We get many questions about what we use to run this website. So please find below a list of tools & tips that we have personally tested and can highly recommend.

WORDPRESS & THEMES:

Genesis FrameworkThe Cape Town Active Blog runs on WordPress and the Genesis Framework for WordPress.

Genesis empowers you to easily build amazing websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to incredible places.

It’s that simple – start using Genesis now!

Take advantage of the 6 default layout options, comprehensive SEO settings, rock-solid security, flexible theme options, cool custom widgets, custom design hooks, and a huge selection of child themes (“skins”) that make your site look the way you want it to. With automatic theme updates and world-class support included, Genesis is the smart choice for your WordPress website or blog. Also please check out their StudioPress Themes for WordPress. We are using them for other sites and really like them.

Also we have used the Premium themes for Businesses & Pro Bloggers of Templatic. Our events calendar is based on their Events theme. Using these high quality, unique WordPress themes will save you a lot of time and money compared on spending money on a webdesigner. We have also used the following templates in other projects: eBook theme Job Board Theme, Answers theme.

StudioPress Genesis Child Theme Marketplace

WORDPRESS PLUGINS

There are 1000´s of WordPress Plugins. We have tried and tested more than 100 over the time and these are the ones we use for Cape Town Active. To use them on your blog simply search for them on the WordPress Plugin directory and install them on your blog.

  • AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Buttons
  • Akismet
  • CommentLuv
  • Contact Form 7
  • Select Count Per Day
  • Facebook Comments for WordPress
  • Follow Me
  • Global Translator
  • Google Analytics
  • Google News Sitemap
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Hey It’s Flickr!
  • List Authors
  • New Tag Cloud
  • OIOpublisher Ad Manager 2.5
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA
  • Shockingly Simple Favicon
  • Smart Youtube
  • Tabber Widget
  • Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share
  • Tweet old post
  • Twitter @Anywhere Plus
  • Twitter for WordPress
  • Use Google Libraries
  • ViperBar
  • ViperProof
  • WordPress Facebook Fan Box Widget
  • wpCompressor
  • WP Greet Box
  • WP Smush.it
  • Related Posts Plugin

TWITTER TOOLS

We use Tweetadder for managing our Twitter Accounts and generating new followers – Try for FREE! Get the Free Demo

For daily tweets and monitoring the stream for re-tweets, mentions, direct messages and to follow just what is going on we use TweetDeck http://www.tweetdeck.com

To Clean up the followers list we use Tweepi at http://tweepi.com

WEB HOSTING & DOMAIN NAMES: HostGator, World’s Largest Registrar – GoDaddy.com

NEWSLETTER TOOLS: MailChimp, AWeber- Free Test

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