighteen page of the search results. This is the very first step to the
online success, there’s nothing complicated here and with the help of our article you will be able to do it on your own.

On page search engine optimization consists of 3 main stages:

  • Stage 1: Find the right keywords
  • Stage 2: Add keywords on website page
  • Stage 3: Add keywords to special meta tags

Finding the right keyword

Keyword is the word or the phrase for which you would like to show up in the search engines results. For example if I’m selling the templates, the keyword that’s associated with my business is the template. But, there’s a competition. If we go to Google and type “template” to the search bar it’ll give me about 181,000,000 results. Wow, that’s a lot and it’s impossible to get on top with such a competition. Hence the conclusion, we need to find the right keywords for our website.

The perfect keyword should be popular but have low competition. If you find one, you are the winner. There are some free tools (and lots of commercial tools) that can help you, but I like most Google keywords suggestion tool: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal. Though it’s not directly meant for searching keywords for your website, it can give you all the info that you need. Enter the keyword you have in mind (it’s better to enter the phrase consisting of 2-3 words) and this tool will show you a long list of similar keywords and the number of searches. Choose several keywords and enter them in Google search bar, then compete the competition and the number of searches. To make sure that’s a good keyword you can calculate the keyword effectiveness index which is the number of daily searches divided to competition. If its’ lower than 0.001 that’s a poor keyword.

It also makes sense to to target your website locally, like say flash templates in Brooklyn. This way your website will definitely show up closer to the top to your targeted audience if they live in Brooklyn and look for the templates in Brooklyn.

You should choose about 2-3 keywords for every page of your website. Of course, the keywords should have something in common with the info from that pages.

Adding keywords on page

Now when we have the keywords ready we should start adding them on pages. It’s most effective to add the keyword to the page title, to the first abstract closer to the beginning and then to the very end of the page.

Don’t overuse the keywords, the density of the keywords should be not more than 3-7%, which means that if you have 100 words on page, there should be not more that 3-7 keywords/keyphrases. Don’t optimize for the search engines only, never forget that people will read this page as well.

Add keywords to special meta tags

Meta tags are special HTML tags that are meant for the search engines as well. If you don’t work with HTML, just ask your developer to add the Title tag and meta description tag on every page of your website.

Info from the title tag is shown at the very top of the page when you view it in a browser. This same text shows up as the title of the page in the search engines. Text in the title tag should consist of about 5-15 words and contain your keywords. You should place them as close to beginning as possible. Always remember that the text in the title should be relevant to the text that you have on page.

Meta description is the short description you write for Google about the web page. Description should be no longer than 20-25 words and should contain your keywords as well. It also may show up in search results as the short description of your website, so make sure it’s good not for the search engines only.

Now, you are ready to go online. Experiment with the keywords and find best ones, change them from time to time to see if you can get even better results.

Cheers and good luck!

Templates, Photos and Images

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Though this sounds a bit perkily, it’s obvious that our templates are visually attractive else, you won’t be interested to get one. The question is, whether it makes sense to keep the same photos and images when you change the template design to correspond to your company needs. There are pros and cons we’d like to discuss today.

1. Should I change the logo?

When we say logo we mean some graphic element or icon located next to the company name in the header area of the template. Yes, we definitely recommend to change it and here’s why.

First, though the possibility to see the other website built based on the same template comes almost to zero there’s still a chance that after some deep research or just occasionally one of you customers will see your logo on some other site and will definitely get confused.

Secondly, you can’t use this logo to create the corporate style since all the images in the templates are optimized for 72 dpi resolution which is too low for print, so you should know beforehand that you won’t be able to use this logo for the envelope, letterhead or business card.

If you desperately like the logo, you can order the development of this exact logo in vector or high resolution from us but we recommend to at least make some small change to the logo to make it look different from what’s on the template.

If you consider changing the logo but not ready to spend $500 for a logo yet (and that’s the average that professional logo design studios charges for logo) we highly recommend you to visit our logo templates section. These are great designs with the great concepts worth $21 only. Or you can even purchase the logo at unique price of $70 and be the only owner of an absolutely unique design. (more…)

The Psychology of Color: Right Business Templates

Monday, April 6th, 2009

What colorscheme have you chosen for your website templates and what were the reasons for making that particular choice? Is it because you like this color or do have you evaluated the impact of this color on your website visitor? Templates design elements and layout is important but your colorscheme should be sending a specific message to people who’ll be actually viewing your website. So the question is: do you know what message is it? (more…)

23 Most Popular HTML Tags You Are Likely To See In Templates

Monday, March 30th, 2009
html Today we’ll speak about most popular HTML tags. These are the tags that that you will find in almost any HTML template and these are the basic tags ( with the basic attributes) you should know and learn how to easily edit. Even if you have never edited HTML code, you will be able to easily make simple updates on your templates after reading this post.

