Many web designers who work in WordPress will not always tell you HOW they do the work and in some cases will simply find a WordPress theme on the internet and tweak it to suit your brand or business. While it is not a dirty secret they don’t always go out of their way to volunteer this information either as it is often in their favour to let you assume they did far more work than they may have.
Here we talk about why problematic relationships can result when web designers use this approach.
We have developed our own WordPress framework which we use for all sites so you are not subjected to the following limitations:
WordPress themes are designed with limited functions and flexibility
How are they limited?
For example if you want your menu to be above the header instead of below it your theme may not have that option. Or you might want your logo in the centre but your theme only allows the logo to be on the left. You can always ask your web designer to do some manual hand coding to overcome these things – but hang on – isn’t a really good set of tools in the back end which can do all this stuff what you were hoping for in the first place?
Why is it a problem?
The above reasons are why I have heard many clients tell me how previous designers have often said the words “you can’t do that” to various requests. Hunting around for another theme that does the job is hit and miss. If you find one that does it may have a different limitation that presents a new problem. Alternatively your designer can manually implement with hand coding – sorry how much did you say that costed again?
What does Mills Web Design do?
We have built our own “framework” that stands in place of the WordPress theme which can be customised in countless ways, and in ways beyond what themes can normally handle.
A client once said “it is refreshing to work with a designer that doesn’t always tell me that it can’t be done”. It is so flexible that we have not yet come across a layout that it cannot achieve.
There are also no delays in getting started – no hunting around for a theme that hopefully fits what you like – we just build it according to what you want straight away. If you want to change something in future, we can change it straight away. You get fast results, and you get what you asked for.
In the ocean of themes out there how do you know a theme is secure?
Themes are often coded by a third party you may never meet or ever know. Because they are on the market hackers can download them, study the code and work out how to exploit them. With Mills Web Design this is not a problem – we don’t hunt around looking for themes in the first place!
Themes can stop being supported – back to the drawing board
The person on the other side of the world who wrote your theme has now gone on to other pursuits in life – great, your theme no longer works with the latest version of WordPress. Your web designer has explained that the vendor can’t be contacted, and support for that theme no longer exists. Is it time to start again with another theme? With Mills Web Design there is one less player in the chain – we are the same people who build the site and provide the theme (or framework as we prefer to call it). No more panic about being held at ransom by a university student in the Netherlands.
To get your website up and running quickly and easily enquire now!