In our last post, we talked about what tools and infrastructure you need to develop a remarkable blog. And as a follow-up in today’s post, we’ll be sharing how to effectively use WordPress as your CMS (Content management system). This post comes to us via guest blogger and tech-guru, Shahid Mansuri. Shahid has some really mean tips for taking your blogging game up several notches. Take notes, this is real good stuff. Over to the expert…
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How to Effectively Use WordPress as Your CMS
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems and offers great versatility. One of the biggest players in the content publishing stream, Forbes, also uses WordPress. There are plenty of reasons it is used as a content management system for websites, such as full control, good user interface, customer support, and a wide range of themes. Majority of websites use it because it provides them with plug-ins that automate various processes, such as creating a good looking website, building a sitemap, and making content compatible with any sort of theme change to a big degree.
It also gives users SEO plug-ins that offer the desired flexibility level and optimize your website page. WordPress has useful default features, but it is highly recommended to use customized plug-ins and features to organize and professionalize your website according to your specific requirements. The most amazing part is that you do not have to know HTML in order to edit website content. But it is extremely necessary for website developers to have a clear understanding of how to use WordPress effectively as a content management system. Effective usage differentiates you from those who fail to get productive results. Here are few tips on how to use effectively use WordPress as a CMS.
1. Initial settings after having installed WordPress
After having installed WordPress, you need to update certain settings. The first thing is to change the permalink structure to make your post’s URL look like “/web-design/wordpress-as-cms/”. In case of a WordPress website, it is better to make all sections look like pages which can be done by going ahead with a conventional format “/section/postname/”. You may choose to turn off the comments on each page and keep them on only on blog posts.
2. Having a static home page
Ideally, you should keep the home page of your website static in nature. A static home page actually adds a professional touch to your website’s outlook. The WordPress admin section gives you two options and you have to pick one of them depending upon whether you want a static home page or a home page with recent posts.
3. Different templates for different website sections
By utilizing the page template feature, you can specify different templates for different web pages. Other than the home page, different headers can be assigned to different pages so that every page has a unique statement which conveys its significance to visitors.
4. Different templates for different posts
There is an option to finalize templates for different web pages but it requires PHP scripting when it comes to finalizing templates for posts. This process determines specific templates for different posts on the basis of categories’ IDs. This enables you to keep the sidebar and header from the portfolio page as well as the portfolio posts.
5. Multiple widgets and sidebars
It is recommended to have different sidebars just like different templates, headers, and footers. Utilizing widgets makes the process of modifying the content of sidebars in PHP easier than it is. It allows you to regularly update the website without much inconvenience. The main idea is to have multiple dynamic sidebars so that you can give a link to separate sidebars on each template.
6. Consistent pages and posts
Your website should be developed in such a way that there seems to have no difference between pages and posts. You do not want to make large differences in user experiences on pages and posts. In order to make this difference invisible to users, there are two customized plug-ins that are essential, Exec-PHP and Deactivate Visual Editor. Within the admin section, their combined form allows you to integrate PHP code to your posts and pages.
All these separate tasks form the basis of a website’s outlook and its customer management system. WordPress is one of the leading CMSs as it takes this aspect of a website to a whole new level. With the help of the automated features in WordPress, you can update your website’s content easily without having a deeper understanding of PHP. Using feed features also allows you to keep your target audience updated. WordPress is a highly useful CMS for every website owner or blogger as it eases down the process of managing website content effectively and regularly. Hopefully these tips will allow you to look at the features and options you have as a site owner and take your user experience to the next level!
Which CMS do you use? Do share your experiences with us in the comments or on Twitter!
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Shahid Mansuri co-founded Peerbits, a leading mobile app development company, in 2011. His visionary leadership and flamboyant management style has yielded fruitful results for the company. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with leaned concentration on entrepreneurship and business. You can connect with him over LinkedIn
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