5 Odd And Unique Uses Of WordPress

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A customized WordPress installation can handle every kind of task it is given very comfortably. Thanks to its unmatched flexibility and an ever increasing repository of Plugins, we are able to set up WordPress to do things that it isn’t supposed to do.

You may disagree with me and say that every use of WordPress other than as a blog is its misuse, but trust me, WordPress is more robust, intuitive, and flexible than many of the free services and CMS out there. We trust WordPress because we know it so well, and it has never let us down.

The other day I was searching for a way to integrate Tumblr with WordPress, and came across some unique uses of WordPress. People have devised ingenious ways to turn WordPress into full-fledged CMS and whatnot. Here are some of the best ones.

WordPress as a tumblelog

What is a tumblelog? Tumblelogs are used to make short and quick posts to publish and share links, videos, images, quotes or whatever little scribbles you want to make online.

How do I use WordPress as a tumblelog? Though you may choose to go with tumblelog services like Tumblr, or download a tumblelog CMS, turning WordPress into a tumblelog or a mini blog is surprisingly easy. Install a tumblelog look-alike WordPress Theme such as Typographic and you are pretty much set to run your own hosted WordPress powered tumblelog with search functionality and all other WordPress goodness. Learn more about turning WordPress into a tumblelog.

WordPress as a photoblog

What is a photoblog? Photoblogs are different from regular text-based blogs in that they focus mainly on publishing photos.

How do I use WordPress as a photoblog? Again, you may stick to a photoblogging service like Flickr, or download a photoblog CMS such as Pixelpost, but nothing is stopping you from extending WordPress to function as a photoblog. Yet another photoblog and PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin are the kind of WordPress Plugins that let you do just that, with grace.

WordPress as a link directory

What is a link directory? A link directory is a collection of links to web pages sorted by categories and sub-categories.

How to use WordPress as a link directory? Free directory scripts are good and all but they run separately from WordPress, therefore, not our cup of tea. As always, someone has got a WordPress Plugin that adds a nice web directory feature to WordPress. From the Plugin page:

The WP Link Directory is the first and the only one link directory plugin on the Internet for WordPress admin to store and maintain a set of links in classified categories.

WordPress as a magazine or a news website

What is a magazine or a news website? Here is what.

How do I use.. you get it.. As a blogging platform, WordPress is already quite suited for running daily or frequently updated magazine/news sites. Max Limpag has written an excellent article on how to use WordPress to run a magazine, news website.

You’ll also love this beautiful magazine style WordPress Theme.

WordPress as a CMS

What is a CMS? A CMS is a bloated software package, to manage published content on the web, that is too technical and unintuitive to be of any use to a layperson like me. Example: PHP-Nuke.

How to use WordPress as a CMS? WordPress is the nearest lightweight sibling of the heavyweight content management systems. With little tweaking, and having right Plugins and Themes installed, you can change WordPress into a versatile yet lightweight CMS. ZMAng at Blog Helper has published a detailed guide for using WordPress as a CMS.

With the power, flexibility, and extendability of WordPress at your disposal, you can pretty much change it to any form you like. You are only limited by your imagination!

Have you come across any other unique uses of WordPress?

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