More and more in real world development projects I’m finding WordPress to be a robust Content Management System that is very configurable for developing small to mid-size websites. The functionality and extensibility of WordPress is ever increasing for rolling your own CMS.
In addition to my continued development of ets-lindgren.com, the main website for ETS-Lindgren, I’ve been a busy beaver at work on some key projects. In October we launched a new marketing initiative for WiMAX Radiated Performance Testing (WiMAXRPT) which entailed a website and flash video launched from conception to production in a couple of weeks using a WordPress platform at wimaxrpt.com.
A Prime Example of a WordPress Project
As a freelance project, I’ve been tasked to revamp the site onedayacademy.com. The current site as of this posting is quite common to many web 1.0 sites, created with online tools with static information to distribute information:
The initial visual prototype starts with a stream-lined, clean and reductionist approach. While the end result may go through some cosmetic adjustments, this basic design gives me the basic architecture and layout to start the development process.
When I started into this project, I by-passed WordPress. My initial research was centered on Drupal, Joomla and other CMS platforms. As I delved more into the scope requirements of the site and potential extensibility of WordPress, WordPress emerged as the leading contender for the project.
I’m certain there are many developers who would argue otherwise. But here are a few key factors in my decision:
- I know WordPress very well. While you could call it a cop-out, given my short time-line it looks to be a solid choice for the development of this specific site.
- WordPressMU. WordPressMU is a very powerful install of WordPress that allows a non-techie admin to setup new users and blogs on the fly. This was a critical requirement for the site. Being an academic environment, it allows all faculty members to have their own website/blog.
- The WordPress community is impressive. I’m blown away by the rapid development of new plug-ins and functions being rolled daily in the community. The developer community is a huge factor in selecting any CMS platform.
So there you have it. I’ll be blogging some of the step-by-step processes to developing this site as I go along. This may prove instructive for some and certainly handy as one persons process for developing a project.
What are your development experiences with WordPress or other CMS platforms?
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