This is a repost.
It is a habit of many web designers and developers alike – the use of templates. What are templates? They are designs done previously by someone else and offered for free downloads or for sale on one website.
Truth be told, templates are a life saver for almost any designer. It saves time, and for clients who don’t pay the required fee for hours of design, it reduces our guilt. But is that enough to sacrifice our professionalism? Here are a few reasons why it may not be such a good idea to use templates for your site..
1. Templates kill your creativity. (as a web designer)
2. You may see the exact template you used on a client’s site on another site. When that happens, you can be sure your client will also see it. And that’s not good for your reputation. 🙂
3. They come in a dime a dozen. Cheap looks bad.
4. Apart from killing your creativity, the designs itself lacks creativity. The same links: home, about us, company profile, e.t.c. These designers design templates just to make a quick buck and when we buy it we do just that.
5. I realize that some people customize templates when they buy them but if you have the time to customize the template, why don’t you just make your own design? That’s my 5th reason: time wasting. Working on an already done template just sucks. For some.
When I say templates, I mean website templates. This Pishon Blog is using a blog template, and I did the editing myself. Blog templates are harder to design and takes about 10 to 20 hours of design, so it is understandable if it is not your specialty and you are having difficulty re-creating them.
Also, when there is a client who’s not willing to pay for your time and expertise, throw them a template design and get rid of them as fast as you can. 😀
You are free to buy or download templates if you are going to learn from them; especially the difficult designs. Whatever the case may be, the general idea is to become a better designer. Use what you have to get what you want.
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