We have run a handful of blog posts WordPress over the past year covering topics such as top plug-ins and interviews with those who work within the burgeoning WordPress economy. One of the patterns we have seen has been the increasing use of WordPress as much more than just a blog and even beyond just a simple CMS. The sites below are great examples of how WordPress can be used imaginatively to create something new and original.
Describing itself as “Digg for WordPress fanatics” users can submit WordPress related sites and content for people to vote up, much like Digg.
This site has combined WordPress and the WP eCommerce plug in to create a very pleasurable
shopping experience. Pick the icon you want, click and hold the image and drag it in to the basket to the left. Don’t want it anymore? Just click on the cross to remove it.
Wpshift.com has brought drop and drag features you would normally associate with a WYSIWYG site builder allowing users to create their own unique layout.
If I hadn’t checked out the page source I wouldn’t have believed this is powered by WordPress. This is a great example of how the back end and be integrated in to a fully functioning CMS.
The Wall Street Journal shows how WordPress is ideal for magazine style websites looking to upload regular content.
Bold and glossy implementation of WordPress from a hairdressing salon in Lancashire.
Very stylish portfolio site with a subtle, but addictive, animated background (try scrolling up and down).
This is one of the most charming websites I have seen for some time. The subject and writing style is heavily influenced by the Flashman novels but as an example of the flexibility of WordPress it is worth taking a look.
Another website you wouldn’t think of as using WordPress on face value. Very slick animation, clear messaging and simple (but original) navigation abound.
Fast becoming a key channel for the music industry due to its massive user growth over the past 12 months, spotify’s entire site, from pre-sales to order process, has been built around WordPress.
Doyou know of any WordPress powered websites that should have been included here, or do you own one? Let us know in the comments below so we can take a look!