You decided to develop eCommerce store. Finalized your eCommerce platform to be Magento (or Woocommerce or Prestashop or Opencart...). Next step; you started drooling over those great looking ready to plugin themes from popular theme markets like Themeforest or Templatemonster. You selected a nice looking template to buy.... wait think again.
Here are 5 reasons you should not go for ready themes.
On theme market , theme designers go all out to make themes visually appealing. Stock photographs , nice looking models , eye popping effects… But remember all these stock images will never remain a part of your final design. You need to have your own banner designs and photographs. As high as 80% of original content of the theme may be junked and replaced with your content. In that case do you have media and artwork ready ?
Take for example: Theme has a homepage with 10 banners. Do you have the replacement for these banners ready?
Let's say your Developer is able to customize the theme as per your requirement and 6 months down the line the new theme version is releases. You quickly apply the update. The new update will not handle your custom code resulting in a big mess.
You can check out the theme. Select it and than assess what are your customization needs. If you need to change more than 5% of the original theme I would not suggest you to buy it. Rather give the theme reference to your developer and suggest him to custom develop it.
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