WordPress – A CMS in Action

We use WordPress not only for publishing on this site, but also for the majority of our clients websites. Today I am going to show you just how easy it is to manage your websites with WordPress. WordPress has been a blogging platform since around 2005, since 2007 it has become more of a Content Management System (CMS) and with each release (around 4 major releases per year it bridges the gap between this and some very expensive platforms.

This is not to say WordPress is your only option, it is just a guide to show you how easy it is to create unique content for your websites. If you are a newbie and just want to dip your toes, jump over to WordPress and create your own site in minutes. This is a hosted sub domain solution that is perfect for someone who just wants to see how it all works. Remember if you decide to get your own unique site you can easily import all of your data from WordPress

So you know the tools I am using for this article are:

WordPress Overview

Writing an Article Part one

How to get started with writing a post on your own WordPress website part one.

Writing an Article Part two

How to get started with writing a post on your own WordPress website part two.

Publishing and Managing

How to publish/manage and some other WordPress goodies

Getting a WordPress.com Website

Overview and how easy it is to get started on your own WordPress.com site

CMS, Screenr, Vimeo, WordPress

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About Peter J Ricci

Peter Ricci is the Director of Agentpoint.com.au, Business2.com.au, Ginga.com.au and ZooProperty.com and has been involved in designing and developing real estate systems and websites since 1997. In July 2001 Peter founded Business2.com.au to help real estate agents better understand the power of the Internet and the real estate landscape in Australia and New Zealand. Since then he has penned over 300 articles on a variety of subjects in the real estate technology industry. Business2.com.au is now the leading real estate technology site in Australasia.

11 Responses to WordPress – A CMS in Action

  1. Peter D'Arcy March 18, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Hi Peter – you are doing a great job – todays article is a ripper – thank you for all the valuable ideas you give us and have a wonderful week end.

    Peter D’Arcy – peterd@darcy.com.au

  2. Robert Simeon March 18, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Agrees 100 per cent – I love WordPress as it adds an entire new dimension to our online model. It’s simple and provides a very classy online platform. The CMS upgrades are brilliant where we are not that far off ditching the CMS that we paid for to run exclusively with WordPress alone – who would have thought πŸ™‚

  3. Ian March 18, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Unbelievable Peter,

    From previous articles on this blog and then research into the whole value of blogs to any business, I kept getting lost in how to make it happen easily and consistently without having to spend a fortune.

    Thanks for making it simple.

  4. Jen Pearce March 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I’ve been looking at WordPress the past couple of days and was just saying to Peter Fletcher I don’t think people realise how much great stuff you can do with WordPress. He just wrote a great blog post on creating a WordPress for an agent and in it lists some of the great plug-ins and stuff that he used. I thought it was really handy so figured I’d share: http://ow.ly/4gRY6

    I’m also loving the new social plug-in DisQus http://disqus.com/

  5. Peter Ricci March 18, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks guys, yes, Jen great find, there are also a number of other plugins, but I just wanted to show people how easy it was to use, sometimes overloading them leads to a meltdown.

  6. Nick March 18, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    My only gripe with WordPress is that the code is pretty awful. Documentation for it is patchy (some functions are well documented, others not so well) and debugging it is a mess.

    We use our own custom CMS based on the CodeIgniter framework. It gives us a lot more power in what we can do, and also the code is extremely clean (CodeIgniter is no-nonsense and very slim).

    From a user’s point of view its great though. I even use it for blogs.

    Just a coder’s 2c. πŸ™‚

  7. Nick March 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    The last point is about WordPress by the way. Its very user friendly, just not coder friendly.

  8. Peter Ricci March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Nick, the code is a little so so, but it is very stable. Documentation is good enough for most developers, however the thing that rips apart the competition is the community.

    100’s of thousands of developers make it a comfortable choice for any business as they can pack up and leave with little hassle. try this with many of the other CMS systems and you are all alone and have to start again.

    πŸ™‚

  9. Real Estate Outsourcing March 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Great article about wordpress. It has so many features and plugins and it is pretty simple to use when you get the hang of using it.

  10. Andy Del Vecchio March 22, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    It’s very search engine friendly tooo….this is a great plus!

  11. Phil Craig March 22, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Great training.

    I’ve specified CMS’s for around 10 years now and I agree that there is no quicker and simpler way to get a site, that will be pretty close to your needs, than by using WordPress. It’s pretty much the “no brainer” solution until the requirements get too complex or too specific.

    As some commenters have mentioned, the range of themes and plugins that the WordPress community has built means that you can go from nothing to a pretty amazing site in no time at all. And with any software development: time = money.

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