Creating a website nowadays is no more a difficult task due to the various possibilities contemporary web community grants us with. Today you can set up your own online presence without extra knowledge and development skills and, what is not less pleasant, absolutely for free. The thing is there is a great number of templates providers which offer you to download their designs without any expenses and restrictions concerning quantity. Making use of such services you can get any design you like not spending a cent and using it for your peculiar purposes in the way you personally need it. But is everything really that good?
We do not necessarily say that there’s something wrong about all the free template providers. Some of the free templates resources accept templates by other designers and developers and there’s no guarantee that the templates have the according quality. In any case let’s take a look at some of the Free Website Templates Providers and see what they can offer.
FreeWebTemplates maintains a collection of more than 5,000 free website designs among which you will find Business, Flash, Hi-tech, HTML, XHTML and other themes. The templates listed within this website have been created by different developers around the world and that is why they are quite diverse. Taking into account this is one of the biggest free template websites it’s hard to imagine how many people visit it daily and how many designs have already been created from this templates (8K for a single template is not even a limit). Also and since the resource accepts works by different developers, there is no guarantee that you’ll get a qualitative template and that it’ll be easy to customize. From design perspective the templates are fine but I wouldn’t call them cool or stylish.
Metamorphozis Design offers you free static and dynamic website templates which are not divided into groups or categories for some reason . This is quite inconvenient as you have to browse though the pages until you find the appropriate theme. Most of the templates have simple yet quite ordinary design and there are just a few free templates available for download. It looks like the free templates serve as a major attraction of the clients while they are prompted then to buy the usual templates (which have a convenient navigation BTW).
The collection of GetFreeTemplates includes 64 free templates. Same as Metamorphozis, the company sells usual templates offering free website templates as a bait. Though some of the templates look nice, most of them seem to be out of date which is quite understandable as having gained reputation in Google for free website templates one can relax and pay more attention to the paid templates while still receiving traffic for the free website templates search request. There’s no template preview available, just a small thumbnail and zip file to download.
FreeTemplateDesigns offers both links to other template resources as well as free templates that can not be downloaded directly from the website. For some reason the search function is disabled and template designs often repeat each other so you might spend a good deal of time looking for the template that might work for you. All the templates are submitted by different designers from all over the globe so you are likely to meet the same designs you’ve already seen at www.freewebtemplates.com. Also and since this is just a catalog of free templates there’s a high possibility the templates have been downloaded thousands of times while it’s very important to have a unique recognizable website.
FreeWebTemplates.info is offering most up-to-date templates solutions if compared to the rest of the free templates providers.Â Presently they offer 213 nice free templates to choose from, so where’s the catch? The template download linkÂ ( like this oneÂ http://www.templateworld.com/freetemplates/zero/track.php?id=17&flag=2) shows that the template is actually downloaded from http://www.templateworld.com/. The templates are provided under the terms of creative commons public license and do not have anything inside but HTML. They all have the text “Design by Template World” and the link to the www.templateworld.com website accordingly which should not be removed.
TemplatesLand offers 45Â free website templates, has tons of banners and adverts as well as template affiliate links going to other providers. The deal is simple: get the visitor looking for the template, make them click on the banner or link and receive referral or affiliate commission. There also so-called premium (paid) templates that website visitor can consider if he hasn’t found the appropriate design among free templates available. If you use the templates by TemplatesLand you have to link back to them, well at least they offer .psd and .fonts inside the template package.
7. Template Yes
TemplateYes seems to be the clone of TemplatesLand.Â Same website structure and heaps of affiliate links and advertisement, same requirements and the link back. All is made to make you click on the banner, link or buy the template directly from the website.
So does it make sense to use the free templates?
Apart from those several free templates resources we have reviewed, there are lots of other websites offering the same free templates as well as the trial templates by TemplateMonster that can not be used to develop the websites. Most of designs are out-of-date and as the rule they require the link back.
It’s obvious that the free templates are produced with the goal to gain traffic and attention rather then providing a qualitative design. All of the templates have been uploaded multiple times (thousands) which makes them almost useless as every second spam of malware website will be using some free template design.
Frankly speaking I can’t find a reason to download a free template and use it for website creation.
What can you do about it? If you feel that you can not rely on free templates providers LayoutsPack offers you a helping hand. We offer professional website templates at almost no cost and we guarantee help and support. We do not require a link back and moreover- the number of templates you can download is not limited, so you can try as many templates as needed. Our collection is huge and thus the possibility you will meet a similar website online is very low and almost comes to zero. All the templates include all the source files so you can modify any element needed.
You can always purchase one of our Templates Packages based on membership conditions and get an unlimited number of various website templates distinguished by stunning design and premium quality. It’s time to make the right decisions! You can email us at help at layoutspack.com if you have any questions or concerns and we’ll be glad to answer all of them!