WordPress for content management

So, recently I came across some subjects on this topic and it struck a chord. After all, a lot of the time what I want is just to knock up a simple site quickly that doesn’t have too many bells and whistles and only has me editing it.

I’m not going into the basics of what a blog is or my particular preference is WordPress (OK, it’s because it’s PHP-based and a damned sight easier to implement and tweak than Movable Type), but rather why WordPress can work well as a CMS.

Why?

  • Quick and easy to setup
  • Flexible template editor great for creating designs
  • There should be more date-based documents on the web! (so you know what information is up to date)
  • All content available in RSS format
  • The ability to add comments – particularly for articles/FAQ
  • No worries about how you implement a blog – it’s already there

Why not?

  • No workflow
  • No ability for content versioning with multiple authors
  • Localization not easy to implement
  • (There could be a few more of these but I’d probably need coffee to tease them out)

So if you’re not too precious about the ‘why nots’ then check these out:

PHPit.net

A two-part series that goes into the basics of setting this up. Great thing here is that you can see a living breathing example on the site itself. Also starts with a brief intro into how the WordPress plugin system works in a slightly more digestable format than the WordPress Codex.

Part 1 | Part 2

ONLamp

Nice and straightforward here: just make a few tweaks to the index.php file and create a WordPress Page that acts as your site homepage.

From weblog to CMS

BloggingPro

Some more of those reasons why, although for me the best thing was the link to BlogHelper

5 reasons to use WordPress as a CMS

BlogHelper

A full breakdown of all kinds of different sites you can make with WordPress. I never knew these kind of people existed.

Using WordPress as a CMS

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