There’s no doubt that for most Web Designers that they will be familiar with WordPress in some format. Since its initial release in 2003, the popular open-source blogging platform now has over 63 millions users.
For all of our clients here at Creare that wish to incorporate a Blog and RSS Feed within their website design, we use WordPress as a standard (including our web design blog).
In addition to offering great functionality and ease-of-use, there are also many plugins available that can enable web designers to fine-tune and enhance a WordPress blog.
Highlighted in my Twitter Resources for Web Designers blog post, TweetMeMe allows you to share Blog Posts with your followers on Twitter. We’ve recently installed this Plugin and had fantastic feedback so far, give it a whirl.
If you’re interested in Web Optimisation, this handy plugin will take the headaches out of making your WordPress Blog more SEO-Friendly with features such as automatically created META data.
If you’d like to export your WordPress posts to display elsewhere on your website, or alternatively display another RSS feed on your Blog, SimplePie RSS will allow you to do both with ease.
Utilising AddThis, your WordPress Blog readers can share and bookmark your updates across Digg, Facebook, Delicious and many more social-networking websites.
Inform your users of your other similar content in an informative manner, the Related Post plugin will add a simple widget at the end of each blog post you make. Great for cross-linking your blog posts.
If you’re looking for more useful web designers resources, have a look at my Essential Online Tools for Web Designers blog post, and also, watch our newest web design video blog on the CuFon Font Replacement technique.