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Custom WordPress Design For PCEC

Custom WordPress Design for Platte-Clay Electric Co-op North of Kansas City:
A website that illustrates why data driven architecture becomes more important when you have lots of content. We had designed a regular html site for Platte-Clay before we developed this newer custom wordpress design. The old site had performed quite well, but moving into WordPress has allowed us to expand their content delivery in ways that would have never been possible before.

With WordPress (or other types of data driven architecture), it becomes much easier to make large global changes to your content. This is an invaluable feature when you get into larger web sites.

WordPress Pages Versus Posts:
Wordpress comes with two different types of taxonomy structures, and these are known as “pages,” and “posts.” You can think of “pages” as regular static content that isn’t subject to change much once you have it in place. Your Contact page, Home page, and About pages are examples of this.

The “post” taxonomy on the other hand, is much more fluid. This would be best used in cases where you have regularly updating content that needs to be categorized and archived. On the Platte-Clay site, most of their content was more static in nature (i.e., Service pages, Product pages, Educational pages, etc.). They do have a newsletter that needs to be published on the site monthly however, and the “post” taxonomy was a perfect choice for this. If the newsletters are set up as posts, that gives us a nice way to archive all of their past issues by date.

Regular HTML Versus WordPress:
Whether you choose to drive your site primarily with pages or posts, WordPress is still a more versatile choice for larger sites than regular html. Pages in WordPress can be easily added to global menus so they appear site wide instantly. If you’ve ever worked with regular html sites, you’ll know it isn’t that easy to add global links.

If you’ve got a site with lots of content, and especially when you need things to be categorized and archived, data driven architecture like you have with WordPress is the only way to go.

SITE URL: http://www.pcec.coop

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