WordPress: All Grown Up

Back in the day (2003) WordPress was just another run-of-the-mill blogging platform for people without a lot support for customization. Today it’s an extremely customizable CMS (Content Management System) limited only by your imagination.

WordPress has become our de facto CMS here at Archer. Prior to it we used a proprietary system (codename “Apollo”) developed by our own tech team. It was quite capable and our clients were happy with its functionality. Our main issue became the serious time commitment needed to add new features, stay up to date with security standards and provide customizations for our clients. WordPress, with its large community addressed that issue in a major way. There are literally millions of user/developers constantly improving upon the open-source framework through plugins and custom functions. That being said, it is quite common to find a ready-to-use plugin to take care of the functionality our clients demand. If one is not available, WordPress’ robust API makes developing one a cinch.

I am really looking forward to the launch of WordPress 3 in the coming weeks. Its custom post types and taxonomies will considerably streamline development. Its multi-site capability and WPMU codebase merge will open up some serious social/community possibilities. Lastly, I am looking forward to the new menu manager created by the team at Woo Themes. It is a prime example on how an open source community can improve upon an already powerful platform.

Here are some of our recent WordPress implementations:
Appleton Estate
St Patricks Center
The Farmer and The Chef

Please feel free to contact us with any of your WordPress questions.

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