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    SitePoint Member Jeffo34's Avatar
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    Should I be using a CMS?

    Hi All,

    Traditionally, I've only ever worked on small, CSS and HTML websites. I'm more of a front-end designer than a developer so have limited working knowledge of scripting languages. I have installed Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress but not sure if these are suitable for what I need.

    So, I've always used Dreamweaver to manually hand-code all my HTML and CSS. For larger sites, I've dabbled in the template features of Dreamweaver.

    As I begin to work on a much larger site, I think I may need to look at some sort of CMS which will allow me to use layouts and code that I write. I like the sound of automating new templated page rollouts and interactive features for site visitors and users like search, comments, blogs etc.

    The brief is very relaxed and I am pretty much in charge of how the site will look and what it can do. Basically, I'd like to keep control of the CSS and SEO HTML that I write but enhance my methods of managing the site and speeding up the whole process - any other features I can integrate into the site would be a bonus.

    Does anybody have any suggestions? I feel I must be one of the few designers who start from scratch every time I work on a new site!

    Thanks in advance,

    Jeff
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    Currently starting up - brandobjectives.com
    Currently marketing - hampertown.com

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    SitePoint Zealot j3ph's Avatar
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    I would recommend Wordpress as a good starting point. The theme structure is easy to understand and well documented. Plus there is a plethora of tutorials out there that extend beyond the documentation.

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    If you need many different functionalities go with Joomla, if you need just basic article publishing/ newspaper style go with wordpress.


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