Do you use Wordpress for everything?

29 replies
When I first started out online 3 years ago, Wordpress was the first CMS that I tried and I've never used anything else. I use it for every landing page, membership area, affiliate site, and blog quite a few different niches (I launched a jailbreaking blog yesterday marking my twelfth niche). Who else runs their entire business using Wordpress?
#cms #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    "Not I", said the puddytat.

    I use it a lot, but not for everything.
    Signature

    The 2nd Amendment, 1789 - The Original Homeland Security.

    Gun control means never having to say, "I missed you."

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602827].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author SocialBlasting
      Could you share some of situations where Wordpress wasn't a solid choice? I just have this thing about not putting all my eggs in one basket if you know what I mean.
      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      "Not I", said the puddytat.

      I use it a lot, but not for everything.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602840].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
        Originally Posted by SocialBlasting View Post

        Could you share some of situations where Wordpress wasn't a solid choice? I just have this thing about not putting all my eggs in one basket if you know what I mean.
        I seriously doubt you need to worry about these particular eggs. If you run the software (WP) on your own server, and it works, it'll work forever. So that's not an issue.

        • 3-page sites with a sales or squeeze page, privacy page, and a thank-you page I don't do in WP. Too much overhead. HTML is way easier.
        • Super-large membership sites ( 50K+ members ) I don't think I'd trust to WP. It might handle it just fine, but there are other solutions that I KNOW work, and I'm not inclined to waste my time on such a project testing out new software.
        Signature

        The 2nd Amendment, 1789 - The Original Homeland Security.

        Gun control means never having to say, "I missed you."

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603087].message }}
    • Yip, all my sites are wordpress. The great plugins make it a no brainer for me.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603387].message }}
  • I use it for everything.

    There's nothing easier than Wordpress... Well, for me that is.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602843].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Except for shopping sites...I think Wordpress can be used for everything.. Even shopping carts can also be implemented with Wordpress, but I guess some other CMS like ZenCart and Magento have more powerful features and security which Wordpress lacks..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602858].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author SocialBlasting
    I used it for a shopping site, it ran smooth, just did it for digital goods though.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602877].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author aheil
    I use it for most of my sites. I've tried others, like Joomla, and they just can't do as much, and aren't as easy to customize as WordPress.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602900].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author danemorgan
    It is definitely a front line solurtion, but there are other weapons that are good to have in the arsenal as well.
    Signature
    Did you ever notice that “author” is the root of the word “authority“?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3602949].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author rcnsmith
    Wordpress is definitely god's gift to web designers... but its definitely not for everything...

    For Shopping Sites, I'd definitely go with magento community or OSCommerce over wordpress. As it was designed for ecommerce it does it perfectly. And if you look for themes for magento you will see the quality store you can have in little to no time is unbeatable.

    For Informative troubleshooting sites, MediaWiki wins hands down.

    For General Websites/ Blogs - Definitely Wordpress.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603016].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author rambrose
      I've used it for everything thus far. Web design is definitely not my thing so Wordpress makes everything easier for me.

      Rich
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603031].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author LadyMacbeth
        I am actually on the contributing team to wordpress and do some bug checking and so on.I also build them for clients and I get hundreds of them.. I use Wordpress for everything from realty sites to community sites to auction and ecommerce sites.

        Typically I can build one in a couple days or more.. and for those things I can't use it for legitimately, I add a combination of wordpress, then hook up the front end to zen cart and an auction site.. It really does interact with anything well and it's a top notch traffic grabber in all honesty so I try to add it to other things and use it even if it can't be the full choice.

        One site that you might be interested in is this one that we're doing for lionel trains. It took me about a week to get this one up, but its got possibilities so you might be able to use the idea. lioneltrainsplus.com

        I love wordpress and its versatile enough that you just can't beat it, plus, I teach security and a few other things about it and I've got kids that are 10 years old and people who are 80 using it because it's just got a low learning curve.

        Not an OScommerce fan.. Cleaned up too many hack jobs on that one, and migrated all of it to zen cart for most of my clients. OScommerce support and fixes are too sporadic. from what I read elsewhere it seems that they are dying , just taking their time.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603089].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author wmboy
      Originally Posted by rcnsmith View Post

      For Shopping Sites, I'd definitely go with magento community or OSCommerce over wordpress. As it was designed for ecommerce it does it perfectly.
      Have you actually used Magento or OSCommerce? They are both quote bloated as far as software goes, and Magento needs a pretty darn fast web server if you want your site to run smoothly... unless you're trying to be a serious e-commerce site (thousands of orders a week) I'd recommend going down a simpler, cheaper route for selling online.

      Check out the GetShopped plugin for WordPress for instance...
      Signature

      Click to get exclusive access to entire Australian World Internet Summit.

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603036].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
        I only use it for my blog and I only set that up for some extra traffic to my main html/css static site.

        I like WP, but I "grew up" on html so that's what I'm most comfortable with. WP to me was like trying to teach an "old dog" new tricks.

        I "might" try to use WP to redesign my other site, but for my primary bookmarks site, I'm sticking with my html site and using WP just for the blog.
        Signature
        Do You Vape? Submit a Guest Post! SmokersLogicEcigs.com
        Info Blog about Ecigs & Personal Vaporizers
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603079].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author rcnsmith
        Originally Posted by wmboy View Post

        Have you actually used Magento or OSCommerce? They are both quote bloated as far as software goes, and Magento needs a pretty darn fast web server if you want your site to run smoothly... unless you're trying to be a serious e-commerce site (thousands of orders a week) I'd recommend going down a simpler, cheaper route for selling online.

