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Using WordPress as a CMS – Part 3

About the author: Dan Cannon is the Lead Web Applications Developer for Nicasio Design and Development. Nicasio provides web based solutions for both individuals and businesses. Nicasio is highly proficient in WordPress design and development. Nicasio also owns and operates the E-Commerce solution NicE-Comm.

WordPress Icon LargeThis is Part 3 of a 3 part series of case studies of sites we have built using the popular blogging platform WordPress as a powerful content management system.

Today we will look at one of our more recent site launches. The client is the Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporation.

Using WordPress as a CMS – Part 3

Client: Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporation
Website: http://www.sbacsav.com

SBAC WordPress as a CMS

SBAC needed a scalable, powerful CMS to help them manage their constantly growing collection of content.

On their old site, their dozens of pages were becoming unmanageable. Their website also offers their visitors the option of filling out loan applications and related forms right on the website. This functionality obviously needed to be integrated into their new WordPress site. On top of all of that they also needed a site redesign to incorporate their new look and feel.

By creating a solid category structure, page hierarchy, and custom, CSS based flyout menu we were able to provide an elegant, intuitive and easy to use solution for navigating SBAC’s large (and continuously growing) amount of content.

To tackle the task of integrating their online applications we had to first create a secure environment (identity theft is usually a bad thing) and make sure all of the WordPress assets were being pulled in securely. Next we created some custom theme templates to handle the forms and error checking. All that was left was to create a custom administrative area for viewing and printing the applications and what was created was a highly custom, scalable, robust, and easy to use content management system.

If you think you or your company could benefit from a content management system based on WordPress, Contact Us Today and let’s get started on your project.

4 Responses to Using WordPress as a CMS – Part 3

  1. Nice designs. I am about to go down the path of learning Joomla to create multiple sites for different clients. I haven’t used WordPress. Do you also have experience with Joomla? What are your thoughts comparing the two for use as CMS?

  2. Joomla is overly complicated IMO. Why use 10 database tables and 30 files to accomplish functionality that can be very elegantly (and efficiently) accomplished with 2 or 3 DB tables and 1 file? Trying to find the right included file in the Joomla file structure can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The same goes for the database. With WordPress, files and database tables are named what you might expect them to be (i.e. wp_posts DB table holds all the posts and pages). This makes development far more efficient. Granted both have their learning curves, but I feel once you take the time to learn about the systems and interact with the communities you will find yourself using WordPress over Joomla for most projects.

    The few times we have used Joomla our clients have also found the admin rather cumbersome and overly complicated to use.

    Just my $.02.

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  4. very interesting, learned a lot!.

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