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Premium WordPress templates: what to consider?

febrero 2, 2020

 

¿WordPress? That’s for blogs, no? WordPress is a content creation tool like any other, which is given by a fantastic content management system, which initially is focused more on creating blogs.

However, its fantastic community and creating a universe filled templates, plugins and all kinds of extensions, it has made it possible with WordPress can build almost any type of page you have in mind (if not, you would dominate more than 60% of the websites made in Spain, and over 30% worldwide).

However, from a purely technical point of view and vision of «IT», many developers thoroughbreds and frontenders and backenders, snort and laugh with some degree of superiority when they webs taught made WordPress and a X template or framework Y.

understand what it means that snort, but you must understand that the public which is focused WordPress and what we do all implementors and / or consultants of this content manager it is very different from that of large companies that need large projects very, very personalized.

And I say all this because for SME type projects, portfolios, forums, sales pages, directories of all kinds, etc, really, simply use WordPress and a good squad.

eye But what use a template has a double-edged sword and the end of this article you will understand what I mean, and you know choose (and understand) what is the best choice for what you’re looking for.

Table of Contents

  • nephew of two afternoons and loves of thousands of euros
  • Three questions fundamental
  • good use of a
  • template Misuse of
  • template

  • Companies specializing vs amateur developers markets templates
  • templates vs. Page Builders
  • Summary imbibe comments fiddles with the Scan demo loading speed Visit demo from all possible browsers find real examples of using the template take into account the type of support that exists ask everything whatever we want to the author not be tempted to use the version pirate
  • imbibe comments
  • fiddles with the demo
  • Analyzes loading speed
  • Visit the demo from all possible browsers
  • find real examples of
  • use template consider the type of support that exists
  • ask anything you want to the author
  • not be tempted to use the version pirate
  • Conclusion
  • imbibe comments
  • fiddles with the demo
  • Scan speed load
  • Visit the demo from all possible browsers
  • find real examples of using the template
  • take into account the type of support that exists
  • ask anything you want to the author
  • not be tempted to use pirate version

nephew of two afternoons and loves of thousands of euros

I most want to have one of those nephews that many of my potential customers have.

When I send by email the proposed web creation tools to be used, and how much is the investment they need to do and why, often respond me that «a nephew or brother yours does that web into two evenings with a template. »

want you to put the mind blank from now until you finish reading the article because the word template is heavily polluted because many nephews and in-laws, and sites that have been left in limbo Palomo Juans and projects half done, that make the template concept has many negative connotations.

The concept you have to have now template is a tool to optimize your work and the speed at which you do the same, which will allow you to accelerate a process within a project, and it will not affect customization and service you give to a customer (or the final quality and scalability of your web if you go for free).

On the other hand, have to play a lot with what we want to spend (I prefer to say investing) in a WordPress website.

price templates «foot» are about 60 euros. There are more expensive, cheaper and free. Notice I say «expensive» and not «high price» because I do not think that attribution deserve.

As «face» can mean you spend those 60 euros, and not receive what they expect in return (you have gone expensive). Indicated below websites where you get templates «high price» or that offer all the features you must have a template to be considered an investment rather than an expense.

If it’s any consolation, I’ll tell my own initial experience with templates almost 10 years ago when I started in this WordPress, I fell in love madly templates templates markets ThemeForest type.

I could spend hours watching the demos of each of them, and marking them as favorites for possible future purchase. At that time he knew neither the builders nor frameworks and their respective page templates.

Just let me carry through the heart … and that has been a couple of thousand euros in impulse purchases of templates that then I have not used for any project.

I always ended up giving problems of any kind. I try, really, avoid this happen to you, and know predict such a scenario and take full advantage of the investment you make in a template.

Three fundamental questions

At this point in the article, you have to ask any template is:

  • Will I be able to start working with you today?
  • Will I be able editarte and personalizarte in the near and distant future?
  • Will I be able to switch on the other in a relatively simple manner when I get bored of you?

Having a positive response to these three key questions will mean the difference between using a template for practical purposes and in an organized and productive way or have to be anchored to a template you will then mad at technical level (not to be compatible with certain plugins, let spaghetti code on all sides, be scheduled very badly …).

