Scratch? Website Template? or CMS?

Building a Website from scratch, or from a Template
Or considering one of the hundreds of CMS's available?

Updated: April 18, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Developing your website

Should You Develop It from Scratch, Or Stick with The Chosen CMS, Or Go for A Template?

Investing in a website is one of the many decisions you have to take to earn money from the web. A wide majority of us are confused between building their website from scratch, using a CMS or purchasing a website template for saving time

Although experienced developers have their biases, yet we must compare these products ourselves to know what is best for us

Hand Coding

To start with, let us clarify the reasons for building a website without a CMS or a template. Developers who want to create unique or complex functionality that has still not been covered under any third-party solution must create their websites themselves. However, people with little to no technical knowledge will have a hard time in such situations. It is better to hire professionals to create a website that is the first of its kind. Again, the extra efforts will boost the cost of the whole project

Advantages of Hand Coding

This is excellent for creating a website that has a specific taste. These websites cannot be created through a template or a CMS as these are mostly skin to an application. It provides you a hundred percent control over the site as you know everything about the site

Disadvantages of Hand Coding

You must be a technical guru to know everything about the language you are going to use. It is not smart to do things yourself and commit mistakes again and again. You must have ample energy, time and money as some of the aspects are hard to accomplish even for a proficient programmer

CMS

CMS or also called a Content Management System is a set of related programs or a software application which is handy for the creation and management of digital content. Primarily, this platform is preferred for WCM (Web Content Management) and ECM (Enterprise Content Management). The application allows the user to access the website as per a role assigned in the beginning. It includes document management, records retention, and digital asset management that immensely help the author

Pros of CMS

You will be able to create a unique website as per your brand and the needs of your business. The website will mainly be search engine friendly. The owner finds it easy to manage the website with little outside help from anywhere in the world. You can change the website as per the dynamics of your business. The website will work in all the browsers available to the customers. A professional web developer can include new functions as per your needs

The cons of CMS

A CMS-based website will be more expensive than a template in almost all conditions. The owner has no control over the crashes and ineffectiveness of the CMS provider. The flexibility of the website depends upon the plan you purchase. You can stumble upon formatting errors, no image compression, out of proportion images, deviation from the style guide, etc. Time, skills and staff are required to maintain the website. It is unsuitable for websites that will not be used regularly

Templates

It is a set of HTML Web pages or a pre-designed web page which can be used by anybody for attaching images and text content in a website. It allows a person to create a site without the help of professional developers through HTML or CSS code
One can build a personal or professional looking website using services like Wrappixel to get the template of their choice for a very low price (often for free) and enlist quickly in various search engines to start their business
Typically, a user does not have to edit the layout or the design elements as the templates are complete in themselves

Pros of using a template

The website can be created in a concise period compared to CMS development. In the majority of cases, the cost of a template is much less than other methods of a websites creation. Templates are great for start-ups and new projects. Anybody can create a site without knowledge about HTML or CSS. The template provider will support you through forums, telephonic communication, tutorials, live chat or support ticket systems. You can pay for getting direct and instant support from the template provider. There is hardly any delay as the templates are not technical and you see immediate results
Many established template providers do offer well-coded web design templates for creating professional-level websites. These developers also provide built-in SEO features for the website’s promotion

Disadvantages of using a template

It is possible that many other websites, some of your competitors, might also be using the same template. Without the use of a CMS platform, you are not able to customize the site as much. Few templates are not search engine friendly. Their support system is debatable. Some might not work smoothly on all the browsers. Images have to be adjusted as per the pre-existing size chart of the template

After knowing about all the three options we have, it is clear that templates cater to a variety of consumers
For those who are creating their first website or just trying to get a gist of managing a site, templates are a better option. It is an uncomplicated tool for creating a site in a matter of hours

Those that like to keep it simple will enjoy the ease of use and the possibilities that come with templates. However, people with a specific taste must go for a hand-coded website for they are creating something new through a considerable investment.


People who are looking for external support can try out CMS services. Websites like WordPress and Joomla are famous names that have helped millions in creating a site while aiding them to manage it smoothly

All in all, there is no clear answer, but we recommend you to go for a template even if you are looking forward to creating a big website or that small business website. It will provide you the experience of handling and managing a real site plus you will know about the silly mistakes people make


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