I'm designing a website for a small-business, manufacturers representative.
The website should advertise the product lines, products, parts, etc., but customers would still call for information, a quote, or an order.
The product listings, descriptions, etc. infrequently change, but I would still like for the company to be able to modify its own content.
I have much lower-level technical knowledge (HTML, CSS, scripting) but lack in design and knowledge of higher-level tools.
Section 1: Description
- User-friendly content editing
- Product images
- Customer photos
- Polished designs / themes
Nice to have:
- Compatible with GoDaddy Hosting
- Social media sync ("Announcements page," Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Content management (rollback, changes, backups etc.)
- Mobile viewing
- Tweakable themes
- User comments / discussion
- User login
- Online prices, ordering, shopping cart, SSL
- Multiple authors (ie: created by John Doe)
Section 2: Considering …
WordPress: At first glance, WordPress has the content-management features. However, the design customization falls short. Every theme seems to fall short in some non-customizable aspect: font-styles, font sizes, window resizing issues, menu behavior, spacing, etc. There's no customization. It's just settling on a theme that's not quite good enough.
Drupal, Joomla, etc. - I've played around briefly, but they seem to have similar issues or steep learning-curves.
Static HTML / CSS: This option has the highest potential for customization. However, static pages are not user friendly for editing of content.
Which tools, CMS, system, etc. would you recommend for creating and maintaining the website I described?