WordPress is not just for Blogs

When I say WordPress, do you say blog? If you do, don’t worry, you are not alone. But you aren’t completely correct.

From Wikipedia.org:

>It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg[1] and Mike Little[8] as a fork of b2/cafelog.

That’s about when I started using WordPress for this blog you are reading right now. I liked it so much, I moved all of my blogs to the WordPress platform and haven’t looked back. There did come a time when I wanted more from it, as did many others.

Tweaking started. Hacks and plugins to add the ability to have pages, to have WP site open to a page that didn’t contain blog posts. To be able to use it as a full blown content management system. The core group of WP developers noticed this and started building the functionality into WordPress, taking it from a basic blogging platform and turning it into a full blown CMS. And it was pretty damned awesome.

If you take a look at my Portfolio, you’ll see a bunch of sites that aren’t primarily blogs. In fact, most of them don’t even use a ‘blog’, yet they are still all powered by WordPress.

I have used WordPress to power sites that are much more than blogs. Online shops, photography portfolios, podcasts, B2B businesses and even club sites, complete with membership join form! And, just for good measure, a few blogs too.

Don’t think of WordPress as a blogging platform. Think of it as a way to easily manage your website. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can use WordPress. It is just that simple. If you don’t believe me, head over to WordPress.com to start your own **free** site. You don’t need to know HTML or any other crazy programming language. You need to know how to click a mouse and type.

It’s about as confusing to use as Microsoft Word as I have mentioned above. Or as easy, depending on your thoughts about Word. If you lived through ‘the ribbon’, the WP would be a snap for you! And, when it’s not, that is when you call guys like me to help you out. We are here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Or, you can do it yourself with the extensive community of the WordPress support forums and the Codex, sort of a Wikipedia for WordPress.

It’s for more than blogs. If you want more information, contact me with your question and I’ll help you out!

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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