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I work at a software development company as a full time web developer. In the last year our company has seen massive growth and as a result we've kicked off the re-branding process by getting a proper logo.

As it stands our website is just plain embarrassing! I wrote it when i was just a lowly intern about 2 years ago and every time I see it my stomach turns! While I'd love to give it some proper TLC, I don't really have the time at the moment our company is focusing on client work and building our own product.

Would it be wrong for us to use a ready-made website theme temporarily while we are unable to give it more time? (remember I'm a web developer, not a web designer, so it's not exactly like a policeman getting caught stealing! :P )

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As an interim solution there's nothing wrong with it strictly speaking, but I would suggest putting some effort into the selection process and finding something that won't immediately get recognized as "that theme I see all the time." A decent-looking pre-built theme is still going to be better than an ugly custom site.

You didn't say how you'd be building the site, but there are frameworks for WordPress and Drupal, for example that have "premium" themes available. They're not terribly expensive most of the time, ranging from about fifty to a few hundred dollars, but they'll be less common simply by virtue of not being free. Many other CMS apps and development frameworks will have similar offerings. A secondary benefit is that if you go with a well-known framework, there will be an existing community for support and even having someone work out a custom look for you.

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Also need to make sure you put your company logo into the design. It's obvious, but people forget. ;D –  Justin Pearce Sep 23 '11 at 21:22
    
Thanks :) we're a .NET and Ruby on Rails shop btw.. to be honest i think that nice 404 page that comes with IIS is a little prettier than our current site! –  Daniel Upton Sep 23 '11 at 21:34
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