- Site design:
A cost effective way to design a site is to identify an existing template with theme that comes closest to what you want. It can be tailored to your preference beyond that at minimal cost. Designing a site from scratch can be a far more expensive proposition.
There are numerous templates at Joomlashack.com, which is what I most often use for content management. I know the developers and am in contact with them daily about one thing or another. New templates and "plug-ins" are coming available almost every month. Remember only to choose ones which support Joomla 2.5. If it is 1.5 ONLY, it is obsolete. By the way, templates from Joomlashack are guaranteed to support future versions, and Joomla 3.0 is coming out in September, 2012.
Each Template has a Live Demo, which showcase its many possible variations in color and layout.
Templates are $92 with commercial license, or $43 without. The Image slider (ShackSlides), a prominent feature in most of these templates, is an additional $33. (This includes Joomlashack's new Image gallery, called Visionary. Click to see more info).
Remember, once your site is up and running, you will be able to update your own content any time you wish. We will show you how to do that.
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