App development · Business planning

Has anyone used wordpress or joomla pre-built web template for their start up

Sharon Kamel Childcare entrepreneur, startups, all things kids

Last updated on April 2nd, 2017

I would like to know if anyone has used a standard template that can be bought for a few hundred USD, for example, to get a website up and running and then customise it to move forward to build the user base and advertising revenues?

I have seen a lot of pre-built template options that I could customise to fit my idea and as long as I get a developer to work on the database customisation and user login components then I think its achievable? Would love to hear anyone's expert feedback? Thanks a lot :)

Roland Lee Application-Database Optimization

April 3rd, 2017

Hi Sharon, we work with many customers using Wordpress. While we don't have templates, our product is an add-on software to Wordpress that optimizes the performance of database transactions. I believe your developer benefit from our database analytics. Best of all, it's free. Feel free to check us at or email me.

Best of luck,

Roland Lee

Rogue Startup

Last updated on September 14th, 2017

Entire companies are run on WordPress and Joomla. To me, the real question is not the tool, but the functionality that your startup needs. In particular, making sure that the tool implements / supports your business model, and that the system collects the evidence you need to understand product-market fit. I would let your development team choose the tool after you express what the site needs to do ... what information it needs to collect .. and what revenue models / sources it needs.

Siddharth Arora Building Gradbee | B.Tech, IIT Bombay

Last updated on January 5th, 2018

We have used enginethemes wordpress template freelanceengine to create our website -

We bought the template for $89 and it had basic functionalities of a freelancing platform.

But we wanted to customize it almost completely.

So now we have features like realtime chat and connect features etc.

Now we are developing Gradbee 2.0 where front end would be replaced by React-Redux and we are using WORDPRESS API.

Hope that helps.

ataur rahman Leading Market Research and Web Development Firm

April 3rd, 2017

Greetings Sharon,

As per my experience templates are meant to make web site quicker and in easy way...and it can be customized any time u wish and also make any sort of changes...just need to make sure to have all the login credentials in place... coz in many cases we found that the client doesn't has the ID and password to access Word press theme while they transfer there work to other developer and then starts the game of beating around the bush...hope it clarify ur queries

Ataur Rahman

Adroit Source

Christian Dexter

April 3rd, 2017

I found Joomla to be loaded with security holes and my site was constantly under attack. I'm now using wordpress version of Joomla (or Drupal) and it's much more stable and I find easier to use. Pay the extra few bucks for access to template libraries it is worth it. I also recommend going through a host provider that specializes in Wordpress like Bluehost.

Jothi Kumar Bio

April 5th, 2017


For building website for blogs, information sites wordpress or joomla is the best way to go. But make sure site has regular updates done. If you building web application best way to go is a customer application using custom frameworks which provides us greater flexibility.



Rob Hirsch Traveler, nature lover, & entrepreneur

April 5th, 2017

I had an answer for you until you said "user login components". Having user management on a site gets complicated real quick (profile creation/deletion, forgot pw/username resolution, recording other fields, notification preferences, etc...). I think you'll need a developer to do it, but you'll find out.

FWIW, I've built 2 sites using WordPress with the Startuply theme and assorted plugins, OnlineTravelMap and my personal site. It took me about a week to learn everything. Feel free to send a message if you have questions.

Yousef Sabe El Eish

April 2nd, 2017

Joomla is great imo, you can find templetes for most needs, in addition you can develop it to fit yours, it have a huge community of users and developers and great number of extentions that makes it easier for you to expand and change, is a great template site for both joomla and wordpress

good luck


Last updated on April 2nd, 2017

I have only developed a WordPress website either from scratch or from a free template. Would highly recommend not to use WordPresss since it has a lot of security vulnerabilities... Unless you have a server with top notch security.

Sharon Kamel Childcare entrepreneur, startups, all things kids

April 2nd, 2017

Thanks everyone, interesting input will take it all into consideration. Appreciate all the responses. :)