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I would only say that using Wordpress is foward thinking. You can still use vinyl when the rest of the world is using these things called mp3's.
But overall, I would suggest Wordpress is better for Google because if you haven't noticed, blogs tend to be favored. Perhaps easier on their spider resources?
If you want to create more content, faster and easier, then Wordpress is your best option. I think my point was the "building" a website = waste of my time. That's me. Rankings, money etc come from content not fancy code.
@netmeg, perhaps a newb question, but what is "use the canonical tag" mean exactly?
You say Wordpress is your best option, how many other systems have you used to create websites?