I used WordPress for a number of years as a blogging platform, but my sites were developed with HTML and CSS using Dreamweaver. Other developers suggested Drupal or Joomla for web development; I looked at both programs and decided that Joomla was not for me and Drupal seemed to have a pretty steep learning curve. I watched WordPress evolve into a program that was ideal for web development, and it was a program with which I was already familiar. I started using WordPress for site development and it has improved the development process and provided my clients with a better end product.
There are thousands of WordPress themes, both free and commercial. I am a long way from having tried them all but I have used a number of free and commercial WordPress themes and developed my own themes using Artisteer. The best themes I have used so far are Weaver II (free) and Weaver II Pro ($29.95/$49.95). Weaver themes can be customized in almost every way imaginable and they are responsive (automatic and integrated support for mobile devices). I’m still finding new features in Weaver II and I have yet to find something that can’t be done. I almost neglected to mention the extensive and well-written documentation and the excellent support forum with quick responses from knowledgeable users and the author himself.
I think both amateurs and professional developers will enjoy working with Weaver themes. Give them a try and let me know what you think (please,don’t waste your time with something like “…you are a most wonderful writer. I ask that you continue your good works.”