Imagine now that you have a perfect template and optimized for your project in your hands. Note that now you have to learn to use it, and to make what medium build with it resembles the demo you saw on the page where you have bought.

Then I write briefly what I consider to make good use of the workforce, and below, misuse of it.

good use of a template

  • Using a child themes of WordPress within the template. This means that all changes to HTML and CSS level that do not vary or be lost when the template you’ve acquired automatically updated.
  • Using a WordPress child themes within the template. This means that all changes to HTML and CSS level that do not vary or be lost when the template you’ve acquired automatically updated.
  • Using a WordPress child themes within the template. This means that all changes to HTML and CSS level that do not vary or be lost when the template you’ve acquired automatically updated.
  • Make the template and possibilities fit what you need, not the other way around.
  • Make the template and possibilities fit what you need, not the other way around.
  • Make the template and possibilities fit what you need, not the other way around.
  • Use the template for aesthetic purposes only. The functionality you need your web overlay using specific plugins.
  • Use the template for aesthetic purposes only. The functionality you need your web overlay using specific plugins.
  • Use the template for aesthetic purposes only. The functionality you need your web overlay using specific plugins.
  • Using a template «all in one» for a relatively small, and for which specific project need to have a web made as soon as possible.

Misuse of a template

  • simply replace sample content that came with the demo (try to bring creativity to the project, so the least to other websites using the same template looks like).
  • simply replace sample content that came with the demo (try to bring creativity to the project, so that the least look like other websites using the same template).
  • simply replace sample content that came with the demo (try to bring creativity to the project, so that the least look like other websites using the same template).
  • «Sell» your customers a template and customization, at the cost of project created from scratch. (It is not very ethical to charge for something you have not done).
  • «Sell» your customers a template and customization, at the cost of project created from scratch. (It is not very ethical to charge for something you have not done).
  • «Sell» your customers a template and customization, at the cost of project created from scratch. (It is not very ethical to charge for something you have not done).
  • Use images that came with the demo for your project. (You can have copyright problems in the future).
  • Use images that came with the demo for your project. (You can have copyright problems in the future).
  • Use images that came with the demo for your project. (You can have copyright problems in the future).
  • Use the features that come with the template (specific content types, sliders, etc). In the long run, it is better to use plugins.
  • Use the features that come with the template (specific content types, sliders, etc). In the long run, it is better to use plugins.
  • Use the features that come with the template (specific content types, sliders, etc). In the long run, it is better to use plugins.
  • promise the moon and the stars to your customers, without being sure that the plantillla can be scalable and adaptable at all times to the needs of your customer.
  • promise the moon and the stars to your customers, without being sure that the plantillla can be scalable and adaptable at all times to the needs of your customer.
  • promise the moon and the stars to your customers, without being sure that the plantillla can be scalable and adaptable at all times to the needs of your customer.
  • Use a pirate template, to avoid having to buy it (are full of malware code and basically, it is illegal to do so).

Companies specializing vs amateur developers markets templates

fan As a professional services when using plugins and templates for all my projects, I have to briefly mention here the big difference level quality between companies specialize in creating and selling templates (focused on growing the business and self-funded customers) and developers who make and sell plantilllas by choice, or because they want to have a peak income at a given time.

Put yourself in the place of both: if you were a company (or freelance) and you dedicate yourself to creating templates for WordPress, usually going to want to continue to exist as a company as long as possible, so that your going services to:

  • offer quality support for all the templates you’ve created using a ticket system and not just by email.
  • constantly Update your templates so you will not have problems with the core of WordPress.
  • retain customers to keep buying templates and recommending it to their contacts.
  • Create a professional and easy to understand documentation accompanying each plantilllas you sell.
  • create some kind of monthly or annual subscription to ensure your own economic stability.
  • use different media to publicize your templates (including templates markets).
  • As more customers you have, the more you can grow staffing levels at your company.

If you were a developer who makes a point template for WordPress with intent to sell in a market templates probably happen that:

  • Your main objective is to make money selling your template to better the more customers.
  • Do not worry so much if the template is no longer sold.
  • Do not worry so much about having a well prepared documentation on how to use your template.
  • Do not worry so much support people have problems with your template.
  • At the beginning may invest considerable time and effort to have a quality code, but in the future it may maintain and update your template pass into the background, because I have another job you reported more benefits.
  • simply decide not to proceed with the project.
  • If you sell a lot, come a time when you will be spoiled hands to do everything at once.

