This is one question that Danny Brown is getting because of the over-abundance and use of WordPress at Carleton University – over 260 sites using WordPress:
We’re so embedded with WordPress here that I’ve had people ask me if it also does blogging.
A much different question to be asked for those that know about WordPress, right? Just imagine if you were in the context of an ecosystem where WordPress was so ubiquitous and used as a CMS that the blogging aspect was an overlooked or under-used feature!
Carleton has sites ranging from their athletics program to their university newsroom to internal communications. They moved from LCMS (Luminis Content Management System) which Brown found difficult and cumbersome.
He was additionally shocked to find that the vendor, Sungard, only had 2 developers:
That was an eye-opener for me,” he says. WordPress, on the other hand, has a community of thousands of developers.
No joke – the WordPress community is one of the biggest reasons to join the ranks here, even in the context of a CMS decision. It was actually great timing since after migration Sungard announced that they were closing their CMS down. Yikes. You won’t find that business issue with using WordPress.
You can read much more about Carleton’s choice of WordPress as CMS on Computer World’s extensive coverage of Choosing an Open Source CMS series.
This is a big growth area for WordPress this coming year and into the future as more organizations are looking to WordPress to answer the call as a robust CMS. It’s not quite there as the media capabilities are one of the weakest links but developers both in core and out are looking and creating solutions that make the transition more easy.
I’m stoked to see more acceptance and use of WordPress in large and segmented businesses – it bodes well for our collective future!