Ok I am a photographer that is currently with smugmug pro. They have ways to customize the site by allowing me to add html and css. My question A) would something like theme forest work with a smugmug account . When I pay the $40 for a something at theme forest am I buying an entire website ? Coding or what Im a little confused also say I buy a theme forest site would b as simple as going to a place like go daddy to host the site?
Coding should not be required on Wordpress Themes, because Wordpress allows you to manage your website content in it’s backend. You’ll need a place to host the theme and also a database to make it work.
The value you pay is not for Wordpress itself (it’s free), but for the theme/skin of your website.
There are some plugins to use combined with wordpress that might allow you to fetch some of your info on smugmug. Google smugmug wordpress plugin and you should find something.