WordPress as a Larger CMS CMS Thoughts and Phrasings Doug Provencio Technical writer/editor
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.
Meaning “A CMS ain't nothing but a sandwich”
Real Meaning Whoops, wrong Young Adult novel. A CMS is a Content Management System, or more directly, a Web Content Management System.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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