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  •  Wordpress is great, and unless someone (8+ / 0-)

    can maintain their own website (they need some understanding of HTML to know where to put the updates and need to know how to ftp to get the changes on their server), WordPress is the way to go. You don't want to design Uncle Herb's website and be stuck maintaining it for the rest of Uncle Herb's online life.

    •  Amen to this (5+ / 0-)

      When I work with small businesses now, I ask them at the front "Do you want to maintain your site or have someone else do it?" and explain why.   And in either case, I steer them towards a CMS that is in the mainstream and likely to be around for the foreseeable future.  

      Back when IBM ruled mainframes and the computer world, there was an adage: "You can't get fired for buying IBM (computers)."  The principle still applies to small businesses looking for a CMS--go with what's well known and what works.  

      My clients should not be taking on technical risks. I've had clients get bids on websites from web designers who specify obscure platforms that only a geek could love.  Sure they may be the greatest thing since buttered bread, but who will maintain it if the web designer moves on?  

      •  That's my attitude as well (3+ / 0-)
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        A few years ago when I was getting more into web dev I taught myself Python and used the Django framework to build some sites. That's what I'd consider a top-end framework, but when it comes to the aforementioned Uncle Herb's website, it's kind of like using a rocket launcher to kill a mosquito.

        The main advantage of WordPress isn't that it's the greatest CMS ever (although the admin UI is actually quite well-designed) it's more that everyone uses it. Plugins exist to add pretty much any kind of functionality you can think of, any problem is just a quick search away from being fixed, etc. Makes my life quite easy:)

        Apparently nothing will ever teach these people that the other 99 percent of the population exist. —George Orwell

        by ukit on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:05:57 AM PST

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        •  So true (1+ / 0-)
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          I am amazed at the number and variety of sites using Wordpress as their content management system. Of course, they have their own backend team that builds the site from scratch and likely edits the core files as well.

          But heck, why not?

          I keep meaning to learn Drupal but don't have the time.

          •  Drupal's not that bad (1+ / 0-)
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            We run one of our sites with it. It works well, and we can keep it in house.

            We don't have tons of programmers either.

            •  People I know either really love WordPress (1+ / 0-)
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              or love Drupal. The Drupal-lovers like its modularity. I can see how with complex sites that could be pretty nice. WordPress seems a bit more straight-ahead from what I've experienced.

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