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In search of websites who use WordPress for more than a weblog (34 posts)

  1. Sooz
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've almost convinced a conference to use WordPress for their website. Their website will possibly have a blog but there is a lot of other content beyond that (of course) for hotel information, speakers/panels, registration, Boston tidbits, etc. I’m looking for websites that use WordPress for more than just a blog. And I’d love to know about conferences that use WordPress, too.

    If you know of websites (in general) and/or conferences (in particular) that use WordPress to manage content on their website beyond just a blog, I'd love to see the URLs.

    Thanks!

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can offer this:
    User:Matt/Famous_Blogs

  3. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey Sooz -

    Sorry, haven't been able to make it to the blogger meetup yet.. hope to at some point.

    WordPress at its core is a CMS (that is, it manages content... not that it is *nuke). With Pages, you can easily make a tuned, online-editable site, and add some plugins to get more customized stuff. It's really just a starting point. The main content you talk of is just that, content.

    The trickier things like Registration might want a customized php page to handle that, given the complexities that might arise (and especially if it's a paid conference!).

    I've used WP for my main site (CHAITGEAR) for two years, and more recently used just pages (no posts) for my wedding-info site (which I've kept private, but had pages for various information, plugins to organize the site design around Pages as the base navigation, one page as a 'guestbook', and I've since added a post-wedding photos/slideshow flash control embedded in a Page as well...).

    WP becomes a mechanism to ease certain things, plus a big bonus if you want a blog integrated anyway. But, it's a means to an end -- of which there are many in PHP. ;)

    -d

  4. Sooz
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks David and MichaelH for the info!

    MichaelH: that list you noted seems to be mostly blogs. I would love to see websites that are more than blogs who use WordPress to power their entire website. I mentioned registration but that wouldn't have to be handled by the WP website directly.

  5. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Googling for wordpress+cms returned some interesting stuff!

    Good luck.

  6. berkano
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use WordPress both for blogging and as an easy-to-use CMS.

    Here's a nice topical one for ya: http://www.easychristmas.org.uk/

    Also I have created a wedding website: http://www.weddingcountdown.co.uk/

    A guide to emigrating to New Zealand: http://www.emigratenz.co.uk/

    Playstation 3 News: http://www.ps3info.co.uk/

    Cheers,
    Shaun

  7. Sooz
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    MichaelH: Thanks for the reminder to use Google. I was going to check that out but was hoping to get direct recommendations from people. I did find this doing a Google search for "WordPress +CMS" which looks interesting! It's a WP plugin to add additional CMS functionality to WordPress.

    http://devcorner.georgievi.net/wp-plugins/baocms/

  8. jaredquinn
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    WordPress powers everything at http://jaredquinn.info

  9. Joni
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It powers my web design site: http://webjones.org
    And our car club web site: http://zclubofhouston.com

    Tne latter, especially, I don't consider to be a blog.

  10. stopthepress
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    A not too bloggy blog: http://www.cartapacio.com

  11. UserFriendly
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  12. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    I just put this site together for someone so they could edit and add pages/content easily enough. The e-commerce is handled by cube cart, as it was easiest to integrate with the design, and I couldn't get either of the two WP oriented options to work.

    http://www.yesterdazevintage.com

  13. Johnny2001
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just adding my site to the list.

    http://johnhorneguitar.com

    Is all static pages execpt for the front page which has timely updates and reminders as well as some general blogging.

  14. Teli
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use WordPress for my main design website at TeliDesign.

    I've also set it up for a few clients as their main CMS - most notable are Actors Info Booth (mental note, I need to update that site), and Step by Step Fundraising.

    Good luck convincing your conference :)

  15. cwolverton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use WordPress to drive my entire lab/teaching site:

    http://wolverton.owu.edu/lab/

    Much of the content is page-driven, and I'm using the Static Front Page plugin up front. The only "blogish" content is in my 'Thoughts' category. It's so flexible and malleable, I love it.

