I'm a non-programmer and run a food website (plain - jane Dreamweaver) along with a simple Wordpress powered blog.
I envisioned creating a food website that is both user powered (one can submit recipes, tips articles, photos etc) and also act as a mini social network (people can blog) - create profiles, make friends etc.
I stumbled on Drupal nearly 2 years ago and was impressed by its flexibility in creating content - through modules such as CCK (custom content types), Views - to display content from various queries and Panels (displaying content without manual theming). It also offered a host of modules that could do things like - classifieds, greetings, newsletters, events etc.
However I got so mired by what Drupal could do, I ignored site development and it's been sitting in the backburner all this while. Recently I met a designer / developer (More Wordpress & Less Drupal) who agreed to customize a theme that I finally chose for the website.
I'm scared that despite Drupal's scaling abilities as a business owner I will be left with fire-fighting stuff if anything goes wrong with if i get the site developed on Drupal.
I have explored and searched previously whether Wordpress can be used more as a CMS platform but came away disappointed.
With Wordpress 3.1, Multisite and BuddyPress, I'm excited whether I can ditch Drupal and choose Wordpress instead.
Plus I'm more inclined to use Wordpress after I read this post about Why Drupal isn't a good choice for a CMS - http://mikeschinkel.com/blog/17-reasons-wordpress-is-a-better-cms-than-drupal/
Here's what I'm looking for:
1.Food / Recipes Websites that will have 4-6 types of content - recipes, food guides, photos, menus, videos etc
2.The site should be high on usability - tech 'unsavvy' should be able to submit content recipes, photos, videos etc) to the site - this is an important need. Can I make this really simple?
Social networking capabilities - profiles, adding friends, member search, rewarding members. I want to build a strong community that goes beyond just creating profiles. I want them to be able to contribute to the site's growth.
A decent / elegant theme (Wordpress had zillions of themes, I know)
Displaying content - Can I display say, in a page, a thumbnail and excerpt, of content that is being posted to the site? and perhaps in another page - only a set of links of content that is being posted. - Do plugins exist for these? Drupal hs Views, CCK and Panels that achieve these quite easily.
Like I mentioned before, as a non-tech business owner, can I scale the website without worrying too much into maintaining the technical aspects of the site?
Please help me.