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15 Unconventional Uses of WordPress in Action

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15 Unconventional Uses of WordPress in Action

WordPress is known as one of the most powerful open-source blogging platform, but it can be a lot more then just a blogging platform. We already know about using WordPress as a content management system (CMS), but WordPress is much more flexible than that. With the combine use of plugins, and hacks, WordPress can be used in many unique and unconventional ways. In this article we will highlight some of the most unconventional uses of WordPress and show you how you can use WordPress in these unconventional way as well.

1. Create Your Own Twitter Site Using WordPress

Create Your Own Twitter Site Using WordPress

You can now create a twitter site using WordPress with the help of this tutorial.

2. Create a Membership Directory Using WordPress

Create a Membership Directory Using WordPress

The end result is a moderated directory that allows members to enter information about themselves. You can see this tutorial live on work at Pittsburgh Designers

3. Create Email Newsletter Subscription via WordPress

Create Email Newsletter Subscription via WordPress

This tutorial shows how to use your regular WordPress website combined with Feedburner to make a simple email newsletter manager.

4. Contact Manager with WordPress

Create Email Newsletter Subscription via WordPress

This free theme makes WordPress a functional contact manager that can be extended further with some free plugins. You can easily add and manage contacts by one click access to your WP-Admin page. There is another theme that lets you do the exact same thing, but it allows you to add contacts without having to go into WP-Admin page.

5. Create e-Commerce Site with WordPress

Create e-Commerce Site with WordPress

A surprisingly powerful free plugin that will allow you to sell items through your WordPress-powered site or blog. This plugin is ideal for bloggers and website owners who want to set up a small store without a lot of effort or expense.

6. Create a Wiki using WordPress

Create a Wiki using WordPress

It is done by a premium theme that cost $30 available at ThemeForest. This theme makes it easy to use WordPress for your own wiki. It is a great way to add a simple wiki to WordPress without a lot of effort or cost.

7. Create a CSS Gallery with WordPress

Create a CSS Gallery using WordPress

This theme by OS Designer comes with a tutorial that shows you how you can use WordPress as a CSS Gallery. You can modify it and use it as any gallery. This uses custom field hack, and some plugins to make the gallery on WordPress like a charm.

8. Create a Portfolio using WordPress

Create a Portfolio using WordPress

This tutorial uses WordPress link manager and some hacks to make WordPress work as a simple portfolio for designers and artists. You do not need to buy an expensive theme, or an script to do this. Simply follow the tutorial and you will have decent portfolio.

9. Create a PopURL clone with WordPress

Create a Popurl clone using WordPress

This is done by using a premium theme that cost $49. But the product you get is definitely worth it if you want to start a site like that. You get automatically updated content so very low maintenance, and it is a cheap solution rather than getting a custom coded script.

10. Ffffound Clone with WordPress

Ffffound Clone with WordPress

This tutorial lets you create a clone of a service Ffffound with WordPress. The author has provided a theme and plugins as well as a tutorial that shows you how this thing work. It is a great way to bookmark images and now WordPress can let you create your own site like that.

11. Create a Business Directory using WordPress

Create a Business Directory using WordPress

This plugin will allow you to create a directory using WordPress where users can submit information about themselves or their business.

12. Create a Review Site using WordPress

Create a Review Site using WordPress

This is done by a premium plugin that costs $97 but if you are looking to create a review site, this option is a lot more cheaper than getting a custom coded script. You can add this to an existing WordPress site, or start a new one with this. It also comes with a WordPress theme and some affiliate marketing tools.

13. Create a Techmeme River Clone with WordPress

Create a Techmeme River Clone with WordPress

This tutorial shows you how you can create a Techmeme River Clone and display news from other sites using WordPress. Simpe and easy if you ever want to do something of that sort in another niche, you do not need to buy a custom script. Simply use WordPress and follow this tutorial. Please make sure that you read part 1 of the tutorial also.

14. Create a Timeline using WordPress

Create a Timeline with WordPress

With this plugin, you can make beautiful interactive timelines using WordPress.

15. Google Map Tag Blogging with WordPress

Google Map Tag Blogging with WordPress

An interesting idea which lets you tag a place in a map which uses Google Map version and you can write a short excerpt about it. You can use this as a display of your life and places where you have been. A much more interesting way of blogging. This is done with a paid plugin that cost $99 for unlimited usage.

If you have more suggestions or have seen other unconventional uses please share it in the comments and we will add it.


