I have been tasked to rebuild 8 websites they range from 10 to 300 pages. Some of the sites are for work, some free sites (family, church, etc.) and some want to pay me a monthly fee to create/manage/host for them. "Back in the Day" I learned Frontpage and then Dreamweaver and then I moved our work site to a proprietary CMS package and will not turn back to static web pages. I have done approx. 40 hours of personal training on Joomla and "like" it, but wanted to get a more professional opinion. I currently host 6 sites and am very familiar with hosting sites and hosting management software like cPanel, fantasico, and softaculous for creating joomla and wordpress sites on the fly.
I want to know which CMS is the easiest to manage for me the techy? (to build the structure, host, backup, and support)
I want to know which is most intuitive for the content creator and editor? (Easy to keep current and up to date)
I want to know which is most appealing from a artistic and design perspective.
I have a lot of local companies with very old very static sites that I could convert quickly. I want to create non-blog sites with great "look and feel" and good "navigation"
I intend to outsource/hire out the heavy lifting like large site conversion, and custom template building since I have little knowledge of PHP or MySQL.
I will want to make use of the extensible plugins and widgets for: web analytics, photos galleries, newsletters, media, etc.
I will also join a template club to get quick access to good design. (suggestions?)
I have looked briefly at drupal and do not like it.
Not sure how I will score the winner, but make your best case and I will make a decision based on my experience and the info. provided above. External white papers, sites, videos, etc are encouraged and welcome.