Over the past five years, I’ve become quite accustomed to posting and shoring content on social media websites. From following my favorite individuals to keeping up with the latest trends in the industry, clicking and “liking” content has quickly evolved into a highly useful tool for personalizing “news feeds” to fit our own needs. However, the WordPress platform has filled a niche that in many cases needs its own community, which is where the new ManageWP.org website will surely evolve into one of my most frequented bookmarked sites.
If you haven’t checked out Manage.org yet, you’ll be happy to know that it is a people-powered community specifically built for WordPress users and fans. According to a recent ManageWP.com blog post, posted by the new service’s developers, ManageWP.org has been “a true labor of love. We’ve been working hard for nearly six months straight. There’s been no shortage of debating, designing, programming, testing, breaking, and fixing — then we did it again, and again, and again. We’ve put our heart into this, and what we’ve come up with is a beautiful, easy-to-use, fully responsive, and exciting.”
An integral part of the ManageWP.org website is the act of sharing. With a simple click of the mouse or tap on your mobile device’s touch screen, you can easily share articles and posts that you feel would be a good fit for your friends and acquaintances. Once you enter the URL of a specific webpage, the software will automatically prepopulate the title and description (or you can simply edit this info yourself if you’d like to customize it). All that’s left to do after that is select and image and click the share button and you’re done.
Thanks to ManageWP’s convenient tabs, it is a cinch to explore content. Articles and posts are broken down into several main categories such as Latest, Hottest and Greatest; giving users an easy method for finding content that is highly engaging or has recently been published. There are other content filters for going directly to posts that relate to WordPress themes, plugins, articles, tutorials and business.
This is pretty much where the ManageWP.org website has a leg up on other WordPress communities. By “voting up” entries that you like, you can easily give your thumbs up and even comment on posts that are your favorites. This is a great way for engaging other ManageWP.org users, plus there is a leaderboard feature that displays which authors and posts have received the most Votes for a particular category or overall.
The ManageWP.org staff explains in its recent post that “if you see a story you like, hit the Vote Up button associated with any article, and it’ll immediately inject your influence, thus influencing the popularity and visibility of the article. The content you share that receive votes will contribute to your personal rank. Furthermore, the users who have the most rank also enjoy a coveted spot on the ManageWP.org Leaderboard.”
If you own a website, there is an option to include a ManageWP.org button that readers can use similarly to the way other social media website buttons are. It can easily be worked into any WordPress theme and is a great way to get your content “voted up” by those who are heavily involved in the WordPress community.
When describing the drive behind creating ManageWP, Project Manage Vladimir Prelovac stated, “This project was very personal. We worked incredibly hard for six months to make this ship sail. It all begun from my genuine interest in WordPress news, due to the nature of business. I followed a dozen or so RSS feeds, and I also used external news aggregators like Zite and Flipboard to keep on top of WordPress news. That was simply too much work! So it occurred to me that a community as big as ours needs a dedicated and moderated hub for high quality content. That was how the idea was born.”
One of the first things I noticed upon beginning to use the ManageWP.org website is that one of our star contributors here at WPHub, Kevin Muldoon, has already become one of the most popular “voted up” authors that are listed. Although I do have quite a bit of experience browsing through similar services, ManageWP.org is great in the way it directly focuses on all things WordPress. Due to the fact that information is being published faster than any individual can keep up with it, it’s nice to know that there is a specific site to go to if one wants to view a robust selection of WordPress content that is conveniently categorized.
If you’d like to begin using the ManageWP.org service, all you have to do is go to the website and create an account. This can be done easily with a verified email address and access is granted immediately after verification.