Now that the backups are in place we can play with the theme and layout to our heart’s content without worrying about melting down the site. This is a nice canvas with which to work but definitely needs a little spiffing up. Pretty much vanilla page at this point:
I’ve always had good luck with free themes though they can be a bit limited and frustrating when attempting any sort of customization. Case in point, the logo at the top has a self-referencing link (i.e., back to the homepage) which is certainly not the UX (user-experience) I want. A little Googling and poking around the code, I realize that this is a child theme for Omega and trying to find where to drop the “is_front_page” or “is_home” PHP conditional is going to be non-trivial at best and undoable at worst.
The latest, greatest default WP theme is “Twenty Sixteen” which bills itself as “A nice bold theme. Features full-bleed featured posts and featured images, a fixed header, and subtle CSS3 transitions.” The preview is not showing me much of interest but it’s a simple enough matter to install it and preview. I can re-activate the “Lifestyle” theme and all should return as it was or, worst case scenario, I can restore my backup (posts should be safe but I backed up my database using phpMyAdmin from cPanel).