So in a market templates, you have to know how to locate good companies that are devoted to it and developers who are simply experiencing and that are not dedicated full time to creating and selling templates.

Eye, speak in general terms. There are also companies with a very poor service, and developers «Superman» I respect and admire the selling power with no loss of quality at any time.

Templates vs Page Builders

In the same way, there is great difference between a template and a page builder.

templates for WordPress, as classical concept, are a tool to create a website, and configured and set to simply change the sample content for which you want and not have to worry about many more settings beyond changing colors and typefaces.

The Page Builders are used to create and «mount» a page as you want and change it in the future as best suits you.

There are templates that include a Page Builder and Page Builders with many templates available (examples of «assembly» using that Page Builder).

I recommend looking for a good Page Builder, and use (sometimes) the templates that come with it. This means that, to the use one of your templates, if at any time you want to change something in place, will be much easier and simpler with the Page Builder.

On the other hand, if you buy a template that come with a Page Builder, the template can you love it, but the Page Builder that uses do not like anything.

For example, in my case, if I see a template uses Visual Composer Page Builder as the rule automatically, no matter how pretty it is.

And do not forget that many templates that are sold in markets such ThemeForest, and include Page Builders within them, include a specific version of the Page Builder, but the upgrade process will depend entirely on the developer of the template.

And that relying on someone to have your web site updated properly … I was not convinced, and do not recommend it. Hence I insist on using the templates as purely aesthetic elements, and all the power of creation for your web take it out of plugins and page builders well done.

Summary

If after reading the article, you have decided to venture into buying a template because I really think you will save a lot of time and that is just what you need, I give you a brief look at the os most important points you need to consider:

imbibe comments

are in the market for templates that are, or if you use a company selling specific templates, always read comments and opinions on the seller ( as when buying a product on Amazon). Look

especially in the more negative comments and analyzes if what they say is a timely hatred towards a particular template, or if he touches an issue that affects the strategy you have for your web project. (For example that is not compatible with plugin you going to use).

fiddles with the demo

Enter the demos that have templates and play with them. Visit them from moving from the tablet, see if you like how they look …

is one of the best spots to use a purchased template, you can test the same result before you buy it. automatically rule templates that do not have demo, and offer mere images of how they will be (no matter how nice they are).

Analyzes loading speed

Use tools like WP Doctor to see how loads the web, and what fails in speed. Basically, you know a little «guts» of the template and do not let yourself be guided by aesthetics only.

Visit demo from all possible browsers

Use tools like BrowserShots to load the template in different browsers. So then you avoid surprises in performance of the template with a particular browser.

find real examples of using the template

Try to find sites that use the template specifically in «the real world».

usually appear on the web that sells own staff, because they will be proud that people use them for their projects. If you do not find any real case of someone using the template, it is no cause for suspicion, but is usually rare.

Consider the type of support that exists

Herein lies the difference, as I said earlier, in the template if you buy a specialized company or to a specific person. Find continued support, and quality, because we always you will be uncertainty in the future!

ask anything you want to the author

If you have any questions «pre-sales» contact the author. This not only will help you to know the quality of response that the company that sells it, if not to save head aches once purchased the template.

If the market use templates that are serious, have a section publicly visible «public questions» that other users have made to the author, and you will see the same responses. This will save time and also lets you know the template further before buying.

not be tempted to use the version pirate

Although you can get pirated versions or nulled templates known, please do not use them for your real projects, for you are exposed to penalties, fines and a malware code embedded in them and that will affect negatively to your website and your image as a professional.

If someone has spent hundreds of hours and effort to create something, it is logical that we are part of the system of selling services and pay for what we use in our projects.

Yes, worry about templates buy in markets or stores templates with a return policy realistic money because there are some who look the other way if you want your money back (to me has happened to me Themeforest several times ).

Conclusion

This was all on my part as to correctly choose a web template for your project.

hope you understand everything you need so you do not pig in a poke, and you get the perfect template for your project safely and without complications. A strong hug and see you in the next article!