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Wordpress as CMS

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Quick and easy way to convert Wordpress into a Content Management System.


WordPress isn't a CMS but it can be converted into one using its plugins. Out of the box WordPress doesn't support a memberships based public website with avatars, workflows, document management system, and authorization. This article describes steps to converts WordPress into a CMS.


An NGO asked my company to provide a CMS for their intranet/employees. They were looking for document management, content creation, and a workflows based system with strict authorization and authentication. Our company usually provides solution using Microsoft SharePoint but due to the client's budget limitation I suggested to the sales people that we will be using WordPress.

Install Plugins

Install the following plugins to a new WordPress site. These plugins will help you to quickly make WordPress a CMS. 



Reason to install

Add Multiple Users

This plugin allows you to add multiple user accounts to your WordPress blog using a range of tools.

Version 2.0.0 | By HappyNuclear | Visit plugin site

A convenience plugin to save time.

Admin Menu Editor

Lets you directly edit the WordPress admin menu. You can re-order, hide or rename existing menus, add custom menus and more.

Version 1.2.2 | By Janis Elsts | Visit plugin site

This will help you to arrange admin menu that suits your CMS users.

Advanced Access Manager

Manage Access to WordPress Backend and Frontend.

Version 1.7.5 | By Vasyl Martyniuk

An authorization plugin for CMS membership.

Advanced Custom Fields

Fully customize WordPress edit screens with powerful fields. Boasting a professional interface and a powerful API, it’s a must have for any web developer working with WordPress. Field types include: Wysiwyg, text, textarea, image, file, select, checkbox, page link, post object, date picker, color picker, repeater, flexible content, gallery and more!

Version 4.2.2 | By Elliot Condon | Visit plugin site

To create CMS forms you will be creating Custom Post Type (CPT). A CPT is just like a database table and fields are like database columns. This plugin combined with Custom Post Type UI will help you to create custom forms. You could also use another plugin GravityForms for creating CMS forms. To save Gravity Forms to CPT use a plug in gravity-forms-custom-post-types.


Bulk Page Creator

Allows you to create multiple pages in a batch/bulk manner saving time when initially setting up your WordPress site.

Version 1.0.6 | By Dagan Lev | Visit plugin site

A convenience plugin to save time.


Create and manage (restructure hierarchy) vast amounts of categories, terms of custom taxonomies, posts, pages and posts of custom post types in the blink of an eye! The easy-to-use interface allows you to quickly create both hierarchical and non-hierarchical posts and terms by just specifying the title and optionally the slug, allowing you to quickly populate your website with content.

Version | By Jesper van Engelen

A convenience plugin to save time.

Custom Login 2.0

A simple way to customize your WordPress wp-login.php screen! Use the built in, easy to use settings page to do the work for you. Share you designs onFlickr or get Custom Login extensions at

Version 2.1.5 | By Austin Passy | Visit plugin site

A plugin to customize login page.

Custom Post Type UI

Admin panel for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress

Version 0.8 | By | Visit plugin site

See Advanced Custom Fields.<o:p>


Download Manager

Manage, track and control file download from your WordPress site

Version 2.4.9 | By Shaon | Visit plugin site

Admin will be able be to upload files and CMS users could download them.<o:p>


Edit Flow

Remixing the WordPress admin for better editorial workflow options.

Version 0.7.6 | By Daniel Bachhuber, Scott Bressler, Mohammad Jangda, Automattic, and others | Visit plugin site

To customize workflow.

Login Logo

Drop a PNG file named login-logo.png into your wp-content directory. This simple plugin takes care of the rest, with zero configuration. Transparent backgrounds work best. Crop it tight, with a width of 312 pixels, for best results.

Version 0.7 | By Mark Jaquith | Visit plugin site

A plugin to customize login page.

Mass set Categories

Set posts to categories all at once

Version 0.1 | By J. Frank Parnell

A convenience plugin to save time.


A user, role, and content management plugin for controlling permissions and access. A plugin for making WordPress a more powerful CMS.

Version 0.2.2 | By Justin Tadlock | Visit plugin site

An authorization plugin for CMS membership.

NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati

The most popular gallery plugin for WordPress and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 7 million downloads.

Version 2.0.11 | By Photocrati Media | Visit plugin site | Get help | Contribute


Restrict Categories

Restrict the categories that users can view, add, and edit in the admin panel.

Version 2.6.2 | By Matthew Muro

An authorization plugin for CMS membership.

Simple Local Avatars

Adds an avatar upload field to user profiles. Generates requested sizes on demand, just like Gravatar! Simple and lightweight.

Version 2.0 | By Jake Goldman, 10up | Visit plugin site

A plugin to add a support for avatar in WordPress.

UberMenu 2 - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

Create highly customizable Mega Menus through an easy-to-use WordPress Plugin. Please be sure to follow the installation instructions precisely. Downloaded from

Version | By Chris Mavricos, SevenSpark | Visit plugin site

A plugin for multi column menu.

User Role Editor

Change/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities.

Version 4.4 | By Vladimir Garagulya | Visit plugin site | Changelog

An authorization plugin for CMS membership.

User Switching

Instant switching between user accounts in WordPress

Version 0.8.2 | By John Blackbourn | Visit plugin site

A convenience plugin to save time.

WP Document Revisions

A document management and version control plugin for WordPress that allows teams of any size to collaboratively edit files and manage their workflow.

Version 1.3.6 | By Benjamin J. Balter | Visit plugin site

Document management system

WP Posts Filter

This plugin filters posts by category or tag to list them in the particular page.

Version 0.2 | By Oleg Lepeshchenko | Visit plugin site

An authorization plugin for CMS membership.


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