iPage templates, much like other web hosting templates are designed to help web designers quickly and easily setup a website with color schemes, fonts, and images. iPage offers several types of templates for web hosting customers to choose from. Keep reading for more on iPage Templates.
Introduction to iPage Templates
Using a template is undoubtedly the quickest way to get a standards-compliant, functional website up and ready to go in a jiffy. For someone new to the job of webmastering, website templates answer questions you didn’t even know you had. For more advanced users, templates can be selected for some key features and modified to suit your needs. In either case, with the programming of the underlying elements complete, adding branding elements and replacing the “under construction” sign can happen in short order. Pros can develop starting with a blank site and build it themselves from scratch. It’s important to know that templates can allow for greater or lesser change by the user. One person’s useful template may be too inflexible for someone else, but you only have to please yourself.
Some templates have everything in place for you and all you have to do is choose:
- a color scheme
- a font
- images to replace the template placeholders
and write text to replace the placeholder text. If you are setting up an ecommerce website, as opposed to a personal site, you will have to do more work, setting up your catalogue, pricing, and shipping options.
Using iPage Templates
SiteDelux has different technical requirements than the vDeck control panel, so it’s important to note them before you get going in order to prevent mishaps.
• Windows users must use the Windows 2000 operating system or later. They must have a monitor with a screen resolution that is at least 800 x 600. They must use Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher or Firefox 1.5 or higher as their browser.
• Mac users must use the Mac OS X 10.4 operating system or later. They must use Firefox 1.5 or higher (Internet Explorer is no longer supported for Mac, and Google Chrome is not supported by SiteDelux).
Several Types of iPage Templates
iPages template-based site builder and editor is called SiteDelux. SiteDelux was created to help people get websites online in under an hour. Available in the Website Management section of your control panel, SiteDelux is a browser-based editor, with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface, requiring no programming, or coding, knowledge. It is aimed at use by those setting up personal sites and small business sites.
Some people may jump to the conclusion that the beginning and end of iPage templates is the iPage site builder, SiteDelux, but this is not the case. The Content Management System (CMS) software applications Drupal, Joomla!, and Mambo, for example, all make it possible to build a website based on provided templates. This is also true for the blogging software WordPress, and for other software applications that iPage provides to its customers through InstallCentral or Simple Scripts (the documentation refers to both). In these programs, templates can be free or purchased. Additionally, sites can be enhanced through a variety of add-ons including those called modules and those called plug-ins.