In our last blog, I went over the importance of making goals with your web projects. However, before you can start making goals, you have to know exactly what type of project you’re going to be creating. With so many options available today, you have a choice to make: you can either go Wordpress or you can custom-build your project. But which is better? Well, that depends on a few different factors. Below are just a few things to consider when thinking about going WordPress or custom-build.
WordPress Is For Template-Driven Projects
Many small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers seek WordPress for their web projects because of easy-to-purchase and install templates. These templates allow the creator to design the functions of the site or application based on needs and navigation. So, if you’re looking for a simple process that takes the user from one location to the next, a template-driven application may work. You’ll be able to drop in the template, add in content, and go live in a short amount of time and with little money invested.
But there is a catch...templates are limited. You are literally designing in a box. You can only go as far as the template will allow you. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can be if you want to add custom features. Some templates allow you to add on plugins or “packs” for a little bit of customization, but it’s not the same as having your own custom-built application.
Moving On Up to Block Building
Templates are one of the easiest ways to start your web project, but you may find yourself wanting to be a little more brave. That’s where the idea behind block building comes from. Block building gives you the opportunity to create your application without relying on templates. Instead, you use a application builder to add in the features you need. These types of applications are great if you need to put something up quickly. And the cost of these applications tend to be relatively inexpensive, which can be a benefit, depending on what your overall budget is.
If you decide to go this route, keep your mind and options open. The main reason for using a block build is to get you out of the template-driven arena, yet you will still be at the mercy of the application. If you want to add on more features, you may have to pay more money and do more work to make sure everything can operate accordingly.
Custom-Build Applications Bring Complete Freedom
Block Building gives you more freedom than a template, but you still have limitations. That’s when you need to look into a custom-built application. Custom-built web applications are perfect for projects that require e-commerce, highly-branded products and programs, and security-driven content. These applications give you the freedom to design and develop your project to your unique needs. Also updates and enhancements are easy to do.
Some people may shy away from custom-build projects due to cost, but don’t sell yourself short. Using a developer to create your application will save you time and keep you safe from future issues. And a custom-build application will give you confidence because you will have the knowledge and experience of an expert who will support you and keep everything running smoothly.
Not Sure What You Should Do? Ask!
Depending on your needs, you may want to talk to an expert. Connect with us and we’ll help you understand which route you should take!