If you want to use WordPress to build a videogame site, there are a number of plugins that can assist you. The site can feature demos, screenshots, walkthoughs and hints, reviews and ratings, and a forum to discuss games.
As I work on this article I keep thinking about more things that can be added to make an awesome video game portal in WordPress so I’m sure I’m leaving out something. Please share your ideas in the comments.
- WP Games Embed – This plugin facilitates turning your blog into a games arcade. The plugin provides codes to embed free games offered by a variety of websites using their codes or downloads.
- NextGen Gallery – I mentioned this plugin in my article about plugins for photoblogs. This plugin would make displaying game screenshots in WordPress quite easy.
- Kimli Flash Embed – This plugin assists you in adding flash movies to your WordPress blog.
- Role Manager – The Role Manager plugin allows you to create, delete and rename roles as well as assign capabilities for each role. This could be useful on a gaming site if you want users to be able to submit new game screenshots for a game review but not necessarily have a higher level of access.
- WP Post Ratings – This plugin allows users to rate posts and pages. This could be useful if you want users to contribute ratings of the games listed and being reviewed on the site.
- Tiny Spoiler – Tiny Spoiler is used to show and hide pieces of text. I discussed this plugin in an earlier article and thought it could be used for spoilers when people are stuck in a game.
- SimplePress – What a gaming site be without a forum for people to argue about their favorite games and for assistance when stuck battling a t-rex? SimplePress isn’t the only WordPress forum solution out there but is supposed to be the easiest one to install. I have also used bbPress, but it was not easy to install and it does not have very good documentation.
- WordPress Video Plugin – This plugin allows you to easily embed code from almost every video site out there. The list of supported sites is very comprehensive. I’ve been finding more and more video walkthroughs for tricky parts of games that work a lot better than written ones so embedding game walkthroughs as well as demos could me a really useful feature of a WordPress video game site.
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