There has been a lot of talk on the Internet about using WordPress as a full-fledged content management system. People know of WordPress as a blogging site and use it as such. But it is a fact that WordPress can be used as a CMS in a number of ways. You may not be able to use WordPress as a CMS as it is, but if you add the right plug-ins, this will be quite easily possible. The following are some ways in which you can convert your WordPress blog into a content management system.
Using WordPress to get Member-Driven Content
You get plug-ins to get a complete website using WordPress where members can provide content. This content can be given by any writer across the world, provide they have membership access to the site. You can set up this site to be a free of paid membership site. Members (and other readers) will be able to see the dates on which these articles were put up and also the names of the author. Outbound links from this content are definitely possible.
Using WordPress as a Directory
You can use WordPress as a complete article directory, but with some limitations. People will not be able to submit their articles directly. They will also not be able to set up accounts with you. But what you can do is, you can link an external article directory to your WordPress article directory. This is done by installing a plug-in and you will need to fill out a form on the article directory you choose as the source of articles. Once you do that, you automatically get all the syndicated articles on your WordPress site.
Using WordPress for Classified Ads
You can use WordPress as a mouthpiece for your users. The users can place their classifieds on the WordPress site. Here, you will need to allow users to signup on the site and provide them with a tutorial on how they can do this.