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WordPress Makes Sense For Many Non-Blog Websites

A friend wants to develop a corporate web site and wanted to get my advice on what CMS he should use. As usual I asked him what did he want to do with it and got a judgement about his technical skill. The website he envisoned was one of the simple ones, with basic information and he was not exposed to any web site management before or to managing raw HTML. I advised him to use WordPress for it. However, he knew that WordPress was a blogging engine and felt that I was trying to tackle him cheaply.

So here goes my justification for why WordPress makes a lot of sense for many simple web sites, including the non-blog ones. The shorter version is that WordPress provides good infrastructure of web publishing and gives you tools to build an interactive web site. And I think this is common knowledge in the WordPress community.

Pages and Posts

WordPress supports two basic types of content – Pages and posts. Pages are used to hold information that is valid for a bigger span of time. For such content, a change overwrites the earlier content. Posts are used for content which is more dynamic, like news and updates. In stead overwriting with changes, such content builds an archive.

Now, any web site that represents an entity – company, product, educational institution or an individual, at least in today’s age, has both such types of content. Providing news and updates and their helps keep the readers and customers uptodate through subscriptions.

The recent versions of WordPress also lets you set one of the pages as the homepage. You can do away with the blog and archives look and create a corporate user interface. In a blog the posts take over the entire web site, whereas in a non-blog web site the pages get more dominant.

Categories

Sometimes you might have more than one content types for which posts are suitable, like news and articles. In such a case you can use the categories to differentiate between the two. The categories can be hierarchical and there is no limit on the number of categories you have. This is one of the best tools to use for content classification.

Feeds

Feed is one of the most used techniques by readers to keep themselves updated. WordPress generates feeds for both pages and posts and various other queries, which you can offer to your reader and customers. It is also quite popular that these feeds can be easily converted to emails using various services. What this means is that you can reach out to the web, feedreader and email users by just publishing the content once.

Excellent templates

The templating system of WordPress supports a lot of customization through the rich template tags. It gives you complete freedom over the HTML markup, data retrieval and styling using CSS. Since the control is with you, you can take the responsibility to build a valid (X)HTML and CSS. Which means that you can also control the SEO aspects and use of JavaScript.

The default theme looks very blog like and has a specific layout. However, that is just the theme, you can easily create your own to satisfy your needs.

Permalinks

Permalinks are the URLs that are easy to read and easy to remember, without the question marks and ampersands. WordPress has a flexible way of constructing the permalinks and lets you create your own schema. Not only that, using code, you can even add your own terminology within the permalinks.

Easy administration interface

All said and given, administration of a web site is one of the biggest hurdles in maintaining it. WordPress provides an easy to use administration interface for writing and managing content, and configuration of the web site.

There is a lot of talk about the WYSIWYG editors, but I usually advise people to use the default editor that comes with WordPress. It is the best balance between ease of writing text and HTML both together.

Having said that WordPress does come with a WYSIWYG editor, and there a host of other plugins for it.

Roles and Permissions

WordPress also sports a simple but effective roles and capabilities system. This is extremely useful if you appoint different people for managing the web site configuration, managing content or adding the content.

Interaction

Comments is something I believe all web sites should borrow from blogging. Comments can be used to interact with the readers and customers. They can contact you or contribute to the content or report problems using them. Comments are supported for pages as well as individual posts.

Not only this, WordPress comes with the Akismet plugin which can save a lot of your effort and time in dealing with spam.

Saves Effort and Time

Because of so many inbuilt features, WordPress can save you a lot of effort and time of development. Most of the times it is development of the theme and configuration of the web site. Not only for development, but WordPress, which requires PHP and MySQL is also easy to deploy with many hosts. This also makes WordPress most suitable for doing pilot projects and prototypes.

Other than these, WordPress is completely open source and has built a huge community around it. It is extremely difficult to miss the huge amount of themes, plugins and third party tools built around it.

