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Accounting Website templates: A comprehensive guide

Website templates

A website template is basically the layout that is assigned to your website’s content by the web design platform you are using to put your website together.

A website platform is the software you use to put the website together. Good examples of a website platform are WordPress and Wix.

Website template types

Website templates are divided into 2 types:

File extension type-This means the type of coding used to put the template together.

Some examples of code creating file types are ASP and HTML.

WordPress templates-As the name suggest, these types of templates are made using WordPress as the coding source.

The use of templates to put your website together is something that is very common in 2021.

There are 2 mains ways to obtain a template for your website:

Paid-These are the templates that you pay a one time fee for and can then use on your website forever. 

These paid options normally come with a guarantee that the template designer will update the template on a regular basis.

These updates are necessary so page speed and performance does not suffer.

There are a number of places where you can get paid templates for your site. 

My favorite place is Themeforest.net

Themeforest offers both paid and free templates and themes that can be used for your website. 

It is the place where I purchased the template for this very website back when I started. 

Their web forum is packed with valuable answers to all website related questions. 

Free-A free template is a template you can download and use for free to use for your website. 

Which is better? Paid or Free template

Paid or premium template features:  

1-Once purchased you are provided with a visual builder that allows you to edit the template in many ways. 

2-It is better created for business types of websites as it comes with plug ins specifically designed to make the template look better/fix any future online bugs that come up. 

The best paid website  templates as of 2021:

DIVI-Costs are divided into yearly access at $89.00 once a year or lifetime access for a one time payment of $249.00

Jevelin-This template is charged one time for $59.00

Limerick-This template will set you back $39.00 for a one time payment. 

Gentium-$49.00 will get you this template which boasts an impressive 4.38 stars out of 5. 

Free templates:

1-They are free. 

2-Does not provide as many features as a paid template(mentioned above) but definitely usable.

The best free website  templates as of 2021:

OceanWP– OceanWP has been around for while. I even used it as one of the first templates to my site. 

Over 700,000 downloads and counting. 

Astra-Made by Brainstorm Force. Definitely a good one with 1+ million downloads. 

Storefront-Best one to use if you are trying to start a E-commerce website. 

Neve-A newer template with 200,000 downloads so far and counting. 

My recommendation between a free and paid template would be to go with a paid version. 

Normally only a one time payment is involved and the quality between the 2 is visible. 

Top template design rules to keep in mind 

1-Have your content ready before you add template

Knowing what will go on the page before you design it(add template) will allow you to pick a better template.

For example, imagine adding an E-commerce template when your website is for accounting services. 

Another reason for having content first is that it will be easier to enter to the template once template is installed. 

i.e landing page content, “about us” content, “services” content. 

Lastly, having the content ready first saves you time once the pages in question actually go live within the template. 

Content writing services

SAAI Consulting-Here at SAAI consulting we offer content writing services for blog posts and every other page of your website. 

Take a look in more detail here in our services page. 

SEO Content Hero-These guys have been around for while and are pretty good as well. 

They have different tier prices based on the kind of content writing needed.

Their services can be found here and their prices can be found here

Writing your own content-If you choose to write your own content will save you the most money(free).

The downside to writing your own content is that the quality of the copy might suffer due to the fact that you are not a professional copy write. 

We can recommend this amazing blog post by the guys at backlinko which takes you through the things to keep in mind when writing you own copy. 

2-Do not rush

Focusing on the most optimal or effective template early on will save you lots of time. 

If you take your time at the beginning, once your website starts ranking on Google, you won’t have to go back and fix things. 

3-Make sure to research your template provider

Jumping into any flashy looking template you find can be very tempting. 

Be careful to research online first to make sure the template you like has good reviews and solid customer support.

Take a look at the reviews provided by the template builder plus:

Google the name of the template plus the word “reviews” like this:

reviews

This will allow you to see reviews outside of the reviews provided by the template provider. 

The last thing you want is your template having issues that you are unable to receive support for. 

4-Make sure your template is SEO optimized

SEO or search engine optimization is vital for a website to reach the widest audience possible. 

With this knowledge in mind, choosing a template that is optimized for SEO is the smartest way to go.

Remember, just because a template looks flashy, it does not mean it will perform well if SEO strategies come into play. 

To find out if the template you are about to use for your website is SEO friendly, simply:

1-Go to SEOsitecheckup.com

Screenshot

2-Enter the template URL into the “Check your URL” field, click “Checkup”:

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3-Work on your resulting score so that it gets as close to 100 as possible or, simply choose another template with a higher score. Here is the score for our site:

Top template mistakes to stay away from 

Website templates can save you lots of time in the overall website design process, avoid the  following mistakes and life will be a lot easier for you and your visitors:

1-Template is not clear enough

Are you able to clearly display your USP(unique selling proposition)?

