I'm building the following website:
I was learning as I went, but I quickly realised that comment forms were going to require a HUGE learning curve. So I decided to try out wordpress.
If you go to my wordpress website you'll see the "music" tab, which takes you to what I had originally set up (all menu items can be used to navigate the original non-wordpress design I was setting up apart from forum/home)
A standard looking set of pages for tutorials/FAQ/music/gallery etc. I used .php includes for the header/footer content. Apart from comment forums/user interaction the website was coming along perfectly.
Before I get started in wordpress, I am just wondering what is the best approach for achieving the look I was going for with my old site.
I am now quite experienced in html and css. I know how to use .php includes and a few other basic functions and I also know how to set up a basic mysql database.
1) Where to start. Do I look at child themes, making a new theme, or something else?
2) Which theme do I use as a base to modify? Something closer to my original design or something as vanilla as possible (twenty eleven perhaps?)
3) Is it even possible to modify my wordpress site to look just like my old design with the added goodness of comments etc? That would be absolutely ideal.