Whether it can be used for complex web sites or not is completely dependent on the developer’s skill, however it surely is suitable for many simple web sites, including the corporate ones. Hopefully this will help the skeptical ones realize that you can do more than blogs with WordPress. This is not to say that other tools are not effective, but they can be an overkill many times. I will continue to recommend WordPress for many simple web sites, it really makes sense.

Discussion [Participate or Link]

  1. Ben - Binary Moon said:

    I agree entirely. I use wordpress as a cms for most sites these days. Lots of people want blogs anyway, and combined with the amazing plugin system (something you didn’t mention) you can do almost anything you can imagine. For instance I run a games portal off of wordpress as well.

  2. Douglas Karr said:

    I also agree. They are definitely making the move to a full-fledged Content Management systems. The SEO-friendly capabilities alone should drive anyone in that direction.

  3. Steven Campbell said:

    Every website I build, I always think of using WordPress before thinking of coding it myself. Most of the time it works – WP has an infinite amount of uses.

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  6. Andrew da Silva said:

    WordPress is used by a lot of companies, the adult industry uses it to make sites quickly, scalable and easy to manage.

    Joomla seems to be used too, with their new interface, it looks clean and is easier to learn… templates or modules aren’t as easy to make as WordPress though.. :(

    WordPress is really the all-in-one solution for the normal citizen!

    Great article!

  7. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Thanks for your inputs! WordPress makes the basic publishing activity so easy that it automatically gets suitable for many web sites. However, I do look at other solutions if there is more variety of content types.

  8. Rick Cockrum said:

    I’m another who is using WordPress as a cms for fairly simple websites. It’s worked well for a theatre I have, which I run as a cross between a blog and a static site, and a shareware site, which is primarily page based. WordPress’ structure makes it easy to keep the sites updated.

  9. Moses Francis said:

    Definitely agree with you, WordPress is so capable of doing almost everything, just need to fiugre the basic functions and tweak it to your delight.

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  11. David Peyton said:

    Thanks for all of this! It is a great help.

    Do you know if it is possible to facilitate a semi-automated HTML >> WordPress transfer? Can anyone point me in the right direction for this?

  12. Jeremiah said:

    I totally agree. I use to try and code pages myself until I found WordPress. It is so effective at managing websites that it’s all that I use now.

  13. Stephen Collins said:

    WP is absolutely suited for use as a CMS, albeit not an enterprise-grade one. That said, I personally think it’s ideal for most small business or personal sites. The website for my business runs entirely on WP and doing so makes it very easy for me.

  14. TheSoulgirl said:

    I completely agree! I’ve developed lot’s of sites for people who didn’t particularly want a blog but who weren’t aufait with using FTP clients and HTML editors so wordpress brought all that together with a simple and effective interface.

    I wish more themes recognised this need where the Page set up is concerned, removing the comments bit.

    All hail WordPress!

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  16. Kevin Deldycke said:

    Using WordPress as a CMS make sense and I reached the same conclusion 10 month ago. I was using e107 as a CMS and I wrote an import script to move all my old CMS content to WordPress.

    Maybe WP as a CMS is an emergent trend…

  17. Joan M.Mas said:

    Yes, absolutely true.
    I have been testing several CMS systems for a much needed update of some of my projects, and I’ve found that more complex solutions such as Drupal, Mambo or Joomla aren’t worth the trouble in most cases. WordPress is incredibly powerful, customizable and extendable and its last version, with widgets, static homepages and multiple templates makes it perfect even for non-blog websites.

  18. Home Design, Adam said:

    I think WordPress makes an excellent base CMS platform and I use it as such on many of my sites with the end users not only able to create posts but also to manage the more static site content using WordPress pages.

    The plugin system, reasonably simple templating and open community are really where WordPress excels over other systems costing 10′s of thousands of dollars.

