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June 30, 2021

Custom Website vs. WordPress Templates

Author: Valerie Baker

Once you’ve decided to move forward with creating a website, it’s time to make the choice between a custom or template site. We previously wrote about the differences between the two but here we’ll go into details about the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one is best for your business.

Templates: Pros and Cons

If you have a small business and you are not anticipating sporicidal growth, a template could be the best way to go. They are a great starting point for small businesses because they are easy and quick to create. However, if your company is planning to grow rapidly, you might want to consider a custom site since templates tend to have limitations.

With templates, large changes are difficult to make. For example, if you try to change your theme, you might not have the same options available in your last template and previous content might not be available to be kept. Updates on the template can also cause issues on how the website performs overall.

Templates are also worth looking into if you would like to create, manage and/or update the website yourself. It requires time and patience if you are not accustomed to the technicalities, but you may walk away with some fun, basic skills in website creation!

If you would rather have a professional take care of your online presence while you concentrate on running your business, opt for a web design agency to build your custom website.

Another thing to consider when opting for a template website is ADA compliance. Many templates can’t meet ADA compliance guidelines so make sure you choose a template that can, otherwise opt for a custom website instead to avoid legal consequences and ensure equal access for all.

Custom Websites: Pros and Cons

Custom websites are a fantastic option if you are looking to scale up as your business evolves. They are completely customizable to your needs and have very few limitations and are more compatible with different browsers making them search engine friendly.

A few things to consider before deciding on a custom website are the cost and time. If you are looking for something that can be built in a week or two, a custom website is not going to work. These sites take much more time to build and require more resources than a template.

On the upside, hiring a professional web design agency will ensure your website is built to incorporate your company’s branding with a unique design. Also, ADA compliance guidelines are much easier to achieve and maintain when working with a custom website!

Work With A Florida Web Design Agency

Whether you prefer a template or a custom website for your business, our team has the flexibility to achieve what you are looking for. At Atilus, we have been designing websites since 2005 and have worked with clients in a variety of industries from tourism to IT. We are currently located in Fort Myers, FL, but are not limited to help those in other states.

Learn more about our web design services today. Give us a call at 239-362-1271 to schedule a free consultation.

Valerie Baker

Valerie is the Senior Account Manager & Project Manager here at Atilus.

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