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Why Use WordPress as a CMS?

WordPress is a viable option for a Content Management System (CMS). It is easy to use and the tool is extremely cost-effective. WordPress can help you build your site and then manage it simply and at a low cost. Word Press is an extremely popular blogging tool and CMS for a number of reasons. Over time, WordPress is developing more features to cater to the CMS market, so the tool will become even more robust over time.

A CMS is software that helps users organize and manage their web content. Most CMS tools, such as WordPress, are designed with the non-technical user in mind. A CMS can make the process of updating a website fast and simple. There are a variety of CMS tools out there. Some can be custom-built and extremely expensive, but WordPress provides a low-cost option. Although WordPress was originally created as a blogging tool, it can also work as a CMS. If you have a minimal technical budget, WordPress is an ideal tool for your company.

Most users need a CMS to manage pages, posts and links. Pages are the stable content on your website. They don’t typically need to be updated in real-time. Most users access them through the menu features on your website. Posts are often blog entries or articles. They are time-sensitive content. They need to be on your site as soon as possible to keep it fresh, up to date and interesting. Links refer users to other sites. These may be used to point users to research or other interesting content.

WordPress has effective page management features. It also allows users to upload and manage media, with is an import part of content management, especially when it comes to posting. It’s easy to add links and manage the themes of websites. This corresponds with the common needs users have when it comes to a CMS. WordPress can be adjusted to create custom post and page types for different types of content.

WordPress has plug-in architecture. It also has a template system. The tool can be set up for non-technical users so that they can enter content simply. WordPress makes blogging simple and you can easily update your website with the tool. Plug-ins provide several advantages. They can add features such as navigation bars or widgets. Some plug-ins help you optimize your site’s speed. Others provide content display features which can be an advantage for a CMS. The advantage of plug-ins is that they easily add functionality without the need for complex programming. However, with in-depth knowledge of HTML and CSS is necessary for updating plug-ins and other features of the site.

In order for WordPress to be an effective CMS, the architecture of the site must be carefully thought out. The site builder needs to understand the user needs when it comes to building the WordPress CMS. The builder should be familiar with the technical capabilities of the people that will commonly use the site. They will also need an understanding of what the company’s needs are in terms of content management. There aren’t one-size-fits all solutions when it comes to a WordPress CMS. The design and structure of the website need to be customized to fit the company’s specific situation.

WordPress changes frequently. Any sites that are built with the tool will need updates and adjustments over time. Plug-ins need to be updated and site features may need to be adjusted to fit WordPress updates. It requires some technical knowledge to keep the CMS in its ideal usable condition over time.

JetPack and Artisteer CSS Problem – scroll bars around social media icons

If you are using a WordPress theme created with Artisteer you may see scroll bars around the Share This social network buttons from the JetPack plugin. Luckily, jetpack provides an easy place to override css so you can paste the following code in to the css editor to get rid of the scroll bars.

.art-postcontent .sharedaddy ul > li:before, .art-post .sharedaddy ul > li:before, .art-textblock .sharedaddy ul > li:before { margin: 0; }

 

We have tested this with WordPress 3.6, 3.61 and Jetpack 2.4.1 – 2.5

Remember to use the Jetpack CSS editor under Appearance -> Edit CSS and not the WordPress editor.  The Jetpack editor will allow you to easily revert the change if it happens to conflict with something else on your site.