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Ready-To-Use Website Templates: Yay or Nay? πŸ€”πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

rachelagnihotri profile image Rachel ・1 min read

We at Skynox Tech are busy redesigning our website. In the past few days, we've debated about colors, fonts, designs, logos, UX, and almost everything else. πŸ™†β€β™‚οΈπŸ™†β€β™€οΈ

While the whole process has been fun, taking too many decisions in too little time has been somewhat overwhelming for the team.

It got me thinking - maybe ready-to-use website templates would be a good idea?!

What do you people think? Are there any negatives I'm not seeing? Do you know of any good places where I can find the best website templates?

Share your thoughts below! πŸ™Œ

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John Yeung

My experience using templates in the past have been bittersweet, more bitter than sweet.

Inevitably customization is required. It generally takes longer to figure out how to tweak the existing template the right way to get what you want. And often after a few tweaks, it doesn't even resemble the original glossy template that you chose...

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Rachel Author

Well, that must hurt! 😧

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Daniel Brady

It got me thinking - maybe ready-to-use website templates would be a good idea?! What do you people think? Are there any negatives I'm not seeing?

I think it depends on your goals for the site.

Templates have their use. I think when you use them for a website, you facilitate the creation of terraced houses, and terraced houses appeal to some people.
UK terraced houses

If your site values function over form, templates can be a good tool to leverage.

But it's hard to stand out from a crowd when you're part of it; even in the case of a terraced house, it's hard to say any one of them has their own character or brand that is distinct and separate from the others, beyond something superficial like "façade color."

So if any of your goals include something like "differentiate", "be memorable", or "communicate a brand message", a template is probably not the right path for you.

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Rachel Author

The terraced houses analogy makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing this!

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michael-andreuzza

Hey Rachel, we are working on Wicked Templates

This templates are not ready you only get an html file with Bulma's or Tailwind's CDN so you can style as you wish, they are more like boilerplates.

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ShaijuT

Nice, if premium then, themeforest.net , envato.com I think, . By the way Did you find any other ?

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Rachel Author

Thanks for sharing these.

And no, I couldn't really find a good, mess-free platform that truly had mindblowing designs :(

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ShaijuT

Also you can check below comment:

dev.to/shaijut/comment/12k1c

Finally after research, Kindly share with us the websites you found. :)

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ShaijuT

Did you finally found the templates ?
Kindly share with us the websites you found. :)

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Giorgos Kontopoulos πŸ‘€

My experience with ready made templates is you get what you pay for. They are nice if you want to use them as they are but if you start customizing them you will probably need to take more time then actually starting something on your own. At least that is my experience with having used many themeforest templates were the quality of the code was not in had with the quality of the design that was presented to you initially and one more thing I see with cheap templates they are usually full of bloat. You get 100 features but you only need 5 of them it is hard to make the template only keep 5 because everything is interlinked.

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Rachel Author

Good quality code is just as important as a good looking design. Based on the comments I've received until now, I think this is the main thing missing from website templates.

Also, a little more flexibility in these templates would make things better.
Thanks for sharing your experience though.

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Koray Biçer

My humble advice is to buy a premium template and customize it to your liking. There is a phrase in Turkish, it fits your situation perfectly :)

tailor cannot sew his own rip off

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Rachel Author

Love the quote!

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rakeshsagar64

A good site for static templates is html5up.net/
But any templates always falls short in some way