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netjmt says

I build websites with Themeforest templates. I don’t say expressively to the clients I build the whole site by myself, but I think they suppose I build it from scratch.

Have you ever had that experience of a client asking you why another site is almost similar to his site?

What to answer for this kind of situation?

Thanks.

PSD: Telling upfront the client I use themeforest is not an option.

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-bianca- says

My advise, be open and honest to them. If that’s not an option for you I’m afraid you will have to face any consequence that comes with it.

EDIT: Actually curious why it’s not an option for you…

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tommusrhodus says

PSD: Telling upfront the client I use themeforest is not an option.

Then you’re deceiving your clients about what they’re paying for, and, depending on the clients you work with, you could find yourself in court.

Always play it safe, let your clients know exactly what’s happening and then you have nothing to fear.

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FinalDestiny says

Some guy that was using my ViewPoint contacted me and said I copied his website and sold it on ThemeForest, LOL.

He had no idea that whoever he paid for his website was using a theme/template from ThemeForest.

It was pretty funny, the whole situation.

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FlatKing says

I don’t really see what’s wrong with telling a client that you’re using themeforest?

The template I’ll be customising for you is a pre built template that I’ve bought from a template marketplace, this means it’s cheaper for you as it doesn’t take me as much time, you’ll be paying for the customisation and any changes to the template such as limitations. – If you’d prefer a bespoke project it’ll cost x amount more and take x amount more days / weeks / months.

It’s a working relationship so you should both be able to trust each other

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cosmincotor says

Some guy that was using my ViewPoint contacted me and said I copied his website and sold it on ThemeForest, LOL.

He had no idea that whoever he paid for his website was using a theme/template from ThemeForest.

It was pretty funny, the whole situation.

Lol :D

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charlie4282 says

My advise, be open and honest to them. If that’s not an option for you I’m afraid you will have to face any consequence that comes with it.

EDIT: Actually curious why it’s not an option for you…

+1 – why is not an option?

As FlatKing said its perfectly justifiable and I imagine the vast majority of customers would understand, unless they are specifically asking for a bespoke project in which case you should not be using a theme form here.

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Vlajki says
EDIT: Actually curious why it’s not an option for you…

Because he/she charges a lot more saying that it was coded from scratch. You would be surprised to know that many small web design agencies do this with inexperienced customers who just want a website for their products or services. Sad, but true.

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AlexFjord says

EDIT: Actually curious why it’s not an option for you…
Because he/she charges a lot more saying that it was coded from scratch. You would be surprised to know that many small web design agencies do this with inexperienced customers who just want a website for their products or services. Sad, but true.
Unfortunately that is most likely the reason – I have even seen agencies working with quite big brands doing it.
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netjmt says

I tell my clients about frameworks and the benefits of it. I just don’t tell them that there are hundred of premade designs made and that cuts a lot of my work. Anyway, because of this, I can really focus on building the content and image editing, rather than spending countless hours on the inside code.

Why is not an option? Simply, because here in my country most of the clients wants the things very cheap and if I show them the source of the designs I might lose them. So cheap clients, that I’m sure some of them will tell some of their nephews to do it.

Anyway, I’ve told some of my best clients that they can choose whatever theme here. I also tell my fellow designers who still uses Dreamweaver or self-made html sites, that this site exists.

I also think that the template and the final result of the client, should always be very different. I always try to use the template only as a mere skeleton where I can sew the skin.

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