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WordPress Showcase. The perfect way to get an SEO spike.

By November 24, 2008 7 Comments
WordPress Showcase. The perfect way to get an SEO spike.

I can’t say I’m one of the people who regularly visits WordPress.org – who actually does? (unless you’re about to download the latest version for a new project) However I was digging through the forums recently and discovered they now have a Showcase of WordPress websites there. Seeing as its relatively new, I figure they haven’t been berated with 1000’s of submissions a day like any good CSS gallery usually probably is.

So I decided to send in my personal windsurfing website I designed: www.seanobrien.com.au. Low and behold, I had an incredible spike in traffic on the first day it popped up, peaking at around 6,000 unique hits in the first 24 hour period. Considering my website is targetted mainly towards the windsurfing world and for my sponsors within the windsurfing world (a very niche group) – this was great publicity and I’d recommend to anyone to submit their new website to the Showcase. Albeit the site needs to be pretty nice to get selected …

Checkout seanobrien.com.au on the WordPress Showcase.

The WordPress Showcase is a really great resource for finding out who is using WordPress, what they’ve done with their site and of course to get some inspiration on your next design. WordPress is starting to become a major player in the CMS scene and more and more big brands, celebrities and people are starting to use the platform over Joomla or Ghost or other blogging platforms.

7 Comments

  • Douglas says:

    Thanks for submitting and for encouraging others to do the same! Your blog looks great.

  • Hi Douglas, thanks for stopping by and making a comment. Glad you like my site 😉

    Cheers.

  • Gennice says:

    Wow, this blog design is amazing! Very nicely done.
    Could you please tell me where you got this social bookmarking plugin with large icons? I was searching for something like this long time but never found. I really need it for my blog.
    Thanks in advance!

  • Hi Gennice,

    The plugin is “Sociable” ( http://yoast.com/wordpress/sociable/ ) however, it comes with tiny icons for all the social-sites, so I’ve replaced them with these big icons you like from another plugin called “Add To This” ( http://www.sajithmr.com/plugins/ ).

    Just download both, and then copy the big icon files from Add to This into the Sociable images folder and replace the ones you want. You shouldn’t need to change any CSS in socialise then, it just leaves the images the right size by default (I think?). If it doesn’t, go into the sociable plugin .php file and look around for a ’16’ number which is the size of the icon display and replace all instances of it with ’48’ (which is the size of my icons above).

    If you’re feeling lazy, feel free to just right-click and steal all my icons from above and copy them into your Sociable plugin folder 🙂

    Glad you like me site! Cheers.

  • really interested in a blog redesign just like follow the winds…we are an art and lit collective. check us out

  • @ NC Lowbrow Collective – cool site!

    If you’re interested in a redesign I can help you out on that front. Shoot me an email at seanobrien[at]aus120.com about it if you like.

    I’ve been working with Arthemia Premium theme quite a bit recently (which is what FollowTheWinds.com uses) and I’m now also an official Woo-Worker at WooThemes.com and can do some cool mods of their themes too … cheers.

  • Hey Sean,

    The site is looking really smooth – I’m jelous!

    Seriously inspirational thou, it’s great what can be done with wordpress.

    Cheers,

    Anthony
    Xilarate Admin.

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