Zelda Universe, the internet’s biggest Zelda fansite, relaunched just over a month ago with a brand new layout and all-new content. But a lot of people don’t realize that the backend was moved from Joomla! to WordPress.
I’m a huge WordPress fanatic and use it for most of my sites, with the exception of Zelda Wiki.org, which uses MediaWiki. So, as soon as I stepped into control of ZU, I said: Man, this place needs some WordPress love (not that I just randomly stepped in and took the place over – I’d been an avid user, staff member and webmaster for four years).
It took a good while to figure out how to get WordPress to behave as a serious content management system, but I think it’s been pulled off rather well. There’s a slew of plugins; if WordPress wasn’t as wonderfully extensible as it is, this whole project might not have worked. We even wrote our own custom plugins for some parts of the site.
I waited a month to show this off because we launched initially with a bunch of bugs and issues (the current forum template is actually being redone because there are so many bugs). A good amount of those have been weeded out… and now it’s something, I think, to be proud of. A gigantic non-blog site being run entirely by WordPress – I really, really had in mind the goal of showing off what WordPress can really do when put to work. The project, from start to finish, took ten months with a professional designer and a gracious coder, and a whole bunch of will power and work ethic.
So… what do you think?
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