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How to build a Intranet/Extranet with WordPress

WordPress has come a long way since the beginning of just being a blog platform, with the community of theme and plugin developers, you can now do anything with the WordPress platform, you can create e-commerce, Intranet/Extranet, community and eLearning sites.

I’m all about minimalism, in selecting IT solutions/services for the small/medium size companies, non-profits that need a digital space. Would it not be cool to run your CMS, Intranet/Extranet, E-Learning on the same platform, it will save you money, time, resources to use a common solution across your organization.

Why Use WordPress?

A lot of times having an CMS, intranet or E-Learning website is about having easy to access documentation, announcements, blogs, external information and training materials.

Which can be easily accomplished with a WordPress multi-site installation. WordPress can even match some of the more advanced features of fully fledged intra and extranet services/platforms.

Such as:

  • Providing a company directory
  • A company calendar
  • collaboration tools
  • Private social networking
  • Downloadable company documents
  • Project management
  • and more

The advantage of a WordPress installation, it will save you cost, you basically just need to pay for your startup costs–which include hosting, theme, and plugins. With a dedicate intranet services/platforms you are likely to pay per user, per month fee and it can easily add up.

How do you get started, first you would need to find a hosting provider or if you have an internal server, then you will install WordPress, which is just 5 minutes of work.

You need to setup your WordPress for Multisite

WordPress multisite allow you to create an unlimited number of WordPress sites under just one install of WordPress.What that means is that you can have your corporate website, your intranet, your extranet and your E-Learning on one install of WordPress. It even gives you the freedom to add other micro-sites depending on your business model.

WordPress multisite is a great way to give specific subgroups and teams their own space while keeping everything tied together and manageable by a single super admin and sub admins.

Finding the right Theme

Depending on your requirements, there are several themes to choose from, it’s all up to you, if you want to put an emphasis on documentation, or an internal social network, or a forum, or announcements, or any number of other things.

Here are a few specific themes that you could choose from to get started:

Thrive Intranet/Extranet WordPress Theme

thrive wordpress theme

You can launch Social Networking, Forums, Online Shop, Project Management, or even E-Learning. It also helps you build a WordPress based intranet for your company so that your staffs and members can easily share information, files, events, docs, tickets, messages, and forms

Woffice – Intranet/Extranet WordPress Theme

w-officee wordpress theme

A Multipurpose Intranet WordPress theme, fully adaptable to a wide range of applications including Business & Government Intranets / Extranets, School Networks or any Community Network and Associations/Charities. Demo

Adding Intranet Features with Plugins

You choose a theme, now you need to choose the plugins that will give the functionality that makes your intranet stand out and provide the functionality your suers needs. Here is a list of plugins that are useful to add functionality to your WordPress intranet.

BuddyPress

buddy

Helps you build any type of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.

BuddyDrive

BuddyDrive_—_WordPress_Plugins

A BuddyPress plugin that uses WordPress built in features for the management of its post attachments to allow the members of a intranet, community to share a file or a list of files thanks to the BuddyDrive folders.

BuddyDocs

BuddyPress_Docs_—_WordPress_Plugins

Adds collaborative work spaces to your BuddyPress community. Part wiki, part document editing, part shared dropbox.

rtMedia

rtMedia_for_WordPress__BuddyPress___bbPress

Lets you add Photos, Music, Videos & Albums to BuddyPress. Supports mobile devices (iPhone/iPad, etc) and automatic audio/video conversion.

Knowledge Base

WP_Knowledgebase_—_WordPress_Plugins

Simple and flexible knowledgebase plugin for WordPress

Revolution Slider

Example_Sliders_-_Slider_Revolution_WordPress_Plugin

A responsive WordPress Slider Plugin that displays your content. Whether it’s a Slider, Carousel, Hero Scene or even a whole Front Page

Visual Composer

WordPress_Page_Builder_Plugin_-_Visual_Composer

A page builder plugin for WordPress build any layout you can imagine with intuitive drag and drop editor.

Visual Form Builder

Visual_Form_Builder_—_WordPress_Plugins

Visual Form Builder is a plugin that allows you to build and manage all kinds of forms for your website in a single place.

Project Management

WP Project Manager

WP Project Manager is a web based project management software for WordPress, that comes with file sharing, frontend feature, task list, calendar, milestone, private messaging and discussion features. It also has some add-on to enhance more functionality.

WP Polls

WP-Polls WordPress Plugins

WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.

The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar WordPress Plugins

Create and manage events with ease. Get professional-level quality and features backed by a team you can trust. The Events Calendar will help take your site to the next level.

bbPress

bbPress forum wordpress

bbPress is forum software, easily setup discussion forums inside your WordPress.org powered site.

All-In-One Intranet

All-In-One Intranet WordPress Plugins

Provide single sign for intranet privacy. It doesn’t really work if just anyone can view and/or login to your WordPress site.

Conclusion

WordPress is a great platform for creating an organizational intranet, extranet or a community site. With the plugins and themes available to WordPress there’s really not much it can’t do.

Are you interested in using WordPress as an intranet? Need help setting one up?Get in contact or comment below.

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8 comments On How to build a Intranet/Extranet with WordPress

  • What about SSO to Active Directory? Can WordPress do that? Any plugin’s or resources for that?

  • please i have download the required plugins for my intranet site. now i want to use the intranet offline on a local network, please how can i point the remaining system on the network to the server. the server ip is 192.168.100.97/blablabla.
    1. should i install wordpress on all other systems
    2. should i install apache also on them

    • What Operating system are you using, for MAC you can use MAMP so you get a Mysql/PHP/Apache for a Windows server you my want to install a LAMP, even for linux LAMP is the solution. When you have Apache/MySql/PHP installed, you can install WordPress and then the plugins. To access you would use http:/// and if you configured WordPress as a sub directory, you would http:///

      I hope that helps.

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  • Hi Torbjorn,

    Thanks for sharing your advice. I’m about to launch an extranet for a co working company and find your recommendations useful. Since I already have a theme on the company’s own site, I will build it from here (Enfold).
    I’ve been looking around but I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for:

    A professional looking directory. Something that looks more like a list of contacts (think Outlook) with a tiny pic of the contact.
    A professional looking document library. Where I could file, rank filter and search documents in an easy way. Something like WooCommerce but for Pdfs. I was actually going with WooCommerce, but I need something that will enable to search through the PDFs and show their cover/first page as well.

    If anything comes to mind, please let me know.

    Baba

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