Building from Scratch Vs Pre-Built Themes: What You Need to Know


There are two basic ways to design a website; the older way of writing codes or ‘coding’ the website from scratch, and the more recent method of editing pre-built themes. One question that web design teams at Webolutions web design company mostly get from clients is how they would go about designing their websites.

On various social media platforms, techies have discussed the pros and cons of each method. Here, we’ll show you what you need to know before making a decision.

Building a Website from Scratch

Web development involves the building and maintenance of websites. There are three types of web developers; back-end developers, front-end developers, and full-stack developers. Back-end developers create and build all the features of a website that are used on the server-side while front-end developers build the features which users see. Full-stack developers are those who can develop features for both the server and user ends.

Depending on their stack, web developers often work with one or more programming languages to build and maintain websites. Popular languages include HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, Python, Node, Ruby, React, Scala, C++, Perl, etc.

Websites built from scratch are coded line by line until publishing and are designed for a specific client. 

Pre-built Websites

Pre-built websites are those created by editing themes and source codes of websites on one hand, or by using the new drag-and-drop features that allow people to edit websites using their preferred content without using codes. A content management software is used to achieve this.

This method has become popular within the last decade as it allows people without programming experience to create websites within a few minutes. Popular drag-and-drop web building platforms include WordPress, Wix, Elementor, etc.

Making a Choice

According to Webolutions web design company, clients have to choose their preferred web design method. Both methods may achieve similar results, but there are understandably notable differences that may impact the website in several ways. For example, some pre-built themes have ‘backdoors’ which their creators may maliciously exploit. Some websites may also not fit the brand identity and image of your business. Above all, coding a website from scratch allows the designer to create specific features that are unique to your needs.

At Webolutions web design company, websites are built to meet client specifications and needs in a modern internet world.