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@gettelfinger Well, to the point in the last paragraph, it depends on your level of comfort with the company doing the work. There's nothing wrong with going with a proprietary CMS. If the company doing the work is stable and you expect to work with them on a long-term basis it might be more practical. If it's a freelancer who may not be available after a good job offer comes along, then you'll want to be able to pass the torch to someone else.
2 years ago on Should I Use Drupal?
@LyticalDesign Thanks for the clarification, Lytical.
@scottnobleNS Hi Scott. Thanks for reading. Yes, for a small business owner choosing the most user-friendly CMS is certainly a sensible course of action. Using WordPress or something similar can allow you to build a web presence and keep it current through content updates, photos, etc.
However, should your small brochure site need to turn into something else (e.g. you want to sell your product online, you want to restrict content to certain user groups), the administration of the site will no longer be as simple. In other words, the fancier your site the more you'll have to know how to do on the back end.
Drupal comes with a lot of functionality built into the default installation. A lot of you may never need, so you may find yourself dealing with options and menus that are just in the way. WordPress - at least in my limited experience with it - is meant to be a blog first and extended from there. It's more tailored to the novice user.
So the decision comes down to what you need your website to do with an eye on what you may need it to do one year, two years, five years down the road. You may find you're better off starting out with something more complex, mastering it, and thus making future enhancements easier. If you don't expect to go beyond a site that provides basic information with little to no interaction, then WordPress makes a lot of sense.
As for Joomla and Magento, I'm only aware of what they are and that they are comparable systems to Drupal. If you're shopping a website they're certainly worth researching.
My favorite John memory was from an internal meeting where we were discussing how to tackle a particularly difficult problem from a particularly difficult project. In the midst of the meeting someone commented that this was the toughest requirement, to which John simply replied with a laugh and after a brief pause, "So far." To me that summarized his sense of humor and conservative and analytical way of thinking. From there we worked until we figured out a solution, with him spearheading the effort. It's during these kinds of moments that his absence is most noticeable. He made everyone around him better.
2 years ago on Remembering John Cooney
@amandag ...and "utmost professionalism" instead of "up most professionalism."