I’ve recently taken a liking to developing websites using WordPress themes. I can ensure mobile-ready, responsive designs with modern styling and plenty of freedom to make it unique for each customer. They usually run between $30 – $60, offering a low-cost alternative to custom design work that I used to focus on 100%.
So what is it like to work with WordPress themes as a designer? I love it … once I figure it all out.
As a disclaimer, I’m not a programing guy. I know my way around HTML and CSS pretty well, but any further and my brain ninja chops the back of my eyeballs. I’d love to learn, but so far I’ve been able to get away without it. Enter themes. This is a brief impression of my working with WordPress themes:
What I love about WordPress themes:
- Responsive design > works on any device
- Layout design is done > …for the most part
- No coding > cross-browser CSS was just annoying and I get less headaches.
- Saves Time > I can support more clients now and rapidly create sites.
- Great Set of Plugins > This is more a wordpress thing, but this makes life much easier. These often come with the themes.
What I don’t love about WordPress themes:
- Creativity Reduced > I’ve outsourced the most creative part
- Inconsistencies > The headache of figuring out a new theme. Different developer means different approach and tools
- It’s Not Drag-and-Drop > I don’t mind this actually, but you need to know your way around WordPress/HTML/CSS
- Relatively Heavy > Meaning that the code isn’t the most efficient and can easily slow things down