In This Chapter
Seeing examples of how WordPress powers Web sites
Discovering sites that use WordPress for more than just blogging
So many blogs, so little time! This chapter focuses on ten successful blogs that use the WordPress software in effective, innovative, and inspiring ways. These blogs go beyond what the WordPress software has to offer out of the box, extending WordPress to present a unique experience for visitors.
I'm not talking just about design in this case. A tremendous number of well-designed WordPress blogs are floating around the blogosphere; picking only ten of them would be a near-impossible task for me. No, what I'm talking about here is how each individual site is set up. Sometimes, you can look at a Web site and not even know that it's a blog or a site built with blog software. This is why people refer to WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System), rather than merely a blogging platform. You can do much more with it than just blog; you can also build fully functional Web sites with it.
The sites in this chapter employ techniques that could be considered "advanced WordPress hackery." These techniques aren't necessarily the kinds that you can perform straight out of the starting gate. Chapters 11, 12, and 13 deal with WordPress themes, templates and template tags, introducing the basic techniques to get you started.
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