Looks like I'm about to post a fourth installment in my infamous saga
I should have known better, since I had tried Joomla before and knew it didn't do a lot of what I needed. But it never occurred to me that it didn't do the "comments under articles" thing. Now I've taken the plunge
and don't want to throw three days of work so far out the window (plus the commercial theme).
I know there are extensions that support comments. Trouble is, those extensions outsource comments to external aggragator sites like Disqus.com and a couple others. This is pretty much selling out not only the comments your visitors leave, but also their online identities, to for-profit entities, who will then sell that data to advertisers. Totally not a decent thing to do.
But maybe nothing else is possible, since if Joomla doesn't do comments by itself, it means the database does not have tables to hold them, and I don't know if a plugin can modify the db structure and talk to the db behind Joomla's back. Maybe, maybe not. Does anyone know of a functional comment extension that doesn't require selling out to Da Man?
(Incidentally, Joomla is not at all what I've been looking for. Certainly stitching the pages and menus isn't any easier or faster than hand-crafting html like we did in the old times
Thing is, it seemed like a high time to cut through the analysis-paralysis and get on with building the site. The thing I'm lookng for - I don't think it exists. Now here's a dumb question: How hard is to learn php enough to start working on a cms?)