Whether you prefer to build sites from scratch, use a theme/page builder, or a combination of the two, WPMU DEV’s site template features can save you considerable time and needlessly repetitive efforts. Learn how in this post.
Minimize efforts and maximize profits when building new client websites by harnessing time-saving templates…even if you’re a die-hard, from-the-ground-up coder!
In this article, we’re showing how easy it is to create and use WPMU DEV site templates for instant availability on your web development jobs.
You’ll learn how to create your own or use our pre-made templates as a starting point – all of which are perfectly suited for eCommerce stores, portfolio sites, professional services, and more.
We’ll also cover how to bring templates from Elementor and other page builders, saving designs you’ve tailor-made to use for future site builds.
Here’s what we’ll be covering:
Skip ahead if a particular section sounds more relevant to you.
What’s Your Web Development Approach?
How you use and get the most out of our site templates will largely depend on what kind of web development approach you take.
When polling our 50,000+ strong web dev members, results showed there are three distinct types when it comes to profiting as a WordPress website builder:
- Custom web development
- Template web development
- Hybrid of both types
You probably already know which of these approaches resonates with you the most, but just in case you’re not sure what the pros and cons of the other approaches are, let’s review these briefly.
Custom Web Development
Custom WordPress development typically involves wireframing, designing, and building a website to the specific needs of a business.
As a web developer, the pros of providing custom WordPress development services include being in complete control of all aspects of the website, and tailoring the site to your client’s unique needs, goals, & preferences.
Because you are building the site to spec, only essential features are included, eliminating the bloat caused by having unnecessary elements added to the site — resulting in a better product overall.
“I build custom websites from scratch. I don’t use themes or page builders. I have found my clients don’t want a raft of features and bloat they neither understand nor are able to update themselves. So I build with Gutenberg blocks and they have features and flexibility for only what they need. This obviously makes each website very specific to each case.” – David (WPMU DEV Member)
The cons of this approach are that it takes a lot longer to plan and build a custom website from scratch.
Also, because custom development is time intensive, it can drive up the cost for your clients significantly.
Template-based Website Development
This article was written by Janette Burhans and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.