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My name is Vel and I developed LaTeXTemplates.com and launched it in April 2012.
I became interested in LaTeX at the start of my graduate degree due to, primarily, the beautiful documents it produces. My route of learning involved reading the WikiBook on LaTeX and getting a feel for the language by looking at examples of documents. Being a graduate student, I didn’t have the time to mess around with some of the more advanced features of LaTeX and ultimately just wanted to know enough of the language to effectively create documents I could use for university assignments. This prompted me to find templates, after all, if you wish to write a CV, you tend to go and find what a CV should look like and copy it with a few of your own changes. I applied the same process to essays, assignments, reports, etc but in my searches for LaTeX templates to make writing these documents easy, I was dismayed that there was no single resource for them. Instead, I found a scattered array of poorly-designed websites created a long time ago. The templates on them were good, since there is little fashion in document structure, but I could see that there was a better way.
This prompted me to create a page on my personal website devoted to LaTeX templates. With time, this page grew to be the top result on Google and received thousands of unique visitors a month. It was badly designed and difficult to navigate, but the demand and interest was there. I finally decided that there was significant enough interest in this area so I decided to create LaTeXTemplates.com.
I believe in good design. LaTeX allows us to precisely specify document formatting and produces an output like no other word processor. I wanted this website and the templates on it to convey that. I believe this has been achieved through a clean design throughout the website and simple descriptions and examples for each template.
I also believe in ease of use. Let’s face it, LaTeX is not easy to use for the average person. It requires significant learning and an investment of time. This can be off-putting to a new user and is likely the reason that LaTeX is a niche rather than a standard. I am by no means an expert on LaTeX, but I recognize that others are similar to myself and only want to use LaTeX as a tool to create a document, without having to dig around in forums for solutions on how to tweak the document in some small way. There is no reason that LaTeX cannot be a simple platform for creating documents where little more is required than to change example text to your own text in a pre-configured template. To this end, templates on this website have been carefully pulled apart, cleaned up and made easier to use for the average person just starting to use LaTeX. We don’t put up with bad un-commented code, so why should we put up with the same in LaTeX? This isn’t to say that I think LaTeX should be little more than a series of boxes to fill in your content and press ‘Compile’ to create a PDF. The power of LaTeX is it’s flexibility and customization, and I believe a good template should spark the desire to learn more LaTeX in the interested user.
This website is not designed to teach you how to use LaTeX. There is a great deal of information on that elsewhere, most of it for free. Rather, this website is designed to make LaTeX easy for the beginner as well as for the expert by providing heavily commented, easy to understand, templates for a diversity of document types. It is my hope that this website will decrease frustration, increase the use of LaTeX and provide a generally useful service to all who are interested.
I am always open to constructive comments or suggestions. If you have an idea for the website or think something could be better designed, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. Likewise, if you have a template you have created and think it would benefit others, please submit it to me through the Submit a Template page.