Using Wordpress as a portal CMS

What CMS to use for my website? The answer is unexpected but it is a fact that the easiest way is in Wordpress. This software designed for creating blogs has grown especially with static pages and has enough power to design most sites, from e-commerce sites to online encyclopedia.

Wordpress can be used as a CMS for a portal site or a specialized magazine, thanks to the choice of options and extending the code with plug-ins, or globally by installing a theme.
With the version 3.0 it is possible to create customized pages with extra fields beside title, post, keywords, date.

The choice of options

Static pages

Indeed Wordpress supports two types of content: static pages and posts where each new article drops another from the home, the oldest.
Thus we can create pages beside posts to provide visitors with durable information, but we can also do the opposite, creating a site of static pages (the content of which may change but remain directly accessible through links on the home page) accompanied by posts in a "news" category.

Creating a home page

This is explained in the documentation of Wordpress (see below). You can create a special homepage. In the "reading" tab in options, it is proposed to save a page as a static home page.
Comments may be removed from the home page with the option menu at right in edit mode. But to remove any reference to the comments, you have to edit the code of the theme.

The side panel

It contains widgets as categories, links, etc... You can select and classify them in the appropriate order. The content of the "text" widget can be created by the user.

Inserting Adsense code or JavaScript

To insert ads such as Adsense in the body of an article to the best placement and be able to edit it in the future, it is necessary to disable the internal reformatting and visual edit mode.
To add Analytics markers, since these can be placed in the sidebar or footer, you just have to put the JavaScript code in the right file of the template (usually sidebar.php or footer.php).

Modify the code

The code is changed in the template. If you have choosen the Classic theme, for example, changing the file index.php which displays articles:


The conditional functions will be very useful to customize the pages according to their type:

is_page()   //  static page?
is_404()     // error page?

The test for conditions are placed in the main loop.
For example, to remove the text of a comment on static pages including the home page, you write in index.php:

<?php if (!is_page()) comments_template(); // Get wp-comments.php template ?>

For pagination without specialized plug-in, you can add a break in the main loop after the display of the first post.

Plug-ins for portal or e-commerce

Many plug-ins are dedicated to the presentation, or indirectly they alter the code to allow the construction of more elaborate pages.


The final step is to install a new theme that is designed from the outset to use the site as a portal, as a webzine or any other application.
Some examples of freely usable themes:

Cryonie (on this site). Classical and SEO-friendly design, easy to modify.

Wordpress is a CMS. The use of software for offline editing as Live Writer also facilitates the creation of more sophisticated pages with tables, video and image galleries.