^if you take the meaning of template only with images or stuff like that. then you are wrong.
either it is simple or with heavy graphics both are templates in their own way.
just like this forum's interface. it is also a template in its own way. without heavy graphics.
I am talking about UI. yes it is a UI that is what I called template. didn't ask him to put heavy graphics.
but I also disagree that simplicity always wins. it purely depends on the content on the website.
any ways. in short when a person comes to your site and see nothing or very awkward things on it. he will never come back to it. and when the site is up ranked then it is also supposed not to loose traffic that is already coming to it
that was really good to transfer traffic to the forum in his website for the mean while before its front site is up and live. rather than stopping the users on the current black interface or the WP website that has not even a link to the forum.
so I just intended to keep these visitors alive for his website.