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The first thing to realize about themes is their strengths and their weaknesses. They can be an enormous help in getting a design started, but they can also establish limits in your mind about how the design can proceed. Once you have a theme in place, it's very difficult to think of your web any other way. What can happen so easily is that you let the theme dictate the way you design the information and the interfaces for the web. While that can work fine for a personal web, you don't want it to happen with a web that's for your organization. Those webs need designs tailored to the organization's image and offerings.

For these reasons, you should become familiar with what themes do by building a few sample Corporate Presence and Discussion webs. These webs provide a wizard that, among many other things, lets you decide on a theme for that web. As soon as you know how they work, use one of these samples as a basis for modifying themes using the modification features on the Themes dialog box. Then, create a web with no theme and add individual themes to the individual pages, modifying all of them to achieve some design effect (navigation bar, background image, and so on).


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