I'm here hoping to get a bit of help or guidance from some of the people here in the know when it comes to custom WordPress themes.
I know close to nothing about coding and web design. I hired some designers to design my blog (Jamie Anderson - How to Make Money Online - Without the Nonsense) and am generally happy with the look and fuctionality of it.
However... What I wasn't aware of was that every time I have to update the WordPress version or a plugin, that things will start breaking on my site due to custom coding. This was my mistake, and hiring designers from India was my second msitake, trying to communicate with them is a nightmare and this design project has been going on for months and still not 100% complete!
What I'd love to know from people in the know is the following things:
1. Is it possible to take a WordPress theme (this one for example: WordPress - Convergence - Community WordPress Theme | ThemeForest) and edit it to resemble something similar to the current design I have and not have it break every time I update a plugin or the WordPress version.
2. Would it be hard for a designer who knows what they are doing to be able to create this theme and integrate the current plugins I have installed on my blog and also the bb press forum?
3. Can anyone recommend what sort of price it would be for someone to do this?
4. What sort of length of time would it take a competent UK/US/CA/AU coder/designer to complete this task?
5. Can anyone recommend any coders/designers who would be able to take this job on for me some time in the near future?
I know there is a lot of questions in there but I'd be very grateful for any help you guys can offer.
Thanks in advance