I painted myself into a corner by using wordpress and forgetting that there are other, better options, until Wordpress became obviously inadequte. I spent all of the past week racking my brain, trying to get Wordpress to do things it was not meant to do, before it finally clicked.... You don't have to use wordpress. Duh. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume I'm not the only person on this board who has made this mistake, or at least not the only person who was ignorant of all the amazing CMS (Content Management System) apps that are out there. I need a CMS with a basic blog function- not a blog platform that can be tweaked into a basic CMS. Many CMS's include integrated shopping carts, SEO settings, multiple language translation, and multi-site administration panels (Yes, you can control multiple websites from within one admin panel, right out of the box). After having used Wordpress for the past year, seeing those features included in these software packages made me PISSED about all the time I have wasted, so I composed this post to make sure other people don't waste their time with Wordpress when there are other options out there that might suit their needs better.Yes, Wordpress is ideal for autoblogging and ad plugins, and wordpress is free - but if you have whitehat, greyhat or bluehat sites - or not too many sites, or just sites that are not fully automated, you should look into other options and might consider these. I have issues spending money on CMS's but you might not. I simply can't afford it, I am trying to stop buying my way around obstacles, and I think that open source products should be supported whenever possible. You can run a search for your ideal CMS by visiting cmsmatrix.org which is an amazing resource but limits you to comparing 10 products at a time. I ran my own search and found 17 that included shopping carts and event management modules + calendars, and had to open each one in a tab to view them. Here are is a concise list of CMS systems that I like. Not all of them are free. sitekit.net/Five-step-guide.html bluelightcms.com/features.cms (free for non commercial use) dotcms.org/ - NICE drupal.org/ gravityfactor.com/ (PRICE NOT KNOWN YET) openeditdam.com/ - looks fricking awesome, has everything I want but I haven't tested it yet. twinleafstudios.net/splash/index.html (Splash Frog CMS) For those of you who want an all-in-one marketing program and can afford $300+ per month, Lyris.com is interesting. "Lyris is doing something no one else dares: bundling email marketing, deliverability analytics, Web analytics, PPC campaign management and Web content management. You get it all for one low monthly price." FYI: There is money to be made as a Drupal developer, Drupal host, or Theme Designer, so that is something that newbies or people who are not yet making money might want to consider. I am leaning towards Drupal and OpenEditDAM for my new sites, and wish I knew about Drupal a year ago.