I’ve been hearing about wordpress for a while now… it really caught my attention when I read an article in Time Magazine about it. It have been at the back of my mind and these past few days, it sort of clicked with what I needed in our company’s business website improvement. I have thought that perhaps wordpress can be used for business website with CMS… doing a quick google search, I saw the following interesting sites with wordpress as the backend:
This company is the first site I saw about it… Pixelita, althought the design was not totally to my idea of business website, whats interesting is they use a collaboration software called PHPCollab – I am looking into collaboration software to implement for our business as well – more on future post
Another site thats interesting in her comment about wordpress modifications to make it more like a business site – Developed Traffic but a bit on the high side in terms of price for our company now
Then there’s a guy named Brian Gardner who only discovered blogging a year ago and have some nice business websites already.
A more inexpensive designer using wordpress would be Zack Design – based in Australia
I’m sure there’s a lot more out there, but I need to shortlist what we want in my website… here’s some ideas of what the website for our companies should have:
Main Pages: Home, Products, Services, Support, About Us, Contact, Tools, Link, Customer Portal
- HTML standards compliant and works nicely with different browser – IE, Firefox, Safari, etc.
- Content Management System or CMS – so that we can update the site ourselves as needed
- Very good web analytics – who visited, how they came in, which pages they seen, from which location, how long they stayed on each page, which website they go to after
- Good Search Engine Optimization or SEO
- Categories – for easier navigation to what the customer wants
- Search by feature and site wide search
- News and updates – for updates about the company
- Site Map
- Download page for users manuals, software updates with some items requiring password (registration)
Required in the Future:
- Shopping Cart – somehow linked to our inventory system
- Shipping Cost – linked to package size / weight and method of shipment
- Online payment system
- Order Status Tracking
Nice to have:
- Wiki with password protection to view and edit – for our own use in updates on projects
- Clock display – that linked to an atomic clock
- Voice file playing on home page – can be disabled
- RSS Feed and Email on update
- Dynamic sizing based on user’s screen resolution
These days, there’s too many options available. Like just a few months ago, I was really looking into using Drupal (which is PHP based CMS) for our business website… But then I found wordpress and thought to myself I need to keep a blog even just for my own personal researches for technologies or gadgets for business or for my own pleasures… Then today is wordpress for business… well, if we can mix the 2 together with no ill advantage – why not? Perhaps if I can find enough justification that wordpress is even more advantageous for business website that other ways, I would go for it immediately.
Then there’s the question of whether to do it ourselves (which is possible enough) or to have someone like Zack Design or ewebscapes do it for us – with the advantage of time and expertise while we concentrate on other things…
We’ve been through so many website update plans but non have satisfied us – its either the technology limit or the people involved not being able to reach the expectation. The very first website we had was more than 10 years ago and its using frontpage from microsoft, then we had hired programmers and web designers to do it ourselves – they used PHP, ASP and other stuff, but always there’s major problem with updating… e.g. update on 1 area would not update on another area. Then we also bought ecommerce templates but then the programmer couldn’t get it to work properly plus the fact the to make it search engine friendly requires a separate step… having enough of all this with so much wasted time, I’ve decided to let real pro with experience do it without us losing control. So CMS would be the way to go… and hopefully wordpress is the right one at least for the next 3 years…
Looking further into wordpress for ecommerce, I found this blog by knowledge constructs with thoughts on why wordpress would be good for ecommerce. There’s a comment there with a website with shopping cart, photo album all made with wordpress – Swikmos Snakes. A plugin that works with WP is WP ecommerce with more than 30,000 users But the link with shipping is still on the works. There are also comments that WP E-commerce is very slow to load from foliovision… The frugal law student have a blog on how to setup WP for ecommerce in 30 minutes…
Found a lot of people with the same idea about WordPress like iface with a lot of comments supporting his view. Although it will be slower for heavier traffic site (which PHPNuke is more suitable for the likes of community type). chimp-simple have a nice site that uses WordPress and he also have a step-by-step guide on how he did it. One comment said that yahoo will always treat wordpress posts as blogs unlike google, which is why referrals from yahoo will be very few.