Thinking aloud about website management

Small inefficiencies of not using CMS

It is a question that has been asked of me, and indeed something I ask myself: why don’t I use a CMS or a blogging platform? The simple answer has been that I like the crafting element of website, the actual making of a site, as much as creating content that goes on it, based on my very limited knowledge of HTML and CSS. While exasperating, I also enjoy the process of figuring out the reason, when something goes wrong on the site, because I had coded something wrong or messed up the CSS. Also, I cannot see an overwhelming reason to use a CMS or a blogging platform.

I say overwhelming, since there things that can be improved if I were to use a CMS or a blogging platform, though probably the only thing that bugs me a little is the inefficiencies when adding a new article to the site. When I upload a new piece on this site, I will have to update four other pages, and in this instance, Archive: 2013, Articles: Internet — Index, Articles: index and Home page If I were a good programmer, I would find a way to automate this, so that I do not have to manually update four pages each time I add an article. Unfortunately, I am not a good programmer. Individually uploading an article doesn’t take that long, as it is essentially a cut-and-paste operation on four files, but cumulatively it adds up: for example, say it takes me two minutes to update these four pages, then I’m losing an hour for every 30 articles I upload. Though given how much time I waste doing various things, as well as how long it usually it takes for me to write a piece, it is not too bad, and it is something that I would tolerate as acceptable.

Otherwise I do not see that many advantages in using a CMS or a blogging platform, since there are for example limits to how much I can customize the look and feel of a site or a blog, and I may have to keep updating the CMS or maintain back-up copies constantly. I am not totally opposed to moving to a CMS or a blogging platform, if there are compelling reasons to do so. Perhaps I am just blind to the obvious benefits?