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4 considerations before you download a Magento template

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Great, those Magento template sites providing cheap or even free templates! However, before you start you should be aware of these possible issues:

  1. Most, if not all, of the cheap or free templates look a lot like default Magento installations. If that is not what you’re looking for, it will probably take a sizeable chunk of your time to modify the downloaded template to your liking. You should really determine what your time is worth: contacting a Magento implementation partner might be a good idea if you want to keep your focus on business instead of development…
  2. The good templates are downloaded a lot, which means that in time, there will be a sizeable number of other shops which will have almost exactly the same look as you have.
  3. Competitors or new market entrants can find out quickly how your front-end came to be – and replicate the steps to your success.
  4. A front-end is only one part of your shop. Your shop management, back-end integrations like integrations with payment service providers, logistics etc. are the backbone of your processes and should receive ample attention. The back-end processes should be carefully thought out and a good design for those is one of the main competitive advantages you can get.

There are many excellent and cheap Magento templates but using one should be a carefully considered decision. In short, downloading a template is only a possible shortcut for getting the presentational side of your shop up.

The Author of this post is sander

Versatile web enthusiast. Especially interested in user experience design and blogs about that on GraphicMania.

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