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Where to source good quality HTML Templates from for building a website?

Feb 2, 2013 5:22 AM

Hi,

 

I would be very grateful for any advice on where to buy/download well written CSS coded HTML templates for building a website in a hurry.

 

I've looked at developing a self-hosted Wordpress site as an option, - simply because of the wide and diverse range of designs and styles that are available ....but I'm hoping that there are similar HTML equivalents that offer the same functionality and style.

 

...or should I throw the towel in and run with Wordpress after all for a quick fix ...and rely on Dreamweaver to adapt the design?!

 

Many thanks

Simon

 
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    Feb 2, 2013 7:24 AM   in reply to Simon RCL
     
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    Feb 3, 2013 3:37 AM   in reply to Simon RCL

    You can use Foundation without Compass and Sass. Just normal markup combined with ready made style rules and scripting. You could have a prototype up and running in minutes.

     

    But please don't let me rob you from finding alternatives, I don't lose either way.

     

    Before I give up on you, have a look at this page http://fumantology.com/ which I got up and running within half an hour; no Compass, no Sass.

     

    This is what the header looks like

    <header class="row">

      <div class="four columns">

        <h1><span class="six columns"><img src="images/doctrine-of-trinity.jpg" alt=" "></span> <span class="six columns"><small>Church of<br>

          </small>Fumantology</span></h1>

      </div>

      <nav class="eight columns">

        <ul class="nav-bar right">

          <li><a href="#">Link 1</a></li>

          <li><a href="#">Link 2</a></li>

          <li><a href="#">Link 3</a></li>

          <li><a href="#">Link 4</a></li>

        </ul>

      </nav>

    </header>

    And this is the footer

    <footer class="row">

      <div class="twelve columns">

        <hr />

        <div class="row">

          <div class="six columns">

            <p>&copy; Copyright no one at all. Go to town.</p>

          </div>

          <nav class="six columns">

            <ul class="inline-list right">

              <li><a href="#">Link 1</a></li>

              <li><a href="#">Link 2</a></li>

              <li><a href="#">Link 3</a></li>

              <li><a href="#">Link 4</a></li>

            </ul>

          </nav>

        </div>

      </div>

    </footer>

    You may also like to try the responsive design by widening and narrowing the page.

     

    Now try any other template, ANY OTHER, and recreate or better what I have done within half an hour.

     
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    Feb 3, 2013 10:17 AM   in reply to Simon RCL

    STARTER PAGES/FRAMEWORKS:

    For CSS & HTML Layouts that look professional and perform well in all devices, look at Project Seven's CSS Builder2 for DW.   Their code is good, easy to work with and all PVII products are very well supported.  It's up to you to customize the Layouts with your own styles, images, backgrounds, menus, content and other advanced features. 

    http://www.projectseven.com/products/templates/pagepacks/css-builder2/ index.htm

     

    Free CSS Frameworks:

     

    THEMES:

    WordPress is dynamically driven with PHP & MySql.  Functionality is, for the most part, built-in to the Theme code.  Additional functionality can usually be found in commercial or free WP plugins, but not all plugins work with all Themes.  Customizing WP Themes is for experienced developers as it requires a thorough understanding of how Themes work along with advanced coding skills in CSS, PHP, HTML and JavaScript.  If you've never created a custom Theme for WP, you don't realize how much work it entails.  You might be better off hiring a custom Theme builder or finding a commercial Theme that contains everything you require.  WP Theme Development: https://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

     

    TEMPLATE HOUSES:

    I discourage people from using commercial houses like Template Monster, etc... because the code is often too difficult for novices to work with.  And sometimes the images are not licensed correctly which could put you (or your clients) in a copyright quagmire.  Use at your own risk.

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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