11 Non-Traditional Uses of WordPress

by Steven Snell
on March 1, 2009

in design

WordPress is probably the most popular blogging platform and it can also be used as a CMS to power other types of websites, such as a portfolio site. However, with some creativity and a growing number of available resources, WordPress’s limits seem to be expanding constantly.

In this article we’ll take a look at a combination of tutorials, plugins and themes that can help you to use WordPress in non-traditional ways. Hopefully you’ll find something that you can use, or at least something that will be a valuable learning resource for extending your knowledge and skills of working with WordPress.

1. Membership Directory

Last year Chris Cagle wrote a tutorial, How to Use WordPress as Membership Directory, at WPDesigner. Chris uses WordPress to power his directory, Pittsburgh Designers. The tutorial uses a few plugins for users and role management, and the end result is a moderated directory that allows members to enter information about themselves.

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20 WordPress Tricks to Improve Your Blog

by Steven Snell
on February 11, 2009

in design

One of the reasons WordPress is so popular is because of its flexibility. Designers, developers, and bloggers have plenty of options. In this post we’ll look at a combination of tutorials for improving a WordPress-based site, and plugins that can provide added functionality that will bring new possibilities.

Tutorials:

Build a Featured Posts Section for WordPress

Magazine themes are becoming increasingly popular. There are plenty of quality premium themes available, and also some decent free magazine themes, but you may want to build or customize your own. This tutorial covers the process of coding the index.php file to set up a magazine-style front page with a featured post section.

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11 Ways to Improve a Blog Theme Without a Complete Re-Design

by Steven Snell
on December 4, 2008

in design

Bloggers are often looking to improve the look of their blog for one reason or another, and designers are rarely content to leave things the way they are for too long. Blog themes typically get changed and re-designed pretty quickly (especially in comparison to other types of websites), but you don’t always have to go through a full re-design to freshen things up.

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