    I disagree with some of the comments above saying WordPress is not suitable for the enterprise environment. I use an ‘enterprise grade’ CMS at work and there are very few features it has over WordPress.

    Perhaps the only feature I’d really like though would be version control on pages so it’s possible to go back to a previous revision of a page. Everything else including e-commerce is available via free plugins.

  19. Truden said:

    I would also chose WP for a small not busy web site.
    Of course it can be used not only for personal weblog, but when it comes to use it as a community web site it lacks most of the required features.

    The so neglected phpNuke will suite you much better and will give you away better performance in a busy web site.

    I have phpNuke web site most of the time with over 250 visitors in, playing games, downloading books, uploading books, writing, reading, browsing the gallery,discussing in the forums and it is much faster than my WP weblog when has three visitors in.

    But I still love WP more than phpNuke :D

  20. Aen said:

    1 big problem for WordPress being used as a CMS is membership and its ugly login/signup pages. Other than that it rocks.

  21. Michelle said:

    Here’s a good example of wordpress used for a corporate website:

    Jbolsen.com

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  24. Dennis Hettema said:

    I completely agree. I usually try to keep companies to keep things simple and WordPress does that without loosing in any of the required functionalities. Sadly most companies seem hellbent on re-inventing the wheel…

  25. Doug said:

    WordPress brings a lot to the table for even basic Web sites that are not blogs. I always install a set of anti-spam plugins and the Google sitemap plugin. Just those things alone are huge time savers compared to doing them other ways.

    I also find that WordPress is perfect for sites I set up for non-technical users because it so easily allows them to create and alter their own pages.

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  28. Ray Stone said:

    I also concur.

    Someone said the login page is ugly. The login page can look any way you want it to look, just like the rest of the site. The front end of a WP site is completely flexible. Once you get familiar with the theme files, you can do anything.

  29. Steve Casey said:

    I have been using WordPress as a CMS for a while now and the new version (2.1+) makes it so easy to setup a static site/CMS. I used to use plugins and custom templates to setup site. I don’t need to do that any longer. Hats off to the WordPress developers!

    I’m building all my sites with WordPress now. Here is an example I’m working on now – http://www.chimp-simple.com

    I have a posting with the steps on how to setup your WP CMS site here:
    http://www.chimp-simple.com/2007/06/20/5-steps-to-making-wordpress-a-content-management-system-cms/ for people who are interested.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  30. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Wow, great comments there.

    Aen, you can choose to modify the WordPress login/signup pages, and even the admin styling. You will discover many more things if you can go through the code.

  31. Brandon said:

    I thought this was the case until today, they decided to suspend the site because what their support said “We generally do not allow commercial content.” However, I looked over their Terms of Service and it does NOT say they disallow commercial content. So. your post is correct as far as their terms of service, but they seem to contradict it with their actions. I’m currently emailing support to get it reinstated. We didn’t do a sole thing wrong, but were innocently denied service arbitrarily.

    This is a little concerning.

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  34. Grant Day said:

    There are also some brilliant tools to assist the novice in publishing pages and posts.
    My personal favourite is Microsoft Live Writer which is a small 5.4MB download. It allows anyone with minimal skill to edit posts, save drafts and publish without needing to get involved with the WordPress back-end.

  35. Leon said:

    Completely agree, WP is perfect for non blog sites, I’ve been using it as such for a while now and find it indispensable.

  36. Ross said:

    Yes, but something that I don’t think anyone has pointed out yet (I scanned the comments) is that search engines like Yahoo will “punish” you if you use WordPress. By that I mean they will immediately consider your site a “blog” – just because it uses WP. And therefor you’ll only be included in their blog search results (for the most part). My Google traffic is huge, my Yahoo traffic is minimal (I run a site using WP that isn’t specifically a blog).

  37. IhateDesign said:

    its a wonderful idea! its just perfect!, in the “interaction” topic its the most useful on the all post (for me ;) ), thanks for the info.

