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Examples of WP that don't look like blogs? (143 posts)

  1. ThePopulist
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    A rather cool Blog...

    The official Blog of Monterey International Pop Festival

    http://www.monterey-pop-festival.com/

    smoke the bowl man..... *cough* *cough*

    :-)

  2. nolageek
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Is there some advantage to using WordPress in a non-blog setting that makes it worth the extra coding and what not? If so, what is that? Please explain. Thx.

    I would think there are a few reasons. WordPress is easy to use and it has an easy template engine. Have you *seen* some of the templates of the other CMS packages? Most of the other ones I've seen basically involve coding in PHP and not using template tags. I find Movable Type to be the same way... very easy to manipulate data around with the tags without becoming fluent in several programming new languages.

    This is also dependent on the second reason I think people use WordPress in these situations... they're used to it. I doubt these web designers just picked up WordPress and went hacking.. they probably had previous experience with it and decided to manipulate it to their needs and could do so quicker than say, downloading another CMS package and learning it's backend/templating from scratch.

  3. pregnancyloss
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    This is an interesting issue. I just switched to WordPress from straight HTML because I wanted to incorporate a blog into my page and since I was doing a redesign anyway, I built around WP for a structure. One of the primary reasons is the powerful spam control I get here, and spam is a huge issue for me with the bots sending me every tom, d*ck and paris hilton.

    I don't think mine looks like a blog at all.

    http://www.pregnancyloss.info

    I have enjoyed playing around with themes to get away from a strictly blog look and love the Fjords theme for that. I just wish I would allow HTML in comments for the angel memory garden, but I can't seem to find a way without unleashing comment spam or having to sort through it.

    I really enjoyed looking at the other sites listed here and getting ideas.

    Deanna

  4. shadow
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have been working on something a bit more like a magazine/newspaper, but not completely finished yet.

    Started out just for my own use, then thought I might release it halfway through and now not really sure whether to just start all over again.

    But anyway, it's a bit different than the common 2 and 3 column look.

    http://ubiquitous.os42.com

  5. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I like it, shadow!
    I'd hesitate to recommend it to newbie users... but it's very nicely done. On the other hand, for anyone that has some familiarity with basic WP features - is a great possibility.

  6. shadow
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks Moshu.

    As I say on the site itself, it's not for everybody but I think it does provide quite a bit of flexibility and a chance to get away from the usual format.

    Controlling the post sizes using the MORE tag plays an important part.

  7. pregnancyloss
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Shadow, that is awesome. Totally looks like a newspaper and the category use is amazing.

  8. jimmyinc
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I made a quick (not to mention very boring looking) website for my neighborhood township historical society:
    http://www.reilyhistory.org

  9. ladydelaluna
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    jimmyinc - that's the default Kubrick theme - nothing "non bloggy" about that.

  10. Preet
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Great post. This comes at a perfect time. I have been looking into designing a website (non-bloggy-look) but didn't have any idea where to start. I got some experience with WordPress while creating my blog, so i thought of digging in more to find can WP be used for a regular site. I enjoyed all the links. It tells me that one can use WP for non-blog-looking website. But is there any link that gives details about how to achieve that.

    Thanks.

  11. sheribear
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I tried to make mine look non-bloggie .... what do you think?

    http://pagosawebsites.com

  12. nolageek
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It looks good Sheribear, but really.. To me, any site that has content in a wide column and a menu/widgets in a another, less-wide column - looks like a blog.

  13. Rob
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    This is mine

    Although its combined with a custom coded directory script and the downloads section is powered completely by RSS Feeds, so it's not 100% wordpress, the main back end is WP.

    I tried to release the directory script as a plugin but my codings far to messy and shoddy, it may look nice from the user end, but its dastardly behind the scenes :D

    The site also doesn't follow the proper WP Theme standards, as in its not all located under wp-content/themes

  14. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

  15. pregnancyloss
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Geraldcash--yes, yours qualifies as non-blog looking!

    I am happy today because I have finally achieved enough consistent Amazon revenue to pay for all my web sites and hosting and databases. Took five freaking years to get to this level, but at least my web habit doesn't cost me money anymore.

    I will keep checking back as I'm trying to move another domain into a the non-blog look and need something different than the one I've already done. It will be my fifth WordPress site. I am so appreciative of all the theme designers out there so graciously sharing their work.

  16. Gregg Banse
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    First... thanks all for your responses and thoughtful examples.

    What is the point of using WordPress if your goal is to NOT have it look like a blog?

    Well, in my case it's a matter of the power of WP and less emphasis on the blog aspect. The site in question is for a singer/songwriter who is blog-challenged (something she's working on). My goal is to get her up and running with a website that looks more like a traditional static HTML site but has the blog embedded within it. When she's ready to give it a go, then I can reveal the blog tools and abilities to the public.

  17. Gregg Banse
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    sdenike

    Now that's the first one I've seen that really doesn't remotely look like a blog. Nicely done.

