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  • Per category privilege = WP as a portal CMS
    One thing would make WP finally a good candidate for people wanting to use it as a collaborative & community CMS : adding per category privilege.

    What’s a collaborative & community site ? It’s like a short news page, a lengthier articles page, member columns, a forum.
    Now imagine you have a wordpress powered site (shouldnt be hard to imagine 🙂 and you create 4 main categories : News, Articles, Columns, Forum, and subcategories if desired.
    Now create the following privilege : say Level 9 (site admins) can post in “News”, Level 8 (site helpers) can post in “Articles”, Level 3 (trusted users) can write in Columns, and Level 0 (anybody registered) can post in Forums.

    Now it’s just a matter of rather easy php & sql coding to arrange an index.php that shows news, that lists last “Forums” threads and so on just as any *nuke or portal ware.

    Any comments on this ?

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  • The question, though, is whether WP is just a weblog tool, or a portal CMS. I think it serves better as a weblog.
    That said, there is no one stopping the development of the features you suggest.

    In my opinion, the point is : yes, WP is a blog, not a “portal cms”. But where WP is easy to customize to suit your needs, most portal are hell of a php mayhem you just cant mess with. Not even considering cool features WP has that most (all ?) portal don’t have (fancy urls instead of page.php?action=articles&show=yes&where=here, multi category posts, easy on the SQL server etc….)
    That’s probably why so many people in these forums are always asking stuff about WP as a CMS 🙂

    Completely agree, ozh.

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