So I'm pretty knowledgable about creating websites with HTML/CSS and using php includes. I'm now dipping my feet into making my sites responsive and using fluid grids. I just read a great article on how the Boston Globe was redesigned using media queries, responsive images, etc.
I can do that. But my problem is... when it comes time to making a website where a CMS is needed and/or required, my design skills and creativity start to lack. Up to right now, if I need to use a CMS I just use WordPress along with Thesis. But I don't want to do this. It's way too complicated and I end up in the Thesis forums asking questions on how to do this and that every step of the way - hell the forum moderators that help me may have well designed the site instead of me when its all said and done.
So when I design a site using Thesis, my whole design 'mindset' changes and I begin designing my sites while thinking in the back of my head how hard it would be to "make it work" in Thesis.
I'm not a programmer. I really don't know much about PHP except from what I copy and paste from Google searches for my Includes. But where I work am the sole web designer/developer so I'm kinda forced to know it all.
I just want to design something really nice and use HTML/CSS to make it happen. Is there a simple CMS I can use to plug into my pages that makes it pretty simple to edit later?
I'm looking into Perch right now which looks promising. To those who do use Perch - is it easy to integrate a Blog/News type of section?
I would use some of these simple CMS's where you just make certain regions editable but then what about really large sites I need to maintain, with news stories, etc?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just feel like if I can jump over this hurdle of CMS and content management, I can really start to advance with my website design and what I can offer to clients.