Quite a while back I used Artisteer a fair amount for creating WordPress Themes. At the time, Artisteer was one of the only ways of using a GUI (graphical user interface) to create a Theme to use with WordPress. The ease of ‘point and click’ that Artisteer software provided helped to save alot of time and meant that no CSS skills were needed when customising a Theme for a client.
Artisteer versus other Themes?
WordPress and its Themes have evolved considerably over the past two years. Themes are way more adaptable and customizable now and Theme options have become way more powerful and configurable. The ‘point and click’ strengths of Artisteer are inherent in all good Themes these days and custom Post types and Page templates have made Theme layouts an extremely powerful addition.
There is one area however that Artisteer still excels?
When should you use Artisteer?
Artisteer still remains excellent for those that want to configure their own Theme very quickly and for those that don’t want to touch CSS. For small and simple Websites or Blogs in particular, Artisteer still remains a good choice.
For those with more than basic requirements then it will be better to choose one of the good free or premium (paid) WordPress themes.
WordPress replacement Themes for Artisteer?
If you have more complex requirements or want a more fault tolerant Theme then consider therse WordPress Themes that come with many configuration options:
Suffusion by Aquoid: Free and future versions will be responsive i.e. iPhone/Android ‘Friendly’.
Headway Theme: quite complex to use but very powerful
Pagelines Theme: Similar to Headway but a bit more expensive
In summary, Artisteer is great for very simple requirements however it’s better to use one of the alternate Themes above if you have more serious WordPress needs.