  16. romme
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've used WordPress for a couple of sites so far:

    http://www.brandbuilder.dk

    http://www.siscon.dk

  17. jpmcc
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've just migrated the local Community Council http://www.balerno-communitycouncil.org.uk from phpWebSite (a 'real' CMS) to WordPress 2.0.

    As I've posted in my blog:

    Congratulations to the WordPress crew for creating a powerful, friendly, and extensible piece of software. It’s a real tribute to the team that they set out to create a package for bloggers, and I’ve used it successfully as a replacement for a fully-fledged content management system.

    Happy New Year, many thanks, and keep up the good work.

    http://jpmcc.blogdns.org/index.php/2006/01/02/so-that-was-christmas/

    John

  18. likoma
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sooz,

    Thanks for asking this question, it's becoming more and more relevant.

    Most of the sites I build use WordPress (I've done some in Drupal and oldies in MovableType, but WP keeps getting better and better and more and more powerful) and for every site, WordPress does the entire site--although some involve other software (e.g. Gallery2).

    That said, I'm getting more and more requests for e-commerce capability and while I'm in the middle of trying out what looks like a great plug-in for PayPal and a limited number of e-commerce solutions, I just need something that works. Ideally, I'd like it work with WP as I'm just plain in love with WP !

    While I'm on the wishlist topic, I currently use Drupal for a group/member site and the only reason I haven't yet switched it WP is because of the Drupal feature that allows one user (member) to email one, some (groups), or all other members.

    I'll keep my on this topic for any other comments people may have. Also, thanks for posting your updates to this topic, they're helpful.

    Best regards,

    - Bradley

  19. Michael Clark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm running WP on both Christmas Music 24/7 and ShowBizRadio. ShowBizRadio has over 1000 pages, and around 50 posts.

  20. Lester Chan
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    http://www.lesterchan.net

    I use WP to integrate into the layout, I added a custom gallery and downloads manager to wordpress backend.

  21. ercatli
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This question interests me also. I would like to know two things please:

    1. Why someone would want to use WP if they didn't want to have significant input for comments? (I'm not suggesting they shouldn't, only I'd like to better understand why they would.)

    2. If you wanted to have a non-blog website with more or less static content, but encourage comment and discussion, (a) I presume you would use WP Pages, but can you add a facility for comments to Pages? and (b) would this be better than using forum software rather than blogging software?

    Thanks

  22. green_lemon
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  23. ladydelaluna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Here's another for you: http://www.anubismarketing.com

    I'm constantly playing with WP to create complete sites, and have convinced several of my clients to do the same.

  24. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    ercatli -
    1) For ease of entering the pages. MAkes it easier to manage the pages/postings.
    2) a) Yes you can. Simply include the comments code in the page.php file.
    2) b) The difference is in who can start threads. Using something like WP means that the site owner is the one in charge of starting "threads". With forum software, any registered user of the site can start threads. In some cases that may not be desireable,

    -tg

  25. lisavollrath
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm an artist and designer using WordPress at LisaVollrath.com with my business site at Ten Two Studios.

  26. jabash
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I hope this isn't too off-topic but I isn't anyone using wordpress required to acknowledge that on the website. Isn't that part of the cc license. Isn't the same true for styles. Is there a site for users to register their site. I created my site through an auto install at my host company. Does wordpress.org get notified of that.

  27. 4craig
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm using wordpress to put together a site for a local yoga studio: http://www.justbreatheyogastudio.com

    My friend got me interested in using WordPress for a more or less static site due to many of the features it provides. The big helper is the integration of themes that allows a quick and easy way to change the look and feel of the pages.

    Also, I plan on having the company use wordpress to post upcoming events without me having to change pages for them.

  28. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    @jabash
    1. No.
    2. WP is released under GPL, not CC. (read the licence text you got in the download!)
    3. It depends on under what licence those themes were released. (notice: themes, not styles!).
    4. No, there isn't (site for registration).
    5. WP doesn't get notified about your install.

  29. gillico
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    We've created a site for Christine Troy, Immigration Attorney, which uses WP to manage and categorize articles about legal information relevant to her practice.

  30. Shelby DeNike
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use it for my hosting/design blog (http://878studios.com)

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