Feb 01, 2010 at 04:44 PM
I am trying to select a CMS or blogging software to help me build a series of small websites and MODx interests me. I know xhtml and I can hack css files to get the basics done. I have some experience installing and running Wordpress-based sites and I am comfortable with FTP and creating mysql databases. I have not learned PHP yet.
I want to decide on a CMS or blogging software to create an ongoing series of small websites (approx 1 a month) that will consist of: a main page, a series of static article pages built around certain keywords (maybe 4-5), some static landing pages (for PPC) and a blog-like or articles page. I say "blog-like" because I want a simple backend system for posting stories every few days, but I do not care about comments and trackbacks. The sites are mainly to push out information about specific topics through PPC and good SEO to generate leads, which then get followed up with offline. The ability to create custom forms for side-bars and landing pages is also very important. Compliant code and strong SEO features are at the top of my list.
I have looked at Drupal, Joomla and Expression Engine. Drupal and Joomla seem overwhelming to me and are probably much more than I need. I haven't put much time into EE, but it does seem to be a bit more than I need. I was going to commit to learning how to hack Wordpress when I ran across MODx. The ease of incorporating xhtml/css sites into its templating system is really enticing. But, there seems to be other aspects, which might be difficult for a non-programmer like myself, like the lack of documentation or learning materials.
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