Originally Posted by paulgrogan.eu
Thanks a mill for your help on this.
The problem I find with wordpress, is as due to it being 'template' based, I find it hard to make it unique looking, something that isn't a restriction in Dreamweaver as you start with a blank canvas.
I have used it a good bit over the last few years to try and get familiar with it, but not enough to say I'm an expert by any means. Its a wonderful tool, with endless posibilities for addon's etc.
Any tips or advice on template mods would be greatly appreciated.
Just because a WordPress theme has a red, left-aligned, 90% wide header, it doesn't mean you can't edit the CSS to make it right-aligned, blue, 1000px wide.
Do you understand the concept of separating style from document template using CSS, and do you understand how CSS works?
WordPress is template-based, the templates are styled using separate CSS files, you edit the CSS files, not the templates, to make it unique looking.
You shouldn't need to edit the document structure, the overwhelming majority of sites, regardless of CMS or how they were produced, follow the same design patterns and use the same structure - header, navigation, content, footer - if you plan on deviating from that then WordPress might not be suitable, otherwise it is.
In most cases these themes have been designed using best-practices, standards compliant code etc, by designers who have a lot more experience than you, given your self-confessed lack of experience nothing you're going to produce will be better than these freely available themes.