I'm currently working on a new Drupal 7 site, which will be used as a data collection and reporting site. After much research / trial and error / etc, I've decided to bring this question to this forum, and am sincerely hoping that it won't be thrown out as being "too generic."
I've created a Content Type, which consists of roughly 25 fields, and am wondering what the best approach for having users populate that content would be? Out of the box (even using Manage Display) the form itself still resembles nothing that I'd actually want to present to the users. And, it seems a bit insane to alter the form using one of the hook_form_alter flavors, because the code involved seems way overkill just to hack the form into looking/acting like I intend it to. I've also spent a bit of time with the Webform module, which is ok, but there's still quite a bit of customizing that needs to be done in order to have the form look/act like I intend it to, and there seems to be mixed reviews on that module in general (no offense to anyone!). Same goes for using the Form API...lots and lots of code just to come up with a basic form to collect data.
Thanks in advance! cmmsites