Beyond CMS: Non-Traditional and Creative Ways to Use WordPress

Beyond CMS: Non-Traditional and Creative Ways to use WordPress

WordPress being the most popular CMS in the world gives users and developers considerable flexibility in terms of design and functionality. Nevertheless, there is a myth that all sites developed on WordPress are of the same type. We are not going to discuss the origin of the myth – one quick look into the WordPress showcase section is enough to disprove it, instead we will demonstrate how different and flexible in reality WordPress could be.

This carefully curated list of themes, plug-ins and examples embraces different business tasks which normally require a separate application.

Beyond CMS: Non-Traditional and Creative Ways to use WordPress

Non-Traditional and Creative Ways to use WordPress

Have you ever thought that you can Use WordPress for

Help Desk and Knowledge Base

You can convert your WordPress site into a knowledge base or help-center to support your project, manage FAQ section, how-to type articles or create a ticket support system.

SupportPress (Theme)
SupportPress

Quality Control (Theme)
Quality Control

Help, Support and FAQ (Theme)
Help, Support and FAQ

GTD & Project Management

You can collaborate on the project, assign tasks and discuss them just inside the WordPress admin. Alternatively you can turn the whole site into a collaboration platform using the well-known P2 theme.

Project Tasks (Plug-In)
Project Tasks

CollabPress (Plug-In)
CollabPress

P2 (Theme)
P2

Questions & Answers Site

You can create a Q&A platform for your community especially when Quora is too broad and you’d prefer to focus on a particular subject or area. Community members will be able to vote on questions, reply and comment on them.

Answers (Theme)
Answers

Q&A (Plug-In)
Q&A

WP-Answers (Plug-In)
WP-Answers

Job Board

A niche job-board is another popular concept for a site that can be easily implemented with WordPress. Jobs are grouped by different criteria and posting has a familiar interface.

Job Board (Theme)
Job Board

Jobroller (Theme)
Jobroller

WordPress Job Board (Plug-In)
WordPress Job Board

Review Websites

In every area – from indie games to cooking recipes – interesting and helpful reviews are always in high demand. If you are an expert in any field you can share your expertise through a review website powered by WordPress.

Review Engine (Theme)
Review Engine

ProReview (Theme)
ProReview

InReview (Theme)
InReview

Invoicing

Why not to invoice your clients directly from your WordPress dashboard? You have both free and premium options to make this happen.

WP-Invoice (Plug-In)
WP-Invoice

Web Invoice (Plug-In)
Web Invoice

CRM

When your website becomes a primary source of external communications, you’re probably in need of a powerful solution to handle them. WordPress as a CRM concept could be an interesting answer to that need.

WP-CRM (Plug-In)
WP-CRM

CRM Press (Theme)
CRM Press

Real World Examples

Finally, in our showcase we are going to have a look at real websites that demonstrate non-typical usage of WordPress and the full power of its flexibility.

Typographica – Type Reviews
Typographica

WPVote – News Voting
WPVote

Wordtaps – Bookmarking
Wordtaps

PartTimePost – Niche Job Board
PartTimePost

Craft Recipes
Craft Recipes

Conclusion

Do you have some other examples to extend our list of non-typical WordPress usage?

Or may be you have a personal experience of running such a site? Let us know in the comments.

Anna Ladoshkina is a developer with a primarily statistical and analytical background so she is interested first of all in approaches and techniques that allow her to implement this knowledge in her web projects.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    WordPress is a terrific and flexible platform.
    We have used it recently for a magazine type website which has 180 separate advertising slots and its working really well. We’ll also be implementing an eCommerce solution through WordPress for another client soon.
    http://recruitmentbuzz.co.uk/

    • Rahul,
    • December 13, 2012
    / Reply

    awesome post!!!! and it is very interesting nice use of wordpress thanks for sharing..

    • Ankur,
    • December 16, 2012
    / Reply

    Good. I will say nice collection of themes and plugins.

  2. / Reply

    Hi,

    I think this is the greatness of WP. You can think of any kind of website and you can do it with WordPress.

    Great post :)

  3. / Reply

    There is also a learning management system that will be released at any moment: http://www.learndash.com/

  4. / Reply

    very useful and informative

  5. / Reply

    Wow. It’s a long list of out of the box usage of WordPress. It only shows how versatile the most popular web engine is.

    • Siniša Škorić,
    • July 8, 2013
    / Reply

    extremly useful

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