Back in the old days of web design, templates, or pre-made websites were generally scorned. Custom solutions were always best and usually pretty easy to make. I can’t even tell you how many of the pre-made templates I used to make fun of for numerous reasons.
Something happened a few years back though. The themes you could find for WordPress stopped just being pretty and started incorporating some pretty slick functions. I’m not talking about bundled plugins (which are a pet peeve of mine) but about integrated systems capable of course creation, member management, directories and so much more. It was about this time that I started recommending some pre-made themes to my clients. It just made economic sense. How could I justify creating such systems from scratch, and billing for all those hours, when a pre-made solution was ready to customize to their needs? I couldn’t. Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Premium WordPress Themes