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.
You can now create a twitter site using WordPress with the help of this tutorial.
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
This tutorial shows how to use your regular WordPress website combined with Feedburner to make a simple email newsletter manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This plugin will allow you to create a directory using WordPress where users can submit information about themselves or their business.
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.
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.
With this plugin, you can make beautiful interactive timelines using 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.