Our site at [url removed, login to view] needs to be redone in xsite pro. We need three base pages (different menus on two of them) and one template
We will provide what we want it to look like
We will need an opt-in box and share buttons for which we will provide the links
I have been in high tech as a programmer/manager/vp sales for 44 years (starting with coding on punch cards in machine language)
I use off the shelf as much as possible. I know the high cost and problems with custom coding and avoid it like the plague.
I own xsite pro and the developer version of thesis theme for wordpress.
I have access to cpanel, am comfortable with ftp'ing.
I can write html and xhtml, can read but not write php or css
I have 28 sites and more in the works. Most are 5 page sites with no need to add content.
I am not happy with the high load/overhead of most cms systems for small 3-5 page sites nor do I want to learn a professional web development system (dreamweaver or whatever).
If I do use a cms system it is wordpress because it does the job, it's widely used and well supported. Those are my principles for choosing software.
Here are my problems:
1. I have an old high ranking site with a lot of static pages that end in .html and I am not willing to risk the ranking of those pages and 10 years of back links by using 301 and putting them in wordpress which does not generate .html page names
2. At Christmas I put up a Christmas special. This is 20% of our income each year. I do this by renaming index to [url removed, login to view] and I have a page called [url removed, login to view] that I then rename index. Wham. That's it. The Christmas special is now up. I've been doing this for 3 years and it works fine for me.
3. I'm not sure how I could do #1 and #2 above in wordpress but if you do I'm willing to consider it.
4. I like having templates that I can copy and reuse. I want a template in xsitepro that has a standard format that I can change colors, logo and external share button links.
This could be 2 projects: 1 template for xsite pro for my new small sites, 1 wordpress/thesis for the old site