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Templatetuning is a template website that also offers customization services so that after a one off payment, all you’ll have to do is sort out the hosting. At Templatetuning you will find a decent archive of templates, each of which can be viewed before any purchase is made. Unfortunately, only a few of the templates come with a live demo which is an excellent feature and could really do with being rolled out across the board.
Once you have decided upon your template you purchase a download. This comes as either a PSD or PHD file which can be edited using Adobe DreamWeaver or PhotoShop CS +. We found that almost every template at Templatetuning needs some kind of tuning (hence the name, possibly) that goes beyond replacement of text and pictures. Generally, the templates are of poor quality which simply makes the process of publishing your website that bit more fiddly.
Luckily, however, Templatetuning offer their own custom design services so that all you need to do is specify your requirements and they will tune your desired template to them. This can be done either by filling out a form or chatting with a manager. Unfortunately though, it is not this simple. For a start, we were surprised at the prices of Templatetuning’s customization services; $21 to change an image and $105 dollars to insert a customer’s content such as text. Anyone with any knowledge of web design will know two things: Firstly, these changes are very easy to do yourself and, with the right software, can be made in minutes; secondly, with the amount of small tweaks that any template requires before becoming a website, with these prices, your costs will very quickly go through the roof.
Furthermore, Templatetuning have a very poor customer services track record with reports of unresponsiveness, non-delivery of services and even credit card fraud. Many other template sites are owned by the same company and a little bit of research will show that they all sell exactly the same templates. Whether or not this criticism is justified, Templatetuning will have to do a lot of work to clean up their image before we would even consider recommending them to anyone. In the meantime, there are several other template providers in this category who provide a reliable service while beginners should consider a WYSIWYG editor or a more reliable custom design company.
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