I have been a programmer (VB) and database developer (Access, SQL) for many years. I am turning my hand to web development. I understand PHP and MySQL but I am no means an expert in either. I can carefully tinker with existing code but that is all I really want to have to do.
I have built a few sites directly from html, css and jquery and now I am aware that a CMS may make things a little easier because they big picture features like comments, articles, blogs and forums.
I have done some online courses in Drupal because it is supposedly suited to programmers but it strikes me now as fairly clunky and the sites I have developed with it are solid but a little dated looking.
Given Drupal is free it has probably been a good option to trial but with a good review here I would be happy to part with some of my hard-earned.
Most of the sites on my to-do list are primarily about ecommerce but I need the flexibility to store extra fields in all entities and used these fields in complicated discount and pricing rules. Having the other options (comments/blog/forums) at the tick of a box I imagine will also handy.
Finally, speed is a major issue as is the ability to use attractive features like transparent pop up forms, scrolling galleries etc.
Any suggestions for the next CMS I should learn,
Thanks for your time, Neil