As any experienced blogger will most likely know, WordPress is a killer blogging platform. What many people aren’t aware of, except those more familiar with WordPress, is that the platform is capable of so much more than just blogging. In fact, most people refer to it as more of a content management system (CMS) than just something built solely for blogging.
Check out these 15 Awesome WordPress themes with unusual uses to find out.
Exactly as the title suggests, this theme is a custom Wiki (knowledge base) with a custom built Frequently Asked Questions plugin and the ability to rate articles and run a live search. Just what the doctor ordered for anyone in need of a flexible and easy Wiki.
2. Gallery Pro
Gallery Pro is a multimedia-centric theme ready for pictures and video. The theme provides video embedding and paginated viewing for entries with multiple images as well as entry rating and more.
WordPress used as an ecommerce system? Yeah. The Cloths Shop theme includes everything from a membership area to wishlists and customer service area. It’s feature-filled and ready to get your store running.
I didn’t intend on including two ecommerce type themes in this roundup, but this was a bit different. It’s a little more simplistic but still offers a tremendous number of options. The theme is still being updated with new features and even includes a high definition tutorial to get you going.
YellowPress is essentially a classified ads theme with showcase style home page. The theme has options for free or paid (fully automatic) users, post expiration, etc.
Collection is a theme for collecting and aggregating all sorts of information or multimedia. Offer collections of icons for download, aggregate collections of links, etc.
Surprisingly real estate type themes aren’t too common, yet they’d be incredibly helpful for realtors. Real Estate Theme is exactly what realtors need to get their listings on the web and manage them easily.
If you’re looking for a theme that’s social-centric, BuddyPress can do it. It’s a collection of plugins (along with a theme) that extends WordPress MU and brings in social networking features.
We’re all familiar with microblogging but did you know WordPress is easily capable of tackling even that? P2 is described like Twitter in a box and was created by Automattic (creators of WordPress).
10. CSS Gallery
As per the title, the CSS Gallery theme is just that. A CSS Gallery – built on WordPress with all the usual bits.
Hire frequently? Maybe you need a job board. The JobPress theme is a full job board probably more appropriate for smaller scale job board use but perfect for lots of businesses.
12. Contact Manager
Yep. WordPress does that too. The Contact Manager theme is simple and straight forward – created for managing your contacts.
ClassiPress is a full classified ads theme with a feature list that’ll make your head spin. It also looks like it’s built to handle classified ads on a larger scale but is flexible enough for smaller uses as well.
ShapeShifter is a more common use for WordPress, built as a one page website. It isn’t centered around a blog though. It’s designed as a CMS for a one page website. Use it as a portfolio or gallery, business site with services or whatever you can make of it.
The Wave theme is focused on video and does a great job of it. It’s a great theme to collect and share videos and related information while allowing your visitors to rate and discuss them.
More Than Just A Blog
Yup. WordPress is a rockin platform for blogging but in reality, it’s so flexible it can take on much more creative and unusual uses. Have an idea for something unique but you’re not ready to jump in and try it yourself? Head over to the ThemeForest Forums and put a request on the boards for one or more of the eager authors to help out.
Know of any other really unusual uses of WordPress? Share them with us via commenting below!