I do a lot of stuff with WordPress. It’s a relationship which started nearly two years ago when I decided I could add some value and functionality to our website by creating subsections using WP, theming them up to look like our website and taking advantage of all the things that come with them like commenting, RSS and easy customization.
This has kind of spiralled over those years and, as the platform has developed to become even more nuanced, WordPress is now my CMS of choice. Sure, I’ve wrangled with Drupal and Joomla, but I always come back to WordPress. I thought I’d share the top 5 reasons for this here.
- 5 minute install. You want a blog? You got it! Seriously, the single best thing about WP is the speed with which you can have a blog up and running. The whole “5 minute install” thing is not hyperbole – it really does take that long to get things going.
- Flexible. It is VERY flexible. From a simple blog, to a larger site, to something even more out there like an ePetition system, WordPress can be molded and manipulated to do pretty much anything.
- Child Themes. Child themes were something of an epiphany for me. Where in the past I have found the actual process of coding a theme somewhat laborious, Child Themes take most of the hard work away. Taking the structure and functionality of a given theme as a starting point, Child Themes allow developers (like me!) to rapidly build up their theme over these bones, providing an already sturdy framework.
- It’s easy. Yes it is. Adding new code and functions to themes does require a little bit of reading up but once you’ve grasped the basics it is shockingly easy to extrapolate from there.
- Buddypress. This is a plugin rather than a native system, but it is incredibly popular and allows developers to easily convert sites into interaction rich social platforms.
Developed using customisation of WordPress
In development from February 2010, following customer focus group
Right, let me elaborate slightly from the posting on my portfolio. Linking Lincoln is a project I’ve been working on for some time now which I am so glad I can finally put out and show to you all!
I designed and developed the layout in WordPress, taking influence from a logo created by Optima Design to promote devbelopment in the City. The site takes its primary colour scheme from this logo and was intended to feel more like an information website than a blog, hence the news area being less prominent. The design usses some subtle CSS3 features to add depth, predominently text shadows and gradients.
The site is intended to mesh with printed media used to advertise Linking Lincoln projects with QR codes visible on posters; mobile users can scan these to visit pages on Linking Lincoln relevant to the project.
All in all I’m very pleased with this design; it’s simple and functional and has given me, again, more chance to experiment with the WordPress framework and CSS3 techniques!