I have examples of three different techniques that I have used for creating web sites.
The politics link on my website takes you to my politics blog that uses Wordpress.
I have my experimental website using Drupal 6. http://www.ssgreenberg.name/Drupal/Drupal/
the last example is the Friends of The Joshua Hyde Public Library on which I have used Drupal 7
I did a much more complex web site in Drupal 6 for a Square dance club, but that site is no longer available.
I'll be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each technique.
The software at the bottom of these pages that keep track of and displays the info about how many reads and readers there are for each page was also written by me and uses a MySQL database to keep the data that drives the display of information.