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Compare Custom WebHelp Websites to Template Websites

Pros and Cons

Templates Custom WebHelp HTML
Design. All websites made on a specific template look alike. There is limited ability to customize your website.
Templates
Design. Unique website designed to your needs using documented specifications.
Custom
Flexibility & Adaptability. Images and content must be adapted to fit predetermined areas of the template. You adjust your needs to fit the template.
Templates
Flexibility & Adaptability. Built to your needs and can be updated whenever those needs change.
Custom
Maintenance. All websites need maintenance, even templates. Changing text is relatively easy. To update old versions of template sites may be difficult. To move a template site to a different kind of template may require starting over. Some contractors require a long-term maintenance contract.
Templates
Maintenance. Optional maintenance agreement is on an as-needed basis and charged by the quarter hour so you only pay for work you agree to have done.
Custom
CMS–Ability to Update Your Own Site. Included with site; part of the template. Not always easy to do; may end up hiring someone to do this.
Templates
CMS–Ability to Update Your Own Site. This can be added based on your needs. If you to want to have a part of your site to update, a CMS can be added.
Custom
Support. Depends on developer. Many have very limited services.
Templates
Support. We are available 7 days a week for emergency service. We also provide on-going support for all your Internet needs.
Custom
Content. Many developers don’t advise on content because the focus is on how the website looks. You may be on your own to decide content and without necessary integrated search engine optimization.
Templates
Content. We help you develop the content and decide on its placement. This means that search engine optimization is in the content and is done correctly right from the start.
Custom
Technology. Technologies that are cobbled together may look good but may not continue to work after a hosting or template update.
Templates
Technology. All components of the site are designed and built to work with each other and can be changed without crashing the website. New technologies can be added.
Custom
User-friendly, Ease of Finding Information. May not be because content is put into an existing template.
Templates
User-friendly, Ease of Finding Information. The website is specifically designed around how visitors will use the site and the best way to organize the content (information architecture).
Custom
Navigation. Depends on contractor; building intuitive navigation is a specific skill set-built that not all developers have.
Templates
Navigation. Specialize in intuitive and user-friendly navigation.
Custom
Testing for Compatibility with Browsers and Tablets. Depends on developer; may not be done.
Templates
Testing for Compatibility with Browsers and Tablets. Website designed and tested to work on the 4 major browsers and on tablets.
Custom
Stability, Security. Hackers can gain access to site through the CMS (e.g. "wp/wp-admin/").
Templates
Stability, Security. HTML site is difficult to hack and can be quickly put back up if hosting site is compromised.
Custom
Change Hosting. Difficult
Templates
Change Hosting. Easy
Custom
Page Appearance. It’s up to you to make sure each page has the same formatting.
Templates
Page Appearance. Pages will always be consistently formatted.
Custom
Load Time. Slow. Templates use plugins for functionality. The more plugins you have, the slower the load time.
Templates
Load Time. FAST
Custom
Recovery of a Lost Website. If the template database is lost, the site will need to be rebuilt from scratch.
Templates
Recovery of a Lost Website. Easy to put the HTML files back in less than 30 minutes.
Custom
Time to Build. Already built. Content and images are dropped into the template.
Templates
Time to Build. Time varies by complexity of site. A HTML site with up to 10 pages can usually be built in a week after the artwork and content are completed.
Custom
Ownership. The website designer who hosts the template site may own your domain name and website. You may be "renting the site." Template sites are built from a database so there are no files for you to own.
Templates
Ownership. You own the domain name, the website, and all the HTML files.
Custom
Initial Cost versus Cost Over Time. Cheaper to create but changing the CMS and hosting upgrades can be costly. Asking a web design company to change your template may be costly.
Templates
Initial Cost versus Cost Over Time. More expensive to build but less costly to maintain and change. Not adversely affected by hosting changes. Hosting upgrades are not required.
Custom
Warranty. It is difficult to warranty a template site because the template is built by unknown 3rd party developers. Extensions that provide all the interactive parts of the site often break when the template software needs to be updated (original developers may not update their extensions).
Templates
Warranty. We build all our sites and warranty all our work.
Custom