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WordPress CMS

WordPress CMS at keywords.oxus.net … March 8, 2007

“I’ve recently gotten very good at using WordPress to power static websites. The reason being that recent changes to WordPress have made it really easy to do so. Most people think of WorPress as a blogging platform, and that is what it is setup to do out of the box. However, a few minor adjustments and you can hide the blog completely, or move it so that it isn’t the first thing you see when you visit the site. Used in this way WordPress becomes more than a blog; it becomes a CMS or Content Management System.
First, why would you want to use WordPress if you aren’t running a blog? For lots of reasons. In minutes you will be running a fully functional website which conforms to web standard …”

Bits and Pieces Today

  • First off, “More Than Blogging Software « WordPress Publisher Blog
    from Lloyd Budd’s “Publishers Blog” at Automattic.com, about “WordPress being used as more than blogging software”. A nice selection including Raj Dash’s “48 Unique Ways To Use WordPress” at Performancing.com.
  • Joost de Valk’s contact form plugin … provides a nice little reader feedback form
  • Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator plugin, “generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap”. Maybe not mission-critical, but this deserves to be on the ToDo list.
  • In the news department: Matt announces that Andy Peatling has joined Automattic and the company is now backing Andy’s project, BuddyPress
  • Future WP as CMS? Today: WordPress as Forum

    *Yes, I know, WP is being used as CMS in lotsa places … just my way of making a good headline.*

    From thedeadone.net: “Use WordPress as a Forum” (powered by TDOMiniForms)

    “It works by treating Categories as Forums and treating Posts with omments as Topics. I’ve also built in a number of features to the theme:
    * Lists Posts by date of last comment (instead of published date) (included as a page template)
    * Unread topics are highlighted and can be used to filter posts list (included as a page template)
    * A hierarchical Forum list (included as a page template)
    * AJAX Comment Preview (can be turned off)
    * Comment QuickTags (can be turned off)
    * Forum-looking Layout
    * Pages and Categories can be used as Tabs (configurable)
    * RSS 2.0 Feed of forum posts (can optionally be included in the theme or replace the main post RSS feed link)

    WP as CMS – posting without chronological order

    aStickyPostOrderER : Plugin To Change WordPress Post Order (at WordPress Plugins):

    “lets you customize the order in which posts are displayed per category, per tag, or over-all, in WordPress 2.3+ blog. Now with category or tag based meta-stickiness!”
    Background – I created this plugin to solve the cahallenge posed by non-trivial ordering of posts when using WordPress as a Content Management System(C.M.S.) at David Krut Publishing.
    There we use a single WordPress install to run both the news and blog sections as well as a bookshop catalog – for news items the default reverse chronological order is perfect but in the case of books there are issues other than date of uploading to the site that should determine the prominence the particular ‘post’ about a book is given on the site. This plugin allows manulally configuring the order posts appear in when viewing a specific category – with ordered posts apearing first followed by the rest in their usual order without braking the default WordPress pagination.”

    An example site (from the WP-Hackers mail list) is http://www.springsresorts.com.au/

    WP Admin UI Beautification: Broken Kode “Shuttle”

    As GoodThings2Life wrote in his comment on “WordPress 2.5 Demo Site” at WebToolsCollection.com:

    “OK, for those of you who can’t seem to understand what a good Admin UI should look like, this is it: http://www.brokenkode.com/shuttleThe Shuttle project needs to be resurrected and implemented, and until it is, I will be sticking with a pre-2.5 build of WordPress for my site or else desperately looking for a 2.5-compatible admin theme plugin.”

    That page at Broken Kode | Shuttle carries a complete set of screenshots (mock-ups?).

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  • OpenID WP Plugin:

    “an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. Applications may use OpenID to assert ownership over a given identity url. The wpopenid plugin lets visitors to a WordPress blog quickly register, login, and leave comments using their OpenID Identity.”

