In episode 317 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if the team recommends purchasing a WordPress theme instead of using a predefined theme like Twenty Seventeen.
The exact question was:
If I m building a WordPress website from scratch, do you suggest that I purchase a theme or use one of the WordPress themes (example twenty seventeen). My reason for asking is that in your video on building silos, you made mention of using plugins that can customize the widget for posts etc. Would these plugins work on a theme I bought or is it better to use one of the standard wordpress themes to build my site?