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  • http://bronziwebgiftstore.com Bronzilla

    Wow, I didn’t know you could Create Your Own Twitter Site Using WordPress. Thanks for sharing your list. It’s Awesome!

  • Rajeev

    Hello,

    I am a perfect beginner of wordpress and amazed to see that there are this much uses of wordpress. thanks for enlightning me.
    we are a professional web design firm, which uses asp.net and never tried wordpress and just a few days ago thought in this direction and wow wow wow……

    thanks again.

  • http://www.niche-blogging-profits.info Rick

    Very useful list. It never ceases to amaze me what a versatile tool WordPress is.

  • http://travianchampions.wordpress.com/ Randomgeek

    Awesome list, thanks! And I’m sure there are plenty of other unconventional ways that no one has even thought of yet!

  • http://wpaddict.net Nile

    Missed one – Create a social bookmark or Digg-like site with WordPress – WPVote ( http://wpvote.com )

    (uses TDO mini forms, Vote It Up, and no alterations to the core)

  • http://twitter.com/rgsdigital RgsDigital

    The P2 theme was very useful, Thank YOU! :)

  • http://www.dtechit.co.uk/linerental.html Andy Fitzpatrick

    Just when I think I am getting to grips with WP I find out it does a bucketful of other extremely useful things.
    Thanks loads for this

  • http://www.bname.ru/ Alexander Osipov

    Thank you for great article!!

  • http://cmsexpo.net John Coonen

    Wow, jackpot.

  • http://www.socialfeds.com Sara

    I used the PopUrls clone on http://www.socialfeds.com. Check it out and let me know what you think!

  • http://my.hellohello.net/guruette/ Marianne

    Hello Hello .net just opened and is totally on WP!!! How awesome for a Social Networking site. Also using the WPMU Templates. They make it easy. Top marketing gurus have been building sales pages in WordPress for sometime-a well kept secret. Thanks so much for all of this info!

  • http://www.activr.com Hami

    This is an awesome list. You have compiled it a very interesting way. Definitely I am your new reader.

  • http://CheapSites.com Cheap Sites

    This is pretty creative stuff! I’ve seen alot of the sites that you mentioned, but they never keep amazing me.

  • http://www.blue-ferret.com Blue Ferret

    Now this is really interesting. I’m saving this page to show prospects who need specialized website development.

  • http://www.estetikameliyati.com estetik

    thanks, i can quote this article ?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      No you may not copy and paste the entire article. You can write a short description and link to this article.

  • http://www.ychange.com Small Business Marketing

    Thanks for the list. I actually run my entire site using a WP theme and I use CARP to get fresh content. I will surely look at the WIKI application. That could be awesome.

  • http://www.campingsierra.com Ted

    WOW,,I have all these Domain Names and I was wondering what to do with some them..Thanks for a great aid,,BTW I bookmarked your site.
    Thanks

  • http://thesavvyva.,com Kathleen

    Wow John! Thanks so much.

    This could not come at a better time. I have decided to go fully into blogsite design and really great to see how WordPress can expand its capabilities.

  • http://www.designstraw.com DesignStraw

    Thanks for the information. Good Thought – I have bookmarked your blog.

  • http://notrightnow Aaron

    This was the article that made my day!

  • http://www.itechart.com/Pages/Subsections/SharePointDevelopment.aspx SharePoint Developer

    Thanks. Great list!

  • http://www.silvercrux.com PCM

    Nice list!

  • http://shahriat.com Shahriat Hossain

    Nice sharing! thanks.

  • http://srosa.us Sharon Rosa

    There’s also a theme over at http://3on.us which allows WP users to create their own URL shortener – gives you total control over your URLs and the stats related to them, with none of the “Digg is changing their redirects” or “Tr.im is shutting down” mess. The homepage can redirect wherever you like, it comes with a limited stats plugin to show which links are clicked the most, and the “press this” file is customised to include a character counter and Twitter link.

  • http://jaredfreeden.com Jared

    I am using WP as a CMS for my flash portfolio. It has been working great!

    http://jaredfreeden.com

  • http://www.sonncom.com Tom

    Impressive! Makes me wonder if wordpress might become the next popular fad after Twitter. With these features and plugins it seems to offer a combination of Facebooks and Twitters usabilities. And will Social Media Marketing soon be using WordPress bloggers or their own blogs to promote brands?

  • http://www.supportcave.com Jason Frovich

    Excellent and well thought out list.
    Going to post this on twitter.

  • http://www.sofiahogan.com Sofia Hogan

    It is when I come upon sites like this that remind me how much value there is out there….thanks for the information.

