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A couple of years back, I did a series of posts on Wordpress and its value as a CMS (content management system) for artists wishing to create their own websites.  I am still using Wordpress to manage my site to this day and thought I'd share a few of my favorite plugins and themes!


Plugins


All In One SEO Pack - Lets you add custom tags and meta info to your pages very easily to make it more easily found by search engines.

Duplicator - Lets you copy your site and database so you can move your entire site from one location to another.  Handy if you've been building in a private test folder before moving it onto your main domain.  This plugin can also create a snapshot of your site at any time for backup purposes.

MailChimp by MailChimp and Crowd Favorite - Lets you add a widget with a customizable MailChimp sign up form into your site's Sidebar.

NextGen Gallery by Photocrati - A wonderful gallery management tool that lets you create taggable images with sleek layouts.  The pro version nets you extra layouts and social sharing links bundled in.

You can also integrate the Social Gallery plugin with NextGen to create a Facebook-esque lightbox and viewing experience with even more social sharing links.  Buying the pro version of NextGen lets you use the plugin on all sites you own and is more mobile phone friendly than the free layouts.

The Events Calendar
- Great for adding your upcoming appearances into a calendar on your Sidebar.

WooCommerce - I'm still testing this one, but I've seen a lot of other artists using this one to create an onsite store instead of hosting one offsite.  You have fine control over images for your products and can even sell digital items.  Will probably post a more in-depth review of WooCommerce as a shop setup after I've had time to play with it more.


Themes


All of the themes mentioned here are mobile phone friendly.

Make - What I'm currently using on my latest site.  Make comes with a free version you can use as-is.  I love the integrated social icons bar (I was hard coding them all before into a Sidebar widget) and it's very sleek looking.  The packaged Builder templates for creating Pages on your site allows you to do Pages with columns, image sliders, galleries, etc. very easily without requiring a lot of coding knowledge. It is e-commerce ready with WooCommerce integration in mind.

The Pro version lets you get rid of the template tag on the bottom as well as opens up extra Page layouts and pre-made templates where you can toggle Sidebars on and off and auto-populate Pages based on their intended use for quick Page building.  You also get access to more type kits that let you change the font style of your whole website at once.

The free and pro versions both have a ton of customizable Widget areas such as multiple Footers and Menu locations.  Buying the Pro version also lets me use this theme on all of the sites I own.

Virtue - Has a free and pro version.  The free version lets you create grids using Portfolio items.  I almost went with this one for my site, but I found the Portfolio setup a little confusing.  If you can manage it though, it seems like a pretty versatile theme.  Just like Make, you get tons of customizable Widget areas, such as multiple Footers and Menu locations.  It is also e-commerce ready with WooCommerce integration in mind.

Wave - I never got to test this one out on my own, but the demo site looks good and it's also e-commerce ready.  I'm including it here as an option because it was reviewed highly, is a decent price, and might be an option others might want to try.

So what are some of your favorite plugins and themes?  Share in comments!

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AngelaSasser
Angela R. Sasser
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Currently based out of Atlanta, I grew up in a multicultural family and spent much of my life traveling as a military brat. It was overseas in Germany at a young age that I fell in love with my first taste of fantasy in the collected stories of the Grimms Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen.

I grew up with the dream that one day I might be able to follow in their footsteps and tell stories to awe and terrify future generations, to capture that sense of danger, triumph, and hidden magic.

I’ve earned three degrees, a BA in English, a BA in Studio Art, and an MA in Arts Administration. I could never choose between my love of writing, of illustration, and for helping other artists.

Nowadays, my art instruction book, Angelic Visions, is out on the shelves of a bookstore near you!
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Red Line and Critique
Red-line-example by AngelaSasser
View the full example image plus its detailed critique here.

I will use an image provided by the client to create a detailed critique in the form of a red lined image meant to aid in improving the work with the concerns of the client in mind. A detailed image and descriptive text critique will be provided.

You will receive:

- A .psd file featuring a layer with your original image plus a redline with suggested corrections using corrective line drawing.

- A full write-up detailing each element which was critiqued and suggestions for improvement.

* Note: If you intend to include a red line I have done in your paintings as a direct base, I request that you credit me in the description of your work. This is optional, but appreciated!
Detailed Paint Over and Critique
Paint-over by AngelaSasser
View the full image with its detailed critique here.

I will use an image provided by the client to create a detailed critique in the form of a paint over meant to aid in improving the image with the concerns of the client in mind. A detailed image and descriptive text critique will be provided.

You will receive:

- A .psd file featuring a layer with your paint over plus any layer masks, adjustment layers, etc. which were used in your critique.

- A full write-up detailing each element which was critiqued and suggestions for improvement plus links to resources which I believe might aid your future work.

* Note: If you intend to include a paint over I have done in your paintings as a direct base, I request that you credit me in the description of your work. This is optional, but appreciated!

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onnirica Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey fellow Painting Drama artist! LOL Just kidding. Your gallery is truly lovely Angela! I've been following you in the painting drama group, and now I finally found you here :) 
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey there! Always nice to find another OA student around these parts.  Good to see you here and lovely work on your end, as well!
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T-razz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
nice gallery!
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Morkadion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I simply love your gallery :)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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