10 fantastic examples of websites using WordPress for much more than just a blog - Heart Internet Blog - Focusing on all aspects of the web

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.

https://wpshift.com/

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.

https://camachocigars.com/

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.

https://magazine.wsj.com/

The Wall Street Journal shows how WordPress is ideal for magazine style websites looking to upload regular content.

https://www.thesalonhair.com/

Bold and glossy implementation of WordPress from a hairdressing salon in Lancashire.

https://www.nocturn.ro/

Very stylish portfolio site with a subtle, but addictive, animated background (try scrolling up and down).

https://www.lordlikely.com/

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.

https://searchinsidevideo.com

Another website you wouldn’t think of as using WordPress on face value. Very slick animation, clear messaging and simple (but original) navigation abound.

https://www.spotify.com

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!

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  • 10/02/2010

    Thank you for including nocturn.ro as an example in your post and for the nice words about us in this interesting article. Best regards from Bucharest.

     
  • 10/02/2010

    Not quite as good a those above but I have developed my holiday accommodation site using WorldPress.

    https://www.peyrecout.com

    I have found it very useful for developing a multi-lingual site.

     
  • 11/02/2010

    Check out SSRadio (https://ssradio.com) – built entirely on WordPress MU 🙂

     
  • 15/02/2010

    As a reseller, the one click install of WP is great and we use it as the defacto starting point for our websites these days. It is so easy to customise and we normally start with the WP Framwork template (https://wpframework.com/) which is essentially a blank them to skin as you please.

    The really great thing about WP is that no matter what you want to do with it, there is normally a plugin that makes it happen. There’s a plugin for that (paraphrasing the Apple App store tagline!)

    Good for SEO if built right, easy for a client to amend and best of all…free as a bird!

    Other sites that we have done with WP include http://www.brookburn.com and http://www.winbizsolutions.com

     
  • 17/02/2010

    WordPress has become the CMS of choice for our two leggers.They have made us our very own blog at https://www.ablogfrommydog.com

    The humans also have a number of their own sites https://www.thesportsphysio.com, https://www.policemans-foot.com https://www.heritageandhistory.comand https://www.naturearoundme.com amongst many others.

    All made using WordPress, Heartinternet and a lot of work.

     
  • 09/03/2010

    Some great sites on WP! Thanks for yet another great blog post.. by the way,

     
  • 09/03/2010

    Wow! Some very cool WordPress looks there – inspirational for a hack blog builder like me!

     
  • Richard, Lincolnshire

    10/03/2010

    Re: “Steve McGrath … WP Framwork template wpframework.com”

    Hats off to Steve McGrath for this very useful wpframework reference.

     
  • 10/04/2010

    I love seeing what others have done with WP.Just goes to show the amazing flexibility of WP.

     
  • 09/07/2010

    <h4>Wordpress…</h4>

    Good article, I wish I had the desire to write….

     
  • Stuart Wooster

    01/09/2011

    I used WordPress for my trance site: https://www.ilovetrancemusic.com

    I love the ability it gives me to develop a site without knowing a line of code and to be able to share content with ease.

     
  • Dheeraj

    05/09/2011

    There is one more. An RSS Feed Reader based on wordpress at https://www.my.infonary.com. It not only lets you follow your favourite Rss feeds but news from any topic. It also offers a RSS Mixer which lets you follow everything on your page with a single RSS feed.

     
  • Ed

    22/01/2012

    Were all of the WordPress examples above created for free? Anotherwords, is it possible to learn how to design such sites using only WordPress’s free tools?

     
  • Stan Arnold

    22/08/2012

    I salute you all. I’m a physics graduate and professional copywriter. I find the explanations of how to use WordPress (for anything) to be some of the worst I’ve ever seen. To date, I’ve wasted about 6 hours just trying to get a photograph and some text in the right place. Mind you, in terms of poor writing, facebook is even further down the food chain than WordPress. Still, millions and millions of people have learned how to use Zuckermann’s garbage software – so who am I to criticise. Nice to see the share price going down though. Actually, I really would like to use WordPress – can anyone recommend some instructions that are easy to follow?

     
  • 24/08/2012

    Stan,

    Don’t forget, WordPress is a CMS, its not WYSIWYG website building software. If you want to make edits outside of the template you’ll need some HTML/ CSS knowledge.

    Cheers

    Matt

     
  • ertp

    10/07/2013

    There are actually a lot more websites using WP.

    Whlile according to alexa WP has dropped 15% in the past 3 months: https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wordpress.com

    In TrackSaaS there are ~82,000 sites using it: in the top 1-million:

    https://tracksaas.com/item?d=wordpress.com

    It’s much better that Drupal or any other.

     

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