The product was relatively easy to mount. With my studs not being centered, I stayed away from using the template for the most part. I used a good ole pen, tape ruler, and leveler. I'm not sure what good it does since the mount has large holes, kind of rectangular shape, that allow you to slide the mount left or right before screwing it down. I guess it allows you to position it on the wall a little bit better before drilling any holes. Also, it was pretty flimsy, but it was still nice to have...I'm sure some people will use it. Sanus provides video and help in mounting. I did use their site to get an idea of how high the tv should be mounted. You simply go in, put your measurements, and it tells you where you should mount the tv on the wall. The only problem I had was the mounting brackets for the tv had several positions. Depending on where the brackets were placed on the tv will effect the height the tv is placed on the wall. They can always be adjusted, but I thought it would be a pain to have to keep taking off the wall and adjusting, so I measured everything out. The brackets due have little height adjusters that you can mess with once the tv is on the wall, but I think it can only go a couple of inches. If you need more, you will have to adjust the brackets on back of the tv. Anyway, it is not that bad just was annoying for me as I was trying to place it on a specific spot on the wall, and while Sanus helps you determine the placement of the tv on the wall, getting it there can be a little bit of a challenge since there are several placements to choose from on the brackets. I guess it is a good problem to have though. Not all mounting holes on the back of the tv are centered...that would be too easy! Lastly, while I didn't want a fixed/tilted mount nor need the flexibility of a full motion mount, this tv mount gives you a little bit of both worlds. It allows you to pull the tv a little bit from the wall, tilt it down, up, left, and right. It can be a little annoying trying to see behind the tv and attaching cables but it is far better than dealing with a fix or tilted wall mount.