Frameworks have become all the rage in the development community. There’s Rails for Ruby, Blueprint for CSS, and now Thesis for WordPress.

Thesis provides a wonderful base on which you can build your WordPress site. It was built with SEO in mind, and comes with extensive design options for handling the majority of theme modifications. Outside of the design options, your changes to the site are stored in two files, which increases the re-usability of code as well as making it easy to upgrade the site in the future.
One of our self made themes can be found here.

WordPress is not only one of the most popular blogging platforms these days, but also a powerful and highly customizable CMS (content management system), making it a smart (and popular) choice for a very wide range of sites – from e-commerce and magazines to your typical personal blog. Both free and paid themes makes it relatively simple for just about anyone to quickly launch a nice looking, fully functioning site. But, of course, clients want their website to stand out from the rest and express their unique personality, so we offer our clients an economical compromise which lies between the out-of-the-box template and the built-from-scratch one.

We purchase a theme (or you can download a nice quality, free one) and make customized changes to the colors, fonts, layout, functionality, etc. The code and backend structure are determined primarily by the theme you choose, or even by the structure of WordPress itself, and have their own list of pros and cons; but, for the purpose of this post, we’ll just be focusing on the design perspective only.

Advantages

– In addition to the code, existing themes often come with a psd document that helps you quickly lay the groundwork for your layout, even if you plan to make a lot of changes. This leaves you more time to spend thinking about design and less time wasted, laying out your grid, lorem ipsuming in content blocks, etc.

– Many templates these days come already optimized for responsive design, which streamlines the design process. Even if you make tweaks, the basic layout is already structured to adapt well to other screen sizes, leaving you with prepared solutions to tweak or even improve.

– Many templates also include powerful plugins, such as slider banners and add-ons for specific types of sites (ie. e-commerce, classes, restaurants, etc). Although as designers we are primarily creators, it’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel. These plugins can offer at least basic layout options, leaving you free to embellish as needed.

– There are thousands of themes to pick from. Not all themes are created equal, but with so many options, there are some really nice designs out there. You can think of this theme-tweaking process as a collaboration with another designer and can even add more variation to your portfolio.

However, if you are looking for a unique, custom designed website developed from scratch, we are always here to assist you.
At Ktmfreelancer, Custom WordPress templating and Custom PHP CMS is an integral part of our service.