I am seriously falling in love with wordpress. It is hands down the best blogging platform out there, but I’m discovering that it’s pretty darn good as a general website design platform as well. I’ve had a couple of clients lately that I’ve built sites for based on wordpress, and it was really hard at first to convince them that I could build a “standard” website with it. They didn’t necessarily want a blog, but they wanted something that they could easily manipulate and add content to.
WordPress to the rescue! I explained to them that the blogging feature can really become secondary or not even exist if you don’t want it to. In wordpress, if you click on Options>>Reading you can set up the home page to be one of the subpages that you create instead of the blog itself. And that is exactly what I ended up doing for these last couple of sites.
Here they are:
Yenter.com is a Drilling and Blasting Company based in Colorado, and they really didn’t quite get the concept of how a blog could help them, but wanted to make quick changes to the site, and so wordpress ended up being perfect for them. Hopefully later down the road, they will see the benefits of the blog structure and will start using it, but until then, they have a great site structure to work with.
FocusOnCastleRock.com is kind of a pet project that I launched with my partner Jay under our company Searching Solutions. The basic idea was to create a site that could list all of the best businesses in our area. We transformed the comment section into a review section with a nice little star rating system, and opened up some categories for businesses to post promotions, coupons, events, etc. It came out great… and we were even able to add a forum for the town of Castle Rock with a cool plugin we found.
Anyway… I don’t usually write posts like this, but I’ve been so thrilled with wordpress lately. I’m no expert, but it’s been a blast building new sites on the platform and really getting some great functional results
Anyone have a wordpress testimonials they want to share?