If you are a Joomla! enthusiast like me or someone who likes to create his/her own themes in wordpress then you probably heard of Artisteer – the current no. 1 template maker for Joomla and and other top CMS.

Artisteer currently is the only Web design automation product that instantly allows you to create your own website templates and blog themes. It is valued at $49.95 Home and Academic edition and $129.95 for Standard edition. The price is actually high considering that you can get free themes and templates for free but if Artisteer can provide you an efficient way to create original, creative and unique themes and templates then it is bargain, imagine creating themes and templates in minutes then selling it on the web – thats an automatic return of investment.

I was able to get my hands on the demo version of the current release and an older licensed version. Artisteer indeed automates the creation of themes and templates without HTML, CSS or PHP background. The interface is simple, clean and user-friendly. Anyone can create a theme for wordpress and template for joomla in minutes. Though it also works for Drupal, DotNetNukes, Blogger and ASP.net, I have not tested them for WordPress and Joomla are the only CMS that matters for me now.

The free themes and templates are everywhere in the net and you probably have a collection of them already but there comes a time when we want our website to look original and unique and that’s where Artisteer comes. I highly recommend Artisteer if you are a web designer with number of clients or planning to sell your creations but if you are just looking for a theme or template, go with the free ones, there is not much difference with what you can create in Artisteer.