Not Easy to Adapt
You probably wanted to pick that free design template because of how beautiful it looked when you went to preview it. However, it’s not likely that you will get your website to look the same way. If you can get your template to look somewhat similar, you’re going to have to forgo putting some of your content or pictures on your website to fit the design template. That’s because, unlike custom websites, pre-made design templates are created to look one specific way. As a result, your website won’t look unique or fit your brand’s aesthetics.
Your design template may look great during preview, but you may encounter some severe coding issues with the website that you won’t know about until you’ve downloaded it. A poorly coded website can damage the way your website works. The template designer may do this on purpose, so you’ll want to purchase their professional template version, or they are not that experienced with creating design templates. Either way, a poorly coded website will not benefit your company.
Not Mobile Friendly
Most free design templates might look nice on your desktop. However, when you preview your website through your mobile phone, you might find that it looks like a mess. Why does this happen? Website owners must create a website to adapt to different devices such as smartphones and tablets, but premade designs are often only desktop-friendly. On the other hand, custom-designed websites are designed to be flexible and adaptable to any viewing device.
No Customer Support
If you aren’t a coding expert, you may find it challenging to make certain parts of your website look like the pre-made template. This could include changing a header to sit correctly or formatting your logo. Unfortunately, customer support for pre-made design templates is almost non-existent. You can try to contact the designer, but it’s not likely that you’re going to get an answer. This can seriously delay your website’s creation, or you’ll have to deal with the poor coding on your site. With Custom-designed websites, you are offered support before, during, and after the website build, so you will never have a coding headache.
Slow Loading Times
Customers do not want to wait for a slow-loading website and are more likely to leave if it takes more than a few seconds for your content to display. Pre-made design templates have heavy code. Once you add your graphics and photos, your website load time will dramatically increase because design templates are not optimized to help your site load faster.