There is not point in having a flashy looking site template that does not allow you to clearly communicate to your visitors what your company is about.

If there are SO many design elements on the template that you are barely able to fit your message, think of using a different template.

2-Is the template AMP optimized?

AMP, or Accelerated Mobile Pages, is a HTML framework which speeds allows mobile devices to load images quicker. 

In this case, the template you are using for your website should load on any mobile device within 2 to 3 seconds.

Make sure to test your template loading speed as part of your research before building your entire website with it. 

A good place to test for this would be Google AMP test website:

1-Go to their website here. Looks like this:

2-Enter the template’s URL or code in the search bar:

3-Is the template easy to customize?

Make sure that the template you are choosing allows you to convey your brand and products you are selling.

Meaning, make sure the template is as easy to customized as possible.

Some templates are so hard coded that very little customization can be done.

This leads to a limited amount of revisions or edit options on your end. 

4-Is the template easy to navigate?

Specifically, are the icons that come with the template easy to spot and click on?

Make sure that you don’t end up with a template that takes forever to scroll through. 

5-Is there too much going on with the design?

Nothing stirs visitors away(besides slow loading speeds) than a template design that is too busy. 

Busy in this case means there are so many images/graphics/colors that it is very hard to discern what is going on. 

Here is an example:

Wanna guess how long it will take you to find what you are looking for on the above site?

Exactly, you would just leave. 

6-Stay away from templates using only Flash

Flash is a very tricky platform when it comes  to website templates and web design in general. 

Try to stay from templates that although look really flashy(due to using only flash) can cause loading speed issues down the line. 

For best performance, use templates that were made with good old HTML or CSS.

7-Do not choose a template where the images are too large

Nothing slows down a website like large images or large files.

Use image files like JPG or OGG which can be displayed at a smaller size yet retain image quality. 

A good image size for your template is no more than 1MB.

Top Resources You Can Use

Here are the best places you can go for immediate template options:

WIX.com

There is a large amount of business owners who have chosen WIX as their website service provider and for good reason. 

From great customer service to ease of use(less hands on), Wix is definitely here to stay.

Squarespace

Like WIX, Squarespace has become a force to recon with in the website creation and maintenance world. 

As far as templates, Sqaurespace actually has better looking options than WIX. 

Keep in mind that for both of these, a smaller, mom and pop type of website will work best. 

Once your website gets to a certain growth level, something like WordPress will be better.

Envato Elements(Paid images)

If you need images for cheap(around $198.00 a year) Envato will prove to be a valuable source for the images that will go on your template. 

Envato boasts a stunning selection of images in different format types, from graphics to video, these guys have it all. 

Unsplash(Free images)

 

I used these guys for a while before I jumped over to Envato. 

They offer plenty of free images that you can use to populate your template beautifully. 

Thank you so much for checking out our latest blog post!

Before you go, here’s a bit about us at SAAI:

Here at SAAI we do Web Design

WITH an effective page DESIGN-Your website will make people not only want to stay but..LOOK around! ever been to a store where everything was so easy to get to, you NEVER got lost and knew exactly how to get everywhere? that’s what an effective, SALES oriented well designed website will do for your business.

WITHOUT an effective page DESIGN-Your website will look like a war zone. People will know they are IN a store but have no idea WHAT is going on, WHERE to go or HOW to buy IF they find what they’re looking for.

People will leave your website almost immediately, you won’t get the sale, you will not pay rent.. affairs in order… headstone shopping.. you get idea.

Here at SAAI we do SEO

WITH SEO-Your website will allow you to pay your rent/bills/employees. It’s that simple.

Ever walk into the mall and had NO choice BUT to go through a random store first? well SEO will make YOUR business that store people HAVE to walk through.

SEO will place your business in page 1 of Google so your product is seen FIRST.

WITHOUT SEO-Your website will falter and fail.

It’s that simple. Imagine your store is located in the BACK of the mall where its too far to walk so NO ONE ever goes there.

If customers do not come through your doors, your business will falter and fail… you will not pay rent.. affairs in order… headstone shopping.. you get idea.

We looked around the net and made sure WE are doing what others are not:

1-We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

2-We go through painstaking details on our contracts to make sure all information is clearly understood before we move forward.

3-We ONLY take on about 2 to 3 clients at a time to ensure we give you our undivided attention.

We feel that it is way more important to provide QUALITY service than to meet some insane “100 client quota”

4-The above rule allows us to meet deadlines without issue, ensuring both quality of service and a guarantee that you will stay with us for the long run.

5-To avoid any issues or misunderstandings, we only take on clients that we KNOW for a fact we will be able to help.

If there are issues that will prevent us from providing you with the best service we will simply tell you before any paperwork is signed.

Shoot us an email or give us a call and Let’s chat! 

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