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How to Enhance Your Magazine Site!

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If you’re looking for ways to add a bit of extra interest to your magazine site, then you should check out what some of the more popular fashion and gossip magazines have to offer!  Hello Magazine, OK!, Glamour, and loads of other magazine websites offer features designed to attract and entertain visitors, including quizzes, photo galleries, Tweet Tickers, and much more!

I’ve found some of the best features on popular magazine sites to share with you–I’ve also found free and premium WordPress plugins and Joomla extensions you can use to create similar features on your magazine website or blog!  Whether you have a magazine site about fashion or fishing, a lot of these features can be customised to complement your website’s theme.  These features, combined with new and interesting content, should encourage people to not only visit your magazine site more often, but also to spend more time on your website playing games, taking quizzes, or looking at photos.

Multiple Choice Quizzes

If you want to entertain your readers and give them a reason to spend more time on your site, then you should consider featuring quizzes on your magazine site.  Hello Magazine features multiple choice quizzes about the latest celebrity news and gossip, but a quiz feature would also work well on a magazine site about art, music, current events, politics, etc.

hello magazine quiz

Do you want to feature quizzes on your own magazine site?  If you use Joomla, then check out Quiz Deluxe, a premium extension that will enable you to create quizzes (you can even embed images and video in your questions)!

If you use WordPress for your magazine site, then check out QuizMe, a free plugin that enables you to create quizzes with little technical knowledge.

Who Wore it Best?

Like a lot of fashion and celebrity magazine sites, US Magazine has a Who Wore it Best? feature, designed to encourage readers to spend more time on their site.  Readers love giving their feedback and having their opinions heard, so a feature that enables users to choose their favourite of two images, items, or people, is a great way to enhance your magazine site.

who wore it best

Do you want a Who Wore it Best? or similar feature on your magazine site?  If you use Joomla, then check out Photo Battle Factory, a premium plugin that enables you to pit two images against each other, while your visitors choose their favourites!

Tweet Ticker

People Magazine has a Tweet Ticker on their website which displays the latest tweets from a chosen group of celebrities.  A Tweet Ticker is a great way for your readers to keep up to date on what their favourite celebrities are saying on Twitter, and they don’t need to follow them to do it!

tweet ticker

Do you want to include a Tweet Ticker on your website?  If you use WordPress, then check out A jQuery Twitter Ticker, a free plugin that enables you to display tweets from other Twitter users on your magazine site!

Games

Star Magazine has games visitors can play on their site, including crossword puzzles and solitaire.  Offering games for visitors to play is a great way to encourage people to spend more time on your magazine site!

magazine website games

Do you want to include games on your magazine site?  If you use WordPress, then check out MyArcadePlugin Lite, a free WordPress plugin that enables you to easily add loads of games to your site!

If you use Joomla for your magazine site, then check out  10000 Games, a free extension that allows you to add your choice of thousands of games to your site.

Horoscopes/Astrology

Like a lot of fashion, beauty, and gossip magazines, OK! includes a horoscope section their website.  Offering a new horoscope every day on their site is a great way to encourage people to visit OK! on a daily basis!

website horoscope astrology

Would you like to add a horoscope or astrology section to your magazine website?  If you use Joomla, then check out Horoscopo, a free extension that enables you to display daily horoscopes on your site

Interactive Galleries

Like a lot of other fashion magazine sites, Glamour features interactive galleries showcasing clothing and accessories.  Interactive galleries like the ones featured on Glamour help engage visitors and encourage people to spend more time on the site!

interactive galleries website

Would you like to add an interactive gallery to your magazine site?  If you use WordPress, then check out NextGEN-FlashViewer, a free plugin that enables you to easily create and manage photo galleries!

If you use Joomla for your magazine website, then check out JSN ImageShow PRO, a free and user-friendly image gallery extension!

Facebook Comments

Recently, a lot of magazine sites, including Company, have integrated a feature that enables visitors to comment on articles using their Facebook accounts.  If a person is logged into Facebook, then they don’t need to create an account to comment on an article, which should encourage more visitors to add their feedback to a site!

facebook comments

Would you like to enable visitors to comment on articles on your magazine site using their Facebook accounts?  If you use Joomla for your magazine site, then check out Facebook Social Comments, a premium extension that enables visitors to comment on articles using their Facebook accounts–they can even share their comment on their walls!

If you use WordPress for your magazine website, then check out Facebook Comments for WordPress, a free WordPress plugin that integrates the Facebook commenting system into your site!

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6 Comments

  1. On January 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

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  2. On August 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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  3. On July 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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  4. On July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    halfcut threads said:

    Great plugins, I have a friend who has a magazine site and he will love this help, thanks for sharing. These all look like they will help his site be better than his competition

  5. On July 25, 2011 at 6:23 am

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    Hey, these are all great plugins! I’m gonna use joomla now. 🙂

  6. On July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Mixxer said:

    As a web designer, it is actually quite essential to look at variety of websites from different niche. Not to mention, online design magazines and web development blogs such as yours that aims to create awareness on what’s current and what’s not.

    I completely agree with all that you have mentioned. To make every readers involved, it is essential that we add a bit of interaction to the site such as placement of quizzes, surveys even with a simple yes or no questionnaires. Additionally, social media is upon us. Within reason, we must integrate some media platform sites like facebook or twitter. Very informative article and lots of ideas to grab both for developers and web masters alike.

    Two thumbs up.