Website builders are making it easier to start your own site even when you don’t have any design or programming experience. What once was a task best left to professionals is now made possible for normal human beings through website templates that are designed to accommodate various types of content. Strikingly, for instance, was created out of a need for a simple and easy to use platform for creating unique websites. All you need to do is create an account and choose from our collection of website templates to get started.

But how do you choose the right website design template for your project? Whether you’re creating a personal website, an online store or a business website, here are a few tips on how to choose the right Strikingly template for your needs.

What kind of website are you building?

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Your choice of website template depends on the kind of website you are building. After creating your account with Strikingly, you will be directed to a page where you can select from the many website design templates in our collection. These templates are classified according to the major types of websites - online store, business, startup, creative, personal and blog - to help you narrow down your choices.

You can start by selecting the category under which your website falls or you can browse through the entire selection and preview the design that works best for your current website project.

What type of layout would you like?

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Each of the website design templates on Strikingly follow a different layout. Your choice of template depends on the layout you would like to see on your website. For instance, if you’re a photographer creating an online portfolio, a grid-style layout for presenting your best shots will be suitable for your site. A blogging site will require a section for displaying its latest articles on the landing page.

When deciding on a layout, you should keep the overall user experience in mind. What would you like your target audience to see when they land on your site? You can grab website design ideas and inspiration from similar brands or websites in your specific industry to help you with this task.

Customization options

On Strikingly, you usually start with any website design template containing the basic sections that make up a site: a header, body, and footer. Design elements such as the logo placement, navigation bar design and header and footer layout depend on the template that you choose. The good news is that you’re not stuck with your chosen layout. We understand that users will change their minds throughout the web building process so you can switch to a different template at any point - even after you have published the website.

We do recommend playing around with your choice of template - changing the color schemes and typography - to create a website that reflects your brand’s image. Our templates are great for beginners who want a one and done website but should you want to add a few extra special details on your site, you’re welcome to do just that by adding a section or two.

Look around for design inspiration

If you find it difficult to decide on how you want your website to look like, you’re welcome to check out our Discover page for website design ideas. We update this page with some of the best websites created from our platform. Check out how other people have used our templates to create engaging and professional looking websites.

If you have any questions about customization and how to get the most out of our website design templates, do not hesitate to contact us or check out our knowledge base for tips & tricks on how to use Strikingly to build sites that are uniquely yours.