I truly do covet any advice that can be given on this topic. I initially wanted to start a site on the WordPress platform, but I've been hearing a lot of negative about WordPress. http://wpvsblogger.com/php-vs-wordpress/
However, I read various articles and some people recommend starting with WordPress (mostly WP users.) I understand it is hard to ask this type of question without biases getting in the way, but what are the benefits of a custom PHP site. I don't need much, but I love trial and error and I believe I can benefit from building a site on my own. Is WordPress crap or not? Once again thanks for any info you can provide me with.