Choosing a Blog Theme: Custom or Pre-made?

Rajesh Namase
I have a great passion for internet technology, web development, and computer security. I love to play with free and open source software, and I work with it as a part of that passion. I blog at TechLila. Checkout my WordPress Plugin - Author Product Review. You also can check out my SEO tool - SEO Robotics.
Rajesh Namase
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As a blogger, it is important to know the utility of custom and pre-made blog themes so that it becomes easy for you to choose the “appropriate one” according to your preference and liking.  Needless to say, that the blog design stands out to be the first and the foremost thing which has the potential of creating a long lasting impression. Hence, you can work towards enhancing the personality and outlook of your blog like never before.

Choose a Blog Theme

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Following are the factors which assists you towards making the decision in an easy and effective way.

Brand Image

It is important to create an image of your blog so that it becomes a brand in itself.

First impression matters a lot

It is your aim of creating an enhanced impression the first time as you plan your blog design. You equally need to generate long lasting impression. Needless to say, you want your blog to be attractive, simple as well as helpful for your visitors. Hence, formatting the design template is very important. Colors, fonts as well as placement of headers, footers and widgets need to be dealt with extreme care. A customized design template is synonymous with unique placements and it does not resemble with other blogs. Pre-made templates also facilitate you with the features and you have the luxury of changing the background along with tab colors and fonts. However, the alterations are limited unlike in the customized design templates.



is flooded with various pre-made templates as they are available free of cost. Bloggers experiment with their premade templates initially and only upgrade after meeting with relative success for their blogs. On the other hand, custom theme templates come at a price. Hence, it works to its disadvantage for sure.

Availability of wide options

You have the luxury of wide options to choose from pre-made templates. Studious designers are in the regular process of adding to the range since it is absolutely FREE and users can use any template as well. Custom design templates are devoid of any collection. It is important for you to get in touch with a designer who will provide a customized blog designed according to your needs.

Essential Semantic Markup

It stands out to be a technical boost which pre-made templates are devoid of. These days’ blog designs have special codes and markup texts. Although, they are not important and relevant to your esteemed readers, yet when it comes to search engines, they hold a lot of relevance. After all, it has the potential of increasing page rank. Your designers can get the codes which is included in your customized design template. Hence, it is worth to spend for it and experience the pleasant change like never before.

Finally, your own choice matters a lot too. Although premade blog templates facilitate you with adding free design to your esteemed blog that can also be changed according to your preference and liking. However, it is enough in attracting traffic to your blog, yet does not regarded as unique. Custom design themes are comparably effective and unique and they open enough room for creativity as well. However, the price factor is the only demoralizing factor for custom theme. 


  1. Personally I always prefer to get some basic theme and then build upon it. This way I do have good flexibility on what I want and what I will get out of it in end. Off the shelf things are also cool but it just feels bad when I see similar theme on some other blog out there.

  2. Hi Rajesh – I like your post but I am little Against your final conclusion as you said premium themes are doesn’t regarded as unique but in my opinion today’s premium themes are coming with lots of customization features by which you can completely change the each & everything of theme from header to footer without using any coding and you can even change the name of theme and add little more tweaks so, that no one can know the name of the Installed theme and best thing is that it will save lots of precious time & money too :) what you think about this ?
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  3. Hey Rajesh,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Most of time, I prefer simple theme because for first time reader it become very simple for him to search any thing.
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  4. I would go with a custom theme, i think that if you have a great design and unique you can actually get more attention and end up with better ctr. I’m not sure if there’s a study involved in this, but if someone could test this it will be great.

  5. Deljo Joseph says:

    I was a fan of premium themes before, but changed to custom to get a unique look recently. Now that it looks something special for everyone.

  6. Aqib Shahzad says:

    I always select the pre-made themes for my wordpress blogs and if editing is needed, i start editing these pre-made themes to make blog design more attractive.

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