WordPress - Template or Custom code?

Calling on WordPress designers and developers - Would you share with me tools and methods you like to use when designing websites for clients? I have used the Divi template in the past, but like many templates, I find they yield sites that all look the same - boxy, big background images and lots of white space. Not bad principles, but I find myself constrained as a designer, and wonder of there are more flexible templates out there or do some of you just make your own WordPress themes from scratch? Or is coding by hand prohibitive, and you just go with a template anyway? Wondering if there's an industry trend along these lines.

Thanks!
Steve
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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
When I use Wordpress themes for a new site I find it quicker to start with a blank theme and add items rather than start with an overflowing theme and remove items, but then I'm already comfortable coding from scratch. HTML5Blank is the theme I generally use.

Here is a good roundup of some other blank themes https://torquemag.io/2017/11/top-10-blank-wordpress-themes-impressive-advantages/
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tablaFreakAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that, Brandon - would you also have plugins you recommend for sliders and navigation dropdowns menus?

Cheers,
Steve
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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
It's been a while since I worked with Wordpress but I used Smooth Slider on the last Wordpress site I made. For Navigation Menus I just use the one built in to Wordpress these days (at least I think it's built in. It might be a part of Jetpack (or Slimpack)). The plugins you will want to use are going to depend on the requirements for you site, but those ones worked for me.
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Vijaya KumarCommented:
Use widget plugin, while creating pages u can select wordpress default templates in it. then edit content by your own by click edit in rows.
Note: it shows row by row or columns and row u can delete unnecessary rows if you wish.
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tablaFreakAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help gents! Peace.
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