Thanks for the advice,
My problem is I don't have the knowledge to develop, I have tried to learn in the past but things just don't stick, its like learning a language I remember bits but most is random and goes in one side out the other, Other then basic alterations I never got far but i did get the very basics of CSS,
I was thinking the same, I don't have the funds to get what i need so I need to spend the time and cover the bases.
I have been doing my research on theme for my needs but in most cases they are dated or limited, the other major issue with newer themes is they are built by stacking multiple plugins to get the features and having a lot of extra paid plugin to add required features in a directory/classifieds style themes, take for example plugins like woo commerce and wp jobs manager.and themes built using them.
What I've been thinking is try and find a modern theme that does at least the basics of what I need but is not built on loads of plugins,
All off the market themes will only have what the developer is interested in adding and the time he wants to spend, so on top of the theme I've been thinking I may need some custom features and how I could add them, new features will take time and money, not possible to add all of them at once, so prioritise some features over other.
I would want to make it in a way which would be separate to the original so nothing is overwritten, not risking conflict or breaking the site.
Here are some questions I thought,
1. Is it possible to folk a theme ?
2. How do i choose a developer, what to look out for what questions to ask, what not too choose ?
everyone thinks they can develop mostly offering off the shelf stuff as custom or slapping something together that will have issue and have signs of problems soon after,
Doing the work correctly would require someone with real knowledge.
3.Should I try and hire the original developer if possible or hire a developer that will work with theme creator.
4. if I cant hire the original developer Hire someone that will be able to get advice from the developer
Also any other advice for me. would be welcome.