I recently discovered Expression Engine while searching for Word Press, Joomla and Drupal applications to determine if they were suitable for this project. I would sincerely appreciate the communities help to answer these questions, make suggestions and other observations. Here is some background information:
1. Need easy to use CMS for community newspaper site (frequent updates)
2. Already have Adobe CS 5.5 design premium, MS Office2010
3. Knowledgeable with software & PC’s
4. Have constructed client Word Press site http://www.parentsinternetchild.com/
5. Have used Dreamweaver and Photoshop with some success
6. If I use EE, which version should I acquire and what additional modules/templates would recommend to accomplish the following:
a. RSS feeds
b. Reader comments
c. Local bloggers who can log in and post stories and photos
d. Residents who can post tag sales, community minded events, local stories of interest
e. Paid membership for specific stories or archived (future)
f. Easy to insert new stories and remove old ones (virtually daily exercise)
g. Is there an input screen available
h. Include a business directory for areas business
i. Will add photos of local events, gov’t meetings, etc.
j. Would include multi-media embedded in article or sidebar ad
k. Possible expansion with limited e-commerce
l. If I purchase software, what tutorials are recommended and all aspects being equal, realistically how long before I can have this up and running?
m. Would like, as a selling point, to have this available for mobile and ipads
n. Don’t want to spend 30 hours a day to keep site up and running
o. Would like to automate where possible and practicable
p. Here is a site I’ve seen http://www.ruralintelligence.com/
q. Here is another site: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge
7. Would like to export front page and print page, is this possible right from EE?
8. Would like to dump business directory into InDesign for other applications
Thank you for your time and effort to provide your suggestions.
[Mod Edit: Moved to the Pre-Sales forum]