I am wholeheartedly sold on WordPress. It’s free, intuitive, and easy to install. I experimented with Joomla for an hour or two, and although I am willing to believe it is more versatile, I ended up frustrated with the experience. My personal installation did not work on my hosted server, and the installation tech support provided for me had all of the “example” files intact. I found it overwhelming. I couldn’t even figure out how to change the front page title/logo. So I deleted it all, jumped head-first into the WordPress framework, and have never looked back.
I also spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the vast array of free themes available for WordPress. I finally settled on “Suffusion”. I like the look and feel of it right out of the box, and it has an extensive set of powerful customizations available. I am impressed that Suffusion’s author — Sayontan Sinha — has created such a wonderful creation in his free time. Not to mention all of the effort he puts into providing support over on his website. He deserves a lot of credit.