Fwonk* is based on an installation of the open-source blogging / content management system WordPress and would thoroughly recommend it to other netlabels. We have been asked about the additional plugins we use on this site to power it. They are:
- Akismet – Protects your blog comments from spam. And everyone hates spam.
- All In One SEO Pack – Adds details to your posts to help promote your site on Google and any other search engines anyone might use at any time.
- CMS Dashboard – Adds a series of customisable buttons to your dashboard that speed up making a new post, page or user. Ideal if your netlabel is run by more than one person.
- Cookie Control – adds the little pop-up box at the bottom left of your screen to comply with the utterly stupid EU law on internet cookies.
- Facebook Comments – allows people to comment on your posts and releases without needing to login to WordPress or any of that old shamboozle.
- Google Analyticator – connects your Google Analytics to your site or blog.
- Google XML Sitemaps – automatically generates an XML Sitemap or index for your site that enables search engines to take a snapshot of your site.
- Jetpack – A suite of very handy enhancements from the makers of WordPress themselves.
- Secure WordPress – This modifies your installation of WordPress, hiding a lot of information that hackers could use to attack your site.
- ShareThis – simply adds all the buttons you need for social media – your Facebook Likes, Tweet This and Plus Ones.
- SoundCloud Shortcode – if you’re a netlabel, you need a Soundcloud account, and this plugin brings your Soundcloud account to your site or blog.
- W3 Total Cache – speed up your load times to make for a quicker browsing/surfing experience for your readers.
- WordPress Database Backup – you always need a backup, and this one can be configured to regularly email you a backup of your database. Couldn’t be simpler.
- WordPress Related Posts – you want to keep your visitors on your site, and what better way than to show a series of related or similar posts. This is the simple edition…
- WP MalWatch – is another security plugin that performs a nightly scan of your blog looking for Malware.
- WP to Twitter – connects your site to automatically send posts to Twitter. It takes some configuring, but is worth the effort.
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – …and this is it’s bigger brother, offering better results and more customisation options.
If you want to go further with WordPress, I thoroughly recommend checking out this post on WordPress plugins from Speckyboy, a look at some of the best free WordPress themes out there from MedleyWeb, a guide from the outstanding Smashing Magazine on creating a responsive WordPress theme (something I need to do here at Fwonk*!) and the WP Tuts+ WordPress tutorial site. There are a million and more other blogs, tutorials, plugins, themes and more out there at your finger tips. All you have to do is go and find them!