Browse Definitions :
Definition

template

What is a template?

A template is a form, mold or pattern used as a guide to make something. Here are some examples of templates:

  • Website design
  • Creating a document
  • Knitting a sweater

While the dictionary definition of a template is pretty straightforward, there are a number of use cases for templates.

They can be a physical object, such as a paper template that is used to cut out pieces of fabric, but they can also be a digital template, such as a file that opens in a design program like Photoshop.

Why are templates beneficial?

Using a template is beneficial because it can help you create something quickly and efficiently, from a pattern or standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been successful in the past.

Creating a template can save you time in the long run because you won't need to start from scratch each time you want to make something new.

It can also ensure that your final product is consistent and of high quality.

Microsoft Teams template example
Example of a Microsoft Teams template

Examples of template use cases

Let's take a deeper look at some of the numerous applications for templates.

  • Documents. Document templates typically contain placeholder text or a standard layout that should be repeated for each new file created. Thus, the template allows users to reuse certain standard section of text and simply fill in the variable parts rather than create an entirely new document every time.
  • Website design. With a general design template, users can then change the color scheme, images and text to create a unique website without starting from scratch.
  • Programming flowcharts. In programming, a template can be used to create Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams like activity diagrams, class diagrams and sequence diagrams. There is also the Standard Template Library for object oriented computing languages, such as the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library from which programmers can choose individual template classes to modify.
  • Material patterns. Templates are often used in woodworking, sewing and other physical crafting projects to ensure that pieces are cut out of materials correctly.
Employee journey map template
Example of an employee journey map template for organizations

Where can you get templates?

Users can purchase or download premade templates for website design, document creation and more, with a simple Google search. Or, users can create their own template to use repeatedly.

In certain cases where the template is highly specialized, users may need to hire a professional to create it for them or purchase the rights to use the templates.

Often, business software includes templates for common marketing documents and other administrative tasks. A good example is Microsoft Word template, of which there are numerous templates to choose.

Customer journey template for businesses
Example of a customer journey template for businesses

How to choose the right template

When choosing or creating a template, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Prioritize templates for heavy volume, repeatable tasks or where specifications are needed.
  • The template should be easy to use and understand.
  • It should be flexible enough to be used for multiple purposes.
  • The template should be designed for the intended audience.
  • The template should be compatible with the software you're using.

See video example below for a template on how to build a disaster recovery plan:

Some sample templates:

This was last updated in July 2022

Continue Reading About template

Networking
  • network management system

    A network management system, or NMS, is an application or set of applications that lets network engineers manage a network's ...

  • host (in computing)

    A host is a computer or other device that communicates with other hosts on a network.

  • Network as a Service (NaaS)

    Network as a service, or NaaS, is a business model for delivering enterprise WAN services virtually on a subscription basis.

Security
  • WebAuthn API

    The Web Authentication API (WebAuthn API) is a credential management application program interface (API) that lets web ...

  • Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)

    The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a public framework for rating the severity of security vulnerabilities in ...

  • Dridex malware

    Dridex is a form of malware that targets victims' banking information, with the main goal of stealing online account credentials ...

CIO
  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...

  • blockchain decentralization

    Decentralization is the distribution of functions, control and information instead of being centralized in a single entity.

  • outsourcing

    Outsourcing is a business practice in which a company hires a third party to perform tasks, handle operations or provide services...

HRSoftware
  • team collaboration

    Team collaboration is a communication and project management approach that emphasizes teamwork, innovative thinking and equal ...

  • employee self-service (ESS)

    Employee self-service (ESS) is a widely used human resources technology that enables employees to perform many job-related ...

  • learning experience platform (LXP)

    A learning experience platform (LXP) is an AI-driven peer learning experience platform delivered using software as a service (...

Customer Experience
  • market segmentation

    Market segmentation is a marketing strategy that uses well-defined criteria to divide a brand's total addressable market share ...

  • sales pipeline

    A sales pipeline is a visual representation of sales prospects and where they are in the purchasing process.

  • market basket analysis

    Market basket analysis is a data mining technique used by retailers to increase sales by better understanding customer purchasing...

Close