My mission is to improve my company's front-end and "design system," which includes branding, design, photography and front-end for all its properties. We have a desktop software and I redesigned all of it's front-end by modifying its front-end framework and implementing and adapting google's material design. We want to make things consistent, but I have terrible fear of creating so many custom things that I will spend the rest of my time fixing bugs, so my manager suggested using the top seller templates such as Avada or BE theme, which I think are modified versions of bootstrap. Those themes have lots of templates and drag editors, and also also maintained by professional companies. After I establish good design system (I'm trying to follow an atomic design philosophy) , I want to focus more on UX and improving the user experience. So instead of multiple versions of buttons, or tables, we will just one component, and everything will have a consistent look, this will help us build the right design components we need and save time in the future. We might have other smaller applications (such as a member's only area) with custom code, but should I design from scratch a wordpress theme using google's material design lite CSS framework, use a modified version of a famous wordpress theme that probably is using bootstrap, or should I design from scratch using foundation? I know there are no silver bullets in programming, but I need to make a decision on what will be more maintainable and we will give us the ability to maintain a good and distinct design system. We already have our software UI all designed in photoshop with a good design grid, consistent icons (around 120).

Of course, "is it worth it" is a fairly loaded question because a lot of that depends on the goal of your project, your budget and skill set, and the timeline for what you're working on.

If your #1 goal is to promote (and sell) your company/product on a WordPress website then I recommend starting with a pre-built theme and using a page-builder (like to create the functionality and design you're looking for.

Most people spend way too much time and energy on version 1.0 of their site, when they would be better off creating a simple user experience, promoting their product, and upgrading their site as needed once their product is generating sales.

Done is better than perfect!

Answered 6 years ago

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