Website templates Vs. CSS/HTML: Which Will You Choose?


Website templates. It’s one of the most controversial products in the Web development world.

In this article we’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of Website templates. We’ll take a close look at what it can do, and what it can’t or shouldn’t do. And, through this process, we’ll compare Website templates to its counterparts HTML and CSS.

What really is an advantage to using WEBSITE TEMPLATES

This article is sure to create debate …and a lot of additional email for me! But I wrote it with the intent of informing novice Website templates users about this technology. At the least, this article should allow you to communicate with prospective clients the reasons why a project should or shouldn’t be done in Website templates.

A Bold Statement

HTML and CSS will never be able to do what Website templates does. With that statement alone some people have launched their mail client, but before you compose that bitter email, allow me to explain this statement.


Let’s take a look at the strengths of Macromedia’s multimedia vector product, Website templates. Then we will examine its weaknesses and finish with a comparison of the HTML/CSS tandem.

What does Website templates do that HTML and CSS can’t?

Website templates’s Strengths




Website templates provides a degree of freedom of development that’s not found elsewhere. Website templates allows the designer to place objects anywhere they like without having to worry about absolute/relative placement, box model problems, inconsistencies across browsers, z-indexes, tables-in-tables-in-tables, sliced up graphics or screen resolutions. In Website templates, you simply place the object where you want it on your canvas and move on. Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!


Seriously, this advantage is not to be taken lightly. As designers, this is what we’ve been wanting since the beginning of the Web: the ability to design without limitations being placed on us by browsers or programming languages. With Website templates, you no longer need to worry about which browsers your page will render correctly in and which will choke on it. Your page renders the same way – correctly -- in all browsers.

Greater Interactivity

Website templates provides an interactive environment for a more involved multimedia experience. We’re not just talking about rollovers that swap colors or images, which, by the way, are a piece of cake in Website templates, where they can even include sound. We’re talking about the bigger deal here.

Website templates allows you to incorporate sound into your pages via mp3 and wav files, allowing you to use, for example, speech or background music. You can also directly import digital video into Website templates, which allows you to easily demo products or just show off the family. It’s true that Website templates is not the only way to include video into a Web page. There are other tools, such as Windows Media Player, Real-Player, and QuickTime. However, the Website templates player plug-in penetration is now at around 97%. Compared to Windows Media Player plug-in at 59%, Real-Player plug-in at 56% and QuickTime player plug-in at 41%, Website templates is streets ahead.


Ok, so maybe you’re annoyed by music and video in Websites. No problem! Just don’t add it. But at least you have the option to incorporate these elements on, for instance, client sites if you use Website templates. HTML/CSS simply don’t offer the option.

Greater Control

Website templates’s vector rendering processes give it the ability to adjust the entire display size based on the browser size and, in doing so, keep your images and text clean and unpixelated. This will become more of an advantage as people begin to more frequently surf the Web from sources other than desktop computers, such as PDAs, mobile phones, car displays or wrist-watches.

Improved Integration

Website templates allows you to integrate any multimedia file format into your site. For example, bitmap image formats (such as, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PCT, TIF), vector image formats (including FreeHand files, EPS, Illustrator files), and as previously mentioned, sound formats (WAV, AIF, MP3) can all be imported into a Website templates movie.

Easier Font Handling

With Website templates you have the ability to embed any font you wish and have it display in the client browser regardless of whether they have the font installed on their machine. You no longer have to convert fonts to images in order to maintain the font for display on varying user systems.

Replicate Frames

Website templates can replicate the behavior of frames on an HTML Website in that it can maintain in a fixed position certain parts of the Web page, such as the navigation buttons, as other parts of the screen scroll.

Stand-Alone Movies

Website templates allows you to play movies as stand-alone presentations called projectors. Projectors are Website templates movies that come complete with an embedded player -- you don’t even need a Web browser to play these Website templates movies! You can burn Website templates projectors to CD-ROMs or DVDs.

No Reload

Website templates gives you the ability to display data as part of an ever-changing process without having to reload or refresh the page! That’s right -- the data can change without even so much as a flicker from the browser.

Ok, so we’ve covered the advantages of this technology. Now, let’s look at the weaknesses of Website templates.