Some experience using Wordpress, but not much experience developing with Wordpress. In two months, I will be tasked with programming a Wordpress website for a church. They are currently developing their "look and feel", and when done I am supposed to "program it in". I am not sure how much they understand about how Wordpress works, however.
In the past few days I have been acquainting myself with HTML, CSS, MYSQL, PHP, and two books on Wordpress Theme development in case I have to modify a theme for them. In the meantime, I advised them to go on the Internet and google "Wordpress Theme church" to see if there would be something that would suit their needs that maybe I could modify slightly if need be.
I am not keen on doing extra programming if I can help it, because I have concerns with the church being able to debug and maintain the website if I should have to leave prematurely for some reason. I also have concerns about them being able to pick a theme from the Internet altogether.
Tonight, however, I was beginning to watch a tutorial on Wordpress, and I noticed an advertisement for a multipurpose theme that claimed it was the easiest way to build a website, but without hardly any coding. That sounded good to me, but I am looking for an opinion if multipurpose themes are flexible enough that a person wouldn't need to search for a specialized theme to modify or build one from scratch? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches?