I'm building a personal project that will include several travel sites for different destinations but the sites will use basically that same layout with some minor color/logo tweaks.
I'm at an intermediate level with Joomla dev, PHP XHTML & CSS and have done some ASP.NET dev too.
I'm sitting here wondering if I should just do the sites in XHTML & PHP/MySQL with my own scripts for content management (menus etc) or go with an off the shelf framework. I want to learn some Ruby on Rails or ASP MVC so I'm tempted also to go in that direction. Ruby/Joomla etc are free but I like the structure of the MS platform too.. so as you can see I'm having trouble making a decision. Criteria for the site framework are :
- page rendering speed
- SEO friendliness
- scalability throughout multiple domains
- development time & complexity
- cost of licensing (i.e. Kentico ASP CMS vs Joomla)
I know it's a pretty scattered quesion and I'm pushing it more as a discussion. Should I stick with Joomla/PHP/MySql or get into Ruby on Rails (the number of gems is appealing to me) or maybe the ASP route. This project will endup being a mesh of 10-15 similar sites.
Any thoughts or comments woud be helpful.