Do you want to run a music or podcast site? Maybe you’ve already tried and have run into some problems. Or maybe you are just looking for some pointers to help your site out. I’ve run a series of posts on my personal site, Rev. Voodoo’s Blog, for nearly 5 years now. I have hundreds of DJ mixes over there and I’ve stumbled and reconfigured many times. This post won’t be a step by step tutorial, it might not even end up being very linear. I just figured I could brain dump a variety of things I have come across and maybe some of my learnings will be useful to you! Let’s dive in!
VoodooPress was recently approached by the folks at Kohrus with a new plugin they launched, Kohrus Nero. This is a plugin that allows for readers to vote for your posts. That’s a fairly common thing and many plugins allow for post voting. But this plugin has an interesting twist. It integrates with Twitter and posts and tracks tweets through that mechanism. The intention here seems to be gathering a little grass roots momentum – if you can get folks to spread the word about what you are offering, it is far more likely that you can gather some steam and attract new people to your site. Well, let’s set this plugin up and dig in to see what it offers!
Just a few days ago, we took our first look at Plugin Chief. We did the Voodoo Review on their MobileChief offering. Well, we haven’t even gotten to part 2 of that review yet, and the PluginChief folks let me know about a new program they have running! I don’t want to sound like a shill for these guys, but they have come out of the gates swinging! Check out their newest trick!
MobileChief is a new plugin being released by the folks at PluginChief. The goal of the plugin is to ease the process of creating a dedicated mobile site. I was approached by PluginChief about reviewing this new plugin, and I was intrigued. My idea of a mobile site is to grab a responsive theme, and call it a day. I’ve never much concerned myself with any sort of dedicated mobile offering. So I’m a bit of a novice in this area. Why don’t we go ahead and get the MobileChief plugin installed and see what we can accomplish – and while we’re at it, take a look at what else PluginChief has to offer.
A while back, we gave the Voodoo Review to InfiniteWP and I liked what I saw from launch. There are a variety of managing options for WordPress, but InfiniteWP was a bit different. I got to keep it in-house, this installs on my own server, uses my own URL, and manages everything. From the start we could upgrade WordPress, update plugins and themes, and run backups. But I just finished upgrading my install of InfiniteWP, and I like what I see.
bbPress 2.1 has been released to the wild. It’s the forum plugin we use here on VoodooPress. If you are interested in everything included with this update, you can check out the post on bbpress.org. I’ll tell you right now, the first thing that I enjoy with this update is that we get the normal tiny mce visual/html editor that WP users are so familiar with. That right there is awesome news to me! Give it a try over here on the VoodooPress forums, if you like!
Here’s a nifty trick that just came through my RSS reader. Let’s give credit where it’s due first because I didn’t come up with this! It came through my reader from the WP Snippets site, this post right here. We’re going to grab the first image from the post, and set it as your featured image automagically!
I’ve been working on an overhaul of my personal blog for a while now. My old theme was pretty bloated, and way more than I needed since I offloaded everything away. The site used to have everything on it, but I moved all my WordPress posts to VoodooPress, and all my Voodoo Empire specific stuff to its own site. My blog doesn’t need all the features it had, and it was slowing things down. I haven’t had time to finish my custom theme, so in the meantime I decided to play around with some available themes, starting with Fanwood from DevPress. I have all of my custom stuff that used to be in the theme living in its own functionality plugin now. So I can activate any new theme, and within 20 minutes, have all my custom stuff in place. But the one problem I ran into – FanWood is a complex theme, not always using the standard WordPress templates I would expect – single.php for instance. Well, what’s an easy way to know what template is being loaded at all times? I’ve got the answer for ya!
When you visit the site, you can see our nifty login/out and register box at the top of the page. Go ahead, take a peak! See it there? Cool! I wanted to add that into my theme, make it easy to move from site to site, and between themes. Let’s take a peak and see how that’s done!
I’ve made a couple of posts over the past while about Gravity Forms. Specifically with regards to their user registration module. This module has saved me tonnes of spam, plus it just makes my sites look a little more polished and professional in my opinion. It’s nice to have a site branded registration process. Well, recently Gravity Forms released an update, and while this update didn’t do anything major for me, the release notes spelled out a very cool roadmap for the near future, let’s discuss!