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10 World Famous People who use WordPress

From Olympic athletes and Hollywood actors to 60s rock bands and global hip-hop artists, take a look at how some of the world’s most famous people use WordPress.

So I finished watching Straight Outta Compton on DVD at the weekend which, by the way, I highly recommend – particularly if you're interested in the history of rap music.

Snoop Dogg, played by Keith Stanfield, makes a very brief appearance in the film, but it's not clear how he gets involved in the early 90s Death Row records scene.

So I started reading Snoop's official website on my tablet. It's such a well designed site that it got me wondering who was behind it. Turns out that it was designed by a company called The Uprising Creative, who also happens to have designed the website of another rap legend: LL Cool J.

Both sites run on WordPress, which is kind of cool. But it got me thinking about who else uses WordPress in the celebrity world.

I had a little dig around and came up with a list of 10 people who run their sites (or more precisely have their sites run for them by PR agencies), on WordPress.

The geek in me wanted to know whether any of these people were using free or premium themes, or whether they were all proprietary custom made designs. I was also curious to find out what sort of plugins these sites use.

The results are quite interesting. 7 out of the 10 celebrities use proprietary themes. The remaining 3 use modified versions of free or premium themes, including actor Channing Tatum, movie director Kevin Smith and aforementioned rapper LL Cool J. Most of the themes are single page portfolio style.

The majority of the sites use a cache plugin to speed up database load times, and Contact Form 7 is the go-to contact form plugin in the group. SEO plugins such as Yoast are another favourite.

It's also interesting to see Kevin Smith still using a WordPress theme designed for WordPress 1.2!! He's clearly not bothered about security loopholes. And Snoop Dogg's theme is called “Snoop D-O-Double-G”…

So take a look for yourself. Which site do you like the most? Which one needs an overhaul? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

1. Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt official website.
Usain Bolt official website.

Usain Bolt is probably the world's most famous sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: HSThree Custom Theme
Author: HSThree
Author website: http://hsthree.com/

1. Youtube Embed Plus
Youtube Embed Plus

YouTube embed plugin allows you to embed a responsive video, YouTube channel gallery, or playlist gallery. Add video thumbnails, analytics, SEO, caching. More info.

2. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache
Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. More info

2. Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Official Katy Perry website homepage view.

Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who began her career as a gospel singer. She released her debut studio album “Katy Hudson” in 2001 with Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to start work on non-religious pop music which she is most known for today. She signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: Katy Perry
Theme Homepagehttp://katyperry.com
Description: The main theme for Katy Perry's site.
Version: 1.0
 1 Gigpress
Gigpress
GigPress is a live performance listing and management plugin that's been serving musicians and performers since 2007. More info.

2.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. More info.

3. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
Official Snoop Dogg website home page view.

Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A and, as a result, was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since sold over twenty-one million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: Snoop D-O-Double-G
Author: The Uprising Creative
Author Homepage: http://theuprisingcreative.com/
Version: 2014
License: All Rights Reserved
No plugins detected.

However, perhaps I can point the Uprising Creative towards this little plugin:

1. WP Dispensary
wp-dispensary
The world's first (and best) medical marijuana dispensary menu plugin for WordPress. More info.

4. LL Cool J

Ll Cool J
LL Cool J official website home page view.

LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper and actor from Queens, New York. He is known as one of the forefathers of pop rap.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: LL Cool J
Description: This is a custom theme utilizing Foundation 4 and Bones framework
Version: 1.0
Author: The Uprising Creative
Author Homepage: http://theuprisingcreative.com/
1. W3 Total CacheW3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. More info.

5. Tom Jones

Tom Jones
Tom Jones official website front page view.

Tom Jones is one of the most well known singers to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then, he has sung many forms of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: Tom Jones
Version: 2.1.4

1. Upme (User Profiles Made Easy)User Profiles Made Easy WordPress Plugin

User Profiles Made Easy (UPME) is a full featured front-end profile, login and registration plugin for WordPress. It is user-friendly, fully responsive and works with any theme. With this plugin you can stop sending your users to the ugly back-end profile, registration and login pages, and instead give your users a seamless front-end experience on pages that match the rest of your website. More info.

