Template or Custom Website: Which is Right for You?

January 25, 2022    Reading Time: 3 Minutes

When you are creating a website, one of the first decisions you have to make is whether you want to use a template or create a custom website. Both options have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to decide which is the best option for your business. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between template and custom websites, and help you decide which option is right for you.

What is the difference between custom web design and template?

Template web design is pre-made and ready to use, while custom web design is designed specifically for your needs. Many people choose template web design because it’s more affordable and faster to launch. Custom web design offers more flexibility and can be tailored to your unique brand or style. However, it’s typically more expensive and takes longer to create. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what’s most important to you: speed or customization. If you’re looking for a quick turnaround time and don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, go with a template web design. If you have specific requirements that aren’t available in templates or want a completely unique look, then go with custom web design.

Budget differences:

Template web design is typically more affordable than custom web design. This is because template web designs are often pre-made and available for purchase or download online, while custom web design requires a designer to create a unique website specifically for your business. If you’re on a tight budget, template web design may be the better option for you.

Time differences:

Creating a custom website takes longer than using a template. This is because the designer has to create a website that meets your specific requirements, which can take time and require consultation with you. If you need a quick turnaround time, template web design may be the better option. Many templates are ready to use right out of the box and don’t require any customization.

Design flexibility:

Custom web design offers more flexibility than template web design. This is because the designer can create a website that meets your specific requirements, including layout, fonts, colors, and images. If you want a completely unique look for your website, custom web design is the better option. However, this comes at a price tag- custom web designs are typically more expensive than templates.

Quality differences:

The quality of a custom web design is typically higher than a template web design. This is because the designer has more time to focus on each individual detail, and can ensure that the website meets your specific requirements. Template web designs are often lower quality than custom web designs, as they are designed for mass production and don’t always look or function perfectly for each business.

Why you shouldn’t use a template website?

There are many reasons why you should not use a template website. Some of the main reasons include:

Lack of customization options: A template website will offer very few, if any, customization options. This means that your website will look like everyone else’s and you will not be able to make it truly your own.

Limited web design features: Template websites typically have very limited web design features. This means that you will not be able to create a website that looks or functions the way you want it to.

Outdated designs: Most template websites use outdated designs, which can make your business look dated and unprofessional.

Poor quality coding: Many template websites use low quality coding, which can lead to errors and problems with your website.

No support: If you have any questions or problems with your website, support can be hit-or-miss.

So why should you use a custom website instead? Here are some of the main reasons:

Custom design: A custom website will be designed specifically for your business, and will reflect your unique branding and style.

Unlimited customization options: You will have unlimited customization options so that you can create a website that looks and functions exactly how you want it to.

Advanced web design features: A custom website will have advanced web design features, allowing you to create a truly unique and professional website.

Latest designs: Custom websites are always updated with the latest web design trends, so your website will always look modern and up-to-date.

Quality coding: All of our custom websites are coded using the highest quality standards, ensuring that your website performs flawlessly.

Support: We offer support for all of our customers, so you can always get help if you need it.

So which is right for you? If you want a website that looks unique and professional, and that offers unlimited customization options, then a custom website is the right choice for you. If you are on a tight budget or don’t need a lot of web design features, then a template website may be a better option for you. However, remember that a template website will often look like everyone else’s and will not offer the same level of support as a custom website.

If you’re still not sure which is right for you, contact us today for a free consultation (360) 450-3711. We would be happy to help you choose the right option for your business.

Written by Shawn Hooghkirk on January 25, 2022

Last updated on January 19, 2022. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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