Hmmm...that gives me a lot to think about. Then let me explain everything going through my head right now and you guys can help me make a decision.
--I like Wordpress, but after reading about posts and pages, I started changing my mind. The reason is that I don't want a blog format. I want a nice looking website with 3 or 4 main sections accessible from a homepage. Kind of the donationcoder main site (not the forum).
--I don't care about multiple users and stuff. I suppose it would be nice to have a place for comments, but it's not necessary.
--I guess I don't understand what CMS really means. I didn't realize it had to do with multiple users creating their own content.
--I'd like to be able to control the layout of the site fairly easily. I'd like a main navigation on the top, sidebars for additional content. Most importantly, I'd like the main middle section to be like blocks. Meaning, rectangles that can be sized according to how I feel. These rectangles would be links to specific articles, which would also be accessible through the other navigation tools around the sides and stuff.
--Chronology of articles...not important to me at all.
--Basically, let's say I have 100 articles ready to share. I want to turn these articles into nice "magazine-like" articles, with interesting graphics and nice layouts.
--I'd like to have decent search capabilities, maybe tags and categories like traditional blogs. But I'm not obsessed about it like blogs are.
--If there are nice, professional, clean templates available for whatever platform, that would be nice. If not, hopefully it won't be too hard to make one from scratch.
--As far as the template design, it would be nothing complicated. I'd like it to be clean, and easy to follow with the eyes. I don't like using graphics in the background besides the logo. I'd probably end up using clean, solid colors. Maybe a gradient at the most. No patterns or actual designs. This way, it's clean, easy to maintain for me, and (I'm assuming) easy to change color schemes if I need to. Also, no complicated shapes in the backgrounds. Mostly just rectangles. Perhaps some rounded corners at the most. I know it sounds boring, but I like stuff like that.
Hopefully, this will help you guys give me some suggestions that fit. Thanks!!