I always feel that WordPress is more than just a simple blogging software. In fact, I have used it as a CMS for many of my sites. Other than being simple and easy to use, the factor that makes it a great CMS engine is its flexibiity and customizability, both in design and functionality.
If you are thinking of using WordPress as a CMS, here are 10 of the great plugins that I have used to convert WordPress into a powerful CMS.
The power of a CMS lies in its ability to automate a lot of tedious and complicated task, and that’s what this plugin is about, to automate the generation of sitemap and submission to Google, Yahoo, Ask and Live. Whenever you created a new page, post, category, this plugin will submit a comprehensive index of your site to the various search engines, even without you knowing it.
Require a contact form for anything and everything? Check out this CformsII plugin that allows you to create countless forms easily. It has an user friendly interface and is easy to use. This is so far the best contact form plugin I have used.
This plugin is not for everyone, but if you are dealing with e-commerce site, then this plugin is the best one for you. It provides an easy to manage storefront and integrates well with various payment gateway such as Paypal, Google Checkout and Shipwire. There is a free and paid version. The paid version costs $15 for single blogger and include multiple gateway options.
If you think that the TinyMCE text editor in the WordPress is good enough, then this plugin is going to double that. With this plugin, you get 14 extra functions and also the option to arrange the icons in the way you preferred.
This is a simple, but useful plugin that allows you to manage your posts and pages easily, without the hassle of going to and fro the Manage and Write page. You can now change turn on/off any particular post/page, change the publication date and change the post/page title on the fly.
While you can arrange the structure of your page layout on the Manage and Write section, this plugin simplifies the process to a simple drag and drop. With a few clicks, drags and drops, you can now organize your page layout, changing the page parent or child easily.
7. Role manager
If there are more than 1 writers for your site, you may want to regulate the role and permission of each users. This plugin allows you to do just that – set roles and permission. This is much more comprehensive than the WordPress default 5 level Roles & Capability.
It really means everything. From your posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, excerpts, attachment, what you want to find, you can search it via the Search Everything plugin.
These are actually two different plugins, but I grouped them together because they deal with the SEO aspect of your website. All in one SEO allows you to edit Description and Keywords meta tags value while Robots Meta let you decide if you want the post/page to be indexed. Both plugins allow you to edit in the Write section.
A simple plugin that allows your reader to subscribe to your post via email. You can configure it to send email on a per post, hourly, daily or weekly basis. In addition, you can also send custom email to all your subscribers.
Any plugins that I have missed out?