Can’t Get No Content Management Satisfaction? Think WordPress!

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The good news?  There are a lot of awesome Content Management Systems (CMS) out there.

The really good news? WordPress can do almost anything, it’s free to use and it’s awesome.  It’s not just for blogs…that was so 2003.  And yes, the Rolling Stones site runs on WordPress.  Read on for more name dropping below!

We Love WordPress

Our tech team at Firefly Partners has been crushing on WordPress for quite a while now.  They know their way around a variety of CMS platforms and time and time again they recommend WordPress to our clients.   We thought it was time for a blog post to share where all this loving is coming from and why you should give it a serious look.

Pure Power

WordPress is amazingly flexible and scalable.  That’s good news, because it means that you can easily add features and functionality to your site over time using thousands of free and low cost widgets and plug ins.  It is SEO friendly right out of the box and uses clean code that Google loves.  WordPress integrates with CRM tools like Salesforce, so data can flow between your site and your CRM.

Your Mom Can Be Your Webmaster

Seriously.  We’re talking a very simple user interface and editor.  Manuals, books and a thriving worldwide community means that you’re never far from some help when you need it.  If you are lucky enough to have a web developer at hand – they can get deep under the WordPress hood and make that engine purr.

Cost Effective

WordPress is open source so it’s freesville, baby.  Toss in about $25/month for hosting and you are in business.  This frees up some of your website dollars for stellar design, custom development or even help with some strategy to use your online tools more effectively.

Gratuitous Name Dropping

(You skipped the first three points I was trying to make and came right down here for the TMZ action, didn’t you?)  Here’s just a tiny list of some big names using WordPress to power their sites:

  • The New York Times
  • AllThingsD
  • Forbes
  • eBay
  • Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight
  • Sony
  • CNN
  • BBCAmerica

Now it’s time for you to see if WordPress might just be the CMS of your fantasies. The free Idealware CMS Guide is a great place to start.  Ready to build your dream site in WordPress?  Contact us at info@fireflypartners.com! 

Maureen Wallbeoff

About Maureen Wallbeoff

Maureen Wallbeoff, Vice President at Firefly Partners, began her nonprofit career with Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. Over her 16 year tenure, she rose from clinic assistant to the Director of e-Business for the organization. She possesses more than a decade of online campaign development and project management, along with a deep understanding of the strategic business needs of the nonprofit sector. Maureen works closely with nonprofits and thought leaders in today’s online engagement spaces, creating win/win solutions that work. A skilled presenter and facilitator, Maureen loves to bring people together to have authentic conversations that create consensus within an organization.

4 comments

  1. I love being able to surprise people with WordPress sites. I recommend them to everyone creating a new site/blog etc.

    Great examples Maureen of sites that are built on WordPress!

  2. If I had a nickel for every time I was on a site and found myself going, “Wow! This was done with WordPress?” I’d have lots and lots of nickels. You really can shed all of the blog like elements without sacrificing visitor interaction tools (like social media widgets, forums, comments, etc.). Are there any nonprofits using WordPress as their CMS (not just their organization blog) you can name drop?

  3. Awesome post, Maureen. The point you make about the easy user interface of WordPress is an excellent one. Nonprofit staff are managing so many different systems and interfaces these days, it’s more important than ever to make maintenance easy.

  4. Great info Maureen. How does WordPress play with Mobile devices? Is there any advantage in using WordPress over Drupal or Joomla for an I pad app?

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