[wp-hackers] WordPress as CMS (was: wordpress security)

Joost de Valk joost at yoast.com
Wed Oct 21 20:57:03 UTC 2009

I think there are now dozens of people on this list who are NOT agreeing
with you. Me and my company are rapidly using WordPress to replace large
corporate CMS'es, usually without using the blog functionality or by calling
it the "news section". We do so for a couple of reasons:
- because it's easy to develop for, and thus easy to hire people for,
- there's a slew of plugins available making a lot of the work that's
otherwise custom work as easy as flipping a switch,
- the interface is user friendly

And, more importantly: a lot of people KNOW WordPress from their blogs. It's
much like why most of the world uses Microsoft Word, even when they're
writing a book. Yes there are probably tools that, architecturally, are
better suited for the job, but because everyone knows how to use WordPress,
it's actually easier to implement. (this analogy is poorly written but hey,
i'm jotting it down quickly)

So, if you choose to do something else with WordPress, please do, but for a
lot of us, WordPress already IS a CMS. And I agree with Stephen that it's
about time we got the chance to change the wording in a lot of spaces. It
may sound trivial, but the wording is actually a *very* important part of
the interface... :)


On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 10:47 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> I don't get it. Why would anybody want to use WordPress, but disable
> all the useful features?
> I'm a strong believer in the right tool for the right job. If you're
> not making a blog (by which I mean a stream of continuing content of
> some type), then WordPress is not the right tool to be using.
> If I wanted an easy-to-edit but semi-static site with no discussion or
> feedback from other users, hooked to a templating and theming
> mechanism, then I'd look at Wiki software instead, with editing being
> limited to the registered users (and registration turned off). I'd
> certainly not look at WordPress or any other "CMS" type software, nor
> would I recommend any of these to a client for such a case.
> My advice would be to make a plugin that erases WordPress and installs
> some other piece of software more suitable for their needs. WordPress
> is great, but it is not the end-all be-all of software packages. It
> was never intended, and is not now, suitable for all cases. No
> software is ever going suitable for all cases when the "case" is so
> broad as "web site".
> -Otto
> Sent from Memphis, TN, United States
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