I respectfully disagree
There are plenty of lightweight premium themes out there and if you know how to customize it, website technical performance won’t be an issue.
A premium theme that has been developed by professionals is much more secure than a custom theme that hasn’t been properly tested. Besides site hacking boils down to hosting service provider, security plugins, and user behavior. It’s rare when a site gets hacked because it used a specific theme. Just because a site with a custom theme hasn’t been hacked doesn’t mean it’s secure, most likely nobody has tried.
I’m not against using custom themes, but I do think that users should do their own research and consider these points
- if you choose a custom theme then you’re relying on a single company or a freelancer to carry your online identity, while with a premium theme you are trusting the feedback from thousands of satisfied customers
- a custom theme with 1 user has probably not gone through a proper testing cycle as opposed to a theme that has been developed 5+ years and used by 300 000 users
- if you should part ways with your developer then it’s difficult to find another developer who can or even wishes to edit your custom theme. With a widely used premium theme, you can find thousands of developers who have the expertise to help you.
- most premium themes come with developer support and free regular updates. Getting updates for your custom theme will usually be an extra cost.
Just 2 months ago I migrated a client from a custom them to Avada simply because the theme was poorly made, it had limited functionality, backend was a nightmare to use and a developer who created it didn’t care to provide updates for it.
I haven’t seen any websites you’ve created so maybe you build awesome custom websites, but based on your reviews and gig description, I’d still go with a premium theme