Content Management System
HTML can only say that the span of text "ID586172" is something that should be positioned near "Acme Gizmo" and "$199", etc. There is no way to say "this is a catalog" or even to establish that "Acme Gizmo" is a kind of title or that "$199" is a price. There is also no way to express that these pieces of information are bound together in describing a discrete item, distinct from other items perhaps listed on the page.
I wanted to evaluate the best software for creating some web sites:
Since I wanted to use the wiki to capture all the tips and tricks I learned through this process I started my evaluating and installing wiki software. I have made my wiki available to the public with all my notes.
First layout your site pages, here is a good example for a orpahnige site.
Here are some instructions for setting up drupal software.
Drupal was easy to download and install but harder to learn and extend. Once I started adding modules and learning what they could do I became very impressed and overwelmed.
Here are all my notes on learning and installing Drupal 5
For all but the very simple sites Drupal is my recommendation.
I liked Wordpress, it was easy to install and to add some prebuilt themes, there were a few mambots and extensions I liked as well. It is very easy to use for a one author many readers type site. But setting up groups of users with their own pages is very hard because it is not designed for it. Also, I was frustrated by the lack of integration of extensions with each other.
One of the first features to add is a rich text editor. But I am getting ahead of myself first you need to know where to find modules. There is a great site that includes reviews of all the modules called DrupalModules.com.