Using WordPress as a Content Management System – External Article

When creating a website, most people do not consider WordPress (or other blogging platforms) to be of use other than as a blogging platform. Blogging is still considered as a niche activity, not suitable for larger sites, or general purpose commercial sites. However, if the newer WordPress installations are considered, they are very close to what a modern Content Management System can achieve, and are much more easier to maintain. Here is an article from Devlounge.net that explains how this is possible, and how to go around doing it; now you can be free of the more complex Drupal / php-nuke, and numerous other free and commercial Content Management Systems.

I know, because I’ve installed and used WordPress as a content management system (CMS) for several clients the last year or so, and have had no complains yet. In general, using WordPress as the CMS just means that you’ll design a theme as you would for a WordPress powered blog.
Basically, you’ll use Pages for static content, just as you would on a blog, with the difference that Pages are your core content on the site, rather than posts, which is the core of any blog. This means that you’ll have to consider the Page hierarchy and presentation, possibly providing Page templates to control the layout a bit.

This article takes a good look at the overall situation, first trying to estimate the need that a person would have for a CMS, and then essentially concluding that if you are comfortable with a blogging platform such as WordPress, and your site is not very complicated, then you are better off using WordPress along with a greater use of pages for your purposes rather than go for a more complex CMS.
In addition, there are many many themes and plugins available for WordPress that in turn allow you to customise book the look as well as the features available. In the end, the article has a checklist for whether you can use WordPress as a CMS. Going by the comments, this was a well received article.

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