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Case Study: Behind the Scenes Look of List25 – Plugins and Hacks

As many of you know that we have launched a new blog called List25. In the past month or so, we have been continuously working on improving that site. What looks like a simple list blog in the front-end has a lot of cool little things that you never see. In this article, we will take you behind the scenes of List25 and show you the plugins and cool hacks that we are using to power that site. Perhaps reading this article will give you some feature ideas for your own site.

About List25

List25 is a blog that curates lists of lesser-known intriguing information on a variety of subjects. The purpose of this blog is to be a good fun read when you are bored while being educational at times.

We have the site optimized for readers, so they can always find interesting content while being on our site. We also have the site optimized for new authors, so they can easily adopt to the writing style and format of List25.

Plugins

Here we go. People are always interested in knowing what plugins are other sites using. Our goal when developing a site is to accomplish things the easiest way possible. Plugins are pretty handy and saves us a lot of time. We will list a plugin and then share why we are using it.

Akismet – D’oh. We don’t want comment spam. Every WordPress installation comes built-in with it for a reason.

Compact Archives – We are using Compact Archives plugin power the dates area of the archives page. Having the year and months organized in a compact style not only saves space, but it also makes it look good.

Featured Posts List with Thumbnails – We are using this to showcase our “featured” articles in the sidebar. Instead of using a popular views mechanism, we handpick these articles. This allows us to control and moderate the traffic flow to specific articles. You can see the live demo of it in our sidebar or see the image below.

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