Online tool and community for designers and web developers to build web templates for popular open source ecommerce or CMS applications
We believe we are on the next big thing that will make web site design more creative and fun. We called our project TemplateArchitect.
TemplateArchitect online tools make it simple for any designer, web developer or enthusiast to create sophisticated templates and skins designed to be plugged in to popular CMS or ecommerce applications. No knowledge on the coding or application architecture needed. Simply take your design from PSD, Gimp or other graphics editing application and start building your template online with the wizard and tools provided.
Building a template for web application of your choice will be as easy as using Photoshop or any other editor.
Say you have a Photoshop design or some HTML prototype that you need to convert and create into a working site for your project or client. In today's world, you need to find some company or freelancer that has expertise in the application you are looking to create a design for. This can be costly, time consuming and not provide desired result and quality. Let's take osCommerce shopping cart application as an example. Creating a custom template for osCommerce requires knowledge of PHP programming language, CSS, HTML, application architecture and more. For beginners, it is not easy to create template from scratch.
Using TemplateArchitect, you do not need to be exposed to these challenges. WIth TemplateArchitect website tools, you can follow the wizard and start building your template instantly. You can select many different prebuilt modules and componets for your web application and design around them. While working you can preview your design in fully functional application, and once completed, you can download it as a plugin package, ready for use in your project. To add more benefit, you can switch your template to be used in any other application that is provided in TemplateArchitect. This means, design your template once and have it ready to different applications.
Further more, after completing your template, you can sell it on our site and earn income.These are some of the main features offered with TemplateArchitect:
Template Building Features:
- Easy to follow wizard for selection application, setting up the template and project
- Select and customize page layouts. Example: Liquid, Responsive, fixed, Mobile, etc layouts.
- Select and customize dynamic and static elements. Example: Menus, Slideshows, Social media plugins, etc
- Large library of web elements, modules and features to add and design around.
- Add your own images, backgrounds and fonts
- Editing colors, fonts, paddings, etc with interactive UI and with CSS code console for advanced users
- Edit HTML, CSS and HTML5 elements for advanced users
- Ability to select many popular applications to create templates for
- Save working stages.
- Real-time application preview with work created.
- Ability to send preview to clients with brandless URL.
- Ability to download ready template, skin or plugin
- This will be created specific to the application that you will be using template for.
- Ability to share, review and sell your work in the site and community
- Help tutorials and help from the community
- Ability to contribute to the project and community
- Help others, add elements to the library
- All above is done with user friendly and fun to use browser based interface.
Why we need funds?
As we have developed a prototype and confident of what we need to do, but we can not develop all aspects of system on our own. We need to assemble a developer team to help us with implementing UI tools we designed, maintain the system and manage web applications we will support. Portion of the funds will be used to build unique engine to process design and generate ready template for popular applications.
It is important to understand that this is not an easy project, but we are confident that we can make it happen, and with support of contributors like yourself, this project can become a reality. Template development for web applications will change for the better because of everybody who contributes to this project. There is no way we can complete this project without your support.
What will it cost to use TemplateArchitect?
Designing and building templates on TemplateArchitect website will be absolutely free with limit to 1 template per account. This is enough for anybody to get started with no payment or commitment.
As we aim to make as many tools as possible free of charge, there will be some small fees for getting final template generated and downloaded.
There will be membership fee or fixed price to generate final template/skin for download. We think about $29 per month or $5.99 for final template download.
What applications will be supported?
We selected most popular web applications based on research, but we will be adding more applications to support as we grow. Initially there will be ability to design templates for Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, ZenCart, OpenCart and possibly 2 more candidates.
When we will have TemplateArchitect ready?
Our target date for beta release is by the end of 2012 and full production in first quarter of 2013.
How can I help?
There is a lot of help we can get. Start by spreading the word among friends and people who work with web design and web developers and interested in this project become live. The more funds we can raise, the more developers we can connect to support more web applcaitions and add more features. There are more potential to this project than we even considered yet. Later on in the project we will need enthusiasts to help with testing beta version and provide the feedback.
Who we are?
We are 2 developers with over 10 years of web development and design experience. For this time we have over 2000 templates designed and developed for 10 different ecommerce applications. As a result we have great expertise in this area, and have created tools to improve, simplify and automate the process. It is time now to put these tools for better use and help others.
What we will do and promise?
As technology keep changing and progressing, it is very difficult to keep up with all popular applications and even more difficult learn all of them. What we offer is a solution that will help designers and web developers to create designs or templates for popular applications without any special knowledge. As a designer, you focus on what you do best - create beautiful, unique designs. We will take care of building and maintaining the engine to convert your design to work on the applications of your choice .
Yes. Template will be completely yours after you download the complete package.
You can use it any way you want.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 13, 2012.
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