I want to use WordPress to create a cms for a group of friends and myself. But I'm not sure which is the best way to start:
1.Attempt to adapt an existing wordpress theme and build onto the existing structure
2.Build one from scratch
I've had a look at some great tutorials, read through large chunks of the codex and read Tessa Blakeley Silver's WordPress Theme Design, and now I'm confused about the best way for a newbie like me to start. I've got reasonable HTML and CSS skills, and a beginner's grasp of PHP.
Also, our design is complex and includes - on each person's page a booking calendar, small photo lightbox gallery, Google map, and another 5 boxes for dynamic text content.
So, my question is, for a fairly 'green' developer, like me, do people recommend I adapt a theme or start from scratch. Any advice gratefully received.