6 Uses of WordPress Apart from Blogging

Most people have a notion that WordPress is a user-friendly platform for creating and managing blogs. However, very less people know that apart from blogging, you can use WordPress for plenty of other things. Here are some of the options:

1. Managing projects

Did you know that WordPress is one of the best project management systems? When you have several people working on the same project and if you want all of them to access the same content, you can effectively use WordPress for project management. You can create projects and then create authors to access and work on the same project.

There are plenty of WordPress plugins available for using WordPress as project management system such as CollabPress, WP Project Management Ultimate and WordPress Project.

2. Forum

A forum site or discussion board is a great way to engage people and share information. You can use WordPress to create community sites that can be kept open for public or private on your blog. There are numerous WordPress plugins that allow you to use WordPress as highly interactive forums such as WP-Forum, bb Press, Simple: Press, and Tal. Ki.

3. Auction Site

By creating an auction site on WordPress, you not allow others to sell their stuff and make money but also you, as owner of that site, can rake in good revenue.

4. Help and Support

If your business requires a good help and support platform to serve your clients and customers better, you can rely on WordPress for it. It can be used as ticket system that will let your customers and clients get in touch with you to seek assistance for their issues related to your business.

5. Online shop

There are plenty of ecommerce sites on the web that helps you create your own store on their site. However, if you do not like the idea of setting up your store on another site, you can create your own online shop on WordPress. With appropriate plugins, you can add features like shopping cart, secure shopping, etc. to your online store. You can serve your customers in a better way by providing them a dedicated shop to purchase your products and services.

6. Q&A website

Q&A sites like Yahoo! Answers are quite popular. Using WordPress, you can even create your own Q&A site where people can ask their questions and let experts or other people give answers to them. You can keep the site public or private.

Brief Tour of WordPress 3.2

So if you have been ignoring that notification at the top when you login to your WordPress account, WordPress 3.2 was released in the first week of July. The release, nicknamed Gershwin, is just a few of WordPress’ major updates in the history of the site. Because of the importance of this upgrade, we have decided to give you a quick overview of what to expect in WordPress 3.2.

Interface Design

When signing into your account, you’ll notice that your interface on the account is much different. This is a big change for many users who haven’t seen such an update in a couple of years. The main reason for the upgrade is to try and go in the direction of what other websites are doing, providing a cleaner and less confusing interface that allows you to get the job done. The upgrade wasn’t meant to drastically change how it operates, but the effect does provide a better experience.

Browser Compatibility

If you find yourself loving Internet Explorer 6 so much that you haven’t upgraded from the browser, you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation with WordPress 3.2. The new upgrade doesn’t work with Internet Explorer 6. The solution to this problem is to either upgrade to a newer Internet Explorer or checking out the various other browsers on the market for Windows users today. Some good choices include Firefox, Safari (even for Windows), and Internet Explorer 9.

PHP and MySQL Versions

In a push for a more modern WordPress, older versions of PHP and MySQL just won’t work with WordPress 3.2. Both versions, 4 and below, won’t be compatible with the update. This is not seen as a major problem because a majority of blog owners should have upgraded by now. If you haven’t already upgraded, a quick upgrade to PHP or MySQL 5 or later will mean newer features for your blog and in return, your readers will thank you.

Full Screen View

One really nice feature in WordPress 3.2 is the full screen mode. It is a feature that can be utilized when dishing out long articles. It makes for a distraction-free surface that allows to focus more on work, an environment not always achieved outside of full screen mode. You can enter full screen mode by hitting the screen and arrow toggle in the menu bar. One thing that sets this apart is that it still allows you to change bold, italics, underlining, text orientation and other text changes.