A moment of clarity.
Hi everyone here at WA, wanting to share a bit of a breakthrough I had today. One of the best benefits of going premium is it allowed me to expriment a bit with creating a few different sites with various themes, go through the over 3000 available themes as a premium member, and also researched some of the themes and styles they present.
I discovered that not all themes are created equal and although WordPress claims to be an all-in-one content management system (and one of the best PHP-based constructs I have worked with, having delivered Mambo CMS websites for clients back in the day), it also suggests that administrator-accessible changes and layout can be very limited, even leaving you with no choice of text colour in some (many) themes.
So having a multitude of sites and themes to mix and match to help come up with the best combination has been invaluable in my decision-making as I move forward.