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  39. Mr g said:

    I couldnt agree more – I am a science teacher and over the past 7 years have put together various web sites to support the courses that I have delivered. These have included sites made in dreamweaver, golive and flash. Then i strated writing courses using Moodle and that just became a pain – great for assessment material really horrid for delivery material.

    Wham – then i discover WordPress and using a simple topic based format with a few plugins to allow a slightly more media rich content and writting course sites is fairly easy.

    It also has the advatage that deliver / revision material is now accessible by the world but assessment material (only) is running in moodle. So any student anywhere can see material that might be useful but only my own students can bug me with their assessment score.

    As for the blog ability well its there if ever I need it – but realistically I never will.

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  44. mpb said:

    I have suggested WordPress.com for small businesses and professionals as a welcome mat, easily set up as you suggest. If they have their own domain name, that can now be attached for little cost.

    Often in rural areas businesses or non-profits just don’t have the computing skills available or the IT knowledge and why should they? They are trying to make a living.

    Maybe there is a need for a term other than “blog” to apply? I can see reluctance by many to use something also associated with MySpace

  45. Andre said:

    It’s an interesting tool for a site; I built out what became an incomplete online guide to one of our local music festivals and it was an extremely helpful tool. I ended up using the posts feature to allow for comments on the various acts that performed as well as general comments about the site.
    There’s still some things I have to learn and figure out, but it was great to get it done with little time left before the event started.

  46. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Thanks for your useful comments. There so many comments and so many people have already experienced the goodness that probably this post was not necessary ;-)

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  48. Josh Males said:

    I used it as a CMS for a site in Hebrew. I couldn’t be bothered to play with unicode pages and right-to-left text.
    Instead, I downloaded the Hebrew version and built http://www.euro-pais.net for playing the UK and Euromillions lotteries from overseas.

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  52. Aen said:

    @ Abhijit: I have used the “Themed Login” and “Login Redirect” plugins for Beverly.sg but still I would prefer login and sign up pages to be themable out of the box.

    I don’t like to hack core WordPress files as I maintain quite a number of WordPress-based sites and keeping track of the hacks and upgrading would be a pain in the ass.

    But other than scoring low in the areas I mentioned to be lacking, WP scores 100% in all other areas and the one reason i choose it over Drupal/EE/Joomla is that the template system makes the most sense and it’s the most customizable CMS ever.

  53. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    I agree with you Aen that theming the login and registration pages should be simpler, like rest of the templates.

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  56. Dino said:

    I really dig this article. I agree that WordPress indeed is a very powerful tool. In fact I’ve seen some sites abuse it too for spamming. Plugins like auto-posting makes it easier for spammers to create sites that are unneccessary and steal your sites content.

  57. Steve "WarAxe" Mooradian said:

    I just used WordPress on my new personal site, SteveMooradian.com, pretty much exploiting WP as a full-blown CMS.

    I used root-level pages as the main menu items, then I populated the individual pages with “sections” that are really sub-pages under their parents. And then for items like examples in a web design portfolio I used posts.

    I was pretty proud of myself… everything that ain’t design is dynamic and cleanly stored in MySQL using WordPress’s semantics. Sweet! ;-)

  58. Aaron said:

    I’ve always tried to push WordPress for projects where it is applicable. Sometimes it is resisted, but most people come to enjoy working with it.

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  60. John T. Pratt said:

    I have many web sites, and have just recently migrated my main site from Drupal (after 2 years) to WordPress. I have also used Joomla, Mambo, Movable Type, phpNuke, and postNuke in the past. WordPress now runs nearly all my sites and is my default choice because:

    - it’s uses less memory and CPU power
    - it doesn’t use as much mySQL resources as other CMS systems I’ve used
    - it’s butt easy to use out of the box
    - it requires nearly no explaining to new users
    - it’s more widely supported than any other CMS
    - it’s more flexible (blog/static site/hybrid)
    - it’s infinitely customizable

    It took me 2 months to figure out how to do what I wanted in Drupal (2 years ago)….I was able to do what I wanted in WordPress in 2 hours.

