I designed this blog using a template that I customized it, and I still call myself a web designer.
Choosing a Template is a Skill
Choosing the right template for your website requires an eye for design. You have to look at template in terms of functionality, layout, color scheme, etc. Web designers can notice problems with templates that normal users may not notice or even care about.
The template that I’ve chosen is called Hotel. I chose this template for two reasons: it’s clean and it’s easy to customize. Well, for me it was. I’ve tried other templates before and they were not what I was looking for. For example, I tried one template that was a total mess. Also, it wasn’t mobile friendly.
Customizing Template is Also a Skill
Customizing a WordPress theme also requires an eye for design. But it may also also require knowledge of CSS.
For the most part, I customized the color scheme of this website by tweaking with the CSS. The reason why I choose blue is because that color is associated with water. Since Newfoundland is an island and Townieplace.ca is based in Newfoundland, it makes sense that this website is predominantly blue.
Placing widgets on the sidebar or in the footer also counts as customizing your template in a way. The widgets I have on this website are strategically placed. For example, I have a 160×600 ad banner placed at the top of the sidebar because it’s the most noticeable there. Nobody places ad banners at the very top of a website or even below the header anymore because it’s too distracting.
Choosing a template and customizing it takes some skills. For that reason, I call myself a web designer. But that’s not the only reason.
I have experience with Joomla, WordPress, and BBS. I also know HTML5 and CSS3.
I’ve been designing websites on a personal level since 1999 and on a professional level since 2008. Finally, I have a diploma in multimedia graphic design.
I can design your website by using any of these content management systems, choose the right template for you and I can customize it.
If you don’t have the time or patience to design your own website, then I can do it for you.