How Designers Can Save Time by Using WordPress Themes

by on 10/11/12 at 2:10 pm

Building a website from scratch is no easy task. You have to sketch, wireframe, design and code the site. A job like this takes more than one person and a lot of time. But there’s a way you can build a site as a lone designer in a fraction of the time.

WordPress themes are a designer’s best friend because they allow them to build a website from an already developed framework. This minimizes coding and allows you to focus on content and design.

The only things missing from a wordpress theme are customized graphics and content that are unique to a website. Starting from a theme saves you time, and allows you to focus more of your energy on design instead of code.

Customized WordPress Theme vs. Hand Coded Website

A customized wordpress theme can save you time, but it doesn’t fit every situation. Sometimes a hand coded website works better. If your website is an app that needs complex back-end functionality, you might not find a wordpress theme for that. But if your website needs to display content to the user, there are plenty of wordpress themes that meet this need.

The challenge is finding a wordpress theme with the content layout you’re looking for. Once you find that, the rest of the work is customizing the theme. Here are a couple of situations where a wordpress theme can benefit designers.

WordPress Themes for Client Websites

Many clients need a designer to design a website for their business. Hand coding their website and designing it from scratch could take months. Any future updates or changes to the client’s website would have to go through you again. Hand coded websites are full of code, which makes it hard for the client to do on their own.

All wordpress themes come with a content management system that would allow clients to easily log in, add new content or change content at will. You no longer have to hold your client’s hand to change and update content.

There are also thousands of wordpress plugins that allow you to add widgets to your client’s website without having to mess around with complex code. Clients can even install plugins themselves right from the content management system.

WordPress Themes for Design Portfolios

Every designer needs a design portfolio to showcase their work. You could spend a lot of time and energy building a web portfolio from scratch, or you could simply customize a wordpress theme. There are many wordpress themes made for design portfolios.

These themes have a specific portfolio grid structure and layout that makes your site look and feel professional. Many of them also have their own image sliding and enlarging features that allow you to showcase your design work in beautiful detail. They also include page templates that allow you to add your own blog, biography and contact form to your portfolio.

Best Bang for Your Buck Themes

If you do your research, you’ll find many wordpress themes floating around the web. But not all of them give you the best bang for your buck. Many of them are overpriced, have poor graphics and unstable code. Elegant Themes is one wordpress theme website that’s head and shoulders above the competition.

Their themes are coded to perfection, look beautiful and give you a better bang for your buck than other wordpress themes. For only $69, you get unlimited access to 87 different wordpress themes.

Other wordpress theme sites usually offer one wordpress theme alone for that much. Not only that, but you also get a huge variety of themes to choose from for building any kind of website.

The pricing and theme selection aren’t the only great things about Elegant Themes. Each of their themes include a theme options panel that allow you to easily customize and control the graphics of a website without ever touching a line of code.

You can toggle on and off features, change your layout, manage colors, optimize for search engines and more. Each theme also comes with shortcodes that allow you to easily insert different interface elements on your pages without having to code them in.

Finding the perfect theme is the first step to building a great website for a client or yourself. Not having to build from scratch and mess with code lets you focus on content and the user experience.

Give your clients a website with a built-in content management system and plugin features that’ll make managing it so much easier. Build a design portfolio that uses rich image display widgets so that you can showcase your work in the best light.

Most designers know how to work hard. But very few know how to save time and work smart. Take advantage of customizable wordpress themes and build the website of your dreams.


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4 Responses to “How Designers Can Save Time by Using WordPress Themes”

  1. rejis

    Dec 26th, 2012

    Its always a challenge for a designer to buy a similar theme and customize it for the customer. Though before selecting the theme the designer should do all the design ground work so that he can customize it and get the design as he thought of.

  2. Joshua Gnizak

    Jan 10th, 2013

    It does save lots of time to modify an existing theme to the client’s needs. What a designer does with the theme makes all greatest difference in the world. Some might say it’s cheating, to modify a theme, but modifying it correctly and still having great results can sometimes take longer than writing from scratch.

    In the end, it’s the user experience that matters, both for the customer and end user.

  3. Mike Schinkel

    Jan 13th, 2013

    Is this an advertorial for Elegant Themes? Really?

    FYI I purchased an Elegant Theme because a client liked it’s look but had so many problems with getting it to work it we threw it out and started from scratch.

    Which leads me to this; if a site can get away with nothing more than logo and color changes then commercial themes are great. But if a site needs a custom design it’s by far better to start from scratch and copy the PHP logic from WordPress’ Twenty Thirteen theme.

  4. larry

    May 22nd, 2013

    When it comes to design, Elegant themes is a great choice.

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