Things to Consider when Choosing WordPress as a CMS

Thord Daniel Hedengren says that people say he’s crazy to use WordPress when there are obviously some more “powerful” applications out there. His response, “I know WordPress.” I have to agree. I’d also add, “I know and LOVE WordPress.” Also, I want to do one thing and do it well. I don’t want to learn 14 applications, I want to know one and know it inside and out.

Lots of comments already on his post from other website developers who do the same (or similar) work.

Some plugins I found in the comments that I need to look into:


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  1. Bill - Online Business Logic August 5, 2008 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I completely agree. Sure, platforms like Joomla or Drupal can do things that you’d be hard pushed to achieve in WordPress, but unless you need those specific features then why not use WordPress? It’s very stable, easy to install, use and extend and it’s very well supported with lots of plugins.

    Like you I love the WordPress platform which is why I now use it almost exclusively. If anyone wants to know how to setup a CMS style site using wordpress see my WordPress as CMS tutorial.


  2. dug August 28, 2008 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Hi it’s worth noting that the WP interface has grown so much it’s now a complete dog to load (there are what? seven or eight linked javascript calls?).

    Anyhoo I’m using WP for a huge site (50+ very active authors, 7K+ posts and growing rapidly) and have found a lot of user-bugs are created by the sluggish rendering.

    So I’ve written a little css that I call (I’ve edited header.php to add the link tag) which compresses the top menus to nothing and then hides most bits of the interface we don’t need.

    The requests are still there and the browser still has to build the DOM tree but most of the advanced features are set to display:none;

    I’ve found this really increases the “snappiness” of the app.

    My stylesheet is (temporarily) hosted here:

    I’d be curious to hear of other users doing the same or adapting the above to their own needs.

    All the best :-)

  3. Sara October 31, 2009 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Thankyou I have been thinking of going back to Joomla, but I think I will stick with WordPress – its come a long way recently.

  4. Ella Flemming October 5, 2010 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Thank you very much. for the review. I think I will stick with WordPress.

  5. shakeel December 13, 2010 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Excellent Post..I really like the people love and attachment to use wordpress as Cms..its good to even learn a single thing and to become specialized in it..Although there are lot of applications out there but using wordpress as a cms has a different touch.thanks for this nice post.keep up the great work.

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