Thank you for your question and your interest in RockSolid
Installing and using a WordPress theme is easy, even if your
just getting started. Short answer: If you don't want to write a
single line of CSS don't use a WordPress theme. If you're willing
to learn a thing or two about web design while customizing your
theme – go ahead. Some basic understanding of CSS is all you
Detailed answer: How convenient you'll find it to customize the
theme largely depends on how much customization you're planning.
While some steps like changing the colors or logo are easy to do,
others like changing bigger parts of the layout may need deeper
understanding of CSS and HTML.
Recommending CSS (without any bloat, WYSIWYG tools or options
panels) to customize your website is part of our philosophy to keep
our themes fast, lightweight and overall professional. If you want
to avoid absolutely any contact with code, you'll probably enjoy
using one of the many "do it yourself homepage" online products
more than any WordPress theme. You'll use a lot of flexibility and
autonomy with those tools though. It is just like Jeffrey Zeldman,
one of the most important experts in the field, once said:
“Real web designers write code. Always have, always
You can strongly benefit from all the know how that's packed
into a RockSolid Theme. If you start to feel comfortable with CSS
you can also try to use Sass, a professional tool, that helps you
write CSS even faster. This workflow has so many advantages over
using one of those bloated options panels and additional frameworks
that we feel absolutely confident recommending it to you. Even if
'not just clicking things together' leads you a little out of your
comfort zone, it is the right way. You can discover so much and
gain important skills.
If you are trying to make a professional website, RockSolid
Themes are a great shortcut and launching pad for you.