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Thursday, August 20, 2009
How to make your own flash game portal: Part 6 – The Essential Wordpress Plug-Ins.
I'm going to start you off with 3 essential wordpress plug-ins so that you can get started. These are the first 3 I added immediately to <a href="http://swaggames.com" target="_blank">Swag Games</a>.
Step 1, just like adding the theme, you want to add the plug-ins directly from your dashboard.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-168" title="Picture 1" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-1.png" alt="Picture 1" width="170" height="121" />Click on "Add New".<!--more-->
The most important plug-in in my opinion is going to be to upload FLASH content, because wordpress is not set up for this. A lot of people recommend different plug-ins for this, I'm a fan of SwfObj, because it makes uploading FLASH a natural part of your post, by adding a link to your "Upload/Insert" toolbar.
SwfObj changes your toolbar from:<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-170" title="Picture 3" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-3.png" alt="Picture 3" width="251" height="57" />to:<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-171" title="Picture 4" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-4.png" alt="Picture 4" width="264" height="47" />Notice the <em>f</em>. That will be the button you use to upload flash. Yeah, you have installed the first essential plug-in. Feel free to write a tutorial on how to use it for me, or maybe I'll write one later, but now on to the 2nd most important wordpress arcade plug-in.
Ok the 2nd essential plug-in is "All in One SEO pack", this plug-in has a lot of features, but the one I use vigilantly is the <strong>descriptions</strong>. The descriptions are what will show up in google search and are the next most important thing after the title for SEO purposes. This plug-in gives you control over the description for each and everyone of your posts, use it!!!
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-173" title="Picture 8" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-8.png" alt="Picture 8" width="1090" height="68" />At this point you might be asking your self, Why do I keep putting a pic that includes the plug-ins name and description and version and author. Because a lot of the plug-ins have similar names if not almost the exact same, so make sure you are getting the right one.
The 3rd and almost more important thant the rest is the "google xml sitemaps", because no-one will no you exist without it, or at least search engine users won't.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-174" title="Picture 9" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-92.png" alt="Picture 9" width="1086" height="73" />
I've been generally lazy on this post about how to use these plug-ins, but I'm going to give you a screen shot of the options I use for Google XML sitemaps plug-in, because this plug-in cannot always work the way you want, and you want to make sure it is telling search engines about all of your games. So with out further ado.....(by the way did I mention I started <a href="http://adoogames.com" target="_blank">adoogames.com </a>giving php arcade script a 2nd chance, as of now I still totally prefer wordpress arcades).<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-175" title="Picture 10" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-101.png" alt="Picture 10" width="620" height="551" />I'm not exactly sure where to go next with this series of tutorials, any suggestions? Well having these plug-ins should keep you busy, because now you get to start uploading all your flash games. What's that? Good Questions and that will be answered on Part 7.
How to make your own flash game portal: Part 7 – Where to Download Free Flash Games for your site?