  61. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Aaron, yes, initially people think WordPress is too simple a tool for them, until they realize its potential.

    John, good points there.

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  63. Henry Diaz said:

    I totally agree with this entry about how useful is WP., for example; Granada Gazette usa WordPress como cms y wordpress dot como blogging engine.
    two thumbs-up!

  64. Dave Q said:

    I agree entirely. With a powerful CMS (not just a blogging software) + an active community of developers/designers, how can we go wrong.

  65. Steven Choy said:

    I once used PostNuke and Mambo to build websites. Now, most of my existing websites are powered by WordPress. For example, I used WordPress to build 4 information directory (with some Mashup elements) websites, which are nothing to do with blogging. I am proud that I picked up the right tool. If you have time, take a look at them and see how WordPress can be used in such a way.

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  66. Ozonew4mWebmaster said:

    Hi.. cool blog.. I was wondering if you would consider allowing me to add your blog feed to my news section on my webmaster website . I realise that not all of your posts are strictly webmaster related but ive written a script to only show posts containing certain keywords so theres no need to worry. Anyway, like i said.. cool blog.. some interesting stuff.. thanks

  67. George Mandis said:

    What I haven’t seen anyone mention yet is the fact that you can do a lot in the way of branding the administrative section on WordPress. In some instances I’ve gone in and completely removed features leaving only “Write” and “Manage” to keep some clients from getting too caught up and confused with the various features.

  68. Abhimanyu Chirimar said:

    No question about this. I moved to WP back when MT started charging. Never looked back since (MT opening up the latest dev to OSS – too little too late guys). WP has come a phenomenal way and with such an obsessively active community creating plugins, themes and what not, it just makes sense as a CMS.

    As you detailed, it has all the core fundamentals right and everything is else is just gravy on top.

    Oh yeah, its all free!

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  72. Rudi Lehnert said:

    I absolutely agree to your post. I run several sites (see sidebar: Eisbrecher.Net) and transferred all the content to WordPress. But I don’t agree that the built in editor is very useful. Zoundry is the best editor I can imagine:

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  73. Pin said:

    I agreed. Initially, many of them use an approach where they setup corporate website and at the same time creating a blog too. We have tried to combine both of them and the result is great. We have developed a theme with greater support to Pages, it is available at http://www.1.com.my/wordpress-theme/banteay-srey.

    Pin

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  79. Dawn said:

    Could you use a Page as the blog homepage, and then have a tab titled “Blog” that linked to a regular blog section? How would you code the “blog” link?

  80. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Dawn, this is one of the easiest things to do with WordPress, especially since version 2.1. Create two static pages, go to Administration -> Options -> Reading. There you will see a section for Front Page. Select the page that you want to be displayed as home page, and then select the page where you want the posts to be displayed. That’s it, done.

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  87. Anni Lenox said:

    WordPress brings a lot to the table for even basic Web sites that are not blogs. I always install a set of anti-spam plugins and the Google sitemap plugin. Just those things alone are huge time savers compared to doing them other ways.

  88. Mike said:

    I have been using WP for my blogs for a while, and would love to use it for my business. Except I cant seem to find any non-blog themes. If any of you know of any, please share them

    Thanks a bunch!

    By the way Abhijit, great site! Keep up the great work!

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  90. Josh said:

    I would love to use WP for a medium-sized (150+ page) corporate site.

    For me, the one problem I have is finding a good navigation tool. I have tried the leading tools (such as NAVT) but I have not been impressed.

    Does anyone have a recommendation, or is anyone using a hack that they like?

    I need to be able to have drop down menus that the client can easily change/update and the ability to have different menus on sub-pages.