HTML <br> Tag

Use <br> tag for a line brake. Use this tag at the end of the sentence if you need the new one to start from the new line. This tag has no end tag so it’s even easier to use. For example: The next line will start below.<br> New line.

HTML Headings

HTML headings are defined with the <h1> to <h6> tags. For Example: <h1>Welcome to my website</h1>
HTML headings are meant to show what element on your page is the heading. Don’t use this tag to make some text bold.

The headings are very important for the search engines, so use this tag attentively (it’s good to include your keywords to the headings). H1 headings should be used as main headings, followed by H2 headings and then by less important H3 headings accordingly.

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Save Your Site: Useful Tools For Those Who Just Launched

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

When you have just uploaded the files to your server and launched your website, there are some other steps you should take right away. In most cases the aim of building a website is to get potential customers, real customers and what’s most important bring the sales. It is vital to know who your audience is, how they find your website, where they come from, how long they stay on pages and at what point they leave the website etc etc. The short list of tools in our article today will help you to start in a right manner and move in a right way. We also assume that you are aware of the basic on page search engines optimization and have already made some efforts in this direction. So let’s start.

Google Analytics

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You might have definitely heard about Google Analytics. This is the best free analytics tool available and they constantly add new great features. The place to register the account is www.google.com/analytics/ and all you initially need to get access to the tool is a gmail account. Once you are in, add a website to the list of your account and generate a special tracking code that you should place on every page of your website. Now you have access to all the multiple reports: Visitors, Traffic sources, Content and Goals.

At the very first page you will see the number of daily visits to your website, countries where people come from to visit your website, places in the internet where people come from, most visited pages, the average time on the website and basically short info about everything most important. Using the menu you can go deeper into details and receive the full info about your website visitors. You can also set the so called goal conversions. Goal conversion is the number of visitors that reach some goal you set. For example you sell something online but you don’t know how many people of those who visited your website actually made a purchase. To know your conversion just add the special code on to your “Thank you” page and check the report to see the results.

Summing up, Google Analytics is the tool that will help you know everything about your website visitors and customers. (more…)

Learning to Choose the Right Template

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Hey guys! Today we will try to give you some useful tips on choosing the right template for your business. Such a big number of templates that we have might be confusing and we hope that this small article will give you a good idea what template is actually what.

You might have paid attention that the templates on our website are graphically divided into 2 sections: the templates menu on top and the list of templates categories on the right. Let us start with the menu on top. It presents the types of the products available. The name of the template type corresponds to the name of the program/software ( and needed to edit the template accordingly) that was used to create the template or indicates that the product is not the site design, like the logo and corporate identity templates for example.

Categories are meant to help you find the template for some certain business area, like selling books, baby sitting, restaurant business etc. But the dangerous thing is, they show results for all template types, so you should always keep in mind that what you buy is not just a nice picture, but the functionality you’ll have to live with, well at least for some time 🙂

Choosing the right template for your business is mainly choosing the right template type. We’ll explain the difference between different template types below.

02 Website Templates – this type of template is perfect for any starting business.Templates of this type usually consist of the flash animated header area and the template body done in HTML. These templates have great layouts, lots of free space allowing to absolutely change the layout of the page and they have enough room for your texts. Besides, they are easy to edit and even if you have never worked with the HTML code till this moment, you can fill your template with the needed texts and information in several hours.

02 Flash Templates – these templates are good for photographers, developers who need a stunning portfolio, owners of the night clubs, restaurants etc. The templates are not easy to edit but they look really cool and attract attention because of the flash effects used. If you want and need to impress this template type is for you.

02 Flash Intro Templates – for a wow effect. You can use them for every type of website, it’s enough to change the wording and colorscheme to have the flash intro matching your website style and business.

02 SWiSH Templates – basically same flash templates but developed in a different program. There’s a slight difference in animation effects and the cost of the software. Swish is cheaper than Flash and some developers say that it has more user friendly interfaces.

02 Logo templates – this template type speaks for itself. That’s a widest collection of various logos produced by our designers and illustrators for any type of business worth $21 only. We strongly recommend you to check our collection before ordering a logo at $500 price from some “pro” design studio. Results are same but why pay 20 times more?

02 Corporate identity – another great solution for a starting company. Corporate identity package includes business cart, envelope and the letterhead. You can choose the logo and corporate identity package and our developers will help you to combine it into a perfect suit.

02 PHP-Nuke Templates – a little bit old but still popular templates. PHP-Nuke is one of the first content management systems allowing to control your website contenr. We recommend you to buy this type of template only if you know what PHP-Nuke is.

02 osCommerce Templates – the eshop templates for selling goods and products. They already come with the shopping cart, product catalog, option to set your own shipping costs and integrate with the desired payment gateways. You can get additional info on the site of the osCommerce software and acquire the amazing up to date design for your shop from us.

02 Logosets– that’s a set of 10 logos in one package worth about $50. We recommend this product to web developers only as …well… why would anyone need 10 logos to build a single website?

