Many of you may or may not know, that WordPress is the backbone code that I use for this website. I also use customized templates that for the most part, need little to no major code changes or modifications. One of the major challenges using a ‘template’ is finding one that is both clever, usable and has the layout that is needed to support your branding.
There are several templates out there, both paid and free. The challenge with a great looking, free web template is when you run into problems with a specific feature for your site, that you either need or want, the solution is not always presented. Leading to hours and hours of figuring something out, (Which is not necessarily a bad thing) except that it is lost time.
All this said, when you have a problem, it’s best to make sure you have support from an author who is going to be there to support the product, not just at first install, but who will also update it as needed when your WordPress site is needing a required update. I have used PHP boards, Drupal, flash and a number of other backend formats, but you absolutely cannot go wrong with WordPress. Until your shit breaks. The reason for the website update is because the previous site template that I used, used a great good called Turbopress. BUT, Turbopress doesn’t include any documentation when you run into a problem. Therefore, the template, once I did an upgrade and everything broke, I had Zero resources to fix it.