As many of you know, Lift Development specializes in developing for the WordPress platform. That being said, this is a completely biased post. I use WordPress for much of what I do and shifting to this ever-improving platform as my primary line of work about a year ago was a move I have never regretted.
Here are just a few ways I’ve seen WordPress used in the past few years.
Use WordPress for your blog
Obviously. WordPress was originally a platform specifically created for blogging (see WordPress.com for thousands of blogs). It’s easy to use and even with all that WordPress supports in terms of plugins and themes, at its core it is one of the best blogging platforms out there today.
Use WordPress as a CMS for your full website
Not only can you publish posts with WordPress, you can also publish stand-alone pages and dedicated widget areas for additional content. You can manage sidebars, menus, footers, and images. Its flexibility as a full content management system (CMS) continues to evolve and I now build and manage all of my full websites using WordPress.
Use WordPress for your portfolio
If you are any sort of artist who produces photography, video, or other art, there are some amazing photography themes available for WordPress that allow you to broadcast your latest creation to the world with relative ease.
Use WordPress for your landing pages
Need to set up a single page with details of a special offer and a call to action? More and more landing page themes are popping up that will allow you to get something set up on WordPress…and fast!
Use WordPress as an e-commerce website
Use WordPress for your project bids and proposals
This is my primary method for sending project proposals to clients, and I use the WPBids theme which I have customized around the branding of Lift Development.
Use WordPress for collaboration with your team
Let’s say you want to set up a wiki-type site with general editable writeboards and threaded conversations around each one but you don’t want anything accessible by the general public. WordPress can do that, too. Simply create WordPress accounts for each of your employees in your installation, install and enable one of the many maintenance mode plugins, hide your site from search engines, and you’re all set! Let the ideas flow.
Use WordPress as a public events calendar
I recently hooked up a client website using the Diarise theme from WooThemes. It has some great built-in functionality for setting up events and building conversation around each one.
Use WordPress to build a social network
There’s a full-featured WordPress plugin called BuddyPress that can turn your existing site into it’s own social network. Who knows? Maybe you’ll launch the next Facebook or Twitter! If anything, you can create a place where your customers or user-base can interact and say wonderful things about your business.
Use WordPress for anything!
It’s just that flexible. With features like custom post types, easy to customize theming, and it’s widely accepted usage, WordPress is a platform that you can shape and mold to fit your business.
Interested in having Lift Development hook up WordPress for your next website? Fill out our project details form today.