It may actually not be easier to work with a simple site builder and a template. It is much faster, as most of the work is done, but it is more limited, as most of the work cannot be undone. The result is speedy compromises and workarounds. Some limits, however, are simply not acceptable. This site template, for instance, has a surprise limit of 100 MB on the image library. Seems odd for a host that advertises 15 GB. I feel like a swimmer promised an Olympic pool and given a shot glass to fill it. My arguments with FastComet (which still seems like a great host) are currently on hold pending internal discussion.
Other issues have abounded, as it turns out this is a brand new theme template, which for all intents and purposes I am alpha testing. This has given rise to a number of annoyances, but I have grown to respect the aesthetic structure and potential of the design. After some setbacks and misgivings I have decided to stick with it. (See how artfully I have packaged plain old stubbornness. Gosh, I love that word – three repeated letters!) My thanks to all who have helped and voiced encouragement.