I was working on a friend’s wedding site using WordPress as the base. He is a graphic designer and has excellent taste for these things. At first, I started with a theme that was close and tried to modify it. This is what I did on my own site. However, I realized pretty quickly that this was folly. I should have started with the sandbox theme.
In fact, about 3/4 of the way through, I threw away my work and started over with the sandbox. It went MUCH faster to design the theme. Most people’s html is just horrible. It’s filled with bizarre hacks to deal with IE6 and crazy html. The sandbox, in comparrison is pretty clean without a lot of fuss. Much easier to work with.
I ran out of time before I could finish, but it definetely taught me a lesson. Stop wasting time trying to modify themes, just build them from the sandbox. I need to finish the wedding site this week. Then I might try and make a new theme for me (yeah right, like I have time) that uses the sandbox as a base.
I wish, I wish, I wish I had more time. (Paraphrase from Denzel Washington in Man on Fire).