Templates VS. Pages

I recently had to make a very clear distinguishing between the page of a website and a website template. When you are having a site developed for the first time, these terms can be confusing. So, I will try to un-clutter the mess of phrases and definitions to create a clean frame of understanding to make your web development process easy.

Let’s start with the obvious.

When you visit a website, you arrive on a page. As you click around, you go from page to page. This may be from Home page, to the Contact page, to the Blog. If you are shopping, there could be hundreds of pages as you browse various products. So a websites pages can be many and each page is filled with content. Pages can also have other elements beside the content of the page. This is where templates come in.

By definition:

wireframe template 1

A preformatted file type that can be used to quickly create a specific file. In the Template, everything such as Font, Size, Color, Background pictures are preformatted…

A web template is a tool used to separate content from presentation in web design, and for mass-production of web documents. Read more

In other words…

Templates hold basic repetitive information. For example, many websites contain the following elements: Header, Footer and Sidebar. These elements are placed into a template along with the content and when put together, make up a page.

wireframe template 2
A website can have multiple templates. Most commonly, 2. One for the Home page and one for secondary pages. Our basic website package offers 2 templates. This allows you flexibility and variation for your content.

I hope this distinguishes templates and pages and how they are both used to make up a website.

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Posted: Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am
Filed Under: Uncategorized, Web Design/Development, Web Site Concepts.
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  • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I
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    Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

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