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    Using Wordpress as your CMS

    Hi there guys.

    What do you think of using Wordpress as your CMS of your portfolio website? Do you think it is a good idea to use Wordpress or is it not unique therefore it is not needed?

    Please share your opinion on this matter.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Night Elf silver trophybronze trophy Varelse's Avatar
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    The fact that Wordpress is quite popular doesn't make the WP-based website less unique - if only its design is.

    I find Wordpress as CMS very easy to use and all my sites are made using it.
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    yes It can be used as CMS.

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    I just started a new site using WP 6.2 -- the bulk of my content is created on static pages with a static home page. I find using it as a cms is pretty easy.

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    I use it myself for that purpose. If nothing else it shows you know how to use it as well as design your own work.

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    Wordpress is great, the support isnt.

    Ive personally found CMS products like Joomla have a better community when it comes to support.

    The Wordpress Codex is very useful, but to new players, or people unfamiliar with php it can still be frustrating.

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    Wordpress has a very useful network of bloggers and third-party support though. I really haven't found it too difficult to use with a search engine handy and a little knowledge of PHP. With Widgets, you probably don't even need the PHP knowledge.
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    Ive found you still need to get your hands dirty with php and the loop quite often, mainly in order to exclude various things from displaying at various points in your site, if you have a complex query that goes beyond excluding a category or a page...thats when things come unstuck. Thats been my experience anyway, but Ill admit relatively new to the Wordpress scene, and your right about third party support, some of the people that make the plugins are really helpful. I also think the plugin search could be a lot better the .org site, but thats another story. I always try and use the tags now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse View Post
    The fact that Wordpress is quite popular doesn't make the WP-based website less unique - if only its design is.

    I find Wordpress as CMS very easy to use and all my sites are made using it.

    Does that include the freelance site too? As for their support I didn't know about that but since most sites use it then I guess it should have a better support.

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    Yes, that site too.
    I haven't contacted WP support - I was able to find all the answers on the forums/blogs.
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    Well, Wordpress is very user-friendly but personally, I have coded my own, very simple and minimal CMS that I use for smaller sites (portfolios, personal sites etc...). For larger sites, either Wordpress or some other more complex CMS.

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    There's a plugin reducing the blog features available in WordPress for people using it as a CMS - Simple CMS WordPress Plugin

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    Well I guess then it doesn't matter that much since you can get the support from forums.

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    I will have to get a copy of wordpress, will it write the content to various sites or ust 1???

    Thanks

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    kernel: it's 1 install per site, unless you're on MU (which is almost certainly overkill for what you're doing).

    WP goes beyond just a basic "here's my website" CMS, though, some of the stuff going on in the WP CMS world is very high end. We've built www.starked.com and www.bizzia.com entirely on WP, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy W. View Post
    kernel: it's 1 install per site, unless you're on MU (which is almost certainly overkill for what you're doing).

    WP goes beyond just a basic "here's my website" CMS, though, some of the stuff going on in the WP CMS world is very high end. We've built www.starked.com and www.bizzia.com entirely on WP, for example.
    Nice examples there Jeremy!
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    WP is definitely a good idea for a portfolio site. There's some excellent themes for this niche. I particular like this one - it's called Portfolio

    Do you think it is a good idea to use Wordpress or is it not unique therefore it is not needed?
    It's as unique as you make it.
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    well its obviously a pice of software that i might have a use for , i have a few sites i need to put content on and I want a cms that will write it to all the sites, if this actuay exists that is ?

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    The Zeldman article is a good one , I have never heard of this guy before but he knows what he is talking about, hand coding for 11 years , that guy must have been to hell and back

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    You've never heard of Jeffrey Zeldman? He is a fairly prolific writer on web standards and design with numerous books and dozens of articles published. He is also one of the editors at A List Apart and one of the founders of the Web Standards Project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant View Post
    You've never heard of Jeffrey Zeldman? He is a fairly prolific writer on web standards and design with numerous books and dozens of articles published. He is also one of the editors at A List Apart and one of the founders of the Web Standards Project.
    I feel like Ive been well and truly owned , so busy trying top learn about all the other stuff ( analytics/adwords ) etc that I just dont get enough time to research all these interesting people.

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    I've tried joomla, drupal and wordpress, I decided to stay with wordpress because is the one that meets all my needs. I have a dog site (in spanish) using wordpress as a CMS.

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    I think wordpress is a good CMS, but of course as it wasn't originally designed for being a CMS, the features there out of the box are limited. You should expect to have to install a few plugins or at least setup widgets in your layout to get what you want.

    Your design can be fully customized just like any HTML/CSS page, so don't worry about that part.

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    Only if you want to add a fair few pages, else simple PHP includes will do the trick.

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    For a few page portfolio...give it a go in Wordpress. But if you plan on expanding the website in the future then look into alternatives. I prefer Modx CMS because of the customization options with designs. Joomla and Drupal also alright
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