Now, I've heard many (if not too many) conspiracies/myths about tables and SEO. Now, I'm in a state of confusion, and I have no idea what to do. Below, I will write two SEO and table myths that I need clarification about.
Tables for page layout:
It's been said that you should not use tables for design, as it has a negative impact on SEO. However, in a video my Matt Cutts, he states that it doesn't matter, and that Google has to deal with both CSS and table layouts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL_GZwoC2uQ).
Now even after this, people still have different opinions, and I never get a proper answer.
I currently use the Atahualpa theme for Wordpress, and it has been a very popular theme. It even has some SEO features built in. However, I have a problem. This theme uses a table layout, and I was wondering if this theme would hurt my SEO. Should I still continue using this theme?
Tables are bad just in general:
Now, I've heard a lot of comments that say tables are bad for SEO just in general. Now personally, I feel as this is completely false. However, I need a professional's view on this matter to guide me in the right direction. Are tables good or bad for SEO?