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13 plugins that will make WordPress into a CMS

| January 14, 2008 | 38 Comments

Recently I posted about why I think WordPress is a CMS. This led to a pretty interesting discussion in the comments on the topic, but it was unresolved.

Here’s some more fuel for the fire: I just came across Josh Byers’ blog, thanks to his amazing Custom Admin Branding Plugin. He has a post there that lists the plugins he uses to transform WordPress into a full-fledged content management system (CMS). Aside from the fact that it’s good to know about the plugins he mentions, it’s interesting to note that by adding a few plugins, Josh feels that his WordPress sites can be considered CMSs, as opposed to just blogs.

Here are some of the plugins that he says he uses to make WordPress into a CMS. Visit his blog to see the rest of them, and read his concise descriptions of each one, and why he uses them:

Here are a few more tweaks and plugins that I think help make WordPress into a great CMS:

  • The WordPress static home page option – obviously. The fact that the home page of your blog can be a static Page by selecting a single option in the admin changes WordPress from a blog into a CMS. I don’t know why people always ignore this.
  • Page Links To Plugin: gives more flexibility to WordPress Pages by allowing you to link them to other pages, like category pages.
  • Role Manager Plugin: better and more precise role management in WordPress
  • Future Posts Calendar Plugin: this plugin is a savior. It gives me an overview of the days when posts are scheduled to be published, so I can make sure that posts are spread out evenly across the week, instead of all of them ending up on Tuesday (for example).
  • Admin Drop-down Menus Plugin: also a life saver (not the candy). Can you imagine getting to the Write Post page with just one click, instead of clicking on Manage, waiting, and then clicking on Post? Will, this plugin turns everything into drop-down menus, so submenus are just one click away.
  • All in One SEO pack, Google Sitemaps Generator Plugin and Meta Robots WordPress plugin: just upload and activate these WordPress plugins, and you’ll have a serious SEO advantage over so many other sites.

I think that the whole argument over whether WordPress is a CMS boils down to the lack of an exact definition of what a CMS is. So, according to my definition of a CMS, which holds no weight whatsoever, WordPress meets the criteria.

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About Miriam Schwab: Miriam is the friendly CEO of illuminea, a WordPress design and development agency. Miriam is a huge fan of WordPress and has been using it for over five years now. In addition, Miriam and her team have been organizing the local Israeli WordCamp conferences for the past few years. View author profile.


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  1. jamalac says:

    Hello ! I’m new in the world of WordPress and I plan to put online a website about a cat farm (British Shorthair and Rex) so your resource are really great for me. I "spended" a lot of time to turn over the web for looking at the large communauty who support WordPress, and it’s really amazing. My feeds reader is now burning out of fire ! Your weblog is so nice and I wanted to thank you for your admirable work. To soon on your blog.
    PS : Sorry for my english, it’s not my native language…

  2. Miriam Schwab says:

    Hi Jamal! Thanks so much for your positive feedback. It’s responses like yours that keep me going. I’m so glad this blog helps you, and good luck with your new site! Let us know once it’s done.

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  4. Jacob Share says:

    Miriam, thanks for the useful post.

    WordPress is a CMS; it manages content, end of story. Bit-by-bit it’s growing into what people call ‘full-blown CMSes’ with roles/permissions, version control, etc., but that doesn’t detract from the impressive amount you can do with it now.

    A useful add to your post is Mashable’s:

    http://mashable.com/2007/07/26/wordpress-admin-plugins/

  5. Miriam Schwab says:

    Jacob – I’m with you about WordPress being a CMS. I don’t know why it’s even a discussion. That’s an amazing list of plugins at Mashable! Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. mike says:

    for smoother reading, you need to update all the links pointing to http://www.joshbyers.com as he changed the location of his articles

  17. minanube says:

    Thank’s mr Miriam Schwab. i really helped with your post

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  27. Osborn Brook says:

    WordPress is a grat, light-weight and easy to use CMS. I would add to the above mentioned plugins, the ‘pods’ which allow you to define new datasets. We have already applied it for the site of a <a href=”http://www.bmmodels.co.uk”>modeling agency</a> with great success.

  28. takien says:

    I think even without that plugins, wordpress is a CMS
    BTW nice post, thanks.

  29. Mona says:

    @Jacob Share
    WP is clearly a CMS, but its original intention (as a blogging platform) leads many people to choose other CMSs when creating their websites (or at least shy away from WP).

    Therefore, imho, hardcore WP lovers (like myself!) are constantly trying to find ways to make it a true website CMS that will work for e-commerce, etc., like http://www.kooziez.com.
    Great Mashable post and wpgarage post!

  30. Abeon says:

    A little outdated, but a great post.
    The top link is dead.
     
    Wordpress is a great CMS but is missing a few features to be used along!

  31. AKOOBY says:

    To make wordress completely cms need plugin which help author to write posts without going to dashboard. everything should in one page i.e. post title, article body, author resource box,experts, category to select,tags, keywords. etc.
     
    is there any plugin please let me know.
    akooby.com

  32. Dale says:

    Hi,
    Can wordpress be used as a CMS system to manage the content on multiple sites?

    I want to use the wordpress functionality to build a CMS so we can supply news articles to multiple websites and create relevant XHTML feeds for each of our individual clients. But from a user perspective it operates just like WordPress. I would be very interested in any thoughts on this. Many thanks,

    Dale

  33. Alan Ashwood says:

    Hi.
    Gotta lotta spam up there . . . Bl**dy nuisance! Anyway, thanks for posting these tips for useful plugins. I’ve noted a couple, and will take a look. However, I’m such a newbie, that I don’t even understand what CMS is!
    (Better try and find out now).
    Cheers
    Alan (in the snow)

  34. abdul Ghani says:

    i like your post it is really useful. :)

  35. Tilo says:

    Hi Miriam!
    Thank you very much.
     
    Greetings from Germany.

  36. Guido says:

    Thanks for the great plugins !!

  37. Hi,
    Thank you for useful information. Is there plugin to manage multiple domains in WordPress?
    Any help appreciated.
     
    Thanks

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