  18. mores
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have designed a few sites lately that use WordPress as CMS without actually using the blog "function":

    http://www.smarttimes.at

    http://www.eventmanufaktur.at

    http://www.dreiviertel.at

    The reason I will continue to use WordPress as a CMS even for non-blog sites is the simplicity with which I can get things done, and also because of the extremely simple and straight-forward userinterface for my client.
    I just need to write a little instruction-manual on how to use posts/pages along with categories and tags to put content where they want it.
    smarttimes.at was the hardest I did till now, mainly because of the languages needed. I wasn't happy with the plugins that were available, so I just created de/en/fr/it pages and put the corresponding subpages in there. Then there's a manually programmed language-switch thing that took me a while to figure out.

    This one is still under construction:
    http://web380.reseller01.world4you.com
    And it's using posts as Projects, the news are (obviously) posts with a "news" category, and the rest is static Pages.

    Oh, and I love one-column layouts :)

    http://www.mores.cc

  19. Roy
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What is the point of using WordPress if your goal is to NOT have it look like a blog?

    I used to have an html website with reviews and because archiving took way too much of my time, I decided to make a database-based website. Looking around, I ran in WP and played around a little. Also I wanted to make something that doesn't look like a "blog", for the simple reason that my website isn't supposed to be one. I AM quite happy with the result, but just like with any of the examples in this thread, it is obviously a WP-page, for the simple reason that I have a sidebar, "categories", archives, etc. and especially the header and footer quickly give away the WP background. The "bloggy" things that I tried to get rid off are especially the "chronology" that WP puts out in anything (searching, archiving, overviews, etc.). So, I leave it up to you if I succeeded in making a non-blog-looking WP site (with five WP installations, here's one).

  20. Chantal Coolsma
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I am busy restyling my corporate website with WordPress. Just to handle dynamic content a little better. I did take a look at Joomla, but that is much to complicated.

    http://ict4smb.nl/wordpress/

  21. betsyk
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Here's one from me:

    http://www.headwatersconsult.com

    I discuss some design aspects about this site in my blog:

    http://www.umaitech.com/cms/?p=24

    Reasons to use WordPress as a CMS:

    1) Most CMS applications offer much more functionality than WordPress, but the trade-off is greater complexity. WP offers a balanced option with a super easy administrative interface. It wouldn't be suitable for large, multi-author sites. But for a small business, it seems nearly perfect.

    2) WP is lightweight and it installs on standard shared hosting accounts. No dedicated servers or high-end hosting accounts needed.

    3) As a front-end developer who's comfortable with some PHP, WP offers a world of options. The only limitation is my own creativity and time!

  22. markdw
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have been convinced that WordPress can be used for a Content Management System rather than using it as a 'normal' blog and I was right. Over the last couple of weeks I have designed a couple of sites with WordPress that are not blogs. My photographs site at:

    http://www.photos.markdw.co.uk

    This uses WordPress in order to generate the pages as well as the navigation bars. The main one is regular pages and the sub navigation bar is generated through child pages function. It works really well. I have also done my web design business web site in the same way. View this site here:

    http://www.webdesign.markdw.co.uk

    What do you think?

  23. drewactual
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    shooting for classic newspaper look- 3 column and all.

    the real trick was getting smf and g2 to act right.

    here

    mark: your sites look real clean and professional. good job!!

  24. gighen
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    mine rovato.org made with ZUS theme

  25. SimonJ
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Kewl!

    Ok, here is the site that I work on full time. I already was a WP fan, so when we talked about a website for the journal, I said kewl, we gonna make it with WordPress!

    It's an alternative culture newspaper in Montreal... It's in french. I don't think it looks like a classic blog...

    http://www.bangbangtemort.com

    It's not well polished yet for my taste and It was our first try. I'm working on a brand new theme now, for a better layout!

    S.

  26. leecar
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Is there a package I can acquire for setting up a blog for my two sites http://www.mortgagebestrate.co.uk and http://www.effectivebusiness.info as itg would be a good way to obtain fresh text and optimise the sites.

  27. Adam Brown
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yes leecar, it's called "wordpress," and you're here. (click "download.")

    Sorry about the sarcasm, but I can't help thinking you're just trying to get some google juice...

  28. whooami
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    my thoughts exactly, and fgs, hasn't this thread died yet. i thought there was a dedicated area for this. I must have misread.

  29. mores
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It's good to see what can be done with WordPress. Until a friend of mine showed me his totally non-blog layout of a client's WordPress site, I thought WP always had to look a certain way. That got me started, and now i pretty much do everything with WP.

    But it's strange that people take kubric and change the header and think it's not a blog anymore ...

    :)

  30. Maxaud
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    http://playforwarddesigns.com/home/

    -Based off of the BlueprintCSS framework.
    -Script.aculo.us javascript implemented on the 4 horizontal buttons.
    -Drop down menu based off of wp_list_pages, add a page and it adds it to the drop down up to 5 pages deep.
    -Custom author page based off of the GridlineLite theme by Thad Allender
    -5 widget locations, 1 sidebar, 4 across the bottom

    Still a work in progress but getting there.

    http://www.playforwarddesigns.com/dev/
    -based off of the Kubrick theme, just screwing around with it.

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