Templates Vs. Building From Scratch

Templates Vs. Building From Scratch

Hello Everyone,

While I can definitely see the facility in working through projects that involve building an HTML/CSS from scratch, I wonder how many working developers actually do this?

Do most of them start off with a rough template or sample or do they actually go all in from scratch based on a client’s needs?

Would love to hear any insight into this. I’ll be plodding away in the meantime. :slight_smile:



It depends on client’s wants and requirements but I think most developers start out with templates especially using CMS like wordpress. In this way, the developers can quickly build without starting from ground up. A lot of plugins and widgets like payment processing and blogging functionalities are available that can be easily integrated for speed building the apps.

Therefore, I would use a template.

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Thank you for your reply @shimphillip. That’s very helpful information. I have a bit of experience using CSS to tweak my own sites but building them up from nothing seems a bit too much like reinventing the wheel to make sense of.

I can see, however, why we’re asked to build from scratch here, though. There’s no better way to get a deeper understanding.

Thanks again.



Hey @Trevorton27, I think it comes down to the client, just as Phil said. In a big IT shop for a big company they could afford to build from scratch to get exactly what the design team envisioned.

Most of us end up working on less prestigious websites with more modest budgets. So in this case absolutely yes, customizing a high quality theme is the most likely thing to do. As long as some care is taken in the selection of the theme, you get a tremendous boost cash wise for you client. But just be aware a large percentage of themes out there are not so great… There are a lot of bloated, broken themes being sold, so do your research.



Thank you for your reply @rickstewart. That makes a lot of sense. I can see having a site built from scratch would be a great service for those with the budget. But for those without it, thank goodness there are premade templates. I really enjoy the Divi theme for WP. It seems to have the best balance between pure visual buidling, code editing options and a lot of cool kind of middle ground options, too.

Learning more about the core structures of HTML and CSS is proving very valuable, however. And giving me a new found appreciation for how webdesign works.