Amazing and Surprising Uses for WordPress that You Never Even Knew About

You Might Have Heard of WordPress, Now Learn More Uses

 

You probably use WordPress.

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WordPress is used all over the World

WordPress is a blogging platform where you can log into one central area and add new post, add new content that people can read, possibly re tweet, link to, comment on and it’s a very easy way to get a website up and running quickly and easily maintain it over time.

Some Amazing Built in Uses for WordPress

But did you know that you can have a WordPress blog with multiple authors?

Did you know that you can automatically submit any new WordPress blog post that you post to search engines automatically?

Did you know that you can use the WordPress blog to gather subscribers and make sales? Well, here are some amazing uses for WordPress that you probably have not have heard of. World photo courtesy of Ilco at http://www.sxc.hu/

Uses number 1: Multi Author and Contributors.

When you log in to your WordPress dashboard, you enter a username and a password to gain entry.

But if you go to the users section of your WordPress dashboard, you can add more than one user to administrate your blog.

  • This is called an administrator which means that you can add more administrators and allow your business partner or your friends or other people working on the site to have access to your blog post, your plugins, the comments, all of that stuff.
  • But you may notice that when you’re adding a new user, there is a drop down box and you can choose either an administrator, an editor, a contributor, an author or a subscriber.
  • Now you can add an editor that has all of the functionality except for changing around the plugins and the theme.
  • So an editor can actually edit and approve comments. They can change other people’s blog post. They can edit over what’s already there.
  • Or you can add a friend, if you don’t trust them enough, to simply write blog posts.
  • An author can write and submit her own content. So someone can log in and they can’t change plugins, can’t change themes, can’t change any one else’s content but their own but they can post an unlimited amount of content to your blog.

Now you might be thinking, Well, it is a little too much control, more than I want to give if  I want to make someone a contributor.

Now, a contributor can add new content and submit it for your approval but it does not actually go live on the site until you choose to approve it.

This means you can look it over, make additions, make changes, ask them to change things and they will be able to resubmit it until you allow it to go live.

This is all built in to WordPress, social media and blog and ping plugins.

Use number 2:   WordPress Can Automatically Tell Others

“You Have New Content.”

  •  There are Twitter plugins that you can set up with your site such as Twitter tools where as soon as you make a blog post, WordPress will log in to your Twitter account and post a link to that brand new blog post you just made.
  • WordPress has a built in blog and ping list which you can find many long list on the internet which means that as soon as you make a blog post, it will submit this brand new piece of information to Google. to Yahoo, to Bing, to many other blog directories instantly as soon as the blog post goes live.
  • Even if you scheduled it for the future. You can schedule the blog post now or a month from now and as soon as that blog post actually goes live, it will tell all these directories, including search engines and you will be listed in a few minutes instead of in a few months the way things used to be.

Use number 3:   Sales letters and opt-in Pages.

There are very amazing WordPress themes such as Profit theme which will actually show a sales letter, have some information about what someone can buy from you with a payment button and someone can actually pay you money.

And the same theme will host your membership site including drip content.

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Create Sales Pages and Banner Ads and Optin Pages…All You Want!

There are launch themes such as optimize press which allows you to set up several videos on a site but restrict navigation so that people can only view a small set of pages.

There are other opt-in page themes where you can have your entire blog site but also have some pages where the only thing someone can do is fill in their name and email address in order to get some access to some content or get access to your newsletter.

I hope that opens your eyes about the possibilities of WordPress, not just to set up and maintain a website but to allow others to help or maintain it as well, to get instant traffic through social media and through blog and ping, and to make money using sales letters and opt-in pages.

 Go ahead right now and try some of those themes and plugins with WordPress starting today.

Want a great theme that will create a membership site, a blog, endless sales pages, opt in forms  (even sliders) connect to Click Bank and PayPal?  Great video check it out Here.

Back up that WordPress site that you took so much time with and worked so hard to build at:  The Best WordPress Plugin for Backup.

Based on  a gift post from  Robert Plank, gifted blogger and friend.

Posted 03-01-2012 at 08:07 AM by Robert Plank
(http://www.robertplank.com/about/)

Posted by Cararta.

10 Responses to “Amazing and Surprising Uses for WordPress that You Never Even Knew About”

  • Akos Fintor on October 28, 2012

    Hey,

    Excellent step by step tutorial.
    Even though peeps prefer video lately yours is pretty simple to follow.

    great share!
    Akos

    • Cararta on July 13, 2013

      Hi Akos,

      Videos are great, but I often find them time intensive, especially for following directions.
      To much time for the benefit! I can read faster than I can listen!
      C

  • Cararta on November 2, 2012

    Glad you enjoyed. Actually some little tips that most people don’t read around and find!

    Got a lot of hints from Robert Plank…..now he knows WordPress!

    Just added my take to the original!

    Cararta

  • Cararta on February 16, 2013

    Hi Dorothy,

    Glad you enjoyed the share.

