7 Alternate Uses of WordPress Aside from Blogs

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WordPress is mainly used for blogging, but you can actually use WordPress for other purposes. This is the beauty of WordPress, it is so flexible that it has several alternative uses, even for people who aren’t that technical. It is easy to customize and presents your content in a very appealing manner with thousands of themes and plugins available for use.

In this article I will briefly point seven alternate uses of WordPress aside from using it as a blogging platform. There are only seven examples but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other purposes. So, I hope you will enjoy this article and share your thoughts!

1. Online Shop

Just couple your WordPress with a specialized theme for online shops and a simple e-commerce plugin and you’re all set. It’s that simple actually. All you need is a basic understanding of how websites work and in less than 10 minutes you can already set up your website (provided you already have a host).

From small to medium online shops this is actually better than hiring a developer to start it from scratch. With today’s economy, everyone should be thinking about getting the best for less. And that means using WordPress to set up an online shop.

Security is always an issue, especially for 3rd-party plugins. There are decent free plugins that offer some support, but if you’re big-time serious, whip that wallet out and purchase a good plugin with full support. That way, you can’t be wronged.

2. Gallery or Image Viewer

(Plugging: massive CSS gallery collection underway, be sure to check back!)

This is best for designers and photographers who wish to have their own website instead of using ready made portfolio websites. This might be tricky for many, since we all know that designers and other creatives really want to add their personal touch to everything they do, such as the website design. Designing a theme is quite the task, but it pays off.

Most CSS galleries use WordPress too.

Before WordPress was around yet (and other popular CMS’), everyone who wanted to have a website of their own needed to have at least an intermediate understanding of web development and designing, or know someone who did. Now there are CMS’ like WordPress that eliminate the mandatory coding. That is a very good news for people. To add to that, making WordPress a gallery or an image viewer has become a common thing today because of the countless free and premium plugins and themes developed for this purpose.

3. Static Website and Brochure Site

For people who are in a hurry to get something online as soon as possible without learning how to code and design, WordPress is the man.

For promotion of a business, institution, idea, and anything that tells people what you are and what you do. Several restaurants have websites that are powered by WordPress, same goes for institutions and other propaganda movements. Websites like these doesn’t really need interaction from users, information is enough.

Expansion is also easy, from static to dynamic. No sweat, sonny.

4. Membership Site

There are websites that offer tutorials and several useful articles, like 1stwebdesigner. Then there are websites with a different and more focused side, membership sites. For a price their subscribers can get premium benefits; usually focused and more in-depth than the usual tutorials, resources, and extreme information that you can only learn from an expert.

People who create a membership site, whether they are individuals or a group of people, are already established in their field and have a massive following. If you are thinking of creating one, there are free and premium plugins ready for this, no more coding necessary. It’s really that easy, in fact, almost any feature that you can think of has already been made. All you need to do is know where to look.

Providing premium e-books, tutorials, web seminars, and other premium services you can think of.

Then there’s another side to this. Creating a membership website for close circles of friends or family. Clubs, organizations, friends and families can use Facebook’s Groups, but the features are quite limited. Using WordPress to help connect close groups of people is also a great idea, especially when the group has a large membership.

5. Collaboration Tool

Well, there are actually 70+ collaboration tools running out there today, but what I mean with WordPress as a collaboration tool is using it as a discussion board open for the public. An open, and engaged, community of like-minded individuals.

During my last year in the university, my team and I used WordPress to openly discuss ideas with our professor in IT. Other teams are free to criticize and read just about anything we posted there.

Here is one great article about a mathematician’s WordPress blog (can be done with other platforms too, but I’m citing this just to give you an idea). If you have time, you can read the second and third paragraphs. Already late for work? The gist is, Timothy Gowers (the mathematician in question) thought of posting his ideas and problems on his blog. Days later, people got involved.

6. Job Board and Forum

Well, it’s really far from its real purpose but you can actually use WordPress to create a forum and a job board. There are several plugins that you can use, and I’m not listing them here to force you to pay WordPress.org a visit and do the searching there. Or just use Google.

So, why WordPress again for this? Because it’s easy to use andvery flexible. Anyone can create a forum or a job board in an instant.

7. Link Repository and News Aggregator

I particularly like websites that link to other websites. Heh, that’s not even a clear description. What I mean is websites that categorize links so that readers of a certain niche are updated. It may work like a feed reader, but personally I find this one better. Take for example Smashing Network, that’s what I mean. A website that is focused on doing that. I don’t know about you, but I really like websites like that.

Although it may not be a WordPress site, one website I visit daily is eScienceNews. The website claims that it’s updates are fully automatic. Who updates it and how? Artificial Intelligence. Well, now you get the idea of what I mean. Maybe there are other definition of what link repository is, feel free to comment in.

So, What Else?

As you can see, almost anything that you can think of is possible with WordPress. All you need to have is a little background of how websites work and what features you’d like it to have and good research skills to find specific plugins. A web developer friend of mine told me “why start from scratch when there are good CMS’ available to expedite the process?” when I asked him “how long will it take for me to develop a website similar to icanhascheezburger.com?”

