Breaking the stigma of using website templates

Let me preface this article by saying, if you’re a fancy pants designer who spent 18 years in design school studying the difference between Helvetica and Helvetica Neue…you probably won’t enjoy this article. I really like good design and I love developing.

 

So let’s skip to the bottom line and work backwards – People want websites quick and people want websites cheap. In my opinion from the clients I have dealt with, very few want a captivating and unique website…they say they do…but then you tell them how long this will take and then how much it will cost them in terms of man hours.

 

I have made many websites from scratch and know how long it takes…
  1. Photoshop mockup for
    1. Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
  2. Giving each platform a unique yet consistent design
  3. Sourcing site content & images
  4. Developing
    1. Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
  5. Damage Control
    1. Internet Explorer
    2. Firefox
    3. Chrome
    4. Opera (if you’re fancy)

 

The reality is that there ARE many very nice templates out there…in my opinion. If you’re really stuck for cash there are many free templates. If you have some cash you can get very nice ones for under $20. And they are mostly optimised well for mobile
and are supported by most browsers.

 

Someone else has done the majority of the work for you, you just have to customise. It is important to remember that any changes you make will ‘break’ the design of the template and the changes might not look so good on mobile or certain browsers, so it is best to stick as closely to the template as possible.

 

If you know your way around bootstrap, foundation or even WordPress (see blog about developing with WordPress), you can throw up a site in less than a day.

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