02 Icon Sets – that’s a set of 10 exceptional quality icons. You can purchase one if you’d like to refresh your website and add some new hint into design.

02 phpBB Skins – designs for a world known and most used phpBB forum software . If you have a forum but bored with it’s standard theme, that’s the right template type.

02 ZenCart Templates – another online ecommerce software, similar to osCommerce but a bit different in functionality and the admin area interface. Don’t forger to check the software website before making a decision. Our designs are perfect but what if you don’t like something about the software itself?

02 WordPress Themes – designs for a popular blog system, easy to use and update. If you’re starting a small home or personal business that’s a good template to consider. Check WordPress website for additional info about the blog system.

02 CRE Loaded Templates – meant for selling online. One of the latest but a commercial software to use. We offer multiple designs for this system so if you already have Cre Loaded running on your website, you’re in the right place to get the exciting design.

We hope that this info will help you to choose the right template for your business. If you have some questions or need the professional advice, post a comment and we’ll get back to you.

Good luck and stay tuned!

Template Photoshop Tutorial: Changing Header Image

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The tutorial we’ve prepared today will help you to easily update the main image in the template header. Follow the instructions and you’ll see that managing our templates is really easy and you can replace the main template header image with any photo from your personal collection or purchased from photo resources. If you’re looking into photo purchase, please pay attention that 72 dpi resolution is quite enough and is the standard for the web.

Double click on the Photoshop icon on your desktop or choose it from the list of programs on your computer. Wait till the program loads. In the main program menu choose File>>Open and open the template .psd file from according location on your computer.

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Pay attention to the list of layers on the right, for your convenience we have divided it into folders.

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Choose the “head” folder…

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… and click on it to see the layers inside.

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11 Reasons To Buy The Template

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Reason 1: You get professional design that is extremely cheap

The average template cost is $65 only. This is fantastic as you get professional up-to date design that costs at least 20 times less than a unique design by some average custom design studio! You may be asking yourself what’s the trick, but the answer is very simple.

Reason 2: You get the latest design

Web changes almost immediately and what was popular 5 years ago looks like an outdated crap now. Our designers keep pace with the times, we know all the latest design tendencies and we use the only up-to date techniques when creating the template. And again, speaking about the price, you can change your website designs every other year as it costs only $65 to get a new, shiny and amazing website.

Reason 3: You get the website in 5 minutes after the purchase

How long does it usually take to have a website designed? Weeks, months? You can get the website ready to go online in 5 minutes after the purchase! We will send you all the template source files in one .zip file, besides there can’t be any type of frustrating mistakes as it usually happens, as every templates passes quality control department.

Reason 4: You don’t have to think about menu names or page layout.

If you are just starting your business and not sure which pages the website of this or that type should have, don’t worry as we have already made it for you. When starting working in some direction like for example lawyer, business or even a toy website, we make a deep study of the subject. We review hundreds of websites to find out the similar features, the most needed elements, the key point of this direction. If you are not sure where to start you can rely on us, as at the end you will come to same results, so why spend your time if we have already done that for you.

Reason 5: You can easily change designs

If you choose a theme based template like Wordpres for example, changing your website design will take no longer than a few minutes. We have multiple themes to offer you and we add new templates daily so come visit us at least once a week for the updates.

Reason 6: You don’t have to explain to design team what you want

That’s probably one of the most complicated tasks to explain what you need and how you need it. We have solved this problem. We have over 23 thousands of designs in our collection, so even if you need something very very special, you will definitely find it among such a variety of templates of different typed and categories. To make it easier, we have tagged all the templates with the keywords and you can use the template search to easily find what you need.

Reason 7: You will never see the similar website online

The total number of websites on the Internet has now exceeded 200 million. Even if the template has been purchased 3 times, the possibility you will meet a similar website online is same as meeting the dinosaur in the center of New York.

Reason 8: You don’t have to pay for professional images used

Browsing the websites online we sometimes realize that it is one stunning photo that makes the site look impressive but we don’t think how much it costs to get such an image. You can get low quality photos for $1 and you can get real works of art for $500. With our templates you don’t have to pay for the photo or illustration separately. With the template purchase you get the license to use the photo from the template on your website which considerably helps to keep the development costs down and still have the photo that is worth to look at.

Reason 9: You can get all the “business accessories” needed in one place

Apart from website design templates we offer the variety of products for your business. If you don’t have a logo, you can get one for as low as $20. If you need a business card, envelope and the letterhead, no problem, you can get it all for a low price and in one place here.

Reason 10: You don’t need anyone’s help to edit the template

We have invented new types of templates that give you full control over your website. Our Dynamic Flash Photo Galleries is the solution photographers and people of art were desperately looking for. Now you can login to the admin area and make the necessary updates in minutes.

Reason 11: You can order template customization right here. We’re flexible.

We have very competitive pricing for template customization services. You don’t have to be a pro to have your website customized, we will do all the work for you. We will add your logo and texts, upload the website online and make sure it works perfect.

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