I love WordPress. Absolutely love it. A custom designed website offers maximum flexibility but WordPress has it’s place when you want to allow community interaction and you want to install lots of nifty plugins, widgets and other bits and pieces quickly that would otherwise take forever to write.
I recently installed WordPress 3 and the Atahualpa (I’m still not able to pronounce this properly) theme. There are millions of themes out there, so what made me choose Atahualpa?
1. It has been designed to promote Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO is going to be something I will look at closely soon but lets say that Atahualpa seems to support it well. There are lots of tags that can be enabled and I’m hopeful that BytesForAll have designed this in such a way that they work well with the search engines. Time will tell.
2. It is currently the most popular WordPress theme and has had almost 700,000 downloads at time of writing.
3. It is very, very customizable and has lots of options. In fact, some would describe Atahualpa as a framework more than a theme. It’s not too complex for a beginner either. You can just run with the basic settings and then customize as the need arises. BytesForAll have documented all the options on the actual web pages where you will make the changes and they are documented well. No need to open up a separate document and try and find the relevant description for the option you want to change.
4. Support is good. Any problems I have posted on the forum have been answered quickly by the moderators and there seems to be a healthy and lively community there.
The only real disadvantage with it is that it doesn’t look as pretty out of the box as some of the other themes. However, as it is easy to customize, you can make it look better with a little effort.