When people hear WordPress, they immediately think of a blog. WordPress is not just a blog, it’s a full-fledged Content Management System (CMS) and you can use it as your platform to launch pretty much any website you might need. WordPress makes it easy not just for writers and magazines to quickly and easily create and publish content online, but it’s also a hell of a good candidate for real estate websites, personal portfolios, corporate websites and even e-commerce sites. In this article, I’ll run through a short list of what type of sites you can easily build using WordPress as your CMS platform of choice.
When you have a business and need an online presence and you don’t have a developed IT department (or hey, no departments at all), then WordPress is an ideal choice for your business. You don’t need any coding experience, you just install WordPress (most hosting companies will offer a one-click installation for you), choose a theme for your design and add your content.
Obviously, WordPress excels at being a full-fledged CMS. No matter if you’re a writer, photographer or just someone who feels that 140 characters on Twitter is not enough to get the point across, then WordPress will do the job perfectly. Throw in a theme and start writing.
The same can be said about internal company blogs. WordPress can be a powerful tool if you want your employees to come together and share what’s happening in their lives, or an interesting article they read elsewhere, share their concerns or boast about their latest project. This is especially true for decentralised companies where most of the employees work remotely.
If you’re a web designer, fashion designer, copywriter, photographer or videographer, basically if you can call yourself an artist, then showcasing your work online couldn’t be easier than with WordPress. No coding skills are required and you can be up and running with your online portfolio in under an hour.
Real estate websites
So far, we’ve looked at a couple of options where WordPress out of the box does the job perfectly. But what if you want something more complex than a personal blog? Something like a real estate website where you, as a real-estate agent, can showcase properties and perhaps even let visitors book an appointment?
You still don’t need to look further than WordPress. There are various plugins that will let you build a full-fledged real estate website. Plugins like WP-Property or WP Real Estate will let you turn a WordPress site into a property and real estate management tool.
With WordPress, you can also easily build job boards that bring together companies and workers looking for the next gig. You can’t really do it out of the box, but don’t fret! Plugins such as WP Job Manager will let you add job-board functionality to your WordPress site. Adding, managing, categorising and searching for jobs will seem seamless to your users.
If you want to sell your products online, your first instinct might be to look for expensive solutions such as employing an IT company to develop your store for you. Or perhaps you might have heard of free e-commerce platforms such as Magento. These are both valid options, but did you know that WordPress can do this for you as well? Again, while not possible out of the box, you can use a plugin such as the powerful WP e-Commerce to turn your out-of-the-box WordPress installation into an e-commerce store that lets you sell anything online, quickly and easily. It can integrate with various payment gateways (such as Paypal or Stripe) and also connect with various shipping providers like FedEx.Don’t ask what you can build using #Wordpress. Think of whether you can build your website using it. Click To Tweet
There are various other examples, such as wikis, forums or social networks as well. However, don’t ask what sites you can build using WordPress. Try instead to think of whether you can build your website using it. What features do you need? Do you need to easily edit content without needing to know how to code? Are you regularly adding new content in? Are you relying on media attachments for your content, such as photos or videos? If the answer is yes, then WordPress might be a very good fit for you.
WordPress is very versatile and thanks to its well-developed plugin ecosystem, you can easily rely on it to build anything from personal blogs to e-commerce sites and job boards. For super-simple websites however, where you barely update content, you don’t need fancy media uploads or don’t need any fancy plugins to do this or that, WordPress is certainly an overkill. As usual, everything starts with your needs.