Using WordPress as a Content Management System
By Ivan Bayross
You've always wanted to create a Website. This would be your personal space on the Internet.
Perhaps what's holding you back is the fact that you are worried you would have to mess with
is almost dead. Most people just use a content management system to which provides a robust
framework that delivers whatever content they desire, Text, Images, Audio - Podcasts, Video
- Videocasts - you name your content the CMS delivers it.
Today no website owner really needs to hire a website development house to add, update
or delete their website content to keep it fresh. If you can use an Editor, you can build,
update and keep fresh a really great looking website using a content management system.
From among the many Free to download and use, content management systems available today,
WordPress is the easiest to setup and use, and is very mature and robust.
Wordpress, was essentially created to be a top of the line Blogging framework. There
are a ton of Blogs that run on WordPress. BUT what a lot of people do not know is that WordPress
can also be used to create a fully functional, dynamic, website because WordPress is also an
excellent content management system.
WordPress is completely dependable having been in existence for a really long time. Most
of its internal issues have long been resolved. There are a huge number of plugins available
today, most of them free, some available for a very modest cost, that help extend the functionality
of the WordPress CMS engine. There is a WordPress plugin for almost every functionality that
a website owner may want. Additionally, there are a huge number of software development houses
that will craft custom plugins for WordPress at very modest prices.
Today, I can confidently use WordPress to build any website. Add a shopping cart, snap
on Search Ebngine Optimization for each page. Almost every functionality desired in a website
either works natively in WordPress or has a plugin that does the job.
Today WordPress has taken on a CMS avatar, its simple to use, robust, scalable, and has
an easy to use Administration interface. Let's break the functionality of a CMS down broadly
and see if WordPress fits.
Functionality wise most Content Management System (CMS) can be broadly divided into three
unique sections. They are as follows:
1. An Administration Section
The administration section of all CMS is normally accessed through a Login system. The
CMS must be able to recognize you as its administrator only then expose its admin interface
to you. This is because all the resources of a CMS are accessible for manipulation to its administrator.
The CMS Login form captures a User Login and Password combination, the the combination
entered is that of the administrator, the CMS will permit access to all its internal resources
via a Graphical User Interface.
The GUI of a CMS usually exposes multiple tools that permit its administrator to capture,
format and store user information within the CMS - DataBase Management System (DBMS). User
information is what is displayed to a site visitor and can consist of Text, Images, Video and Audio.
Once user information is stored within the DBMS it can be accessed at will using a Graphical
User Interface (GUI), updated (i.e. edited), deleted or displayed, on demand using the CMS environment.