I wonder if someone could give me a bit of advice.
My current site: subjective-effect.co.uk
What I'd like to be able to do:
Build a website that can be managed from anywhere, not just my home machine with Notepad++ and Filezilla. I suppose I want a CMS but I've tried Wordpress and it's too restrictive. I tried Drupal and it's too complex for what I need.
I'd also like to be able to use a database for some content - to display items or products. And I'd like to be able to add a payment system for users, Paypal would be my preferred system.
Can anyone suggest a simple but flexible CMS that would be suitable for this? I want to be able to easily move elements around and add my own CSS styling. My host (Fasthosts) has the following on-click installs but I don't want to have to play with them all to find out how suitable they are. None of them may be the best thing. I have PHP5 and mySQL options.
Of the ones listed there, I recommend MODx. It's a really nice CMS, easy to work with, and very clean (you write all your own HTML and CSS without interference). Another good one is ExpressionEngine, but it's a paid one.
Either of these makes it easy to incorporate PayPal buttons, or any other kind of cart system you may want.
Really, I would always avoid those auto installs anyway. It's quite easy to install a CMS yourself, and then you have a better idea of what's going on. (You'll need to update the software from time to time, so it's better to do it yourself, and to have a local copy for backup etc.). If you check out the MODx site, they have step by step instructions for installing it yourself.