Can anybody tell me whether they are having any success with any opensource CMS scripts. I have hunted high and low looking for a good solution but am yet to find one. Maybe I am not looking in the right places. Would welcome any feedback.
I use movable type and have had no problems with google. I really dig it, too. It makes pages with reasonable URLs, and you can use it to make sites that don't look and act like they're generated from some cheesy tool. I don't know what you're looking for in a "CMS", but movable type may do it for you.
Or, look into bricolage. It's an HTML::Mason tool that will do most anything you please. It's slick.