WordPress/ComicPress: Part 5 Plugins

As mentioned in Part 1, one of the best things about WordPress and ComicPress is the large developer community that exists and they help to make this combination an incredibly powerful Content Management System (CMS).

I’m squeezed for time almost every day with a full time job, freelance work and a home life. Adding in a crazy hobby like making my own graphic novel and publishing it weekly on the internet can seem silly when you add in trying to promote it so that people know it’s out there and actually read it – so that you’re not doing all this work for nothing. 

Luckily, WordPress/Comicpress come to the rescue. With a combination of this duo and plugins, I’ve managed to tie my website together with a Facebook fan page, my Twitter account and my DeviantArt account – all by posting pages directly from my website. Talk about a huge time saver! Below is a list of the plugins that I’ve got installed and are an invaluable help. 

It provides integration between your blog and your Facebook account. It also lets you add the Facebook like/share buttons after posts or on pages.
Why I use it
I’m not a huge Facebook person, but some people are. Online graphic novels are about developing a community and right now, that’s Facebook. The easy integration with the website along with being able to add the like/share buttons made this incredibly useful.

Twitter Tools
A complete integration between you blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts on to Twitter.
Why I use it
I’ve had a Twitter account for a while now and haven’t been a heavy user. The ease of connecting the blog with Twitter to add tweets with no extra work for me has been incredibly handy. This series of posts about WordPress and ComicPress has been an experiment in posting to Twitter that so far has been really successful. Based on that alone, Twitter Tools is highly recommended. 

WP-Twitter Retweet Button
This installs the official Twitter button after posts to let people easily retweet it.
Why I use it
The obvious reason to include a retweet button is to allow readers to easily pass the content along to others. I picked this plugin in particular because it comes with PGN graphics. Why is this important? If you’ve designed your site like me – with a background image that fills up the screen – having a retweet image that has a white box around it looks horrible. It took me a little digging and trying out different plugins to finally find one that solved this problem.

An update: I’m still experimenting with the DeviantArt plugins and so far it seems like there really isn’t a good plugin to do what I want to do (which is post my pages to DA). There are a couple of plugins that might be good if you’re looking to pull content from your DA page and put it on your blog, but so far I haven’t been able to find anything that works the other way and pushes stuff to DA. So for now, I’m left to post things manually which is a little more work. If anyone finds something that works like I want it to, let me know!

All-in-One SEO Pack
Successful Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is vital to getting more visitors and better results. This plugin allows you to add better SEO to your blog.
Why I use it
SEO is all the rage, right? Any organic hits (i.e. you’re not paying for them) you can generate for your website a bonus and that’s what I’m looking for.

Robots Meta
This allows you to add all the appropriate robots meta tags to your pages and feeds.
Why I use it
Similar to what I said above, meta tags will help with your search engine results and this should enhance the profile of your site – and again more organic growth is a good thing.

There are so many different plugins available I’d suggest you look around either WordPress.org or in the Plugins section on your Admin page. There’s probably exactly what you need just waiting for you.

Read Part 6: Resources

About jason

Illustrator and graphic designer. When not working full time as a Senior Graphic Designer, I am usually working on the graphic novel On the Verge: the Arrow of Time. Artist on Andrew Jackson in Space and The Sisters.

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