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Can WordPress Do This Type of Site? (2 posts)

  1. triphp
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's been 6 years since the last time I've used WordPress and I think I'll be coming back to use it again. So I would like to ask for assistance if WordPress is the right CMS to build my next site.

    ===== SITE STRUCTURE =====
    My "future" site will have at least 5 Sections/Channels, namely: Entertainment, Business, Home & Lifestyle, Technology and Blog. And these Channels will be the main navigation + Home.

    Each channel should have it's own categories. Let's say we're on "Entertainment" Channel (or page?), then the sidebar should display categories that belong to "Entertainment", i.e.:
    ++ MOVIES
    ------ Adventure
    ------ Comedy
    ---------- Slapstick
    ---------- Anarchic
    ------ Action
    ------ Animation
    ------ Romance
    ++ MUSIC
    ------ Rock
    ------ Pop
    ------ New Wave
    ++ GAMING
    ------ Arcade
    ------ Racing
    ------ Role Playing
    ++ SHOWBIZ
    ------ HollyWood
    ------ BollyWood

    Similarly, when we go to Business, Technology, etc. Channel, it should also display its own categories. The Blog Channel should also have its own categories too.

    ===== HOME CONTENT =====
    When in the homepage, it should display latest post from the Channels, i.e.
    -- Latest 5 Entertainment Post
    -- Latest 5 Business Post
    -- Latest 5 Technology Post
    -- Latest 5 Blog Post

    ===== USERS =====
    Visitors to my site should be able to register. Once registered, he may able to modify his profile in the front-end, not in Admin-like interface. The site administrator should also be able to define custom profile fields. Users may also be able to view a list of registered users.

    ===== USER SUBMISSION =====
    Anonymous or registered users should be able to submit posts to the site in the front-end. On a submission form, they should be able to select what Channel, which categories, description, image field and other custom fields. The submitted posts by the users should be default to "Draft" and will only become published when an administrator do so.

    ===== DESIGN PER CHANNEL =====
    Each Channel should have at least a little difference when it comes to it's look and feel. For example, in Entertainment Channel I want the background to be pink and blue on Technology channel.

    ===== QUESTIONS =====

    1. Are all of those possible with WordPress?
    2. If #1 is yes, what are the plugins (free or paid) needed to achieve it?
    3. How hard is it to make for a non-programmer like me? I only knew a little about HTML.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. michael.mariart
    Posted 3 years ago #

    1. Are all of those possible with WordPress?

    Yes. I've done a couple of sites that are in very different industries, but what you've said there is not that hard to do when you have a decent knowledge of development.

    2. If #1 is yes, what are the plugins (free or paid) needed to achieve it?

    With a specification list that's really this detailed it's going to be ahrd to find pre-written plugins or themes that are going to do what you want them to do. If you're happy for things to be 80-90% right you will find a lot of plugins that can help, but if you want it to do what you want then you'll most likely have to do some hard-core programming work yourself.

    3. How hard is it to make for a non-programmer like me? I only knew about HTML

    That depends on how much work you're willing to put into learning PHP and the WordPress system. It will take a while, but you'll find that when you understand it, you'll be able to do what you want to do with it.

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