An Update On my Website Redesign

In a recent post on this blog, I mentioned that I was planning on going the CMS route for my personal site. For some time now, I’ve been testing both Drupal and WordPress to determine which is both easy to use and to maintain among other things.

After spending time using, and reading books about both systems, I’ve decided to go with WordPress. While I liked testing Drupal, and generally like the layout of sites I’ve seen created with it, I found it to be rather cumbersome as far as implementing certain features. I didn’t actually try this, I’ll admit, but after reading in a book the procedure for implementing a contact form on a Drupal site, I decided it wasn’t the system for me. At first, I was under the impression that it would be as simple as enabling a plugin and configuring the necessary form fields. Um, no! Turns out there’s more to it than that, as you have to determine who will use the form (I’m assuming this is if there’s more than one admin working on the site) and other things that I don’t recall at the moment. With WordPress, I found it very easy to set up and configure a contact form, poll, or just about anything you could want for a website in a matter of minutes.

At the moment, I’m learning how to create and modify menus. Creating a custom menu is easy, it’s the rearranging that I don’t like as you have to drag and drop things. I don’t know about anyone else, but as a user of two screen readers (JAWS and NVDA) I find this very hard and impractical.

Despite this, though, I feel confident that WordPress is going to work well for me and this site, and will continue to post updates on my progress.

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