[wp-hackers] Re: Turn off blog/ Pure CMS?

Paul Menard paul at codehooligans.com
Thu Feb 21 16:56:29 GMT 2008

I think this thread is getting a little off topic from the original  
question. But I just want to add that I've worked in Documentum,  
Sharepoint, Drupal, EzPublish, Vinette, RedDot (shudder). Creating  
small and very large-scale multi-departmental sites using these tools.  
And you know what they all suck mainly because the decision to use the  
tool was decided long before the requirements for the project were  
discussed. In my experience clients have a lofty idea what they think  
a CMS should be. In simple terms a CMS should allow the client with  
very little technical abilities to maintain content. Some of the  
larger system add various 'features' that are so complicated many tech  
folks scratch their head when attempting to simply put a calendar on a  

I like WordPress and use it to make my living by enabling my clients  
to maintain their own content without the need to ping me or worse  
have me charge them for entering content. Sure WordPress lacks some  
features like content versioning. A really robust workflow system like  
Drupal. But most of my clients are less than 3 people who enter  
content. They don't need to complicated system because they decide  
outside the WordPress system what is ready to be published.

Just my comments.


On Feb 21, 2008, at 10:41 AM, Hacker Scot wrote:

> On Feb 21, 2008, at 3:40 AM, wp-hackers-request at lists.automattic.com  
> wrote:
>> Seriously, everytime I hear or read "WP as a CMS" it really makes me
>> want to punch someone in their face.
>> WP.... is.... a... FUCKING CMS damnit !!
> You and I know that, but bosses don't know it. Because WP has  
> focused on being the best blogging platform, and because that's 99%  
> of its usage, it can take quite a bit of selling and example showing  
> to convince bosses and clients that it's up the task for their site.  
> I personally think there's still a lot of work to do to get that  
> message out, to convince people that they don't necessarily need  
> Drupal or whatever. I'd love to see a Codex page listing WP sites  
> that look nothing like blogs. And I'd love to see a line on the  
> homepage of wordpress.org  and linking to that page.
> Just calling it a "semantic publishing platform" on the homepage  
> isn't enough - it should  be made explicit on the homepage that WP  
> is a great CMS for many types of sites. If we don't  use the actual  
> words "content management system" on the homepage, it's no wonder  
> suits aren't getting the message.
> ./s
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Paul Menard
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