Websites sit at the core of your online presence as a business. It also is where many consumers will get the first impression of your brand. From making your business more visible to being accessible to your customers 24/7 there are many reasons why having a website is beneficial. When it comes to creating your website, there are a few options. You could make a website from scratch, if you happen to have the skills to do so. However, the majority of businesses choose between using a pre-made website template or having a custom website made. So which option is the best for you?
Having a customised website means that your website will be different from everyone else’s. When working in collaboration with professionals you can determine the layout, colour schemes, fonts and all the other creative areas that makes a website unique. This level of customisation allows you to truely reflect your business in the website.
There are tons of website templates that are available, so finding one that would work for your business isn’t out of the question. But bear in mind, if you find a template that you think is really good, chances are a lot of other people have thought the same thing!
In designing a website for your business you are able to include features that will work well for your business. By being able to pick and choose website functions you’re able to get what you need from your website and aren’t stuck with anything that isn’t of use to you.
With a template there are options to what your website can and cannot include. The combination of various features and capabilities, however, is mostly limited to what has already been made.
By having professionals create your website, it provides that it will be made to a decent quality. Web designers will spend the time in creating a properly functioning website, where everything works and it looks how it is intended to be.
The risk in using a template is that there may be some quality issues that are not seen from the beginning. There is always the possibility for there to be glitches that would affect your websites performance. For example, if a link doesn’t work or even sends consumers to the wrong page.
Many business that create websites, like Arcitech, offer support services for when you need it. If you are unsure on how to edit parts of your website or a feature isn’t properly working you would be able to get the help you need.
Unfortunately with pre-made website templates there tends to be very little support given once the website has been created. Once it is up and running, if anything goes wrong you tend to be left to nut out the problem without the professional assistance.
Without a doubt having a custom website made for your business won’t be cheap. However, going with this option often means that your website will be able to grow with your business and therefore should be treated as a investment rather than cost.
Having a template website is probably the better option if you are aiming for a website on a smaller budget. Since it is a pre-made option, there is less work involved for the template provider and they can sell it out to as many people as they like. This means that not only does charging a lower price reflect the amount of time and effort into it, there is a monetary incentive placed for consumers to purchase a template.
A lot more personalisation goes into the creation of a custom website, therefore it’s only realistic that this option takes longer. From the initial consultation to the end point of your business having a personalised website there can be time spent on creative meetings, time on the actual creation of the website and further time spent making adjustments to make sure the website is a good fit.
Pre-made templates, if the set up is straight forward enough, would allow you to get a website up and running much quicker than having to wait for a custom one. However, if you do encounter issues during the website set up and don’t have the knowledge or support to fix the problem, it can take a bit longer than thought.
Which to go for?
In the end what type of website you should go for is really up to you, what you want out of a website and how much you can afford to spend on one. All forms have their pros and cons it’s about finding the best fit for your situation.
If you’d like to know more on how a personalised website with the Arcitech Team can benefit your business you can get in touch with us here!