I am a seasoned LAMP site developer. Most sites I develop are in organic in nature and I have experience using Magento (Zend Framework) as well.
I am in charge of building a simple site, however it needs to basically be a product catalog site. I have literally zero experience with WordPress, Joomla or Drupal etc... Hopefully one of you our there can suggest a platform that meets most, if not all, of my needs: Which are:
Custom Buildable JQuery front end that can dynamically call/access products (Scroller etc.)
"Category Page" that lists the categories -- again the more customizable the better.
"Product Page" - Basically the same product page you'd see on any ecommerce site, without the "add to cart" functionality.
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Jquery Ajax ... Jquery Ajax ... JQuery Ajax .. lol. I cannot stress how dynamic this site has to be to "work" If the Fremework isn't flexible enough for Jquery single page log-in, No-refresh data calls etc., it's not going to work.
I will be using WordPress as a separate blog site that ties into this site, but it will be on a totally separate domain, etc, so the main CMS is totally separated.
So .. Is there anything out there that can meet all these criteria. No shopping cart needed. Basically a fully customizable front end .. Easy to use back end. Display products how I want, not how the framework "allows for". I could build the CMS, but I don't think my customer would appreciate the cost! Hopefully you all have ideas and/or suggestions. I've looked so far, and it seems that the Drupal framework might work well with a few modules .. But I'd like your guy's thoughts! Thanks!