2. Contact Form 7Contact Form 7Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. More info.

3. Essential Grid
Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

Essential Grid is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, WooCommerce shops, price tables, services, product sliders, testimonials and anything else you can imagine. More info.

4. Slider Revolution Plugin
Slider Revolution Plugin

Slider Revolution is an all-purpose slide display solution that has highly customizable transitions, effects and custom animations. More info.

5. Visual ComposerVisual Composer WordPress Plugin
Visual Composer is the #1 best selling frontend and backend drag and drop page builder. More info.

6. The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones official website front page view.

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their estimated sales are above 200 million.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: Rolling Stones 2014
Theme Homepagehttp://rollingstones.com
Description: A 50th anniversary redesign for the Stones website.
Version: 2.0
Author: Code for the People Ltd
Author Homepage: http://codeforthepeople.com
1. Smart App BannerSmart App Banner
This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to use Smart App Banners, introduced in iOS 6, with your WordPress blog. More info.

7. Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum official fan site front page view.

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

ThemePlugins
Theme Name: PageLines Framework
Description: PageLines is a drag-and-drop platform for professional websites based on WordPress and HTML5. It will help you do amazing things with your site, faster & easier than ever before. Designed and developed by PageLines in San Francisco, California. Twitter @pagelines
Version: 2.1.3
Author: PageLines
Author Homepage: http://www.pagelines.com
License: GPL
1. Yoast SEO Plugin
Yoast SEO
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin. More info.

2. Nextgen Gallery
Nextgen Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 14 million downloads. More info.

3. Jetpack
Jetpack

Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack. More info.

4. Feedburner Form
Feedburner Form
Feedburner Form lets you insert a Google Feedburner subscription form in any widgetized area of your site. More info.

5. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. More info.

8. Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
Silent Bob speaks blog home page view.

Kevin Smith is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, public speaker, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo “Jay & Silent Bob”. Jay and Silent Bob have appeared in Smith's follow-up films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which were mostly all set in his home state of New Jersey.

ThemePlugins

Theme Name: Arzel XT2
Version: 1.1
Theme Homepage: http://www.yusop.net
Author: Arzel Yusop
Description: A two columns theme for WordPress 1.2 with light background and top navigation buttons.

1. WP Page Numbers
A simple paging navigation plugin for users and search engines. Instead of next and previous page it shows numbers and arrows. Settings available. More info.

9. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber official website home page view.

Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2007 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. Bieber became the first artist to crack 10 billion total video views on Vevo.

ThemePlugins

Theme Name: Justin Bieber
Theme Homepage: http://www.halopowered.com
Author: Halo Media LLC
Version: 1.0

1. WP Pagenavi
Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface. More info.

2. Livefyre Apps
From Community to Enterprise, the Livefyre Apps Plugin infuses your website with real-time social content to increase engagement and drive traffic. More info.

3. W3 Total CacheW3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. More info.

10. Jay Z

Jay Z
Jay Z official website home page view.

Jay Z is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists in America. In 2014, Forbes estimated Jay Z's net worth at nearly $520 million. He is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.

ThemePlugins

Theme Name: Life and Times
Theme Homepage: http://lifeandtimes.com/
Description: Custom theme for Life and Times
Author: Area17
Version: 1

1. WP Super Cache
WP Super CacheA very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. More info.

2. Google Analytics For WordPress
Google Analytics For WordPressTrack your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages. More info.

3. All In One SEO Pack
All In One SEO PackThe most downloaded plugin for WordPress (almost 30 million downloads). Use All in One SEO Pack to automatically optimize your site for Search Engines. More info.

Written by Will Ellington

Originally from the UK, I currently live in Osaka, Japan, where I work in higher education. I’ve been a WordPress user since 2004 and have developed numerous projects with it over the years. Wpliving is a place to share things i've learnt along the way, and to explore innovations in WordPress too.

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