I find that most designers are insisting on using Wordpress and I have a number of concerns. My site needs to be re-designed ASAP. In fact I have 2 sites but I will start with one. I would love to find a creative designer with a Jamaican or tropical aesthetic who is able to create a luxury feel. I am also looking for a designer who will not insist that I hosted on their platform. I am based in Toronto.
Fiverr. Guru. Any microwork site.
And... If your site is a money site (paying your bills), stick with WordPress.
Custom code is far more expensive to design + maintain + always far more hackable.
Also WordPress sites run much faster than custom code sites, because with WordPress caching is already thought out + implemented well.
With WordPress, sites can easily be built to maintain a 1,000,000+ requests/second on cheap hardware.
Attaining this performance level is possible + generally costs a large amount of budget to implement + keep working.
You'll use WordPress if cost + performance are a consideration.
You'll use custom code if you're independently wealthy, with unlimited time/budget... also patience... as custom code will leave you balled up in a fetal position, sobbing yourself to sleep many nights.