August 10, 2015

WordPress For Your Intranet

More and more companies have begun utilizing intranets as their central hub for internal communication and collaboration. An intranet, by definition, is a private network accessible only to an organization’s staff. Intranets can be used for a number of purposes including tracking time, sharing documents, managing projects and referencing company and client information.

Every company has various needs for their intranet. In some cases it can be used as simply as a password-protected company site, and other times it can serve as a real-time collaboration space. Intranets can also incorporate a variety of different functions and features, ranging from company calendars to online work spaces and document repository.

Since its creation in 2003, WordPress has proven to be a powerful platform for blogging, as well as a flexible, scalable content management system. However, it can support much more than basic blogging and website creation. Because WordPress is able to easily and effortlessly match the features provided by full-fledged intranet service platforms, WordPress powered intranets are a great option for companies of any size.

Using WordPress for your intranet has a number of benefits, including:

  • Pricing. The majority of competing intranet service platforms often require monthly account fees that can be in the $1000s. Because WordPress is free, the cost to create an intranet is limited to the cost of creating a website, allowing companies to avoid unnecessary fees. What’s more, because WordPress is an open-source platform, there are no hidden proprietary platform fees either.
  • Security. As a service known for its safety and security, WordPress lends itself perfectly to powering intranets and the sensitive data within them. Intranets are used internally, which makes it vital that they are safe, secure and password-protected. By using WordPress, companies have access to a plethora of free plugins to add privacy and ensure protection.
  • Integration. WordPress also offers extensive plugin options that will allow you to easily integrate your intranet with a number of third-party services, and add new features and functionality as your needs grow. For example, if your organization uses Google Drive, you’ll be able to manage your WordPress intranet user accounts directly through Google Apps and embed documents from Google Drive throughout your site.
  • Accessibility. WordPress’ flexible, responsive interface carries over to its intranet sites as well. That means your employees will be able to access your intranet and read pages on the go from any device, including their tablets and smartphones.

Being on the forefront of WordPress development, we’ve seen more and more companies look to WordPress for their intranet needs. If you’re interested in learning more about how WordPress could power your intranet, contact us!

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