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Law Firm Website Templates Versus Custom-based Website Design

Updated on December 26, 2014

If you have decided that it is a high time that your law firm had a viable website, then you will have to make a variety of decisions. One of the major decisions to make is whether to choose among the various law firm website templates that are available, or to go for a custom-based website design. Template-based website designs are those that involve buying an out-of-the-box design and then change it to give it a personalized look and fee. Custom-based website designs, on the other hand, involve hiring a designer and developer to design and develop your website from scratch. Like everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages that are associated with both options. In case you are still not sure of which option to go for, you can check out the following pros and cons of both designs: -

Pros of Template-Based Website Designs

The biggest advantage of opting for a template-based design is the fact that it saves a considerable amount of time. You will also experience fewer headaches as you will need less time to modify an existing template rather than designing a website from scratch. The wise man said that time is equals to money, so the more time you save, the more money you get to save. Template-based website templates are considerably cheaper to design and develop.

People have the misconception that anything that comes cheap definitely has to be of low quality or unprofessional. This is not the case here. Template-based websites can still look very professional and accomplish the very task that they are made for, which is to get customers to be impressed by what they see and become encouraged to contact you.

Cons of Template-Based Website Designs

The biggest disadvantage that is associated with template-based website designs is that there’s always the risk of having a law firm website design that looks similar to everyone else’s. Unless much time is spent trying to make major changes to the original template, you will end up with a template that is pretty similar to a couple of other templates found online. Another disadvantage of this type of design is that they are developed with a one-size-fits-all approach, which means that it doesn’t effectuate specific messaging and goals. Most template-based website designs also don’t handle cross-platform compatibility, which means that they are not responsive enough to be accessed from mobile platforms.

Advantages of Custom-Based Website Design

Custom-based website designs are the complete opposite of template designs. Firstly, these types of designs give your website an original and unique look and feel. This is because the designs are explicitly modified to meet your specific goals. Secondly, these types of designs are customized to meet established goals and deliver on the demand of their users. Custom-based website designs are also developed in such a way that they are responsible and compatible with any device that they are viewed from.

Cons of Custom-based Website Design

Custom made websites are usually more expensive to develop compared to template-based designs. This is quite understandable considering the amount of time and creativity that has to be invested in designing and developing them.

Now that you have an understanding of what to expect from law firm website templates and custom-based website designs, you are in a better position to make an informed decision when making a choice. Time and cost are some of the biggest factors to consider when making a choice between the two, so if you have enough to invest in a design, you can go for a custom-based design. If not, a template-based design will help you achieve your goal, which is to establish some online presence for your law firm.


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