Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Musicians – the best wordpress plugins for musicians and music industry bloggers.
If you’re a musician seeking to make your place in the music scene, you can try to swoon over a producer by giving them your mix tape or you can host a site that endorses your music for the world to discover. I can’t help you if you’re doing the former, but I do have a list of WordPress plugins that can help you if you’re trying the latter:
1. HTML5 jQuery Audio Player- Any music blog would need an integrated audio player and HTML5 is one of the best audio player plugins there is. You can upload your songs and let visitors play them in their own time. There are many ways you can use this plugin. You can put this on your shop page or use it to give previews of your songs before they can buy them.
2. Really Simple Events- If you have special events like gigs or concerts and you want to update your visitors, you need a plugin that allows you to display event info to them. Really Simple Events is the plugin that you need. It allows you to add any upcoming events, show the time and place and also add any additional info that is needed.
3. Hybrid Connect- As a musician, it is important to market yourself and your music and one of the best ways to do that is through email marketing where they will always find your music in their inbox. Hybrid Connect allows you to add a lightbox to your website which appears to your visitors as often as you want it to. You can use this is any way you would like to obtain their email address for you to create a mailing list. You will have more subscribers in this way than just having a sign up form in the sidebar because it is impossible to ignore.
4. Thank Me Later-Thank Me Later allows you to email people who leave a comment on your site after a period of time you specify. This is great because often when people come across your site and comment, they never return again. By sending them an email with content you can customize, you increase the chances of them visiting and patronizing your music again.
5. Comment Redirect- Comment Redirect works similar to Thank Me Later except that it’s faster. Once a fan comments on your site, this plugin can forward them to a page on your latest song. There are other ways you can use this plugin. You can redirect them to a mailing list, let them subscribe to your social sites or whatever you want.
6. MP3-jPlayer Free WordPress Plugin- If you want a stylish mp3 player, try this plugin. This mp3 player is packed full of features including multiple skins, pop put players, visitor downloads and manageable playlists. You can also customize its colors, fonts, titles and more.
7. Compact WP Audio Player- If you want a simple audio player that doesn’t require much space but is flexible enough look no further. Compact WP Audio Player is right here to meet your needs. It has mp3 and ogg file support and a looping option. It also has theme integration so you won’t have any compatibility problems with your theme.
8. NextGen Gallery- Whether its an album photo or a gallery of your band’s events, your site will look much more colorful with a gallery. Now there are many gallery plugins out there but most music sites recommend Next Gen. It is a very customizable gallery plugin with different options for gallery formatting. Its basic version comes with basic features but if you wannt more you can buy the pro version.
9. WordPress Download Monitor- It is important to monitor the downloads of your content especially if it’s your own original song or lyrics. Good thing there’s the WordPress Download Monitor which can help you track everything you upload and see how often they’ve been downloaded,. You can also create shortcodes and insert them into blogposts, make them “members only” downloads, create custom URLS and more.
10. Cute Profiles- To get more fans, it is important to link your site to social networks and vice versa. With this plugin, you can display all of your social media profile links at the side of the browser. So while your visitors scroll down the page they are always visible.