First of all i am not sure if this is in the correct section, but heres hoping. I did try searching but didnt find any other posts that explained things in detail.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, i have been asked to redesign a small portal site for a non-profit organization. The basic idea seems to be having a few different categories, and updating articles, announcements etc. semi-regularly. I assumed a blog type format would be best for that, and wordpress in particular because of its category settings.
Now, this is the fun part.
Is there any way to adequately change wordpress in to a small CMS? That handles files to be downloaded, membership in order to post comments (as well as for using to contact the members etc.) Plus the more normal procedures we all know.
I am assuming that the Theme can easily be changed and getting wordpress to display the latest posts (or excerpts of them anyway) from various categories alone in different areas of the homepage would be possible with some slight tweeking? I dont know if it is just the way i set things up, but it doesnt seem to like posting images as part of the excerpt (?) Thats would be a disadvantage in this case... anyone know if its just an error on my part or a limitation of the software itself?
Sorry for rambling - but i have looked online as well as the forums and never seen an adequate article or thread discussing exactly how to use wordpress to create a full-blown site instead of a blog. Does anyone know of any such resources?