13 Feb 12
22 Oct 12 3:37 am
I've looked at article styled themes for a quick solution, but on reflection would prefer to at least learn how to amend the appearance of post without relaying on their use. I believe the more I can manipulate the basic of WordPress without relying on themes/templates the better able I will be and using themes to enhance my sites later on.
I believe you've made a poor decision above. WordPress provides for the use of themes exactly for "manipulating the basics of WordPress". And the better the theme, the more flexibility it will provide. For this reason, I recommend paying for a commercial theme, rather than using one of the many free themes often written by amateurs.
In particular, for my professional Website/Blog development clients I usually use the "Genesis Framework" and the themes from http://www.StudioPress.com
The only alternatives I know to using the tools in your theme to customize WordPress (beyond a few minor changes allowed in the base system) are to learn PHP programming and hack WordPress itself, or use lots of inline CSS code in every page or post.
I also use several WordPress plugins for special features, page widgets, forms, calendars, bookings, database protection, advanced editing and more.
As far as training goes there must be many good books available. I favor the O'reilly publishers for this sort of book. http://oreilly.com/
Hope this helps....