So, you’re in the business of website consulting. Great! That’s merely one of my jobs and for this job I have a well stocked ditty bag full of stellar tools to ensure the job is right and the business benefits for years to come. I’m a real stickler for this and I dislike to see business owners scrap a theme (website) and start over. It prevents forward business growth for one reason.
Instead, you should be hiring a developer to build out or “up” on your website. Adding features like galleries, custom pages, eCommerce. …You get the idea.
Scrapping and starting over is only a reality if you’ve chosen to use inappropriate themes to begin with quite honestly and in my professional opinion.
What’s in my ditty bag, you ask?
The short answer to this question is I only use and recommend extensible themes to my clients. This simply means that if your theme from WPMU Dev, Theme Forest or somewhere else doesn’t allow a developer to create anything custom for it then you shouldn’t use it in the first place. But don’t just take my word for it.
Seriously folks, why would you want to use some poorly coded theme for your WordPress website and expect your client to do business on it? ..unless you want to create another scrap it and start over situation at some point down the road and let’s hope that is not the case. At any rate, that is job security for myself. 🙂
Let me be clear; I’m certainly not suggesting that WPMU Dev themes are poorly coded at all. (I heard they spent millions of dollars — yes i said millions in creating their code base and developing their UpFront themes.)
Those themes using UpFront are great for people who need a point and click, drag and drop builder which is utilized on the front-end. (Yikes!) That’s not me. One could say I’m a classic developer (because I’ve standardized all of my development on the Genesis Framework) However, I comprehend that some people want/need these visual builders features which I’ll take on a case-by-case basis.
Limitless Theme Possibilities?
Sure! If we are talking about extensible themes that are well-coded and in for the long haul of business.
So, if you’re thinking it is time for a new theme for your WordPress website then you really must consider choosing well-developed tools that will support and grow with your business over time.
Sometimes this can be tricky to determine and in which case you should consult a professional website developer to explore the hundreds of options available that will work best for your business.