Extending WordPress Beyond the Blog

February 7th, 2008
brainstorming, Business of Blogging, WordPress

Extending WordPress Beyond the Blog: A good article on extending WordPress beyond “just a blog” with examples and a developer’s trials and tribulations along the way. Custom Fields in WordPress are the bomb. I have worked extensively with this feature set and used it to my advantage many times. WordPress Jobs makes use of the custom fields to store and produce the job listings. Our recent post on WordPress as a contact manager also uses Custom Fields. Heck there was a Contest at one point that awarded prizes to the best new use of WordPress’ Custom Fields. Along those lines, Andrew asks a question at the end of the linked article that caught my fancy and I wanted to ask our readers the same question. We might find some new uses for old code and spark new ideas.

Which are your favorite non-traditional sites that use WordPress as their publishing platform?




  1. AJ (1 comments.) says:

    For my random blog I didn’t expect WTC to catch onto it. Thanks for the mention Mark!

  2. jesse (2 comments.) says:

    See also which got me into (ab)using wordpress as a full fledged CMS ;-)

  3. Cas (1 comments.) says:

    ScaleGamer is much more then a simple WordPress blog, many man hours has been pored into it’s development and a lot of the features are yet to be shown.

    The site is still evolving but the wordpress platform allows everything else to continue forward while the backend remains solid.

  4. Edward Pistachio (1 comments.) says:

    Well, I may be a little bias, but I rock the hell out of Custom Fields (for photos, photo credit, updated banners, thumbnails) over on my collection of writings:

  5. Iva (11 comments.) says:

    I am using WP as a platform on and it goes far beyond just a blog. I’ve been experimenting with custom fields ever since WP 1.2 (which was the first version I used) and I’m trying to develop some more interesting things there and create a theme that’d be meant for websites like mine.

  6. Max Limpag (2 comments.) says:

    Hi guys, I’m using WordPress for an online magazine. Check it out here. It’s still being finalized. I will release it as a theme but you can already get it through SVN, check my site out for details (
    The magazine theme extensively uses custom fields. Check the difference in treatment of a banner story to a featured story to a regular news article. I’ll be writing more about as soon as I finalize it.

  7. InvestorBlogger (3 comments.) says:

    This is what I might need to turn WP into a database tool for students information.


  8. Tadd (89 comments.) says:

    hahah – every time I turn around there is something introduced that I’ve told myself I need … I didn’t know about custom fields (how to use them at least) until now … so I’m glad you linked it and showed it’s potential.

    I’m working on a studio site for my graphic/web design/writing right now. It will be very much less a blog and more a website. I won’t link you since it’s not currently using WordPress. It was back in the “Hey! Paying for a CMS is a good idea! Who needs open source?!” days. Or .. daze.

    The company I work for use WordPress pretty extensively as their platform of choice. They have a few other sites like but that feels bloggish to me.

  9. elevenmedia (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve used custom fields to control everything from layout to data to pulling information from a external stock application.

    Check out my first all wordpress site. It is a site for a manufacturer of Leather Lingerie so – BE WARNED – open it in appropriate surroundings.

  10. Jenny (28 comments.) says:

    I’ve been wanting to do some stuff with custom fields for a bit now. I’m gonna look through these links. Thanks for posting them.

  11. Mosey says:

    I would very much like the debate about the uses/applications of custom fields in an inventive/useful manner to be started up again! :) It’s a pity the original contest petered out…

  12. Justin (pusha) (6 comments.) says:

    I have found the blogs using WP foe e- commerce tobe very interesting. I think I will be experimenting with the drag and drop plug in very soon.

  13. H Myers says:

    I used custom fields to build our library directory and have reused individual library location info on various news and event (blog) postings as well as the staff directory (password protected).

  14. bssn (2 comments.) says:

    i’ve made a site with wordpress’s custom field.

  15. Jonathan (81 comments.) says:

    By the title, I thought this was going to be a how-to.

  16. Halal Tube (1 comments.) says:

    We have actually used WordPress to run our site called Halal Tube. It doesn’t appear to be a blog at all.

  17. Falko Richter (1 comments.) says: does not work – where can i find the page? google can´t help either


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