You may now start accusing me of leaving out other uses for WordPress. I intentionally left them out, I’ve thought of about 20 and read as many as 40. I don’t want this to be an over-saturated article so you can just post your suggestions and thoughts below. C’mon!

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Rean is the editor of 1stwebdesigner. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development. Rean also writes at Moneyarty.com, a blog dedicated to teaching people how to make money online.

24 Comments Best Comments First
  • Febri

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 12:09

    1

    I use WordPress as my money management tool.
    Maybe it sound crazy, but custom post type and custom taxonomy is works.

    0
    • Matt

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 17:46

      14

      Yeah, I’d really like to see that as well!

      As someone else mentioned, I’ve seen bug-tracking. Also, Buddypress – the social network plugin.

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      • aditia

        Thursday, September 8th, 2011 15:06

        23

        yup just love to see if there any step by step tutorial

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 12:38

      2

      Wow, that sure is something rare. Can you provide us with a little preview of how it looks? Of course without sensitive information. :p

      0
  • Rean John Uehara

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:16

    10

    That’s impressive, it really fits here. Thanks!

    0
  • Neelima

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 06:40

    7

    Your article is really great. For people who leave wordpress thinking all it can do is create a blog, you have given a change in their perspective. In future I would be forced to keep wordpress as an option for a much wider set of solutions.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:19

      12

      Hey, thanks! I’m glad you liked it. :)

      0
  • Ian

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:30

    6

    These are some wonderful examples, you should list more uses however. I can think of like 15 of the top of my head.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:18

      11

      Yes, there are indeed lots of uses for WordPress. I just listed things in general and what I think are really common/useful. Thanks!

      0
  • Rochester Oliveira

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:18

    3

    Really good one Rean.

    I’ve seen some uses as a bug tracker.. It is a kind of collaboration tool, but it has some advanced controls :D

    []‘s

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:15

      9

      Thanks Rochester! Would be great to link some blogs here too. I think I’ve seen an MMORPG use a blog to collaborate with its gamers..bug reporting and support. Really a flexible system.

      0
  • Yachika Verma

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 14:34

    4

    Great post…I would definitely apply some of these uses for my wordpress blog. Really worth reading..!

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:10

      8

      Thanks! Come back for more. :)

      0
  • Andrea Altenburg

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:25

    5

    I have a wordpress site that I use for my professional portfolio. I had never thought to use it for anything else. It makes sense that wordpress is a quick way to get information online, at no cost, which gives a company more authority just for being online.

    0
  • gunther

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 09:14

    13

    For the past four years I have been looking to implement WP as a collaboration tool. I believe I have tried all plugins and frameworks, none of them fit my needs. Would you be able to post some suggestions?

    My needs:
    - Password protected file repository. Persistent for in-house use and temporary access for clients and associated freelancers.
    - File/folder access on individual basis.
    - Chunking: No HTML/PHP upload limit.
    - Dropbox. Meaning personal dropbox-like features, not dropbox.com integration (although that would be nice too). These features include: upload through OS and automatic listing online. Temporary access with email link creation. And of course browser upload, again with chunking.
    - Idea collection and link collection – simple and quick. A bit like Twitter-like posting but password protected and without character limit.
    - Most importantly: All this self hosted! Not only because I don’t trust the cloud but also because I can get a lot more GB storage for the money.

    That would be enough for me. Nice additions would be calendar (like Google), Wave (like Google had), collaboration Docs (like Google).

    Thank you

    0
    • Ory

      Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 00:27

      21

      Sounds like what would suit you best would just be some FTP shares.

      0
  • Laura

    Saturday, July 30th, 2011 11:37

    22

    Webcomic CMS. The best webcomic’s that aren’t hard to navigate all seem to be done with wordpress and the archiving is the best for it. I have not been on a wordpress webcomic that has issues, they all seem to run so wonderfully with excellent uptime.

    0
  • Sunil Sharma

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011 14:50

    24

    If I am right, wordpress+buddypress can make dating and matrimonial websites but I don’t know if there is any theme to support my thought (of course plugin can help a lot).

    0
  • Larry

    Friday, July 1st, 2011 23:18

    20

    Nice write up, im going to look into the shopping feature for my site. Would make selling my art easier.

    0
  • Noraniom

    Thursday, June 16th, 2011 09:52

    19

    Great post indeed :) would you please give us more information How to make News Aggregator Wesite using wordpress ? maybe in another post of you. Thank you

    0
  • cosmo

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 20:44

    15

    You say “you just need to know where to look”. Why not site some sources of plug-ins?

    0
  • LeeB

    Monday, June 6th, 2011 18:22

    16

    WordPress is pretty much unlimited in what it can do (in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing!), but this post gives a nice overview of some common uses. Good work!

