I was just recently working on a client’s site (Share Gain) – which, of course, is powered by WordPress. Â WordPress has become my favorite Content Mangement System of late. Â The work prompted me to renew my love for WordPress.
If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that I power my entire site using WordPress. Â I’ve also started using it as the DEFAULT install for every single site I develop.
Here’s a quick story about a Fort Wayne area client that I was doing some web design work for.
We had just recently taken the new, updated site live (http://www.sharetogain.com). Â Now ShareGain has started posting content from all their learning sessions on the site. Â So, they just recently had a morning session and the President of the organization went on-line and posted a Google Docs Slide Show from the mornig. Â They quickly wanted all of teh following (things we didn’t realize before we rolled out the site live):
- A way for people to get e-mailÂ notificationsÂ whenever new content is posted to the site, AND a way to customize those notifications to only be when certain CATEGORIES are update (for instance – I can get notifications whenever something new is posted in the IT/Technology category)
— DONE – just used Post NotificationsÂ Â – I made a few small edit to have it not list all categories – as some categories are just for displaying content and things like that. Â BUT, I was able to find some help on where to modify the PHP code from the authors page! Â
- A way to let a presenter of the session know whenever a comment is added to the post – So, Craig, the President may make the post, but we want the session presenter to get an e-mail whenever someone makes a comment about this post. Â That way the presenter is encouraged to go on-line and continue the discussion
— DONE – just used Subscribe To Comments – no modifications (other than what is exposed via the admin panel) needed here – it just works like we wanted it out of the box
Â Â All in all, it took me about an hour to get the changes done. Â Thanks to the beauty of Open-Source, the beauty of GPL (that I can re-distribute and modify), and the beauty of WordPress.Â
I can only image how long this would have taken trying to use a closed proprietary system.Â
This is why I love WordPress and am using it in all my web design projects.