Well... This question might not really have one definite answer but I guess I'm just looking for some advice about which path to take.
When it comes to creating posts and pages, is it a good idea to basically create the layout with hand-coded html? I'm thinking that it's probably a silly question but my html is pretty rusty and undeveloped (as is most of my coding, sadly) and I was going to do some brushing up to start creating layouts on my posts and pages.
I know there are a lot of visual editors out there but I figure that I'm probably better off just handling the layout with hand-coded html in case of future plugin problems and simply for the fact that it's free and gaining html knowledge is probably more valuable than any plugin would ever be.
Is it "advisable" to have a lot of direct html coding in an individual page?
In addition to that, if individual pages do have cool html layouts and I want to style a particular container or text or something, is it a good idea to embed CSS directly into the coding?