It’s been awhile since I used a web CMS. Launching a personal website using a “builder” tool used to be a sign of weakness. Now with WordPress and all the killer plug-ins, you’d be crazy to hand-stitch a site.
If you’re building interactive web apps, not just marketing sites, you’ll need more than WordPress. I’ve gotten into Google App Engine, Cloud SQL, and Django as tools of choice. The GAE stack has been solid the last 12 months building and launching PowerWeek.com.
GAE isn’t the cheapest, but the value is just right — big time stability and scalability, real developer productivity, and no system engineering required. All for just a small premium over roll-your-own hosting like AWS.