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Easy platform for building and maintaining websites?

Last Modified: 2020-11-19
I am a rusty developer. I used to develop sites with PHP and application with C++. As for now, I am running a business. I am pulled in many directions and don’t have the time to roll up my sleeves when I need to. Currently, aspects of our business need to create sites with access to databases and things that PHP does. I should add when I was a full-fledged developer, I was not a fan of WordPress. It is not that I think it is so bad, but it’s just that I find it to be too much of what I don’t need. So, after that long spiel (sorry), my question is, can somebody recommend a platform that helps set up a website with a backend? What I need is something that gives users access and scheduling options for appointments and other things related to the context of an account. I need all of that with an easier implementation than hand-coding a website.
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You could try joomla it has tons of addons there is for sure one that suits your needs, it is really easy specially if you dont want to code yourself (it gets messy when you do that lol)
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

Better to use WordPress, rather than try to redevelop WordPress.

There are many CMS options.

And... There's a reason WordPress is so ubiquitous (found everywhere).

WordPress is rock solid + differs from most CMS systems in that upgrades simply work, because of all the unit tests done + eyeballs on code.

You can research other CMS systems + be sure you check about how upgrades work.


I use Joomla many years ago and WP but these are big package,
 plus a lot of maintenance, security update ect.
Theme are not that easy to adapt.
Appointment extension can cost lot $ because this is complexe to code.

Most of the time it required to code custom code to fit the needs, so I prefer to code my own backend and manage smaller package.

If you don't want to code you can use  an online reservation / appointment service with CMS.

But if you decide to code your own backend:
I'm using this backend PHP PDO & AJAX (OOP)
This is well written and secure so it is good start to start your own project.

I really like it because it is lite, I Iearned a lot with this package especialy OOP.
I didn't regret my choice and would not go back to open source package.

That all depends of the time, the needs and the knowledge you have.

i am unsure i understand but if it is merely about appointments, have you considered caldav ?

as far as php goes, i do not believe any framework will help you if you have no time to handle the learning curve.

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