  • Now this is a real zinger: greet people who come to your blog from one of the “social software” sites like Digg or StumbleUpon (I tested it; it works!) : Socialize Me
  • Redirecting a large number of posts to their new WordPress permalinks
  • Feed Footer WordPress Plugin:

    “a must-use essential WordPress plugin once again. Feed Footer is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add footers under all your blog posts in your RSS feed. With this nifty plugin, you can add copyright notices under all your Blog Posts in the RSS feed [and more]“

  • WP-Forum, WordPress plugin; see it to believe it: Forums at Fahlstad.se. Also from Fahlstad, WP-Cal, WordPress calendar plugin (runs on its own page) and fQuick, WordPress SideNotes plugin, “a plugin which enables the user to add small custom quicklinks to the sidebar. With RSS feed for easy syndication.”
  • Handyman special: Super Category (multi-blog) plugin – V 0.8, works for WordPress 2.1 only:

    “The Super Category plugin allows you to have multiple websites running off of one install and one database (one set of tables). The websites can share content if you wish it, and can have different titles, descriptions and themes. This plugin is a true plugin: there are NO HACKS and NO THEME EDITS of any kind. The plugin works with any other plugins and themes that use WordPress’ built in APIs, and features modular functions that can even make other plugins that use custom queries work also.”

  • Also of interest: ShowYourself:

    “a simple to make, easy, free and fun utility to help establish your identity across the web. Have a Flickr account and a Facebook and AIM? Combine all your profiles on the web into one attractive widget that you can put on your blog, your myspace or anywhere on the web.”

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    In the OpenID department: Social WhiteList with OpenID
    Also: “OpenID Delegate WordPress plugin will add OpenID delegation abilities to your blog, thus allowing you to sign in to various OpenID supported sites using your blog’s URL.” and “WordPress YADIS/XRDS is a WordPress plug-in to aid in delegating your OpenID to another server.”

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    First and foremost: a plugin that seems to hit the nail on the head when it comes to “taming WP WYSIWYG” (thanks to Stephen Cronin for the heads up on this):

    Raw HTML Plugin for WordPress” – “To prevent some part of your post or page from being processed and “texturized” by WordPress, wrap it in <!–start_raw–> … <!–end_raw–>” by Janis Elsts at W-Shadow.com

    By way of context: I’ve been having an on-going exchange with Stephen Cronin in his blog about WYSIWYG being over-bearing and also I’ve put together what I hope is a pretty comprehensive resource list at codex.wordpress.

    Update: the plugin’s author answered my inquiry with this:

    The plugin doesn’t “tame” the editor in any way (that’s why I say that using the visual editor is “not recommended” in my post).
    Actually, it only runs when a post is <em>displayed</em>. The plugin intercepts the content surrounded by the special tags and saves it in internal variables before WordPress can “prettify”. Then, after WP is done messing with the rest of the post, it adds back the “raw” content in the right places.
    So the visual editor is still at large


    WP-chgFontSize allows readers to change the page’s font size dynamically , storing their selection in a cookie. “It can be used as a widget or directly as a PHP call in the theme.”

    13 plugins that will make WordPress into a CMS

    WP PHP 101

    “the quickest, simplest PHP tutorial around, and the only PHP tutorial written specifically for the average WordPress user, covering only the minimal amount of PHP necessary to competently modify your themes (and maybe even to modify plugins).”

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    An editor that blows away markup and an RSS system that blows away feed data … ain’t it fun to be working with toys instead of tools? (Hint: no f’n way.)

    Looking through my backup material (including a set of OPMLs) I came across this swath of links … it’s crude to just paste, but I’m tired and a tad bummed out. (Hard to do work when high-ridden folk are trashing your stuff.)

    So, without more prelude, a slab of links.

