Front-end development is that much cheap? :(

9 days ago from , UI Developer at

Hey all, I'm a front-end developer and designer as well. I really love my job, but yesterday I really felt bad. my teammate, he is a PHP developer, he has a project idea in his mind. yesterday evening I and that guy discussed the project. Basically, he needs one landing page and one dashboard, so he requested me to do the landing page and other stuff and for the dashboard, he started searching templates. After 20 min of searching, he finds what he wants but the price of the templates is $27. I said go with this template because it has all the items which the project really needs. But he replied, " I DONT WANT TO SPEND $27 FOR ONLY HTML'S ".

That moment my mind says many things as a front-end developer. Is that true???????? am I chosen the wrong way in my career :( :( :(


  • Jørgen Arnor LomJørgen Arnor Lom, 5 days ago

    Different needs require different solutions. I like to think of it like this: If you need to hammer in a nail so you can hang a picture of your mom, you can get away with using a rock to bang it in for free, or you could go buy a really cheap hammer at the hardware store.

    However, if you're a professional carpenter – making chairs for a living – a rock won't do. In fact, you might not be in the market for a hammering tool at all, since a custom chair-making robot would be what you'd actually need.

    Likewise, if you have a garage band that need a place to announce your next gig, then a template site (or even a Facebook page) might be all you need. But if you're a business, who need to convert your pageviews into sales in order to pay your employees – you're going to need a custom solution.

    And just as we need both cheap hammers and CAD milling robots, we need simple cookie cutter solutions for websites, and bespoke design that take individual business needs into consideration.

    And I for one think the one with the robots is more fun.

    9 points
  • Cory GibbonsCory Gibbons, 4 hours ago

    Well the jokes on him, you can get PHPs for only $10.

    I guess it depends on how you define front-end development. Sure, there are templates much cheaper than $27, but so what. One cheap developer doesn't set the prices for an industry. If your work is great and you can communicate properly front-end development can be a lucrative career.

    2 points
  • Liam ForsythLiam Forsyth, 5 days ago

    It's moments like this when the term "teammate" looses meaning, but we've all worked with people who undermine us.

    I wouldn't worry too much, this attitude happens in all industries. Pay him no mind if he ain't paying your bills.

    2 points
  • Abdelmuhaimen Madi, 1 day ago

    You can get an Instagram clone for $20 (, but it doesn't mean that PHP developers are cheap. Some people offer templates and clones like these because that's what they can do and usually they do it for the long term profit. It doesn't work like that. Don't worry, you chose the right career.

    1 point
  • Jrtorrents Dorman , 5 days ago

    I don't think that's reason enough to believe that he thinks "front end is cheap".

    When it comes to templates people have an expectation that it should be cheap as possible because the author can sell it over and again.

    I have the same feeling when I'm buying a template. I was to get it as cheap as possible but if someone is doing something custom I don't mind paying a high price even if it has half the functionality.

    0 points