October 27, 2012 DPR

Why Use WordPress?

Blog design and development using WordPress

WordPress designs for almost every imaginable purpose

WordPress is becoming the most popular open source Content Management System Web application, far surpassing regulars like Typo3, Joomla, Drupal, Mambo and XOOPS. The interesting thing is that WordPress was created as a blogging tool. In a short tim, it’s been able to evolve into much more.  The main reason is obvious when you delve into its administrative interface. Simplicity in the GUI’s form and function is one of its many strengths.

WordPress Administrative Interface

WordPress Administrative Interface

Simple Graphic User Interface (GUI) design

Once logged in, the first thing you’ll notice is the clean and easy to read menus and navigation. Even though at its core WordPress is very complex, blocks of clearly labeled tools are logically grouped based on purpose. Behind the front-end lies a simple, well-organized layout which appeals to novice and expert.

WordPress Admin Screen Options

WordPress Admin Screen Options

A Short Learning Curve

Of course, some folks will find learning a new software program a pain. Regardless of how intuitive the administrative interface in WordPress may seem, familiarizing yourself to the new language (jargon) used takes a little getting used to. However, if you fancy yourself a pro, then all of it will come to you rather quickly.  For several of my clients I have simplified the experience even more by hiding parts of the interface. By assigning a them to be a “Contributor”, certain menus which they will never use are no longer visible. Also, each interface section has a “Screen Options” which allows you to hide or reveal menus. Several of my clients have decided that For most, the learning curve is short. And with a devoted following, WordPress is well documented with thousands of themes, plug-ins and  programmers available.

Blog design development with WordPress framework

Blog design and development using WordPress

The above is a inspirational writer’s personal blog.Thinkinginink.com has a similar layout to an e-magazine. The WordPress template design and coding is written to have the same functions that a digital newspaper would contain, i.e.: featured articles, highlights, teasers and lots of pictures.

WordPress design and customizations for businesses, blogs and content management systems.

WordPress Powered Artist Portfolio

WordPress Powered Artist Portfolio

The above artist’s website and portfolio design was built using WordPress.The Hudson Valley based weaver and artisan needed to easily refer customers to recently introduced designs. Several WordPress plugins are incorporated into the artist’s portfolio including NextGen Gallery, All-In-One SEO and Simple Tags. All work together to make an effective online presence which is optimized for search engine ranking.[hs_action]

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