    A list from Graphic Design Blog | “WordPress as a CMS – Content Management System”:

    • Five WordPress Enabling Plugins
      This article from Blaze Media talks you through 5 WordPress Plugins which make it easier to use WordPress as a Content Management system
    • Creating Custom Templates for WordPress
      Charity at Design adaptations gives a step by step guide to creating template pages in WordPress -
      “One of the ways I use WordPress as a CMS is by way of custom templates. The kind of pages which can be added using template files that you define are virtually limitless. Say you want to showcase your Portfolio. You might need a layout vastly different from your default pages.” Charity has several other articles about using WordPress including Configure WordPress as a CMS.
    • 5 Reasons to use WordPress as a CMS
      David Peralty at Blogging Pro shares his 5 reasons that WordPress should be used as a CMS.
    • WordPress Ecommerce Plugin
      A plugin from Instinct.co.nz which brings ecommerce to WordPress. (as mentioned above by Jennifer)
    • How to Install WordPress Locally on Windows
      J David Macor gives a step by step guide on how to get WordPress running locally on a PC, ideal if you want to test your WordPress website before releasing it publicly.
    • How to Install WordPress Locally on a Mac

      Michael Doig gives a step by step guide on how to get WordPress running locally on a Mac, again ideal if you want to test your WordPress website before releasing it publicly.

    • Using WordPress as a CMS
      Blog helper has several different articles about using WordPress as a CMS including how to use WordPress to create a portfolio site
    • The Revolution CMS Theme
      Brian Gardner has created a premium WordPress theme called Revolution – a magazine style CMS theme.
    • Another to Adaptations to WordPress to Use it as a CMS
      This article from pqdb.com gives more information about working with categories, adding a FAQ page, a contact form and making sure the whole WordPress website is searchable.
    • WordPress Sandbox Theme
      The Sandbox theme at Plaintxt.org is a very minimalistic theme ready to be styled in any way you wish. If you are looking for a fairly blank canvas to start your WordPress CMS website and know a bit about CSS it could be a place to start.
    • Customise your WordPress Login
      David at David Airey has an article on how to customise your WordPress Login page. This could be useful if you are using WordPress to build a CMS website for one of your clients and want the login page to fit in with their corporate look.
    • How to hide pages and rearrange your menu in WordPress
      Randa at Randa Clay Design discusses how she worked out how to rearrange wordpress navigation and hide elements she did not want to appear.
    • Using WordPress as a CMS
      Char at Essential Keystrokes talks you through how she made a website using WordPress as a Content Management System.
    • From Weblog to Cms
      This article by John McCreesh at Onlamp.com can show you how to create a static home page if you are using an older version of WordPress.
    • How to Create a WordPress Theme
      An article by Jonathan on how to put together a WordPress Theme from scratch.

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    An ace from Darren Hoyt: “Premium WordPress Themes and Other Concerns” … not just a truly fine over-view of “themes for $$$” but a thoughtful consideration of themes design.

    From WordPressGarage: ZDNet says WordPress not clunky, but also not CMS:

    “what struck me the most about this article was the Update at the end, where he says that he was corrected by Dennis Howlett, who pointed out that WordPress isn’t actually a CMS. This is something that I really don’t get. WordPress manages content, does it not? Then why isn’t it a CMS?”

    HackWordPress.com writes: “There are a few [plugins], however, that every WordPress blog should be using in some form. Here is my list of the top plugins all WordPress blogs should be using, in no particular order”

    A fascinating plugin utility: PlugInstaller, “a WordPress plugin-management plugin that eliminates the need to download a plugin archive, upload it to your FTP server and unpack it manually”.
    Also from Henning Roland Schaefer, his Plugin Reviews. He writes, “On this page, I am reviewing some of the most useful plugins for wordpress. If you have found a plugin you find especially useful, or if you are a plugin author who wants to “spread the word” about her new plugin, you are welcome to suggest plugins to be reviewed here.”

    Thanks to SmashingMagazine for this monster list: WordPress Plugins & Tutorials: Your Pick

    From Corry Miller: “The First 5 Essential Tweaks I Do in a WordPress Blog Installation

    [Intelligent breaks restored and corrected by cutting / pasting / running a TextPad macro / cutting / pasting *sigh*]

    Geekish:
    “Diagnostic Styling” by Eric Meyer at 24Ways.org (His self-declared “first 24Ways article”.)

    At PSDXHTML.COM we do the hard work for you when it comes to your coding needs” … woo!

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