Last week, we published – and discussed – the feasibility of WordPress as an application framework, or at least a foundation for web applications.
Though we’ve already covered a variety of apps built with WordPress, we’re attempting to be as comprehensive as possible in sharing every single application that is built on the application.
Today: Happy Tables.
What is Happy Tables?
In short, Happy Tables is a managed web application designer specifically for independent restaurants to own, host, and maintain their own website.
Neat concept, isn’t it?
On top of that, it features a fully customized WordPress backend and full-on native mobile support.
The application has a unique feature set. You can:
- Bring your own, existing domain
- Add your own CSS
- Create and manage events
- Create, manage, modify, and maintain your menus
- Include photos of your meals
- Integrate your site with Yelp, FourSquare, Facebook, and Google Maps, and more
Similarly, there are restrictions such as you cannot install plugins nor can you install your own plugins.
I love the model they have going on here.
Focus, Niche, and Attacking From All Sides
All marketing of feature discussion aside, there’s one thing that stands out to be about Happy Tables that I absolutely love: I completely dig the fact that it has focused on a single niche – a market, rather – and is attacking it from all sides.
This is a cue that I wish more application, theme, and plugin developers would take because I think it would provide more elegant solutions to problems.
Happy Tables could’ve easily been a simple theme that offered a few custom post types, a half-baked design, and then sold via a vendor’s site or some other site. Instead, it’s an impressive piece of WordPress-based software that’s been well planned end-to-end and truly offers a complete solution to anyone in this market.
Absolutely dig what they’ve done with this application and would love to see more like it.
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