I have owned a site on GL for quite a while so I purchased a new site for another application I'm involved in.
The problem I'm having is that I can't find the base templates to use to create a customized site.... I do not have the time to create one from scratch so I find a base template that's close to where I want to be and then do some small alterations to get it the way I want it.
So my question is where can I find the base templates ??
I'm guessing you're on the (now default, I believe) version 5 .. which doesn't deal with "templates" in the same way. Here you pick the layout (number of columns, positioning of the header, etc), and the header image from either a list of preloaded images (similar to the template images previously), and any uploaded backgrounds.
You can also pick colour themes which affect how your site looks.
You can chose to go back to the older version, version 4, I think .. by going to admin, site settings, global settings.
I think (hope) version 5 is still in beta, so there are some bits that actually still work better in version 4, such as the "out of the box" templates.
Poinsonenvy is correct, V5 is still in beta. V5 sites allow for live site editing; this means you can view all of your site style changes before they are made public. V4 sites are editing from the admin dashboard and must be made public to see the style changes you have made. V4 does have a more complex style editor that some people prefer. Some prefer the more streamlined simplistic V5 editor.
You can give V4 a try if you would like by going to your admin dashboard-> site settings-> global settings-> site version-> toggle to V4-> update. All data that's entered from one version to the other will be saved.
Kyle .. I do understand their frustration regarding this .. the rest of V5 "template creation" is fairly simple and straightforward, and easier to use than V4 .. however, the lack of backgrounds is a bit of a shame.
I realise there could be some strange clashing going on between header backgrounds and page backgrounds, depending on whether page backgrounds extended all the way to the top of the page behind/above the header image, or even if it didn't and then people were stuck with a blank section in the header area trying to work out whether another image would go with it, or just use a text header (do those even work?), but V5 HAS been in the works for some time now, and there doesn't appear to have been much added to it from a customers point of view for ages.
Basically the only graphical choices, unless I'm missing something, appear to be for the headers. All backgrounds are simply solid colour unless you upload a background. Yet you have many backgrounds available for V4. Could you not just port those over to V5 background options too?