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Published on June 15, 2012

Author: markoheijnen



My slides of my presentation at WordCamp NYC. Unfortunately it was quite conceptual and wasn't able to show the cool stuff. This will happen in the next couple of months.

Marko HeijnenRocking a WordPress Network WordCamp NYC 2012

Marko Heijnen• WordPress and mobile "developer"• Working with WordPress for six years• WordPress contributor of 3.0, 3.3 and 3.4• Founder of WP Rockstars

My first non-dev talkSo i do hope you will enjoy this talk

What is a network• Its like• One WordPress installation with multiple sites• Control all sites from the network admin• Easy to update itself, themes and plugins

Will default plugins work?• First answer will be yes• It still works like you expected• But plugins are often not build for network• The whole control will always be on site level• So the long answer would be no in some cases• In my case custom plugins make sense

What is my talk about? Building cool sites for artists

One of the problems• Artist dont have the money for a cool site• Their current site isnt that fancy• They want to be in full control over their data• They just want more possibilities• They are on MySpace

The solution• Create a network installation like• Build default themes for them they can use• Build all the expected functionality that a artist need• And share this with all the artists• Little bit like MySpace 3.0

Our goals• An easy to use tool to create awesome sites• Its targeted for artists who want to share their experience with their fans• Change their content in an easy way• That the artists are more in touch with their fans

Artist goals• Be more in touch with their fans• More fans to their concerts• Sell more songs through offline and online• The ability to change their site without any help

The process startedCleaning up WordPress and starting create awesome features

Cleaning up• Its important to remove features that arent needed• We removed a lot of menu items to make the admin area clean• We removed almost all the meta boxes on the dashboard• Also removed a lot of default widgets

A just installed WordPress

How it looks after the clean up

Lets start building the features

Their music• Several options to able for artist to share their music• In begin YouTube orientated• They can manage this from out WordPress• Later on linking it with Spotify and iTunes

Tour schedule• Artist can create a new tour schedule• Add dates/places to it• It doesnt have to be a tour, a single performance is also possible

Social• Their will be a Twitter and Facebook connection• Ability to send Links when the artist published a post• See some basic statistics in how they use the social media• Show the tweets/messages on their site

Slideshow• Show new happenings in a cool way• Ability to have multiple slideshows• Can be in content, widget or default position• Manipulate a certain image to be grayscale

In-site support• Giving great support is very important• Working with to make it happen• They can create and respond to tickets• See in the toolbar if they got new feedback• When they do use mail they will also see the feedback there

The main siteWhat about that, also has one

The main site• The goal is to make users explorer the content we have• Browse to all the artist in several ways• Not just boring lists but meaningful content

The main site• Show their tour schedule in one big overview• Show some highlighted stories that the artists wrote• Of course also an explanation about what it is

Ow yeah, two more last things We do live in 2012 you know

The mobile app• There will be an app for iPhone and Android• Artist will be able to be faster in touch with their fans• Share music and be able to give them a discount• Also a plan to have an overhaul app with basic information of the artists

E-commercefunctionality• This will be one of the coolest features• No more the need of a separate platform• They will be in full control over their products• Still be able to process them to another company if needed

Coolest thing is that this will be a new plugin and we call it SalesPress

What about other e-commerce platforms• First of all, we think we can build something really awesome• Trying to build something for the community without wanting to make a profit• And we do think no other plugin will fit ArtistPress the way we want - @MarkoHeijnen -

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