This WordPress template truly stands behind its name, Total. It has everything you could possibly think of when building various websites. Every time I thought a feature didn't exist and would have to rely on a plugin, this template proves me wrong every time. My gosh, let's not forget about the documentation, it is very well documented and up-to-date.
One piece of advice, before you go and chop up the template to include a custom feature, check the documentation. They may already have that feature in the template for you to use ;-)
I have used Total five different times now on different projects, and the ease of customization always blows me away! There's very little this theme can't do; and every change and update is a breeze. I have tried other themes in the past, but always find myself coming back to Total when the others just don't measure up. You have created an intuitive and easy to use theme that is worth every single penny.
This is the best theme on here, and every client that hires me is directed to this page if this theme will fit each of their needs. You can be a novice, and with very little patience, learn this theme.
After some years, if I update the theme a lot of things of the site appear to be broken. From my point of view, the idea of updates should be improvements and fixes more than changes that affect old installations.
This is AJ the theme author. Often this sort of thing is cache related, especially if you are using some really advanced caching/minifying functions. I had a look and didn't see any new comment or ticket from your username. Please do let me know if you have any issues so I can have a look and assist you accordingly.
You are correct, generally updates are improvements and fixes. But sometimes an improvement can be HTML/CSS/JS related to either fix a bug or make the theme more modern. These changes could require cache clearing or small child theme fixes if you were previously altering that element in a child theme. Nothing should be actually broken. If you are having an issue with something broken or looking different let me know so I can help, thanks!
This is AJ the theme author. I'm sorry you are having some troubles. We've had a lot of customers new to WordPress that have found the theme very easy, I know this sort of thing generally comes down to each person. I had a look and I'm not seeing any comments or tickets from your username. If you were confused about something and wanted some help please let us know so we can clear things up: https://wpexplorer-themes.com/total/docs/how-to-request-support/
Otherwise if you are finding WordPress too complex feel free to request a refund: https://themeforest.net/refund_requests/new