I've been programming computers for 25 years, and been developing Windows based eCommerce sites for 10 years, but being an old guy, I don’t feel like spending hours chasing false leads with Mr Google when there are people here that would love to share their insight on what they find works best for them.
With all my experience being with the Windows environment, I am out of my element here, and know that getting input from experienced developers that have tried different approaches to doing what I'm trying to do will put me way farther ahead then chasing down a marketing website of someone trying to sell you their software. For instance I'd have never thought of using WordPress to publish my website.
Isn't WordPress an app that's designed from the ground up to be used for blogging? I was told by a colleague to use WordPress for our eventual blog page, but I didn't think that would be the kind of tool you'd use for the type of site I described (multiple pages of pictures, videos, a calendar, and of course a blog). I'm interested in getting something very simple started quickly and then expanding on it later. I love the fact that WordPress is free but that's not one of my prerequisites. From what you described, and from what very little I know about WordPress, I'm going to have to do extra work to make WordPress fit my needs, and more-over, the novice user that I turn this over to will require more of my assistance. I spend a lot of time at work helping users do stuff with there computers, and would really like to minimize the amount of my time required to turn this over to a novice, once the basic setup of the site is done, and pages are built.
Thanks for the info on WordPress though. I didn't think of it that way, so I'll start looking into it, but I was hoping for some other options that sounded closer to "plug-n-play", "WYSIWYG", and "drag-n-drop", to throw out a few clichés.
Any other options out there I'm all ears.