WHY DOES IT MATTER IF AN OPEN SOURCE WEBSITE’S THEME DESIGN IS A PURCHASED THEME OR CUSTOM-DESIGN THEME?
We have done WordPress, Magento and other open source sites. But what exactly are the differences between using either a purchased theme file or building a theme design from scratch?
PURCHASED THEME – Why Use It?
Buying a Purchased Theme online is sometimes the best option if the project is simple and urgent. A major advantage is that such designs are significantly less expensive than custom sites.
Such sites are quite fast to implement. These days, some Purchased Themes comes with many multiple layouts, as well as a very non-IT user and friendly looking Layout Editor. A layout editor appears when you are creating pages. A good editor shows layouts in icons to the user when
But there can be significant disadvantages to using templates, like –
- Your site may look like same as everyone else’s.
- You’re graphics design and navigation capability are limited.
- They don’t work well on mobile devices because some templates are not responsive.
- Layouts and functionality are limited.
- An issue is your security
THE VALUE OF CUSTOM-DESIGN SITES
Your branding will be much stronger when a site is designed to fit you, rather than trying to get a template to fit your brand. So the single most important point about a custom-built website is that your site is designed and built specifically to support your established brand in a consistent way
Other advantages include
- Custom-built sites are flexible and can grow with you
- Custom-built sites are always responsive Because they are built to look and work great on whatever device the viewer is using
- Search engine optimization is better in custom-built sites
- Custom-built sites are necessary for e-commerce
The main downside of customized theme designs is that the contents building part, it has to fit the design, then there may be HTML codes at the CMS areas, which may be difficult for some users to use.
If users are generally above 25 years old and non-IT user, we would recommend using a layout editor plugin on the website so that it is easier for the user to edit the contents. Such editors, however, will limit the layouts of the site.
Now here are Some good layout editor’s plugins below
Upfront is an easy website builder with free and upgrades version. Because it takes less time to build excellent site & very user-friendly to use. We wasted lots of time building our web site but with upfront, you can easily drag, scale, change position and customized can see every edit you make in real time. It’s simple enough to build a site with text & handful picture.
Front-end & drag-and-drop with various pre-built layouts is FasLine offering.
Free and can Upgrade for US$49
Page Builder by SiteOrigin is the most popular page creation plugin for WordPress. It makes it easy to create responsive column based content, using the widgets you know and love. Your content will accurately adapt to all mobile devices, ensuring your site is mobile-ready.
Aqua Page Builder is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to create an unlimited number of template variations for use in your WordPress themes. It follows the same user interface used by the Menus & Widgets admin pages – making you feel right at home with the UI.
The Themify Builder is the most powerful and easy to use design and customize for WordPress. Design any layout that you can imagine, bring it to life using the drag & drop interface, and watch it come together right in front of your eyes with live preview. Select, drag, and drop and you have built beautiful pages – without any coding.
Cost – US$49
Visual Composer page builder plugin for WordPress – take full control over your site. Build any layout you can imagine with intuitive drag and drop builder, No coding required
Cost – US$34
MotoPress Content Editor enhances the standard WordPress builder and enables to build websites visually. It’s the complete solution for building responsive pages without Programming/programmer and simply by dragging and dropping content elements.
MotoPress plugin is easily extendable, fully responsive and works with all WordPress themes
Cost- US$29 Year starting
Free WordPress page builder. Drag and Drop Website Composer.
Elegant Themes’ backend page builder is pretty basic.You can add, arrange and re-size elements on your page.
The builder appears below the regular text editor when you add a new page or post, and you can add modules, and create columns, sliders, tabs, buttons, boxes and other elements and more.
Cost – Free