WordPress as a CMS: Manage More Than Just Blogs

What’s a CMS?

A CMS is a Content Management System. It refers to any type of software with which you can manage files and documents, produced and maintained by one or more people. This includes content for the Web. The term is often taken to mean software for managing web site content exclusively.

But Isn’t WordPress a Blogging Platform?

WordPress is labelled as a blogging platform, but technically speaking, it’s capable of managing pretty much any type of web content. While WordPress is not a full-blown CMS out of the box, it has customization features that allow it to be more powerful than just a blog management tool. In particular, WordPress offers at least the following means of getting more out of the platform than just publishing blogs:
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5 Tips for Protecting Your WordPress Site

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there – some say the most popular. However, it does have it’s fair share of problems. Fortunately, the Automattic team do a good job of getting fixes out there, and roll in new security measures into each new version. Once you’ve installed WordPress, you can do a few things to protect your blog, as listed below. (Note: the general tips apply to any blogging platform, but the anti-spam plugins are for WordPress sites.)
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Firewall’s Weekly WordPress, Twitter and Web News

Some recent news from around the web….

Kevin Rose, aka Mr. Digg.com (which has been valued at anywhere between $0 and several hundred milion dollars), offers, in a guest post at TechCrunch, 10 tips for increasing your Twitter followers. Besides the fact that I’ve never seen Rose write a guest post, and that he left off the most important tip: be Kevin Rose, it’s a good read. But since only he can be Kevin Rose, you’ll have to make do with his 10 tips and hope you’ll get even a fraction of his nearly 90K Twitter followers. Oh by the way, he’s apparently an investor in Twitter. Did this happen before or after he sold his Twitter competitor, Pownce, to Six Apart?
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WordPress.tv Launch and other Web and WordPress News

Here’s a look around the blogosphere at some of the recent Web and WordPress news.

If you need a bit of guidance getting started with WordPress, ElitebyDesign has an absolute beginner guide. Then check out the newly-launched WordPress.tv, and Six Revisions list of 30 WordPress video tutorials.

Word is that there’ll be an online WordPress Handbook which will supplement the WordPress Codex and act as a basic guide to using WordPress.

If you’re still undecided about whether to use WP, take note that blog pinging service Royal Pingdom checked the top 100 blogs as listed on Technorati and found that the vast majority of them run on WordPress.
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Installed WordPress? What Next?

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Installing the WordPress blogging platform is relatively simple, especially if you use a website host that lets click a few links or buttons, type in some information, and voila, you’re ready to go. But what do you do next?

The steps below are suggestions of what to do from the WP admin panel after you’ve installed WP. The order of steps is approximate. [Read more…]