Martha Burtis is back in action at UMW, and she returns to us with a project that I am following with great anticipation: blogging WordPress as a CMS. As she notes in her introductory post on the topic:
It often seemed…that when push came to shove, there was always something that prevented WP from being the right CMS solution. Although I think I’ve always suspected that with the right mix of plugins and the right theme, the problems could be surmounted.
And what she will be doing is going through her conceptualization of WP as CMS including, though not limited to, creating an array of different content types, re-imagining the uses of tags and categories, re-structuring custom templates, and tackling variegated subscription models. It is an awesome project, and there is no question in my mind that Martha hacking WordPress allow us to really start considering this application as a far more comprehensive web-based solution for a more dynamic, yet simple, way at content management than just throwing a static frontpage on a blog.
I mean she already has a solid list of plugins that I have never heard of before, that promise to go a long way towards making things we would have had to hack, program, or simply dream about previously as simple as a click of an “activate” button. Here is the list she frames, and I quote her descriptions:
- Flutter (formerly Fresh Post) allows you to create custom Write Panels that make use of WP custom fields (I’ve always thought custom fields must be part of the key to turning WP into a CMS
- dTabs is a pretty slick plugin for creating custom tabbed navigation. It allows you to link a tab to a page, a post, a category, a URL, etc. The styling can be a bit tricky.
- Idealian Category Enhancements allows you to designate a particular template to be used for a particular category, automatically.
- AStickyPostOrderER lets you manually order posts within a category, bypassing the automatic reverse chronological ordering.
This is exciting work, and while many have thrown out a list of plugins that can help you create a CMS with WordPress, far, far fewer have actually meticulously blogged there process along with their conceptual thinking behind that process. And if you know Martha, then you you already know she will do both these things in spades. “Brava!,” says the bava 🙂