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I'm leery of using elance.com because I haven't found any portfolios (of the ones I viewed) that contain sites that would appear to be "AdSense Optimized."
I've read a little on Joomla and Drupal and see these solutions are available on GoDaddy. What is your experience with these two CMS packages?
Some people recommends wordpress, but I found its mysql code puts too much load on server.
Finally, just don't create site for Adsense, always remember content is king.
You can do this in WordPress, via the many many free Plugins. WordPress in my opinion is excellent, with plenty of themes and plugins and support available. And it installs FAST, and use is easy and intuitive. However, you'll need to take time to research all the available Plugins to find the right ones for your site. AdSense, SEO-optimized themes, HTML and XML sitemap generators, caching tools (to prevent server overloads), they're all available.
I've just decided to switch to ExpressionEngine. It seems to fit my brain better than those other two, and is more flexible. It isn't free, but it is quite inexpensive, and you can try the Core version for free. EE also made it very easy to duplicate the look of my existing static site, and I used the same CSS file without modification.
A little off topic:
I tried both Joomla and Drupal. Drupal drove me crazy. I could not get the whole “taxonomies” thing down. However, the practice sites I made looked cleaner and ran faster than the practice sites I made in Joomla.
In the end, I chose Joomla because the way the content is categorized made more sense to me. Also, the availability of third party components was an important factor in my choice. It seems there is an extension for everything and anything with Joomla. I don’t think the learning curve was that great, I learned almost everything I needed to know in a couple of weeks of part time work.
Would I choose Joomla again? Maybe.
Right now the Joomola folks are working on a completely new version (1.5) that is not really compatible with the current version and for this version they have changed the license. The change doesn’t really affect the web developer or end user but is causing the programmer of third party components fits. Many of the main components that I use are developed by these programmers and they refuse to develop for version 1.5. This has me very concerned about upgrades, security patches and so on. I still like the current version of Joomla. But without those components I feel like I am stuck with an obsolete system.
By the way, if you are building a smaller site I think Wordpress is a good choice. I have played around with it also and I am thinking about using it for some smaller sites.
There is a learning curve with any CMS. Joomla is pretty flexible, and the taxonomy is really simple to understand: section->category->content. Can't get any easier than that!
Of course, that does mean taking time to plan a site out before going live.
Templating is extremely flexible. Joomla maintains very good separation of content and presentation.
There are extensions that will handle AdSense, but it is just as easy to write a module yourself.
All will probably need some tweaking and/or add-ons depending on your exact application.
I wish we had more templates though...