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    Tips for updating an old design, please


    While cleaning an old harddrive, I came across an old website template my former businesspartner never finished but I have always been quite fond of. It was supposed to be for a company making encryption software, so he went with the theme of steel - taken from the Apple OS interface.

    It must have been somewhere around 2003. Currently, this template is clearly outdated - temporary websites are wider and much more "open" - not anymore confined to a 650px box.

    However, I would still like to use the concept for my own website, but it is heavily outdated. Do you have some pointers on how I could make this more contemporary without losing the concept of "steel plate"?

    All help is greatly appreciated.

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    Maybe you can make the side navigation transparent and put it on the "metal sheet" texture background, and somehow make the text engraved-like.
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    I'd redo the tabs for a cleaner look, or get rid of them all together. The writing on the tabs is a little small for important navigation.
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    I'd probably start all over from scratch. Templates are a pain and it's probably made with tables not css.
    I think a fresh start would be the easiest.
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    Originally Posted by amberdesignz
    I'd probably start all over from scratch. Templates are a pain and it's probably made with tables not css.
    I think a fresh start would be the easiest.
    i agree. but if your dead-set on using it i know fireworks cs3 has a few different chrome/metallic backgrounds

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