When deciding on the design for your website you need to consider price, the amount of customization can do, and ease of use. There are several different types of designs you can go with no matter what your CMS is. Lots of themes are free, but there are also premium themes out there that can cost from $50 to a few hundred dollars. CrowdToPublic is built on Thesis which costs $87 for personal use.

“Plug and Play” themes or templates: All of the open source CMSs discussed on this site. have thousands of design templates to choose from. With a “Plug and Play” template you find a design that you like and you don’t have to change very much to get started. In most of these you can change the number of columns, color scheme, layout and many other parts of your site.

Modifiable Themes: Within the themes there are many that offer a greater ability to customize the design to a greater extent. Thesis falls into this category.

Custom Theme: If you want something truly unique you can hire someone to design a custom website for you. There are many websites where you can post requests for a freelance designer to build a site for you. You should expect to pay at least several hundred dollars for a custom website.

Mobile Themes: Something to think about is whether your theme can be transferred to mobile devices. More and more people are getting news on tablets and smart phones. You want them to be able to access your site on the go. Most CMSs include an option to enable your site on mobile devices and you want to make sure that your theme will function on a tablet or smart phone.

CrowdToPublic Choice: What kind of design you choose will depend on the type of website you build. For most community newspapers a pre-made theme with customizations. There are themes that look like front pages of newspapers, magazines, or others that are completely different.


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