When designing a website or launching a blog, many people often wonder whether they should use a template based format for their web design or have their site built completely from scratch. It’s definitely not always a clear answer but there is an important factor to consider when making this decision.
How will you manage the site? You may think this is skipping too far ahead, but it’s important to take a look at the future and determine whether you’d like to manage the site on your own or if you feel it’s best to leave it up to a marketing professional or web design company.
Many people want to have the flexibility of updating their own site whenever a quick change needs to be made, photos from a new job site need to be added or the blog needs to be updated. If you have some sense of how you want your website to function for your business, then it’s often best to use a template with a content management system built in. Even if you do decide to have some unique code or have the site built based loosely on a template design, platforms like WordPress, Concrete5 Joomla and others allow you to log in to a user-friendly management system where you can make changes of your own with minimal training.
But maybe you feel your skills and time would be better suited for another area of the business. If it seems you would be better off hiring a company to make the updates and add additional content, then having an HTML site may be the best option. Creating a website with purely unique HTML code means you’ll be able to make any design changes without template constraints. The only caveat is that you will need a considerable amount of experience with writing and editing code. This is where we often recommend having someone manage the site updates.
Once you’ve made the decision to template or not to template, it’s time to decide what platform to use. In a subsequent blog, we’ll explore a few advantages and disadvantages of various templates and platforms to help you decide whether or not it’s the right fit for your business or blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding templates or updating your current site, we’re always happy to help! Send us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch right away!