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A Web template system describes the software and methodologies used to produce web pages and for deployment on websites and delivery over the Internet.[citation needed] Such systems process web templates, using a template engine. It is a web publishing tool present in content management systems, software frameworks, HTML editors, and many other contexts.

A web template is a tool used to separate content from presentation in web design, and for mass-production of web documents. It is a basic component of a web template system. The website templates though can be made and used according to one individual purpose, there are two commonly know page contents in the templates.

Web templates can be used to set up any type of website. In its simplest sense, a web template operates similarly to a form letter for use in setting up a website.

Various agencies and organizations use web template systems for mass-production of content when slower production alternatives prove unfeasible.[citation needed]

For an introductory overview, a news website is used as example. Suppose a "static website", where all web pages are static, and built by a web designer, that need to add and update pages every day.
A typical strategy to automate the web-designer's "repetitive work" is:

  1.     Choose a web template system to maintain the website;
  2.     Group news items with different presentation needs;
  3.     Specify the "presentation standards" through web templates, for each group of news;
  4.     Specify a content resource to generate or update the content of each news item.

One of the many ways of an easy solution for making a website is the use of Website Templates. These templates offer the use of the various different designs and graphics which are already coded in the HTML format to be used by the creator. The source files of these templates are always in the PSD format which belongs to the Adobe Photoshop software.

The website templates though can be made and used according to one individual purpose, there are two commonly know page contents in the templates.

The first page in every website template is the index page which is actually the main page of the website or called the homepage most commonly. It is this page that will appear after the address is entered. The other page which the website template contains is the sub page or the content pages which the branch off from the main page, containing the specific information about the particular topic.

The templates contain the already designed web page, and the user just has to change the name in the text region of "your Company Name" text, followed by the main context of the page, in this way by making a few replacements you can have your own designed website without the use of any professional help or complications.

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