Lately it seems like that’s ALL I do for a living these days is turning HTML sites and PSD sites into WordPress sites….so it’s very very possible. People want to be able to edit the content themselves and not pay web people to go in and update things…and WordPress (I think) is the easiest CMS to learn.
One of the things you should think about doing is learning on a blank WordPress template.
This is the one I use
I usually delete all the bells and whistles in the CSS and start from scratch.
You can do a lot with a ton of plugins out there as well with it.
Here are a few I use regularly:
Custom Permalinks – Allows you to rename the links for each page/post
Custom Post Widget – Allows you to have a WYSIWYG editor and edit sidebar information without text/html
TinyMCE Advanced – Simply because the built in WordPress editor stinks.
Widget Logic – Allows you to add conditions to sidebar elements (great with Custom Post Widget)
Again just a few.
If you have any questions PM me. I’d be glad to help.