    Thanks,
    Josh

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  99. pradeep said:

    nice post

  100. Jacob said:

    I completely agree with this post. It would be nice to have a list of themes that make a WordPress site more manageable if you don’t plan to use posts (a static website).

  101. Dan Spring said:

    Nice post mate

  102. Kevin said:

    Interesting article. Here are a few more reasons why you may want to consider using wordpress.
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  104. Sajid said:

    Thanks for sharing. Completely agree, WP is perfect for non blog sites.

  105. Irfan Mahmood said:

    I see worpress is complete and perfect for website but how to use and where.

  106. StarCraft 2 said:

    I only use WordPress because it is so accessible to everyone. The fact that it is open source makes me happy too.

    Great post!

  107. John Vasko said:

    Hi Abhijit,

    Thanks for your post. I’m convinced that WP can be used for a corporate site but what would be really helpful would be so show a couple of examples that don’t use a traditional non-blog format and simply list a few of the top themes for non-blog sites. Do you have any recommendations.

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    WordPress is really the all-in-one solution for the normal citizen!

    Great article!

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  109. Ryan said:

    Agreed. I’ve used WordPress on a non-blog site and it works perfectly. Best part though is that I was able to add in blogging features as I needed them. Biggest one was commenting, but adding a blog section was trivial since I was already using a blog backend.

    On the other hand, I have setup a site that started with WordPress and migrated to a custom built solution. The WordPress version was great, but it was overkill for what I needed and actually made it more difficult to get content online.

  110. Taylor Consulting said:

    We used WordPress to build our entire corporate website. I couldn’t be happier, it has made it so easy to manage (especially with multiple users). We can quickly add pages as needed (new product, new service), in addition to blogging (news, ideas). WordPress is known as the best blog platform but it is also a great CMS.

  111. Bill Bartmann said:

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

  112. Alison Wood said:

    I have made the switch from using WordPress purely for blogging to setting up some CMS themes and I find it it totally intuitive and easily accessible.

  113. Tom Baker said:

    I just started my site on wordpress at your suggestion. I’m happy so far. Thanks.

  114. Roberto Ciccolella said:

    I am also a big WordPress fan; Since I discovered it I have never looked back. All my clients and personal web sites are built with WordPress as CMS. Great article, thank you!

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    Sure, i got 5 websites, and those aren’t blog. I Love WP.

  116. Barbara said:

    Hello … just wanted to let you know that 2-1/2 years after you posted this excellent article, it’s STILL helping people! I set up my blog with WP but normally used FrontPage for “regular” sites. After FP was dropped, I tried DreamWeaver and Expression Web and found both to be difficult to learn. They may be more powerful than WP, but unless I’m interested in doing a very complex site, who cares? Your article helped me decide to take the plunge and set my next site up with WP. THANKS!

  117. Joe said:

    Great post. We are using wordpress to build a site for our community. Things aren’t perfect but the amount of plugins available to wordpress are so helpful.

  118. Michael said:

    We are tring to provide non-blog websites to our customers. wE find it challenging to convert them so they look like the typical websites.. where can we find non=blog templates?

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    Many websites use WP as CMS, but also as blogs at the same time. For example http://thefantasticmom.com, a SoCal children directory lists reviews for business, products but also let visitors socialize or blog.

  123. Kweku said:

    Can anyone recommend a good website that shows you how to build a good website from scratch using wordpress.

    Also, can you recommend a good wordpress website designer/developer that is reasonably priced.

  124. Mike said:

    I really cannot see the point of using WordPress. In the time it takes to learn all of WordPress’ funny little special ways you could become fluent in PHP and Javascript. It’s a waste of time and I would strongly advise beginners to give it a wide berth. Learn to code a website properly from scratch – it’s not that hard.

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    WordPress isn’t for beginners in that repect, and no substitute for learning the basic web skills properly. But once you know what your doing you can use it to your advantage.

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    managing WordPress site is not so tough.And it is real that it can be used for CMS.

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