Experimenting with Odoo

I've been trying out different content management systems for, gosh, probably 25 years at this point, shortly after I first started coding HTML sometime during the summer after seventh grade. I think my first website created with a website "builder" was on members.aol.com, and not too long after that I started messing around with things like Macromedia Dreamweaver, phpBB, and Slashcode. But in the early days, there was still a lot of manual coding of everything and using server side includes to stitch together a consistent theme over multiple hand-coded pages.

It was probably 2004 when the web became blog-y, and ever since then, most of the websites I've worked on have been primarily optimized for content delivery.

I've been familiar with Odoo for a number of years. It's one of the few open source business suites out there (and arguably, the only complete one) that integrates all of the tools you'd need to run a small business end-to-end.

But why use Odoo for a personal website? Isn't it overkill compared to WordPress or Ghost or a static site generator? Well, yes, it is. But I've recently started exploring Odoo for my business work. For the past couple of years, I've operated a small LLC that has primarily focused on consulting, but I'm looking to expand to some small-scale e-commerce. Overall, I find Odoo to be pretty easy to use. But the WYSIWYG editor for their website builder tool has a number of complex options, and frankly, I'm not as familiar with where to find the options I'm looking for as I'd like to be. So I thought I'd move my personal website over to Odoo to have an excuse to get more familiar with the editing interface while I'm focused on the more back-end pieces of my business sites.

Will it stick? I don't know. It's an experiment, and I might change my mind and go back to a different CMS eventually. But for now, here we are.