Msg#: 3574772 posted 4:39 pm on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)
What do you mean customize? Some customizations are very easy, some are hard.
If you have a few simple changes and you can find the theme designer, try to hire that person - she won't have to waste time getting oriented with the theme and might be able to do everything you need for more per hour, but less overall than a rentacoder.
For something like $250 (check that) you can run a competition on sitepoint for a template design.
A well-known designer who designed the most downloaded theme at wordpress.org had a blog post a year or so ago saying he charged $1600 for a completely new theme from scratch for a major a-list blogger.
Msg#: 3574772 posted 6:19 am on Feb 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
As someone who just made some changes to 2 different WP themes, I can tell you that some themes are easier to understand than others. The first I tried was the most popular 3 column layout and I could never figure out what was happening.
I tried another 3 column layout that took me a few hours (I'm slow .. not a pro) because I had to make some new background images (designer had used repeated images to look like fancy borders).