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  • 1. WordPress as a Larger CMS CMS Thoughts and Phrasings Doug Provencio Technical writer/editor
  • 2. Origins Started with idea for WordPress as a larger CMS Handbook. Tried to isolate what functions are thought of as particularly CMS-esque. Began gathering plugins, now at 336, which help perform classic CMS functions.
  • 3. Meaning “A CMS ain't nothing but a sandwich”
  • 4. Real Meaning Whoops, wrong Young Adult novel. A CMS is a Content Management System, or more directly, a Web Content Management System.
  • 5. Problem WordPress, which always was a system for managing content, often in the form of a blog, now has more obvious options to become a CMS-flavored CMS. So it's redundant to talk about turning a CMS into a CMS. It's more accurate to talk about turning it into an even better CMS.
  • 6. What a Blog Does A blog manages content (posts) by arranging and publishing them in reverse chronological order with supporting infrastructure. A blog can be hand-coded, but most blogs are now published by CMS platform software, such as WordPress.
  • 7. What Does a CMS Do? What does a CMS do, when a CMS manages content, in a classic CMS-tic kind of way? Define by who it is done for (entities). Define by what it does (functions).
  • 8. CMS Entities Usually more than an individual Artists with portfolios Real estate agents Non-profits Small businesses More medium-sized businesses Governmental departments Universities Newspapers/Magazines
  • 9. CMS Functions Creating posts and especially pages Using media, metadata, elements Using navigation, such as menus or search Establishing workflow After-post management of posts/pages Using categories and custom taxonomies Using custom post types
  • 10. Mouthful A Content Management System empowers entitities such as independent professionals, non-governmental organizations, or medium-sized enterprises to organize content types, design structures which contain them, and the workflow with which they are produced into a dynamic web presence.
  • 11. Wait a minute The previous slide shows a remaining problem with the phrasing but not the goal: Allowing groups of people to publish larger web sites is awesome. WordPress does that with a newly remodeled and popular core and over 10,000 plugins.
  • 12. More about CMS's www.CMScritic.com www.CMSmyth.com www.CMSreport.com www.CMSwatch.com www.CMSwire.com or http://wordpress.org/showcase/ 103 examples tagged as CMS