When it comes to building an application, developers face a dilemma: go the custom way, making it from scratch, or choose a ready-made template, perhaps adjusting it to their requirements. Both those approaches have their pros and cons, and which one you select basically depends on what your customer’s needs and processes are, what technical capabilities they have, and how much money they are prepared to spend on the new software.
Here is a review of the advantages of the two app building methods, so that you could pick the one that fits you best.
Using a Template
1. Low Cost and Faster Development Time
One of the principal appeals of using an out-of-the-box template is its low price in comparison with custom-made sites. For example, eCommerce templates that cost from a hundred to a hundred and a half dollars are not rare.
A template is a perfect solution for simple projects, such as an online brochure, and you can build template sites that look professional much faster than it happens with custom apps.
2. Variety of Features
Template solutions cost less since they typically target a mass audience, sometimes on the planetary scale (Microsoft Word is an example). That is why they are abundant in generic features, the majority of which may be exactly what your customer needs.
3. Extensive Support
Another point in favor of “boxed solutions” is extensive support they enjoy across the Internet, with numerous forums and groups that provide help and guidance on various issues related to their use. Besides, you can often count on official support that comes with the product or buy it in addition to the core services.
4. No Development Effort Required, Quick Deployment
Template sites are easy to deploy. The vendor has already designed, developed and thoroughly tested the product. So, you can use it straight away if it meets all your needs, or tweak it a little, but you won’t have to rework the code base completely unless you need to make some major alterations to your software.
Building a Custom App
1. Flexibility and Scalability
As your project is developing, the design of the site or its functions might need to be modified in a major way. With the custom approach you build your site gradually, adding features as necessary. That gives you a lot of flexibility: you can always remove, modify or add a function almost painlessly.
2. Better Security
Hackers often target boxed solutions in the first place, because they want to infect many sites at once. Custom-built apps have a much more robust anti-hacker protection. Attacks on them are more focused and developers can prevent them early thanks to sophisticated security methods.
3. Business-Specific Features
What makes custom development very attractive to businesses is the possibility to include only those features you require.
As a result, there is no need to give a substantial training to employees and they can retain their workflow. That saves time and money.
4. Better Search Engine Optimization
Search engine optimization is crucial for promoting a product in a certain location or within a particular market sector. Custom app developers know how to optimize searching on the site in the best way to achieve that goal.
One problem with templates is a great number of companies that use them. Although a ready-made theme may look highly professional, it is very likely that there are thousands of sites built with it. That makes your site unoriginal. With a custom app, you are in full control and can create a unique design that none of your competitors has and that will attract more visitors to your site.
Again, which of the methods you choose depends on your budget, technical resources, and business objectives. It is usually custom approach, however, that many developers prefer. Although boxed solutions seem cheaper at first glance, they may turn out to be more expensive in the long run, considering the cost of support, installation licenses, and other expenses.
With an app developed from scratch you get a flexible, scalable, more secure, and original solution that is always operable and up-to-date.