I have been donating my time (and frustrations) plus a subdomain, to a small group of people with some good ideas. After getting a Joomla-based website set up for them, I got anguished mail message from them as they attempted the long hike up the Joomla learning curve. One suggested that a drag-and-drop interface was essential. I said that if so, then Web Easy Professional, at about $45 US is probably the right thing. I hope so. Anyway, my reservations about commercial non-open-source software remain, not because the commercial software isn’t worth the price, but because tying your website maintainance to some business worries me.
I think there is always a trade-off between ease-use-and power. There doesn’t have to be, but that’s the way it is, so far. The people who want drag-and-drop functionality, for example, will be able to make pretty pages easily, but will probably have to design each page so that it is pretty, being forced to work on appearance instead of content. But in the end, content is everything. An ugly page might scare off a visitor, but few will visit and pay attention if the content isn’t there and isn’t useful.
I will have to be a bit careful about what I do and especially what I recommend. But I am not too concerned, my focus has to be content too.