I have a 20,000+ page static site that I'd like to convert to be database driven so I may separate content from design. I have started several Wordpress sites over the years. Played with various themes. Modified themes and added plugins to do what I needed. Then BAM - Wordpress comes out with a new update and plugins break and things are a mess. Updates are usually required to keep things secure. Everytime I take 5 steps forward -when this happens, I take 10 steps back.
I was thinking that it might be easier to develop a CMS offline, generate static pages, upload a .gz file and unzip. That way a database could never be compromised. I wouldn't have to worry about server load building pages on the fly and won't have to worry about php injections or other creepy hacker stuff.
How come no one has ever developed such an animal? Or have they?
x2 to that. That discussion has some good information and I understand your concern. I worked with an offline CMS in the past (written by me, it's dead now) and sure sometimes I miss some benefits, but yes there are ways on creating static html pages to upload them later.