    I’d also be interested to see more about the moment management tool example if possible…

    0
  • jocuri barbie

    Sunday, June 12th, 2011 12:15

    17

    hello there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this website, since I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Sunday, June 12th, 2011 12:18

      18

      Hi, everything appears to be fine for everyone. Do try clearing your cache, that might fix it. :)

      0
  • Sunil Sharma

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011 14:50

    24

    If I am right, wordpress+buddypress can make dating and matrimonial websites but I don’t know if there is any theme to support my thought (of course plugin can help a lot).

    0
  • Laura

    Saturday, July 30th, 2011 11:37

    22

    Webcomic CMS. The best webcomic’s that aren’t hard to navigate all seem to be done with wordpress and the archiving is the best for it. I have not been on a wordpress webcomic that has issues, they all seem to run so wonderfully with excellent uptime.

    0
  • Larry

    Friday, July 1st, 2011 23:18

    20

    Nice write up, im going to look into the shopping feature for my site. Would make selling my art easier.

    0
  • Noraniom

    Thursday, June 16th, 2011 09:52

    19

    Great post indeed :) would you please give us more information How to make News Aggregator Wesite using wordpress ? maybe in another post of you. Thank you

    0
  • jocuri barbie

    Sunday, June 12th, 2011 12:15

    17

    hello there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this website, since I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Sunday, June 12th, 2011 12:18

      18

      Hi, everything appears to be fine for everyone. Do try clearing your cache, that might fix it. :)

      0
  • LeeB

    Monday, June 6th, 2011 18:22

    16

    WordPress is pretty much unlimited in what it can do (in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing!), but this post gives a nice overview of some common uses. Good work!

    I’d also be interested to see more about the moment management tool example if possible…

    0
  • cosmo

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 20:44

    15

    You say “you just need to know where to look”. Why not site some sources of plug-ins?

    0
  • gunther

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 09:14

    13

    For the past four years I have been looking to implement WP as a collaboration tool. I believe I have tried all plugins and frameworks, none of them fit my needs. Would you be able to post some suggestions?

    My needs:
    - Password protected file repository. Persistent for in-house use and temporary access for clients and associated freelancers.
    - File/folder access on individual basis.
    - Chunking: No HTML/PHP upload limit.
    - Dropbox. Meaning personal dropbox-like features, not dropbox.com integration (although that would be nice too). These features include: upload through OS and automatic listing online. Temporary access with email link creation. And of course browser upload, again with chunking.
    - Idea collection and link collection – simple and quick. A bit like Twitter-like posting but password protected and without character limit.
    - Most importantly: All this self hosted! Not only because I don’t trust the cloud but also because I can get a lot more GB storage for the money.

    That would be enough for me. Nice additions would be calendar (like Google), Wave (like Google had), collaboration Docs (like Google).

    Thank you

    0
    • Ory

      Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 00:27

      21

      Sounds like what would suit you best would just be some FTP shares.

      0
  • Rean John Uehara

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:16

    10

    That’s impressive, it really fits here. Thanks!

    0
  • Neelima

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 06:40

    7

    Your article is really great. For people who leave wordpress thinking all it can do is create a blog, you have given a change in their perspective. In future I would be forced to keep wordpress as an option for a much wider set of solutions.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:19

      12

      Hey, thanks! I’m glad you liked it. :)

      0
  • Ian

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:30

    6

    These are some wonderful examples, you should list more uses however. I can think of like 15 of the top of my head.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:18

      11

      Yes, there are indeed lots of uses for WordPress. I just listed things in general and what I think are really common/useful. Thanks!

      0
  • Andrea Altenburg

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:25

    5

    I have a wordpress site that I use for my professional portfolio. I had never thought to use it for anything else. It makes sense that wordpress is a quick way to get information online, at no cost, which gives a company more authority just for being online.

    0
  • Yachika Verma

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 14:34

    4

    Great post…I would definitely apply some of these uses for my wordpress blog. Really worth reading..!

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:10

      8

      Thanks! Come back for more. :)

      0
  • Rochester Oliveira

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 15:18

    3

    Really good one Rean.

    I’ve seen some uses as a bug tracker.. It is a kind of collaboration tool, but it has some advanced controls :D

    []‘s

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 08:15

      9

      Thanks Rochester! Would be great to link some blogs here too. I think I’ve seen an MMORPG use a blog to collaborate with its gamers..bug reporting and support. Really a flexible system.

      0
  • Febri

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 12:09

    1

    I use WordPress as my money management tool.
    Maybe it sound crazy, but custom post type and custom taxonomy is works.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 12:38

      2

      Wow, that sure is something rare. Can you provide us with a little preview of how it looks? Of course without sensitive information. :p

      0
    • Matt

      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 17:46

      14

      Yeah, I’d really like to see that as well!

      As someone else mentioned, I’ve seen bug-tracking. Also, Buddypress – the social network plugin.

      0
      • aditia

        Thursday, September 8th, 2011 15:06

        23

        yup just love to see if there any step by step tutorial

        0

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