WordPress Themes with Unusual Uses

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.

There are some amazing WordPress themes available at places like ThemeForest and around the web, but most are blog-centric. WordPress is capable of so much more. Like what you ask?

Check out these 15 Awesome WordPress themes with unusual uses to find out.

1. WordPress Wiki

WordPress Wiki

WordPress Wiki

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

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.

3. The Clothes Shop

The Cloths Shop

The Clothes Shop

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.

4. WPA Storefront

WPA Storefront

WPA Storefront

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.

5. SOFA YellowPress

SOFA Yellow Press

SOFA Yellow Press

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.

6. Collection

Collection

Collection

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.

7. Real Estate Theme

Real Estate Theme

Real Estate Theme

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.

8. BuddyPress

BuddyPress

BuddyPress

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.

9. P2

P2

P2

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

CSS Gallery

CSS Gallery

As per the title, the CSS Gallery theme is just that. A CSS Gallery – built on WordPress with all the usual bits.

11. JobPress

JobPress

JobPress

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

Contact Manager

Contact Manager

Yep. WordPress does that too. The Contact Manager theme is simple and straight forward – created for managing your contacts.

13. ClassiPress

ClassiPress

ClassiPress

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.

14. ShapeShifter

ShapeShifter

ShapeShifter

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.

15. Wave

Wave

Wave

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!


  • http://usarzewicz.org Nathan

    Hey, nice list – some themes were previously unknown to me, thanks!

  • http://www.canzei.com Canzei

    Interesting list, thanks. Just a tip- I think you misspelled ‘The Clothes Shop’

    • http://jremick.com Jarel Remick

      Thanks! It’s been corrected. :-)

  • Didi

    Nice sites, but why a template list on a site thats for web app’s, wasn’t it better to use this for nettuts?

    • http://jremick.com Jarel Remick

      These apply as web apps too. ;-)

  • http://www.ramonsuarez.com Ramón Suárez

    Just Tell Me Why is a good example of a creative and unusual theming. It turns around the ying and yang of two sided questions (dichotomies). Sleek!

  • http://www.ramonsuarez.com Ramón Suárez

    Here is the link: http://justtellmewhy.com/

  • http://www.markdijkstra.eu Mark Dijkstra

    nice list Jarel!

  • http://human3rror.com John (Human3rror)

    love wordpress. it wins.

    • http://chris-wallace.com Chris Wallace

      +1

  • http://chris-wallace.com Chris Wallace

    Thanks for adding Gallery Pro to the list. I certainly do appreciate it!

  • http://icupcake.org Jordan

    The Contact Manager site isn’t even available for access at this time; Should probably remove it since it’s not going to do the user any good.

  • http://www.profitplatformpro.com Craig Teich

    Might want to checkout “The Platform” created by the folks (me being one of them) at Profit Platform Pro. The theme has been created to allow users to do nearly everything they could ever need to do for building an online business and marketing professionally on the internet without requiring expensive web designers or any prior programming experience. The Platform allows people to build a great home page, blog, sales pages, video squeeze pages, and more, all from one WordPress installation. And the design options are, at least from our research, more expansive than any WordPress theme ever created. It will be out of Beta and available in February.

    I really liked your list, Jarel. I’m a big fan of the Wiki-FAQ theme in particular.

    Cheers, Craig Teich

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  • http://www.sarah-neuber.de Sarah

    Thanks for the mention there!

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  • uniq

    wondering why the gallery-pro link is an aff link for incomediary whereas all the others are straight links…

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  • http://www.rubin-anhaenger.de Felix

    Finally a WordPress theme list which is not a standard list. On the other sites, you either find lists of bad themes, or standard lists of portfolio-themes, cms themes, which are all nice, but not that unusual. I already use the WordPress Wiki for example, which does not fit in any known theme category. The sofa yellow press theme was completely new to me, will be definitely on my buylist.

    Btw. I found this site on my neverending search for themes, which can be used for products. Most themes do not work, because they have the personal portfolio direction. Other themes force to use the themes ecommerce-functions (hello ithemes).

    I hope to see another list of wordpress themes, which do not fit in a known category. Regards!

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  • http://brazilworldcup2014.org/page/2/ Rosalie Bronn

    Nice website I actually to run a blog myself. One of my most successful pages is one similar to this one and i found it when searching via Yahoo.

  • Rose

    Here is link to jobpress pro theme. Gonna share it for u http://www.dailywp.com/jobpress-proffesional/

  • http://vadoz.ru/ Zaryana

    I really enjoyed this positng! Your sitte looks great!

  • http://www.spiderwebpress.com Darren Bracey

    Speaking of themes with unusual uses, try the AAA Starter Theme at SpiderWeb Press (yep, where I’m from). It acts as a base for a custom WordPress theme editor (that is also a plugin on the WP repository) and can be modified using the editor into virtually any type of WP theme. All free and open source, of course, just as it should be :-)

    http://www.spiderwebpress.com/wordpress-theme-generator/the-aaa-starter-professional-wordpress-theme/

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