Thanks for coming on board @scottjf and share with us the awesome Pulse sites you make
And that’s completely fine @bobafifi - Pulse is sold on value and if you don’t get value out of what it offers like what @instacks said:
Pulse is self-contained. You don’t need any additional software to build websites. Of course, it contains also a blog, and you are able to use either the inbuilt page editor, or the upcoming page builder for building your pages. You don’t need a database for it, and are able to build as many sites as you want.
Then that’s fine and it’s not for you and a free duck taped solution as you mentioned will fit your needs.
There are many options and each person has different requirements so it’s probably best to let people decide for themselves by presenting all the options and helping them look at it from their project needs