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Title: Best free CMS for portfolio-style website
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 13, 2020, 11:56:08 PM
I have wanted to build a personal website for a while, but I was unsure about which CMS would fit better for a portfolio-type website. When I check Google, I find a lot of results such as "Top 10 CMS for personal websites", only to find out that as the top #1, they're advertising their very own paid CMS.

I will not consider any CMS that costs money or that is mostly hidden behind a paywall.

I also prefer a self-hosted solution (I have web space already) where editing the template/CSS doesn't take three months.

Basically, my website would have a page with my discography, another with my calculator releases, another with some old drawings and maybe pixel art and of course my biography regarding my creations. A section on every page would list all my social media profile links and another section would list the music stores and streaming services where my songs are available. A third side section would have other links such as CodeWalrus.
Title: Re: Best free CMS for portfolio-style website
Post by: Yuki on April 14, 2020, 12:38:52 AM
Wordpress is a quite common one, if you can do Node.js there's also Ghost. Keep in mind most of those are blogging platforms and you don't really want to stay away from that. But for your use case that would be pretty good.

Else you can hire me :P
Title: Re: Best free CMS for portfolio-style website
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 14, 2020, 06:47:13 PM
Well, Ghost is not free, so that's out of the question. Does Wordpress let you customize the navigation?

Does Wordpress allow you to host it yourself on something else thanWordpress, Bluehost and Dreamhost? Those are the three only options available on Wordpress website.EDIT: Nevermind, I just had to browse the .org website instead of .com for the download link.
Title: Re: Best free CMS for portfolio-style website
Post by: Yuki on April 14, 2020, 09:13:21 PM
Ghost is free if you manage to host it yourself, but it's quite buried in their website (https://ghost.org/docs/install/ubuntu/). It's one of those things you have to understand that the paid offer is pretty much hosting for those who don't want to do everything themselves, you have to spot the words "open source" among all the buzzwords to make sure it's really free. That's how they make money, I guess.

WordPress.com/.org also works the same way, but since it's more popular it's more obvious it's also open source. Also quite easier to install if you don't know how to Linux, because it's in PHP. It's also very customizable and there's a whole ton of plugins and themes for it.

Fun fact: WordPress also owns Tumblr, they got it for almost free after the whole debacle with Yahoo! and Verizon :P That one isn't open source, though.