WOW! This is WebmasterWorld at its very best. I create a new topic late Friday pm (my time), leave the office and return 24 hours later to find a ton of invaluable advise from a bevvy of the savvy.
On the topic:
Although there are several recommendations for CMS systems that I have never heard of before, the overwhelming majority seems to be for the creation of a custom made CMS from scratch. I guess this means:
a) my writing a very detailed specification. I know can do that. b) finding a developer somewhere. But how and where? Feel free to sticky me. c) Pay. We are not paupers, so we can do that. But what are we talking about?
It took me a few days to make... (joaquin112)
... but it cost hundreds of hours to develop (sherwoodseo)
Hmmm... How many hundreds of hours?
This interesting comment from joaquin112:
...have a .html extension which I KNOW benefits rankings...
Didn't know that. Does any one else want to put their 2 cents in here?
And this from jamie:
using mod_rewrite with a custom built cms means that you can maintain all your exact page names
and presumably library structure too. Bearing Brett's advise about Google and directory names in mind, this would be extremely important, right?
Is the system going to be used by html illiterate people?
You bet. And in numerous countries around the world. So I guess a wisiwyg back-end is an absolute must. Thanks for pointing that out.