Webmaster for huguenot-manakin.org

I received an e-mail several months back from one of the officers of the Huguenot society that I have joined. Ann, the person who wrote me the e-mail asked if I would like to be the society webmaster. I wrote back and told her that I would be happy to do it, and now I get to travel to the society meeting this summer and be introduced to the executive committee.

The society website has been written over the past 10 or so years using frames. I have decided that we need a new website design without the old frames based layout. This will involve in addition to redesign moving about 50 pages from the old site to the new site.

So now I am considering how to redesign the site. I have been involved in web site design professionally for 5 years, but mainly involved in backend coding and database work. Now I have to decide how I am going to approach this new project. Should I write out all the web pages myself as templates and cut and paste the old content into that? If so do I use the old HTML/XHTML 4 or do I learn the new HTML 5 and use that?

Aside from coding my own HTML, I can use a Content Management System (CMS). Evidently, there are 3 leading choices – Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal. I have some experience with WordPress, so if I go in this direction, that is probably what I shall choose.