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What do you think of people and/or companies that offers the service of "Website creation" and only make websites out of 120$ templates and re-sell them at 6-10,000$
Just experienced this. We lost out on a job and the winners just filled in a $50 template from themeforrest wtf.
I just receive a spam email of a company offering website creation, and their own website is a template i've seen numerous time.
depends, a week worth of setting up a WP with template and adaptions, planning the campaign, consulting what to choose etc is worth some k's.
On the other hand, a competitor who does this is nobody I have to fear and a client who appreciates this is not one who I'd like to have.
I don't mean to sound so negative but you have to think of it like this...
Does your business model:
A: Put design first and credit itself on supplying great quality work
B: Supply the demand for quick turnaround and profit
If you do A, great. But you can't hate on those doing B because they might not have the same morals as you and have different goals to aim for.
One thing I do know is that the people doing A have to understand that most people wanting a website are looking for B mode guys. Appreciate those that work with you for your A game when they do.
There is very little creativity to be found in web design these days, I don't think using a template even matters anymore...
That's pretty much how our entire agency works...Pick a theme, customize it.
the same logic can be applied to developers and libraries / plugins / CMSs, but in that department it's considered just fine to use whatever is out there.
it all depends on what is needed. Often people settle for clean template as means to start. The rational is I just need a site and I can get a better site once I make $$. Or why reinvent the wheel type attitude. Over all it all depends on your market.
If you are a tech oriented startup, you need custom work because you are either integrating or creating new features on existing platforms and templates will only get you so far..
What do you think of people and/or companies that offers the service of "identity design" and only make logos out of 50$ fonts and re-sell them at 6-10,000$?
Nothing wrong with using a customized template, but how do they justify the price?
Nothing wrong with customising a template. There's plenty of client management along with the customisation that justifies charging small website prices
the problem is people lying to their clients. Telling them it took 350 hours building the website but in fact, it was a template and it took 12 hours to custumize.
its like I would sell you an iPhone 50,000$ because i've built it in my garage by hand and it took me 6 weeks. But in fact, it was made in a factory in 2 hours.
There are plenty of wordpress template programmers and people who do basic sites and charge about $2000.
But if we're talking about $10,000, don't clients get a little more involved with suggestions and approvals? Do these people make mock-ups using existing templates and then sell the clients on that?
There has to be SOME design involved.
^^Sometimes there isn't.
The problem is not using templates, it's what you tell the client. Unethical people will do unethical things no matter what, templates or not. The problem is with people, not resources.