Starting a new blog or business is exciting for so many reasons. Even if friends and family don’t quite understand, you really are opening up a new chapter in your life.
Along with this new chapter come a countless number of decisions.
- What name should I choose?
- Which website platform should I use?
- Which social media networks should I build a presence on?
- What should I do to get noticed?
One of the biggest decisions that carries a lot of weight is whether you’ll choose a premade WordPress theme or work with a designer on a custom website.
This decision can be a scary one. On one hand, choosing a premade theme is easier on the budget. But on the other, working with a designer will get you something totally unique that’s built to support your blog and business goals.
To make the decision less intimidating, we’re going over 3 ways to know when to choose a WordPress theme over a custom design.
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1. You’re just starting out and it’s more of an experiment
I think we all start out with something that’s more of an experiment than a something we intend to keep up with for years. It’s hard to know whether you’ll like blogging in general, let alone if you’ll continue to enjoy your chosen topic or will be able to find an audience.
If you’re not quite sure where this whole blogging thing will take you, and especially if you’ve never started one before, a premade theme is the way to go.
Krista here! If I would have hired a designer for a custom website each time I started a new blog or business, I’d have two beautiful (and likely expensive) websites sitting around unused. Luckily, I used WordPress themes, under $100, for each of those websites and didn’t splurge until my third website (and now full-time business) came around.
2. You want a professional look but are on a budget
The next thing to consider is your budget for getting started with your new blog. There are a lot of things to pay for when you’re getting started, such as:
If a custom website isn’t in your price range, it’s nothing to worry about. There are thousands of professional, well-designed themes available for you to choose from.
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3. You’re on a time crunch
The last thing to consider is the launch date you have in mind. If you’re hoping for a custom site, you’ll likely need to wait at least 2 months for it to be completed. The branding and design process is somethig that shouldn’t be rushed so, in the meantime, you can always launch with a premade template and introduce a new custom design a few months down the line.
Which choice is right for you?
If you’re experimenting with a new hobby or business idea, are on a strict budget, or want to launch this week, you’ll be better off starting with a premade WordPress theme. This is a great way to have a professional look to carry you through starting up a new blog.
If you’ve decided that a premade template is the way to go, check out our free 3-day mini series to learn exactly what to look for in your first (or next) WordPress Theme!