What design is better?

Started by amomswish, Aug 22, 2022, 01:28 AM

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Is it better to invest time and money in developing a unique design for a new website or purchase a pre-made template? While creating a custom design may be costly and time-consuming, it can offer a one-of-a-kind look. On the other hand, buying a template can be more affordable and faster, and the quality may even exceed that of a custom design. There are many resources online, like themeforest.net, where you can find high-quality templates for a reasonable price. For instance, Sunshine Demo from LMPixels offers various options for only $18. If the project is unsuccessful, investing a small amount in a template is not a significant loss compared to spending $150-$200 on a custom design for the homepage and $50 per page for layout. By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision regarding your website's budget.

What do you think about choosing between using a custom-made design or a pre-made template for a website? Do you have any experience working with website design or layout?


In the past, downloading free templates was a common strategy for website creation. While this option can work for personal projects, there are issues with hidden low-quality links, missing licenses for important plugins, and difficulties with copywriting. With enough skill and experience, one can still adjust the blocks as needed. Alternatively, one can take another route.

For clients who need an affordable CMS with a functional site ASAP, WordPress is often the go-to choice. Its easy-to-use features like adding/deleting records, a clear editor, and free plugins make it an accessible choice. One can purchase a theme on sites like themeforest.net, but there may be installation and license renewal issues. While this option is quicker and safer, it is also more expensive.

Another option is to create the website yourself or provide a competent technical task for a trusted layout designer and then upload it onto WP. Have you had experience working with CMS or website creation? What challenges did you encounter, and how did you address them?


While simple website designs may not always appear cool or attractive, they are usually best suited for beginner websites. One can consider using free templates and personalizing them slightly to achieve a desired look, but it is important not to go overboard.

Many believe that "less is more" when it comes to website design. Sometimes, a straightforward website design can be more effective at capturing attention than a complicated one. Additionally, simple designs may be more appealing to casual internet users who prefer uncomplicated layouts.

Therefore, it is essential to find a balance when creating your website. It should be both creative and easy to navigate. While purchasing expensive templates with an individual development of the website concept is possible, it may not be necessary. It is better to create the design yourself, even if it takes longer and requires effort. With time, you will become familiar with how everything works, allowing you to edit and personalize it as needed more effectively.

Do you agree that simple website designs can be more effective in certain circumstances? Are there any websites that you find particularly attractive or user-friendly?


Regardless of whether a website uses a template, its purpose is to address the client's problems and meet user demands. A website should be capable of fulfilling both requirements effectively. When it comes to user experience, template solutions may perform well as they have been time-tested and refined.

However, templates may not always satisfy emotional or aesthetic expectations, or accurately reflect the genre preferences of the subject area for which the website is intended. Additionally, template sites may face functional challenges related to the component base of the design pattern if they are used incorrectly.

In essence, templates represent a balance between form and function and cost versus flexibility. Do you think it's possible to create a website that successfully balances both form and function without relying on templates? Have you ever encountered issues while using website templates?


I'm definitely in favor of the template option. It's cheap, fast, and hyped. In addition, there is also such an option as premium templates, and when compared with unique, this type of design is generally out of competition with ordinary users, because: firstly, most of them will not even distinguish it from unique, and secondly, it will be supported by the seller in the same way as licensed software. 8)


          Every graphic designer must promote himself, regardless of whether the website is a model for solving the client's problem or not, to meet the needs of the user. Definitely not in favor of choosing a model. First of all, many of them differ from the usual design, which is definitely not always cool and "interesting".