    Cararta

  • Sandy Halliday on June 20, 2013

    Hi Carata,

    WordPress is certainly a different animal now than it was when I first started blogging. I was put off using WP then as I kept hearing people say it was technically difficult and you had to know HTML.

    I started with Blogger but eventually transferred to a WP blog once you could install it with Fantastico in virtually one click.

    There are certainly some amazing themes and plugins available that will let you do all sorts of things. I am just changing my health niche blog to a Genesis framework with a news type theme. I can’t wait to see how it does.

    Sandy
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    • Cararta on June 20, 2013

      Hi Sandy,

      I know I struggle with Themes! Sergio Felix (http://marketingwithsergio.com/) is always telling me I need to bite the bullet and install Thesis which is his favorite…

      The theme I have here is Profits Theme and as a general rule should be pretty easy to work with, except I created way to many Pages instead of putting everything in Posts as I should!
      It has a built in:
      membership site option, landing pages, optin pages, download…almost anything you want…
      if you apply yourself and follow the directions!

      Can’t decide if I will go back and convert pages into posts or continue working on
      the menu…think if I shortened some of the Page Titles it might do the trick…
      not sure…think if you remove a page there is an effect on your SEO?

      A lot of people doing Blog Curation are moving to the News type themes…
      Some ok, but some are so Busy with mini articles spread everywhere that it
      gets confusing…at least to me!

      I have a theme called Weaver on an Arthritis site and love it, but am trying to save the header
      that is on it now because with the new update, what I am using isn’t there! Stored a jpg of it
      on my hard drive…hope it works!

      Good luck with your new theme..don’t know if you do your own install or are lucky to
      have someone do it for you…

  • Mayura on August 11, 2013

    Hi Carata,

    Interesting facts and information about WordPress 🙂

    Often I find bloggers on WordPress platform go through the frustration of adding contributors and setting up user profiles. Sometimes they never bothered to, as they tend to be defensive on this stuff. I’m glad you made it simpler and especially those who wanna dig in find this information very helpful 🙂

    Eventhough I’m on Blogger, I agree that WordPress makes things fairly easy for everyone. It is being contributed by many folks and I can’t imagine the number of plugins or themes out there 🙂 No one needs to wait until WordPress team create a new plugin ’cause any developer familiar with WordPress can contribute to the platform. Sometimes you just need to apply a theme and all you need is in there, isn’t it? 🙂 No wonder why it is so much popular!

    You have a lovely weekend dear 🙂

    Cheers…

    • Cararta on August 14, 2013

      Hi Mayura,

      WordPress is easy sometimes, at other times it gets complicated, like recently I’ve
      had a problem with unwanted visitors…I find them attached to my site when i view
      my Awstats in Host Gator. Have security out the ying yang…htaccess denying IPs, text files
      security plugins an still a problem.

      I have several Google Blogs and don’t have to worry about security…Google does its
      thing, but I have noticed lately when I go in to make changes, there are so many choices
      that it is easy to get confused!

      Think I liked their old setup better…choose your theme, maybe change a color or two, do your content, choose your gadgets or widgets
      and you are done…not now!

      Had a nice Rainy Weekend Thank You 🙂

      C.

  • Barry Wells
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    on August 14, 2013

    Hi Cararta,

    That’s an excellent WordPress guide explaining the ins and outs of its uses.

    I think it’s an excellent platform that accommodates all of our requirements. I like that you’ve added details of all the different levels of users that we can allow on our blogs, many people are going to find your explanation really helpful.

    There are a number of different themes available for WordPress and I’ll be looking into these at a later date as I think the times coming for a change over at my place.

    Great write up Cararta, thanks.
    Barry

    • Cararta on August 14, 2013

      Hi Barry,

      Glad you enjoyed the simplified WordPress info.

      As for themes, you are in for an Education if you haven’t installed a new one on a
      site with tons of links, posts and pages.

      I’ve gone through about three here, really liked my profits theme but
      when I first set it us, made a few mistakes, one of which was making
      Pages out of what should have been Posts.

      It is such a versatile theme in that it includes a membership site, any page
      you need for internet marketing including sales, op tin (even with a slider) thank you
      and download pages for a lot less than all those things cost elsewhere.

      I’m learning though, so I’ll try it on another domain later.

      Don’t work to hard! wish there was a way to make changes like a theme or other options….hmm guess there is ..clone your site, set it up
      somewhere else and try the new theme on it…think you could check the box for search engines not
      to visit and do all you want to it incognito.

      I listen to Robert Plank explaining all the things that can be done with
      Backup Creator…but I think he missed this one!

      There is a link to one that you can use on one site…sort of a demo offer for about $7.00
      somewhere around here…so if you don’t have Backup Creator it is a great time to get
      acquainted…plus think I have developers license so if you want to try…let me know!

      Carolyn aka
      Cararta

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