I receive questions about WordPress from various sources and I love answering them. I serve on the technical advisory board for our local University and recently ran into one of the other board members who had been using WordPress for some time. He wanted his WordPress site to do a few things that he could not get to work and his email to me ended with “I think I have hit the end of WordPress’ capabilities.” I respectfully disagreed and proceeded to give him links to solutions that I had found. He found them really useful and is going to use them in his re-design.
This perception of “reaching the end of WordPress” is somewhat common. At a recent WordCamp, I had the distinct feeling (after talking with a bunch of the attendees and from feedback) that they were looking for cool things to do with their WordPress blog to accomplish various ends but were held back because they either did not know what to look for or did not know where to look for it and who to trust.
I would like to use this opportunity to increase awareness and provide answers to some of these questions. I would like to know what WordPress can do for you. Please use the group forums on the WLTC Community to post your questions and needs and find your answers. We will choose the best requests for regular posts on Weblog Tools Collection and plan to use them at WordCamps if given the opportunity.
Here are the questions that my friend had for me and my answers to them (edited and modified for content). Please leave a comment if you have a different answer or will benefit from these.
1) Have found no good way to create “hidden” pages that do not show up on the menus
The following Plugin solves the problem: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
2) Have not found a way to embed videos in blog posts and have them displayed on a skinnable Flash video player. The only way is to embed code from other video services such as YouTube which looks unprofessional.
The following Plugin provides a nice embeddable Flash Video player where you upload your own videos: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flash-video-player/
3) I have not figured out a good way to embed a forum onto a “page” so that customers can have discussions. The best concept I have came up with so far is using an embedded frame and a 2nd domain.
I would suggest a plugin such as http://www.intensedebate.com/ which provides most of the forum like features with very little overhead or risk of mangled code. Some people (such as the SlickDeals blog) integerates vBulletin with WordPress, but that includes more than just a plugin download.
So what can WordPress do for you?