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Despite not boasting a massive archive of templates as do some similar sites in this category, we were impressed with Templateworld’s decent collection of high quality templates. These templates are either available to download individually or as part of an unlimited downloads plan that comes with membership to Templateworld. Browsing the archive is made simple with a search bar and key word categorization. When you see something you like the look of, you can check out its vital stats including resolution and file types, consult user ratings, add to your favorites and even access a live demo. These options are excellent for members who don’t want to have to download a website just to find out it isn’t suitable; in fact Templateworld even provide sample CSS templates to test run on your computer. Those who will really benefit from these features however will be anyone making a one-off purchase as you can be as sure as possible that your chosen template will work for you. This is especially important when purchasing downloadable non-tangible goods as they are almost always non refundable.
Templates, being just that, will require some work before you will be able to publish them as a website. However, when compared to designing something from scratch, a template will represent 90% of the work already done. You will need to be computer literate in order to customize your chosen template using specific software, convert it and then find a hosting company with which to register a domain name. Those with less computer skills will find this process difficult as even the computer literate amongst us will need to invest some time in learning new web design skills. Hence, we would recommend that beginners find a WYSIWYG editor with which to build a website. However, for everyone else, templates are a far more flexible and economical solution, especially for web design professionals without the time to construct a new website from scratch every time.
We were impressed with the quality, quantity and price of templates offered by Templateworld. However, what made them stand out from the crowd were a couple of offers that really impressed us. Firstly, Templateworld offer one year free hosting to all their members which is a fantastic offer that many more expensive template sites fail to offer. However, we failed to find much further information on this and had to contact a customer services rep who told us that, to date, no one had actually taken them up on this. Likewise, they claim to have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. However, they make no further reference to this in their terms and conditions and upon further investigation we found this to actually mean that “you will get exactly the same items that you have seen on the preview pages”; so not a money-back guarantee. Despite this disappointment we are still happy to rate this product highly and highlight it as one to watch in this category; even without the free hosting and guarantee, they are one of the best template providers in the market.
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