Bespoke Websites vs Template Websites: Which Is Best?

Thinking of refreshing your website or creating a completely new website?

Navigating the world of website building is often very complicated. There are generally two avenues to choose between.

1.    The ‘DIY’ method: This means doing-it-yourself, often with the use of a template website from one of the many template website companies out there.

2.    The ‘Hiring a Web Professional’ method: This means starting from scratch with a website designer/developer in order to build a bespoke website.

What Is A Template Based Website?

Treat a template based website as an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution. Meaning that a pre-constructed template of a website is available for anyone to use, no matter what their industry or website needs.

Templates are becoming more and more popular with companies that are looking for a simple solution to just get their product or service out there quickly and cheaply.

The Advantage of Using Templates:

  • Using a template is often quick, cheap, or free. 

The Disadvantages of Using Templates:

  • The code used in a template is often bloated with features that you don’t need. This often causes slower page loading times. 
  • Although you will be able to change a few things on a template, you won’t have full control in changing functionalities and the finer details of a website. 
  • Some cheaper or free templates might have functionality issues when it comes to displaying the website on mobile devices. If any issues arise, it’s usually difficult to fix them, as they have been created by a third party, meaning that many web development teams won’t want to touch them.  
The scope for a bespoke website is vast. Meaning that your website can be truly unique.

What Is A Bespoke Website?

A bespoke website is just that, it’s bespoke. The website is tailored directly towards the needs of the client and the website’s users.

The website is usually created by a web professional (a website designer, developer or a team of the two) and is built from the ground up.

The Advantages of a Bespoke Website

  • The scope for a bespoke website is vast. Meaning that your website can be truly unique. 
  • Bespoke websites offer the chance for the website to evolve with your business, as they can be changed and re-styled. 
  • Bespoke websites are built with the user’s best interests in mind. Meaning that they can be shaped towards the needs of users and how they will interact with the website.
  • Full technical support is offered by web designers and developers. If there is a bug that needs fixing or a style that needs changing then the web professional will deal with it quickly and efficiently. 
  • Bespoke websites can be specifically tailored to mobile devices. 
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) works really well with bespoke websites.  

The disadvantages of a Bespoke Website

  • Bespoke website builds will always cost money. But they’re not always as expensive as people are led to believe. Bespoke websites are a perfect example of ‘you get what you pay for’. 
  • Bespoke websites often take time to design, build and test. They’re not a ‘quick fix’ like a template website. 

When To Choose a Bespoke Website Build

If you want a unique looking website with bespoke functionality, then a bespoke website build is perfect for you.

Want to stand out from your competitors? Go bespoke.

If you’re looking to have a website that functions well on mobile devices, then a bespoke build is often more reliable than a template website.

Still undecided on which route to take? Talk to a good web designer or developer. They’ll help you to choose the right solution for your website needs.

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