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WordPress as a CMS - The Plugin Approach


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This is the original presentation I'm giving at the WordPress Houston Meetup on 6/27/2011 about using WordPress as a CMS with help from select plugins. We've been using WordPress at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston since 2009 for various projects and will begin to migrate the main UT Medical School website over to WordPress Multisite in late summer 2011.

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WordPress as a CMS - The Plugin Approach

  2. 2. ABOUT EricRaschERIC RASCH since 2003My Office of This presentationLifestream Communications @
  3. 3. PLUGINS... BY top 5 most popular... probably: All in One SEO PackTHE NUMBERS 8,081,370 downloads; seo Google XML Sitemaps14,949 total plugins in the 5,338,513 downloads; seorepository @ Akismet 6,974,351 downloads; security Contact Form 7 4,131,953 downloads; form NextGEN Gallery 3,415,754 times; media
  5. 5. STARTING WITH A PLUGIN CORE SET (most of these make it into each site I develop)Akismet More FieldsAnalytics360 More Taxonomies for MultisiteBroken Link Checker More Types Google XML SitemapsBulletProof Security Scissors Continued with Multisite supportDBC Backup Search Everything Remove /blog slugDuplicate Post Search Meter plugin for WPMUEnable Media Replace Secure WordPressGoogle Analytics (Yoast) SEO Ultimate for Theme DevelopmentGoogle XML Sitemaps W3 Total Cache AskApache What Is ThisGravity Forms WordPress SEO (Yoast) Convert Post Types + MailChimp Add-On WordPress Ultimate Security Simply Show IDs + User Registration WP-Optimize Theme-CheckJetpack WP
  7. 7. 98.6 DEGREES top 3 plugins that made a difference: Broken Link CheckerBLOG Google Analytics (Yoast) 14plugins 19 Posts 8 Pages SEO UltimateA blog? You lied! I know butit’s a great site. The killerthing about this site is itonly took 30 minutes to trainDr. King (2 years ago) onhow to keep it updated.
  8. 8. DIAGNOSTIC top 3 plugins that made a difference: AZIndexIMAGING Duplicate Post 16plugins 68 Posts 31 Pages Import HTMLThis site redesign needed agood scrubbing. Import HTMLdid the heavy lifting, WPhandled the prettypermalinks (and a whole lotmore), and AZIndex madethe faculty list easy-peasy.
  9. 9. DII ONLINE top 3 plugins that made a difference: Gravity FormsCONSULT + User Registration Add-On 16plugins 2 Posts 26 Pages + FreshBooks Add-OnGravity Forms really madethis site pull together. Withthe User Registration andFreshBooks add-ons, GFprovided a round-tripordering experience for theuser.
  10. 10. IBP RESERVATION top 3 plugins that made a difference: Booking CalendarSYSTEM BuddyPress 30plugins 1 Posts 9 Pages Gravity FormsThe Department ofIntegrative Biology needed away to register users, verifycredentials, and reserveequipment rentals.
  11. 11. ORL / ENT top 3 plugins that made a difference: Gravity FormsNEWSLETTERS MailChimp Add-On Analytics360 38 202 4plugins Posts Pages More TypesDr. Citardi publishes 2 emailnewsletters. He wanted aneasy way to maintain thecontent types and signupusers. MailChimp’sAnalytics360 helped keep aclose watch on the action.
  12. 12. ARC top 3 plugins that made a difference: Gravity Forms PayPal Add-OnCOURSE Gravity Forms User Registration Add-On 24 0 11plugins Posts Pages WordPress HTTPSA simple site for givingpotential attendees a way toget information, signup fornewsletter updates, andregister for upcomingcourses. Gravity Forms to therescue.
  13. 13. ORL FRONTIERS top 3 plugins that made a difference: CMS Tree Page ViewCOURSE MapPress Easy Google Maps 24 0 8 plugins Posts Pages W3 Total CacheDr. Citardi wanted to keephis course registrationswebsites separate, but stillhave the capabilities with aslightly different look. ChildThemes made it a quick &easy turnaround.
  14. 14. UT top 3 plugins that made a difference: Magic FieldsPHYSICIANS WP Custom Search 41plugins 930 Posts 35 Pages RedirectionLong before Custom PostTypes, Magic Fields gave us away customize profiles forour physicians. WP CustomSearch gave us a way forthem to be found.
  15. 15. UT top 3 plugins that made a difference: Import HTMLMIST WordPress SEO (Yoast) 27plugins 12 Posts 36 Pages Vipers Video QuicktagsAnother static site needing acleanup with a strong way tomaintain and enhance theircurrent SEO efforts.WordPress provided a built-in way for multiple parties tokeep the site rolling.
  16. 16. JOHN RITTER top 3 plugins that made a difference: Search MeterRESEARCH Gravity Forms MailChimp Add-On 26 21 15plugins Posts Pages WP No Category BaseQuick build, rapidturnaround, lasting results.Within 9 days we had thissite launched and ready tospread-the-word.
  17. 17. WHAT’S TO COME?
  18. 18. REBUILDING A Types of sites... Departments/Offices/CentersMEDICAL SCHOOL Campaigns Newsletters Faculty profiles2011 will reveal big changes Labswith the UT Med School’swebsites, as we convert from Plugins to help...static sites to Multisite. Duplicator Networks for WordPress Add Clone Sites for WPMU (batch) Site Creation Wizard Social Metrics Content Scheduler Post Revision Workflow
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