Find out what are the main advantages and disadvantages of pre-built templates for WordPress websites and Woocommerce stores. Learn when and where to look for custom solutions.
Anyone who has ever decided to get a new website based on WordPress or WooCommerce has asked themselves this question. One of the most popular features promoted by WP and WooComm ecosystems is their large database of pre-built graphic templates for websites and online stores. But are pre-made themes really a good alternative to custom graphic design? And if so, for whom?
Agencies operating in the WP environment often try to downplay WordPress templates, saying that bespoke solutions are the only right choice. Even though at Osom Studio we only do custom projects, we will certainly not discredit the use of off-the-shelf themes. My role here is to make it clear when it is better to hit the template market and when it’s best to invest in a custom project.
Let's find out what the main advantages and disadvantages of pre-made templates are.
Once the pros and cons have been listed, let's take a look at when using pre-built website templates is a good idea and when it's not.
Choosing a pre-made theme doesn't mean you'll automatically walk into a dead-end with no way out; you can always try changing the theme to a different one. However, it will be more problematic to customise it to your needs. Working on someone else's often complex code can lead to unpredictable results. I strongly advise against this approach.
I believe that it is good to choose what we think is best, but also to be fully aware of the pros and cons of that choice. Making a conscious decision also means being aware of the consequences and accepting them. Trying to change or improve the solution we have chosen can quickly become problematic and unprofitable in the long run.
So, do you think you’ll choose a ready-made template or a bespoke solution? If you opt for the latter, get in touch with us - we’ll be happy to help you implement it! We'll make sure your website or online store meets your business needs and we’ll take care of the technical side so you don't have to worry about that.
However, if you have decided that a pre-built theme is an option that fully satisfies your needs, please remember to always use templates from reliable sources; from providers, whose work is recommended by WordPress professionals.