So I realized that creating a WordPress theme out of a template that I already have is going to take some time, but I want to launch the site as soon as I can to start promotion now. So I am going to launch the site using regular html & css, while I create the WordPress version in the background. When that is complete and ready, I will switch the site to the WordPress functionality. With WordPress, I can post content more easily and I will also add buddy press which will allow social networking to be added in automatically for commenting, liking, +1’ing’ and pinning.
So there has been no actual progress, but only virtual progress.