Advice about CMS for website

My wife has asked me to find a replacement for the current content management system we use for her website. Warning: it’s completely, utterly unrelated to CNC: it’s a collection of recipes. She would like something like this site. It needs to be easy to maintain and update, and we’d like some features such as user ratings, user comments, a decent search, links to related articles (similar recipes), navigation aids (e.g. breadcrumbs, navigation sidebar with categories and the contents of the current category), and the ability to switch languages. Some paid ads would be nice too.

I am leaning toward a WordPress site, but I’m not sure what to use for a template. There are a ton of them out there, and the quality seems very variable. I’d like to avoid learning how to make my own WordPress templates. If there are decent free templates for this type of stuff, great, if not, I’m willing to go with a paid solution.

So, I’m asking here for advice.

6 thoughts on “Advice about CMS for website

  1. Hi, I’d give a +1 for WP too because of the vast number of plugins available and the relative ease of use. Although there might be some nice templates out there for free I’d probably go for a fairly cheap, but premium quality template from ThemeForest. For example the Basil theme ($48) which includes a custom recipe builder plugin (worth $25). But there are quite a few others to choose from in the same $50 price range, so it might be worth checking out.
    http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress?term=recipe&utf8=%E2%9C%93

    Just my 2¢, best of luck!

  2. I’d go for Drupal if you find that WordPress doesn’t offer plugins for the features you want. Its a bit more involved to get it up and running but its much more adaptable and there’s still a very large community of developers (so there are tons of options for plugins as well as for profit contractors who can implement various features that you just can’t or don’t have the time to get working).

  3. I’d suggest using WordPress, with the large community of help available it’s a firm favourite of mine. For themes I’d recommend http://themeforest.net theres a bunch of great themes on there for a very reasonable price! WordPress has been paying my bills for the last 6 years and I have no complaints with it, it’s very versatile.

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