The Director of Technology at my agency, Suits & Sandals, said it best: “This is like saying that someone is dying because they are working out, getting fit and losing weight. There’s less of them there now, so they must be dying.” The move from handcrafting each page of a website to a template-base design is helping to shift the industry of web design toward an object oriented design approach. Design is becoming leaner, more impactful and more inclusive. And yes, free/cheap templates for content management systems like WordPress or Squarespace are getting better. However, saying you can get away with choosing a premade template, putting your content in and then shifting focus to creating better user experience through other channels is just silly.
Web Design is NOT Dead
You're Just Talking About it Wrong.