    Sofia Hogan
    twitter @sofiahogan

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      We are glad that you liked it :)

  • http://webhole.net Miguel Alvarez

    I don’t know that these are unconventional uses but here you go…

    a social network with budypress

    a job board with jobpress.

  • http://printedproof.com printedproof

    Great article, I am just starting to learn WordPress after being stuck in HTML. I think I use this for every site. Powerful tool.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      WordPress is a life saver when it comes to using it for content management. Using the HTML is time consuming and exhausing.

  • http://http.//www.espiratecnologias.com Jorge

    OMG they’re great!!! And we thought that making our portfolio with WordPress we had seen everything!!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Your Portfolio is certainly a work of art. A job well done.

  • http://www.chidimar.com Enk.

    Wow, that’s a totally unique and awesome List here ! :)

  • http://minisitegallery.com/ Kidino

    I think I found somewhere there’s an invoicing/billing plugin that you can run in WordPress. WordPress = Invoicing System. That’s cool…

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      If you can find a link, we would certainly add it in the collection and give you full credit for it :)

  • http://www.yellowzombie.co.uk mb

    what’s ther name of the e-commerce plugin?

    interesting post

    cheers

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      You click on the e-commerce text and it should take you to the site where you can download the e-commerce plugin.

  • http://www.smashingthemes.com Smashing Themes

    PopUrl clone and Membership Directory hacks are just awesome. Thanks for sharing the great list.

  • http://nopitycity.com/ Ricky Buchanan

    I use WordPress to run all of http://nopitycity.com/ – not just the bit labelled “blog”, which is actually just a separate category that’s dealt with differently to the others.

    So we have a gallery of shirts and gear, both on the front page and on the archive page. The individual display pages are almost entirely assembled from the contents of custom fields, for ease of changing the layout and such. The only part that’s actually stored in the “post body” is the initial picture and the writing under it, everything that’s under the h2 headings is from custom fields and built with php in the default ‘single’ template.

    It’s built on Justin Tadlock’s Hybrid theme which allows for an amazing amount of flexibility.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      You have a good thing going on there. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • http://wpmupremium.com WPMU Premium

    Thanks for including our Theme (WPMU gMaps), in fact, the geo-blogging functionality of this theme are part of the theme itself, everything you see is out-of-the-box, meaning it does not rely upon ANY plugins of any kind…

    We have been meaning to officially launch our site (WPMU Premium) for quite some time now, but due to all the press we continue to get, prior to launching, we have been very busy developing customized themes and plugins for those who continue to contact us, especially now that BuddyPress is finally becoming popular – as such, we are also in the midst of a re-branding exercise and will keep everyone posted once we have more news to share…

    • http://thepremiumpress.com/ ThePremiumPress

      WPMU Premium is now ThePremiumPress, where gMaps (the theme mentioned above in the main article as the “Google Map Tag Blogging with WordPress” theme) v.1.0.2 has just been released with full BuddyPress support making it a LBS in a box!

      http://thepremiumpress.com/products/gmaps/

  • http://freenuts.com Young

    4. Contact Manager with WordPress sounds good to me, I will try it later.

    • http://freenuts.com Young

      At last, I hadn’t use any of them on my blog, no way to use yet.

  • http://www.ezyblogger.com/ Roseli A. Bakar

    wow… there’s so much we could do with wordpress.

    Great list !

  • Tom Carswell

    Thank you very much for sharing this info!

  • http://www.MarketingFirst.co.nz/blog/ Sheldon (Marketing Consultant, Tauranga)

    Fantastic! I came across a WordPress business directory just yesterday and was wondering how it’s done, thanks!

  • http://johnmryan.com John

    Great post, very interesting uses of wordpress!

  • http://cachevideos.com Kulbir Saini

    Pretty exhaustive list :)

  • http://vgmtorrents.net Hangman

    I created a torrent tracker using WordPress. It’s a video game music private tracker — vgmTorrents.net. Check it out!

    • sk

      is wordpress actually the torrent tracker too? or is it just the front end for a tracker software running in the background?

      if it’s some kind of plugin for it to actually be a tracker, please let me know how you did that!

      • http://vgmtorrents.net Hangman

        Nope, the tracker software is in C++ and it’s running in the background. I used WordPress as a frontend and for user management, and no, it’s not a plugin, it’s custom code. I wrote some tutorials on my blog (valadilene.org) on how to build a torrent tracker, they’re basically a walkthrough on how I did most of the things for vgmTorrents. Cheers!