Is WordPress Just for Blogging?

by | Jan 6, 2015 | Uncategorized

As ol’ WordPress is what we use to build out the majority of our client websites, this is a question we get asked a bit. Considering it powers about 60 Million sites, our clients have often heard of it and most likely in context of a mate who used it to set up a blog. So the question is totally fair. “Isn’t WordPress just a blogging platform?”

In short, no.

In longer, let’s have a look.

Origins

WordPress started its days in 2003 as an Open Source CMS (Content Management System) specifically for blogging. The thing is, a LOT of people loved it and the nature of open source meant people jumped on board to make it better. It got better, and it got bigger. 11 years later, it still is an amazing platform for blogging but it can do a whole lot more.

 

What WordPress Isn’t

It’s not what your visitors see. WordPress is what runs the ‘backend’ of your website. Think of it as the backstage area to a broadway show. The audience don’t see it, but it’s where all the parts that are seen are prepared, organised and sent out on stage. The part that is seen by your visitors, in terms of style and layout, is handled by what is called a WordPress Theme.

 

More than blogging

Like I said, you can still blog with WordPress. In fact, many, if not most sites, running on WordPress utilise its blogging abilities as a key function of the website. However, what WordPress can do beyond that is pretty cool. A large reason for this coolness is because of what can be achieved through WordPress Plugins. Plugins justify in themselves a whole realm of development. Some of the most popular functionality that can be added to a WordPress site through plugins include things like….

  • Forums
  • Social network style features
  • Ecommerce & Web Stores
  • Sharing
  • Commenting
  • Analytics & Stats
  • Security
  • SEO
  • Forms
  • Advertising
  • Photo & Video Galleries
  • Memberships
  • Polls

And that’s just the popular stuff. There are some off-the-wall plugins around that provide some pretty unique functionality. In a nutshell, with the help of a good plugin developer, you can create most any type of functionality for your WordPress site.

This does sound like I’m blowing the WordPress trumpet a lot, but it is an amazing modern platform. It of course has its limitations and will never be suitable for 100% of websites, but as the number of sites using WordPress show, it ticks a lot of boxes.

Do you have any questions about the ability of WordPress to meet your website needs? Ask in the comments below or tweet me at @rob_stino.

 

 

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