To the typical end-client whose core business has nothing to do with the web design industry in any direct way, it really doesn’t matter to them how their contracted web designer produces the website through which they promote their business. All you really want is to see something which represents your brand identity well when you type your URL into the address bar, which is a live indication of how everyone else who visits your site would see it, including your existing and prospective customers.
For those individuals who have a little bit of a web design background to their repertoire of skills however, it might just not sit too well with you knowing that your web designer pretty much just deployed a WordPress template which they edited and tweaked to develop your website, mostly because that’s perhaps something you could very well have done yourself.
Does it really matter though? I know that this is in an internal conflict so many so-called purist web designers grapple with. What you need to do is look at it from the point of view of the visitors to your website and from the point of view of the typical non-technical client making use of the services of a web designer.
Sure, there is honour in being able to say that you hard-coded your website from scratch, but if the end-goal is for it to look like just another one of the many premium WordPress template sites out there, minus the “made with WordPress footer of course,” then what’s all the fuss about insisting on doing it the hard way?
There is perhaps one argument which would prevent you from deploying WordPress though, that being the fact that you’re probably worried about how things are going to turn out in the future with regards to the lifecycle of the support offered by WordPress and if they might perhaps start charging a service fee for the continued use of their platform. Okay, you might perhaps also be worried about constantly having to make updates of which the schedule is not determined by you, but other than these two reasons WordPress as a leading Content Management System (CMS) platform is great for your DIY web design needs.
At the best of times what it means is that you don’t even have to have any technical skills related to the web design field. You can simply use what is essentially a drag-and-drop feature to position all your content and design elements any which way you want until the final product falls nothing short of resembling a professionally developed website.
It’s as if the typical WordPress web template layout is the standard which is aimed for when even the purist, hard-coding web designers and developers build their next sites. Some template licences even allow you to remove any attribution to the designers of the template, so visually it can appear as if your site wasn’t even developed using a CMS like WordPress.
In any case, what does it matter if your site was built using WordPress?