For quite some time now, I have been utilising the WordPress system as a CMS or content management system for a number of clients in order to manage the content on their websites by themselves. Although there are many platforms – open-source included – on the market that do more than WordPress, there are a number of things that make WordPress a clear winner in my opinion. To make a summary of this, I’ll list them in bullet form:
- Ease of use – looks just like any other blog backend
- Familiarity – due to the free WordPress.com offering
- Flexibility – built on PHP so easily extendible for almost any type of use
- Community – WordPress is arguably the largest scale project in the open-source CMS arena with a huge amount of support
- Plugins – leading on from the last point, there are also an enormous amount of plugins to enable quick and easy site expansion
The last point is really important as this ease of expandability is what creates the framework to allow WordPress to become a true platform and not just another user-installable blog.
So what kind of sites can be built in WordPress? The truth is, there isn’t really a limit to what can be built; its only limitation is with the developer that is using it. Between static pages and looping posts, WordPress really does have everything covered.
E-Commerce is easy with plenty of integration with popular shopping cart options and even full-on e-commerce platforms that have realised that their clients want to use WordPress to manage content. Audio and video integration also have a plethora of options including various Flash player options and YouTube and Vimeo integration. I have even used a plugin that allows basic video editing from right inside the player itself. Social media plugins aplenty can be found, which allows fairly complex API integration with many of the top social media platforms in just a few clicks.
The best part of all though, is the way in which the data is organised. It’s so search engine friendly; Google loves sites built on WordPress. After installing just a few helper SEO plugins and a little online marketing, Google will pick the site up in a matter of days (if that long).
If you have been questioning the ability of WordPress as a capable CMS and have been contemplating Drupal, ModX, Joomla et al, then you really should take some time out and look at what WordPress has to offer. I have yet to hear any real complaints.
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