Before you pay thousands for a content management system, take a look at WordPress – the chances are it’s got you covered.
The main advantage is that you won’t need to separately manage your blog – both it and your website are controlled through the one WordPress installation. Your site can load a homepage by default, and your blog can live in a “/blog/” directory.
The best things about WordPress
- fast to set up
- easy to use
- extensible (add plugins and improve your site as you need)
- integrated website and blog
- focus on web standards, seo and security
- massive and massively helpful user-base
WordPress started it’s life as the engine behind many blogs, but is now used confidently to run fully featured websites. These pages offer examples of sites that use WordPress:
- 20 awesome non-blogging sites that use WordPress as a CMS
- 30 Insanely Awesome Websites using WordPress as a CMS
Many of these themes are free! Check out the featured themes at the official WordPress gallery to get a feel of the quality available to you out of the box.
Know that you aren’t boxed in to a specific design or layout with WordPress – you can search for a theme that suits your needs, or have someone build one just for you. 30 untypical WordPress sites – WebdesignerWall