Just my opinion

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I took some time today to go through the various templates offered in the new websitebuilder and was bothered enough that I felt the need to post.

The new templates seem focused on lots of images and little content.

The navigations on many of them are almost impossible to find. The last thing you want a visitor to have to do is hesitate to find the navigation. It should be very obvious, in their face, and in a location that viewers are familiar with. Beneath the header or on the left side.
 
Content is king. It's the way Search Engines determine how to rank a site and it's also how visitors decide whether the site is worth their time. Content should begin above the fold (the area that you first see when you open a page). Don't skimp on content in lieu of lots of images.

The new templates can be customized, but my concern is that many people will view those set-ups and figure that since Homestead offered them that way they must be just fine.

Just keep in mind that images slow load time. That is a negative for both visitor and Search Engine and good, original content is a must.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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Posted 2 years ago

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I will Happily second that Susan, I did say in an earlier post that I was not blown away by the choices. Its not a problem for me ( and many others) as we prefer to start from scratch, but I thought they looked image heavy.
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Starting from scratch, as Brian puts it, has always been the way I start to work. The template offer ideas to build upon, but generally clients have specific design ideas on how their website should
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Susan, you are correct, but most people still want to see how the images can be inserted. You can remove or resize the images. You can also increase the height of each section if you need more space for content. You can move the image down and the text box up to the top of the section. I do agree that I would like to see more variation in this area and will let the developers know. I would also like to see a start from true scratch for those of you that enjoy that.