Fitness Website Template

Template, Semi-Custom, or Custom Website?

July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

Through many discovery calls with potential clients, I’ve noticed a trend of people believing that they have two choices when it comes to a website. Either make a large investment and go fully custom or spend absolutely nothing (except many hours) to create your own site from a free template that doesn’t work perfectly for you. Today I’d like to address this misconception. Even if you can’t afford custom doesn’t mean you can’t have a high quality design that fits your needs. 

When I first started freelancing on the side of my 9-5, I used a website template…as a designer. I definitely could have designed my own custom site – and I have (many times) now that I’m years into my business – but at the time, that wasn’t a priority. I didn’t need a custom site then, nor did I have the time to create one. I found a website template that was exactly what I needed to showcase my work. As I grew my business and really narrowed in on what this was going to be, who I wanted to attract, and what I was going to offer, the template finally wasn’t right for me anymore. Only then was I able to imagine the path I wanted a user to take when moving through my site and able to create that. 

I don’t think there’s a magic number of years that determines whether you need a custom website or not. It has more to do with the phase you’re in and your short term goals. So, that’s why I broke down each website creation option, including the often goldilocks of website building; semi-custom. 

Custom

You…

  • Want to make a serious profit from an online-based business and are ready to invest to get there
  • Want to create an online membership, where your website is the base for your primary income stream
  • Have a clear idea of what you offer and who your target audience is (or are ready to go through a strategy session to figure that out)
  • Are feeling stuck at your current level of income
  • Have no time to lose from your zone of genius (or other areas of your life) and would rather outsource the bulk of the work to an expert

Semi-Custom
(a website template customized for you)

You…

  • Are early in your business with limited offerings, not yet ready to scale to custom programs or memberships
  • Don’t need a custom website, but don’t have the time to customize a template yourself
  • Don’t like the look of your current website and want design help
  • Have been putting off working on your website

Template

You…

  • Are early in your business
  • Aren’t ready to invest in a custom website, but know you need an online presence 
  • Have plenty of time on your hands to customize the site yourself (and learn how)
  • Are confident you can create a website you’re happy with if you can find a template design that fits your needs and requires minimal design changes

No matter where you’re at in your business there is a website option that can work for you. Because a successful, high quality website isn’t only built from scratch. 

And in order to help bridge this gap further, I’ve introduced the Fit-Pro Launch Lab to provide support and education to build and elevate your brand and website.

Which option is right for you?
Explore the Site Shop for a template.
Join the Fit-Pro Launch Lab for the full course.
Or reach out for a semi-custom or custom site.

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