WordPress isn’t just for blogging!

8 October 2018

When you think of WordPress most people will think of blogging. After all, it is the world’s most popular free open source blogging site. However it’s not just for blogging, it can do so much more. Allow us to explain…

WordPress Featuring…Open Source CMS

CMS stands for content management solution, and this is basically a fancy way to say a computer program where you can publish, edit, change content, as well as modify the what the visitor will see.

This means that WordPress can run websites. The advantage? You can have a web directory with word press RSS, comments, pingback, plugin and theme features are already there – because WordPress runs your whole site. You can have a blog implemented into a subsection of your site without having to install WordPress separately.

There are many things you can do with WordPress but here are what we feel are the most significant.

So what can be done with WordPress?

E-Commerce Sites

WordPress can be used to create eCommerce websites. There are plugins available that allow you to sell items using Paypal, such as ArtPal Plugin, Donation Accept Plugin and eShop Plugin. If you want a simple shopping cart to sell things on your blog and accept payments either on PayPal or Google checkout, the Fat Free Cart is another plugin available.

As well as the basic plugins there are many complex features that WordPress supports. For example, your eCommerce site can link to your social media networks, providing more selling opportunities like Instagram’s shoppable posts or Facebook’s shopping ads

Classifieds and Job Listings

Local sites may want to start a classifieds or job listing site. WordPress has the answer. A plugin called Classifieds WordPress Plugin, which includes features such as post dates, view counts and submit forms. The website users are also able to submit job adverts without having to create an account as all spam is controlled by captcha.

Discussion Forum

A discussion forum can prove to be a fantastic source of content and many people don’t know that you can build an entire forum in WordPress. There are plugins available from WordPress for forums which can be installed, but the advantage of building the forum in WP itself means that everything is already there and ready to use, no messing around.

An Image Gallery

Are you a budding photographer? Or perhaps just need to display a lot of images online WordPress can offer you some great plugins for displaying and showcasing images.

The NextGen Gallery is one particularly good plugin from WP which is great for photo management. You can manage thousands of pictures, and categorised galleries, giving you complete control over how they are displayed.

These are just some things that you can do with WordPress.

Remember WordPress isn’t just for blogging

If you want to discuss the application of WordPress and how you can make them work for your site why not give us a call today.