It’s Versus Time

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When it comes to creating a website, one of the first decisions you will face is whether to opt for a custom-designed website (ahem, our own service here!) or use a template and website builder (something like WordPress or Squarespace for example). Each approach has its merits, and choosing the right one depends on various factors. Your business goals and requirements will also play into it. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Custom Website Design vs Template/Website Builder

The Appeal of Templates and Website Builders


Templates and website builders can save you a pretty penny for sure. There are plenty of free and affordable options out there. These tools provide a budget-friendly solution and if you are a small business or startup then budget is going to be a big factor. Tom’s Banana Stand might not yet be in a position to build a full 3D online immersive experience for its customers. (although that does sound like a pretty cool idea Tom)

Consider: The warning here is the old adage “pay peanuts, get monkeys.”

Time Efficiency

Templates and website builders are designed to streamline the website development process, and theoretically reduce the time required to launch a site. They come with pre-built functionalities and generally do not require extensive technical knowledge.

Consider: Themes and website builders are often more rigid in there structure allowing for far less flexibility than custom built ones. So keep that in mind.

User Friendly Interface

Website builders are made to be accessible to individuals with minimal technical expertise. The idea here is that the business owner can then self-manage and update their websites without a reliance on a developer.

Consider: Often it is the time that will catch you out there. Sure you might have all the ability in the world to self manage a website but small business owners, for example, will have little time to be updating plugins and making core theme updates when there are frozen bananas to get out the door.

Consistency + Professionalism

Templates ensure a consistent design throughout your website, giving it a fairly professional appearance. This uniformity can enhance brand recognition and leave a lasting impression on visitors.

Consider: Templates are a dime-a-dozen and many others will be using the same theme too. Uniqueness is a key factor of branding and brand building.

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The Appeal of Custom Website Design

Tailored to Your Brand

A custom-designed website offers a lot more flexibility, allowing you to tailor every aspect to align with your brand identity. Think colour schemes, fonts and unique functionalities, a custom design ensures that your website is a true reflection of your unique business.

Consider: Does your business require a unique face in the market or can it make-do with something more generic to get it off the ground?


As your business grows, so do your website needs. Custom-designed websites are scalable, meaning they can adapt to changes in your business, incorporate new features, and accommodate increased traffic without compromising  on performance.

Consider: Will your website grow with your business? Or does it just need to be a static impression.

SEO Optimisation

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is crucial for online visibility. Custom websites provide greater control over SEO strategies, allowing for the implementation of best practices tailored to your specific goals. This can contribute to better search engine rankings and increased organic traffic.

Consider: Will you need your website to reach a wider audience? Will digital marketing be required? A digital agency can provide these services like Google Ads, SEO and Social Media Marketing.

Unique User Experience

A custom design enables you to create a unique and immersive user experience. By focusing on user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design, you can optimise the journey visitors take through your website, increasing engagement. This is especially true if you have a product or service that the client can engage with. Or even an online form or products to buy. A controllable user journey will be key in these instances.

Consider: Working with an agency to design a truly unique experience for the user is very different from downloading a theme or website builder and installing it yourself.

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Choosing What Works Best for You

Define Your Goals

Consider your business goals and the purpose of your website. If you need a simple, informational site with a quick turnaround, a template or website builder might do the job. However, if your goals involve complex functionalities, unique branding, and long-term scalability, a custom design will be the better choice.

Assess Your Budget

Evaluate your budget constraints. While templates and website builders are often more affordable upfront, consider the long-term costs associated with the limitations and necessary upgrades. A custom-designed website may have a higher initial investment but could prove much more cost-effective in the long run.

Evaluate Time Constraints

If time is of the essence, and you need a website up and running quickly, a template or website builder could be the right path. However, if you can afford a longer development timeline for a more tailored result, custom design will bring great results.

Consider Future Growth

Contemplate the future trajectory of your business. If you anticipate growth and evolving needs, investing in a custom-designed website early on can save you from the inevitable limitations of templates and website builders down the line.

In Closing

The choice between a custom website design and templates/website builders ultimately depends on your business and the businesses resources. A theme may mean cost-effective convenience but consider the strict limitations. The tailored flexibility of custom design might suit if you want to develop a unique brand that sets you apart in the market and together with digital marketing can get eyeballs on your services or products and set the stage for your online success.

If you are looking to get a custom website design then go no further. We at JamJo are very good at doing this very task. Contact us here and a member of our team will be in touch ASAP.