Ten Good Websites That Use WordPress as a CMS
Because users can extend the WordPress software to function as so much more than just a blog, people refer to WordPress as a content management system (CMS) rather than merely a blogging platform.
Here are ten WordPress websites built with tools and techniques that go beyond the blog.
Nourish Network: Nourish Network is a website that runs on the WordPress platform with the BuddyPress plugin fully integrated so that it can host and run a fully featured social community. Nourish Network utilizes all the available components that the BuddyPress plugin offers, such as member profiles, private messaging, groups, group forums, extended profile fields, social media, members’ photo albums, friends, and status updates.
Time Healthland: Not only is the Healthland website fully powered by WordPress, but it’s also one of the VIP WordPress customers that takes advantage of the VIP offerings from Automattic, the folks behind the WordPress.com service.
Time Healthland is a great example of a WordPress-powered website that goes beyond the typical blog type layout by getting creative with post thumbnails, popular posts, posts by category, featured videos, and social media integration.
IconDock: IconDock is a website created by the folks from N.Design Studio and is a perfect example of using WordPress as an online shop. IconDock has a fully functional and easy-to-navigate e-commerce shop where visitors can purchase high-quality icons and graphics. IconDock utilizes the WP e-Commerce plugin and the DropShop commercial add-on plugin to create the drag-and-drop shop feature for its products.
WeGraphics: WeGraphics is an e-commerce shop, powered by WordPress and the Cart66 shopping cart plugin, that sells digital or downloadable products. One visit to the website shows how WordPress and an e-commerce plugin, combined with a beautiful design and layout, can provide you with a pretty fantastic storefront online.
WebDevStudios: WebDevStudios is the website of the VIP WordPress consultants who designed and developed the Time Healthland site (described earlier in this chapter). The WebDevStudios site is also a pretty stunning example of what you can do with the default Twenty Ten theme.
Mozilla Labs: Mozilla Labs is an online hub for developers to network, collaborate, develop, experiment, research, and learn about building web applications. Built on the WordPress platform, Mozilla Labs takes advantage of custom category templates to create different types of content displays for each of the unique sections of its Projects page.
Kate Rusby: Kate Rusby is a folk musician whose website is powered by WordPress. The first thing that caught my eye is the pleasant, whimsical graphic design work that’s been applied to her WordPress theme. Through stunning graphic work, creative CSS styling, and HTML markup, her website design is clean, professional, and very eye-pleasing.
LIVESTRONG: The official blog of Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization is a nicely designed WordPress theme that places the blog content front and center on the front page but also uses some interesting tools to provide additional content from some of its other websites.
For example, in the right sidebar, you find great information and navigation links for its cancer support resource page on the web; its Team LIVESTRONG page about walks, runs, and triathlons to help raise awareness and money for cancer research; and its Take Action section that brings you to its LIVESTRONG Action page on the web.
Katy Perry: Recording artist Katy Perry has a website that uses WordPress to showcase her message, music, and content offerings in a nicely designed (if not very bright) package.
A lot is going on with Katy Perry’s website, but it’s a clean design that’s easy to navigate and includes some great features, such as the latest tweets from Katy’s twitter account, a Breaking News section, blog posts, a music section, and a photo gallery.
E.Webscapes Design Studio: A way to illustrate some great things that you can do with just one installation of the WordPress software. WordPress not only powers a great blog, but also is the foundation of a fully functional business website.