I have read the library here and a number of posts, plus I've watched videos on WordPress and Drupal. But I still have some specific questions - sorry if they're common ones.
I do intend to learn WordPress, Blogger, Drupal too, so my question isn't about the merits of these systems. It's about suitability of purpose for my needs.
I'm launching a new section on my new site. Part of it will be a blog with the standard topical industry observations. I'll also have articles - some just simple pieces, a few hundred words. Others will be multi-page researched pieces with graphs, comparison charts, data etc. Weighty stuff (at least I hope).
I can get unlimited free programming from a knowledgeable PHP Linux guy (me pops) so I'm leaning towards getting a custom system developed that can be used as a template for client work. Clients I have right now will just be posting simple articles with comments - the classic 'blog'.
Am I right to think that a custom solution would be better?
Advantages I can see are
No-one can see what my back-end runs on, hackers will have to work far harder.
2) Cost & Time after rollout
I don't have to get clients to host with WordPress to be fairly secure. If they don't host with WordPress, someone has to check for all patches, updates etc. Billable time (pain for the client) and not something I want to be doing anyway.
3) Lean mean install - not all the extra crap I don't want that comes bundled out of the box, I don't want to have to think about 'hacking the core' as it were.
I really just want
- text / images /links / CSS / doc upload (I use FCK Editor for the WYSIWYG interface in admin area)
- add / order categories for nav
- comments (captcha, pre-approved)
- pagination / archive
- extensionless urls
- search (via tags and detailed for all text)
This is all stuff we've done together before and won't stretch my programmer at all.
So my question is, is there any reason that I should consider pre-built CMS systems - and specifically WordPress or Blogger?
The only one I can think of is the initial time (i.e. cost). Once you've practised a bit can you install and config a system that does what I mention above plus get it styled to match the look of the existing site in a few hours?
Or am I missing something? Is there something else I'm missing about these systems that means I should consider them above a custom one?
Very grateful for comments, observations, opinions, stuff I'm overlooking etc.