I absolutely think that beginner web designers should use templates. And by templates, I mean something that you might buy off ThemeForest or other template selling service. Here are a few reasons why:
- Tweaking = learning. Templates need to be changed/altered/tweaked. That's the whole idea of a template. When a beginner designer does those things, they are learning how code works. Tweaking WordPress themes is exactly how I got into web design.
- Quality. When the site is "done", a beginner