I always tell people that, in my mind, there’s no question that WordPress can take anything you throw at it. I’ve been building websites on it for nearly 4 years now professionally and I’ve found quite a few fun little projects have come my way. It’s always a challenge to make WordPress work in a way that is outside the box. So, I thought I’d share a few of the projects I’ve had the privilege to work on over the years.
1. Church Websites
The website I did for Community Christian Fellowship was definitely one of the more complex projects I’ve done. It includes:
- 4 Custom Taxonomies
- 5 Custom Post Types
- An event calendar built entirely out of custom posts
- A customized podcast feed (also built out of custom post types)
- Ministry pages that call data based on a matching taxonomy/page slug system
The event calendar was fun, mainly because it uses a little known WordPress function: meta comparison. You can take custom field data and compare it against a variable to sort and display data that is greater than, less than, equal to, or NOT equal to a specific variable – it’s great for displaying top rated movies in a review database, for example.
2. Dating Website
Editor’s Note: Some pictures may be slightly NSFW – nothing fully exposed, but you may not want your boss seeing these. I wasn’t aware of content when I started the build, but it’s too technically awesome to not include. You’ve been warned.
Yes… a dating website – who knew, right? Also built using custom post types and custom taxonomies, this allows the website owner to fill in data for his client’s profiles and tag them to a specific geographical location. Since the service is invite only, specific user accounts are created for each member. If a user is logged in, they see all the available profiles (and all of the data in that profile). If they are not, they are redirected to a page to ask them to become a member, and are only shown a sample of the available clients. (if you’re curious, the function is the is_user_logged_in() function).
3. Real Estate Site
These sites are only a sampling of what can be done with WordPress, some design knowhow, and a little time. If you want specific information, or have questions, about replicating some of the functionality on a project you have in mind, or want to see what WordPress can do for you, then all you have to do is ask!