        Check out the GetShopped plugin for WordPress for instance...
        Actually I have used Magento a lot for e-commerce and it was the choice for the company I worked for as well. In terms of speed i agree in the sense that it requires a fast web server, or better yet shared hosting is not the way to go with magento, but running it on VPS has never really been a problem and if you host your own sites or have a dedicated server more power to you.

        In terms of simplicity i honestly don't think i encountered anything in the magento system that wasn't simple. Getting skins on was pretty simple, adding items simple, categorizing, and even modifying the look and feel wasn't too hard.

        I havent really used the OSCommerce to actually host a customer's e-commerce site just tested locally in my lab and it doesnt really seem too complicated...

        For my own store i used prestashop, since that one worked on shared servers, and again its not too much of a problem.

        In terms of setting up a e-commerce store, these packages are all open source and completely free and get that shop up and running in no time. I prefer them honestly rather than adding numerous plugins to wordpress, some costly, to get the site up and functioning correctly.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603330].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author radhika
          Actually I am moving away from it. To my own CMS.

          .
          Signature
          Follow up Autoresponder PRO :: 33% Discount!!
          FREE Upgrades! IMPROVED Email Deliverability!!
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603351].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author wmboy
          Originally Posted by rcnsmith View Post

          In terms of simplicity i honestly don't think i encountered anything in the magento system that wasn't simple. Getting skins on was pretty simple, adding items simple, categorizing, and even modifying the look and feel wasn't too hard.
          Really??? Sorry just can't agree with you. Magento is great in that you have endless functionality options, but "simple to customise" is not how I'd describe the software.

          Guess we can agree to disagree though.
          Signature

          Click to get exclusive access to entire Australian World Internet Summit.

          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603444].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
            I use WordPress on an ever decreasing number of sites.

            For a mini-site or landing page or anything basic like that, WordPress is definitely overkill. You're using up a lot of server space for little to no actual benefit.

            WordPress is kind of like having a school bus. It's great if you need to take the entire football team to games. But, if you're just taking a couple kids to the park, it's a lot more vehicle than you really need.
            Signature

            Dan's content is irregularly read by handfuls of people. Join the elite few by reading his blog: dcrBlogs.com, following him on Twitter: dcrTweets.com or reading his fiction: dcrWrites.com but NOT by Clicking Here!

            Dan also writes content for hire, but you can't afford him anyway.
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603732].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Traffic Eagle
    I use wordpress, xsitepro and in the past I've also used pagebreeze and nvu, but today, just the first two.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603127].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author OKFarmgirl
    I use WP for all of my sites EXCEPT:

    I had an article submission site (got hacked and is now gone) that I used Joomla! for because it was the best way I could find to allow multiple contributors and a social network all in one.

    I have a client that has a realty site and he uses Open Realty - I am not sure if WP could do the things OR does.
    Signature

    Eileen

    "She who is shackled unto noobdom and can't seem to break free."

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603143].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ThelemaqueTip
    Wordpress is great if you know how to use it. but if you don't know what u during it can be pain
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603155].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author OKFarmgirl
      Originally Posted by ThelemaqueTip View Post

      Wordpress is great if you know how to use it. but if you don't know what u during it can be pain
      Of all of the platforms, I think WP is a no-brainer, comparatively. Do you know of something even easier?
      Signature

      Eileen

      "She who is shackled unto noobdom and can't seem to break free."

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603162].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author rcnsmith
      Originally Posted by ThelemaqueTip View Post

      Wordpress is great if you know how to use it. but if you don't know what u during it can be pain
      The problem is everything is like this though. If you don't know what you are doing they will all be a pain. hence why you need to choose what you are comfortable with.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603345].message }}
  • {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603365].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    Yes, I use wordpress for everything....because it's that easy to use.
    Signature

    Blogger at RicherOrNot.com (Make Money online blog but also promoting ethical internet marketing)

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3603392].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author flyntjacobs
    WordPress is great, though I have to say Joomla is much more fun for building websites. Though that is probably because I have way more experience with Joomla, then WordPress.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3604160].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Capitalist_Pig
    I use Wordpress for most sites. I've got a webmagazine numerous blogs, a real estate site, a wallpapers site, and a couple of resumes.

    Where I don't use Wordpress is on squeeze pages - especially when they're standalone for an affiliate offer (or a product of your own). I'm using a purchased niche site template right now with a very basic PHP configuration, but I'm working on building a service that will serve niche pages for both myself and others, with a simple WYSIWYG back-end. Ideally, I'd like to be able to buy a domain, set up the nameservers, and do everything else from within the application.

    Wordpress is very powerful - I'd use it for everything short of a major, custom website. There are sometimes instances where it is overkill, but it will almost always do the job.

    In those overkill cases, you have to be doing several similar sites before it starts to make sense to create a custom solution or look elsewhere. I intend to build hundreds of squeeze pages over the course of my IM career, so I'm rolling my own system for that. For resumes, I only have two - mine, and my wife's. I could have written an app for that specifically, but I just downloaded Elegant Theme's Resume theme, dropped it on a Wordpress instance, and moved on with my day.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3604258].message }}

Trending Topics