Is Wordpress just for blogs? We don't think so. But we don't mind answering the question, unlike this guy.

Myth: WordPress is just for blogs

So, is WordPress simply a blogging platform?

STATUS: FALSE

In ancient times, people got a bit spooked by things they didn’t understand. Lightning. Fire. Puberty. Coleslaw. Just about everything had mythological (and not entirely factual) explanations. Today, we’ve replaced those gods with technology platforms like iOS and WordPress. But in the process, these platforms have developed their own mythology. In this series, we investigate the truth beyond some of WordPress’s most persistent myths.

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In 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked an early blogging platform, called b2/cafelog, creating WordPress. With little functionality beyond blog posting, it was a far cry from the robust tool users today know and love.It didn’t have pages. It didn’t have menu control. It didn’t even have a proper dashboard.

Perhaps this is where the myth stems from. Early adopters who tried WordPress years ago would undoubtedly be underwhelmed, seeing it as nothing more than a blog… because that’s all it was —at the time. This is what it looked like from the back end:

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Coming ‘back to the future’ in 2015, it’d be easy for those same users to make the same mistake again. It’s not that the functionality isn’t there. It is. It’s just that to truly appreciate what WordPress can do and be, one has to look past its minimalist blog install and head into the unfamiliar territory of themes and plugins to unleash its true power. Only then do new users start to appreciate the treasure chest of opportunity they have at their disposal.

Users would be better then to think of WordPress like a big box of Lego. Sure, the base kit doesn’t look like much out of the gates. But in the hands of a capable builder, you can create some pretty cool things. And just like Lego, which has, over time, evolved more use-specific parts, WordPress too has developed some amazing use-specific plugins, themes and frameworks through its vast developer and designer community.

Want an eCommerce site? Want scheduling for your clinic? Or a snazzy event calendar? Need to store downloads or documents? Need a manageable page structure to serve encyclopedias-worth of structured, evergreen information? There are tons of solutions, both free and paid. And, unlike proprietary solutions, WordPress allows developers full ability to modify and create using their software. It comes down to this: when you use WordPress, you’re benefitting from the skills, expertise and passion of thousands of developers worldwide. That’s a big box of Lego indeed.

WordPress is even coming into its own as a platform for apps. And with the implementation of a new JSON-based API, it will be more flexible than ever.

The issue is often confused by WordPress.com, which we’ll deal with in an upcoming installment.

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This god is heard that he could build a site with WordPress. But isn't WordPress just for blogs?

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