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MVP Prototyping With A Content Management System

Prototypes and minimally viable products (MVPs) can be spun up with a content management system (CMS). A CMS allows for the build out of a sophisticated look with content that non-technical people can administer. Content management systems are ideal at organizing data and making it flexible. In WordPress, functionality can be built out using the plugin system to make new functionality. It’s how we build prototypes. We can come up with a speedy prototype for a start-up.

Content Management Qualities:

  • stores your content in a database
  • keeps the design of the website separate from the content and settings
  • makes site-wide administration easy

I have developed sites in WordPress, PHPNuke, Drupal 5, Drupal 6, Drupal 7 and (shudder) Drupal 8., I have built start-up prototypes with Drupal. I have migrated Drupal websites over to WordPress. I have experimented in or integrated with a who’s who list of other technologies: WordPress, Joomla, ModX, React, Magento, Shopify, Wix, MediaWiki, Daccor, Bootstrap, Foundation, Symphony, JQuery, JSON, Angular, Laravel, HTML5, phpBB, phpMyWebsite, Prestashop, Woocommece, Ubercart, Drupal Commerce and others.

I have consulted with a number businesses and organizations.

Still: I keep coming back to WordPress. It’s a handy Swiss Army knife. It’s my big box of Lego. When someone says, “Let’s Build Something!” I say, “Yeah!”

Why Not Build From Scratch?

Some reasons I like to get our clients working with WordPress:

  • WordPress is feature rich: user management, admin screens, content management come ready “out of the box”
  • By starting with built-in elements, WordPress development cycles can be very brief.
  • WordPress is flexible. We don’t give you a “WordPress prototype”, we give you an “excellent site” (built with WordPress).
  • Good technical extensions, called plugins, are easy to deploy.
  • When you need custom solutions built from scratch, we are happy to do that.
  • Solid and easy to install functionality allows us to carry out fast deployments.

A rundown of what we can do with WordPress:

  1. Client Relationship Management (CRM)
  2. Document Management
  3. E-commerce
  4. Event Registration & Management
  5. Fundraising
  6. Product Website
  7. Gallery site
  8. News portal
  9. Project Management