As a designer and reluctant coder I’d like to just draw my page and have it executed on the spot. I’ve found Adobe Muse to be a great solution except it doesn’t allow blogs. Squarespace doesn’t work very well with that either, nor as far as I know, do other platforms although they are moving in that direction. For the moment we’re stuck with WordPress, which means entering great swaths of CSS into a little text area box to achieve the simple everyday options like getting rid of a sidebar.
So here’s my big suggestion: Code as many options as possible into an intuitive options page with a real-time illustration so you can watch it change. I’d be prepared to pay up to $500 for a simple, easy to use WordPress theme that actually had loads of options coded into an intuitive control panel so I can think about what my clients wants instead of how to write CSS. You wouldn’t believe how much time I’ve spent trying to specify the height of a slideshow in Themify before the tech support people told me it can’t be done. The interface is so complicated I can’t remember how to work it if I’m away from it for more than a day or two.
There must be a market this. Sorry for the rant. I should get out of the business.