WordPress as a CMS?
This is something that’s been tantalizingly close for some time… and now it’s happened! Today we acknowledge that, with version 3.0, WordPress has pulled itself out of the ‘blogosphere’ and into the realms of bona fide website content management.
It’s always been a great, easy-to-install and easy-to-manipulate platform for content publishing, but with some of the new developments, especially around custom content types, it’s now a real contender when we put together company brochure sites, community websites and shops.
WordPress has a great search engine friendly core which can be enhanced via a number of easy-to-install plugins. It gives you control over all meta data on the page and most importantly the main meta title.
All of the WordPress generated code is in full compliance with the standards of the W3C. This has it’s obvious advantages when considering cross browser compatibility and it is also forward compatible when it comes to future technology and not forgetting SEO benefits.
Content creation and editing
With the advent of the new custom content types WordPress is no longer constrained to posts and pages. We’ve created sites with multiple content types such as products, properties, testimonials, case studies and more. This gives the user the ability to easily identify the content they need to add and even better – use a tailored interface which prompts each part of the content which is required.
Of course at its base is the familiar content editing interface which has made WordPress the most successful open source content editing system around – so writing news and blog content on your site is simply a given.
Integrated with WordPress 3.0 is the ability to publish multiple sites from the one install. This feature makes managing a number of websites simple and opens up WordPress for even more extensive multi-lingual and localised support. This feature used to be a separate version of WordPress but it’s now part of the standard version which ultimately means that with a small amount of effort WordPress is able to cope with multiple sites – even if it’s only been used for a single site before.
All in all – for sites which need to constantly manage content – be it products, news or a simple page – then we reckon WordPress is hot on the heals of most Content Management Systems available at the moment. Oh and did we mention that there’s no license fee…