Wordpress_Blog_ImageMost people think that WordPress was solely intended for blogging purposes. The fact is, with the help of either the free or paid plugins that you can install, there are other things that your site will be capable of doing.

Here are some other things you can do with WordPress:

1. Build Your Own Static Page
There are those who would say that this is an inherent ability that WordPress should have. What they are not aware of however is that it should first be configured. In the 2.X version, you can set a static page as your home page and additionally identify which blog or page will use the feed or RSS capability. With this, setting up your site can be done more swiftly, you can easily edit content, and you can have a more refined site at a low cost or even for free.

2. Create a Forum for Discussion
Forums are the perfect platforms in building relationships. Discussion forums can be the primary source of information exchange between experts and users who have questions about different matters. By answering the questions on forums, these experts may also provide links to certain sites thus providing them with exposure to others.

3. Make Your Own Photography Portfolio
WordPress has plugins available for users to use in building a portfolio for photos. This can be your tool for presenting samples of your work to clients, show off your portfolio, or simply build a photo gallery for personal use. You can upload photos by the batch, via URL, and through uploading zip files.

4. Create a Membership System
Thinking of building your own membership base? Planning out an exclusive area for members to your site? You don’t have to go far, you can use plugins from WordPress to segregate your groups for you. There are free and paid versions for some of the membership plugins where awesome features are made available for the “pro” versions like Payment Processing, E-Mail Subscription Integration, and Gradual Content delivery. The free version is not that regular though. These free versions will also allow you to use special tags in order to separate teasers from paid content.

5. Create an Online Store
In building an e-commerce site, you need to first figure out what payment gateway you will use. There are several choices like Paypal, Google Checkout, and Authorize.net. You may also go over the shopping cart plugins available in WordPress and select the one that best suits you.