Add live Twitch video and chat to your WordPress. Suddenly you have some very engaging gaming content on your very own website and it was easy right?
It is easy to get excited when you’re making progress and seeing things happen without cost or too much learning. You might then post a link on Discord or Reddit to get some traffic to your newly embedded content as seen on Twitch.tv itself. You can expect an increase of daily visits and viewers might hang around on your blog a bit longer now.
It really is that simple…to get started!
You’re possibly just getting started on a fun journey that can be fulfilling. I want to pull you into my community to make sure it is a rewarding venture.
Enhance Your Gaming Time
It isn’t a small task to create a website that will stand the test of time. Unless all of the above is all you ever want. In that case, this project won’t appeal to you much. Until you read exactly how much Twitch power can be added to your WP…free of charge. Then all those cogs might start turning in your head and then your all mines!
Free stuff that can be used to impress your viewers! I think you need to read more.
If you eventually need a blog that grows and enhances your gaming time. Then you will need to think like a professional web developer…just a tiny bit. Without going too far and taking all the fun out of gaming.
Get Support in Discord
You will save time and money by getting help from people like me. I help people like you build and manage bigger, better, web projects that result in more profit. Lasting success is still down to you but why start alone and small when you can go bigger with chat support on Discord.
No Technical Experience Needed
Thanks to the TwitchPress project it gets easier to set-up a clever subscriber focused website with every update I release. Do not be concerned about your level of technical knowledge or free time. It might not be as simple as one, two, three but thanks to TwitchPress you can begin thinking bigger and become part of the growing trend to make a home for your gaming community away from Twitch. Without it costing too much time or stupid sums of money. Without it requiring Twitch API experience or clocking days worth of hour as a WP administrator.
SEO v Twitch.tv
You’re not going to beat Twitch.tv at the game of SEO but you can beat other channels by using keywords related to streaming or common activities or events held on Twitch. You can get a portion of traffic, going to your own website and use that traffic to build your community. What I’m trying to tell you is, it’s impossible to rank high for popular searches. The reason being, many phrases are used in a temporary capacity i.e. an event that passes.
My “TwitchPress” phrase dominates the first page of a Google search but it didn’t always. Previously, the Twitch Press (that is press for Twitch.tv) ranked in first place. So I’ve made some progress establishing my brand in terms of SEO. Even competing against Twitch! That is because Google allows me to, as it learns “TwitchPress” is a brand and not a spelling mistake!
So make your brand, find your phrases, ensure they compete, but not too much. You want to use something unique within your viewer’s common searches to bring you to the first page of search results. Normally your handle, your Twitch username, will solve this but not always. So you need to perform some queries and consider getting advice once you’re in the habit of thinking about SEO.
Twitch.tv Data: Exciting API Consumption
You are about to join the determined gamers within a newly emerging community of WP owners and learn secrets about why there is a rapidly growing trend of streamers building impressive websites powered by Twitch data. I have helped partnered players achieve exciting levels of data consumption using the Twitch API and they never paid much.
They never paid much because most of what they needed is already free!
You might be wondering if you’re in the right place after reading that, am I reading the right post and does any of this apply to me you might ask. What if I told you TwitchPress is free and has many free extensions? So yes, you are on the right path, the TwitchPress path and the best path. I will explain why.
TwitchPress Path: Your Choice
TwitchPress offers more than just a bullet-point list of current features. It offers the ability to add your own features to that list. The core plugin, named Channel Solution for Twitch, is an API for an unlimited number of custom extensions. This is crucial if you’re serious about building a successful website. Choose this project if you want to adopt a development path that allows you to increase the power of Twitch within your WP in a way that a selection of random plugins can’t offer. Consider how you’ll continue expanding your WP site now and avoid a difficult situation later when you want to add exciting features using more Twitch.tv data.
TwitchPress Growth: Grow or Don’t
Avoid becoming stuck for solutions when your community outgrows your current blog by adopting a plugin that is designed to support growth. Use TwitchPress as professional gamer and streamer or even as a service provider.
You’re going to require professional levels of integration to impress a new generation of advanced viewers.
Existing plugins are designed to do very specific things and the total of what they do is 1% of the true power offered by the Twitch API. None of them can integrate with each other without more work and so they cannot give you options that only TwitchPress integration offers right now. If your budget is great and you can hire WP developers then your lucky enough to have the option to grow whatever scenario you find yourself in. Albeit a potentially very expensive scenario if you want to do what our partnered Twitch streamers are doing with TwitchPress. If your budget is poor then your decision is very simple. Grow or don’t grow. I’m trying to save you time when they realize that you want WP to do more and a mix of plugins from many different developers doesn’t offer enough synergy.
TwitchPress Synergy: Anything and Everything
Compliment your channel with a powerful WordPress site. Compliment your community with a powerful network that includes your social network profiles. Let’s not forget YouTube which is crucial. What about Discord, Reddit and other third-party services that usually become important to a gaming community. Then there are Twitch services like DeepBot that offer their own API.
Do you know that there is a growing trend to not only add all of the above to WP but to make them work together and get very clever when integrates?
It would cost you hundreds to do this on your own and TwitchPress does not offer all of the above but that is the goal. I have spent months creating a project that aims to use everything and anything related to gaming within a single system. The most manageable way to do this is an extendable system.
TwitchPress Extensions: Free and Premium
The core plugin will soon reach 1MB in file size, a milestone for a WordPress plugin. Most plugins will never reach this size and it is a small indicator of how much is packed into what is only the foundation plugin of a larger Twitch system of many plugins. Many of the files within the core plugin offer administration support in the form of data views and tools. One of the best things is the Setup Wizard which guides us through important configuration options. That includes a list of extensions, all currently free. The list allows us to select and install any number of extensions instantly. Extensions are being created to integrate with popular plugins and services like DeepBot.
No Premium Extensions
There still aren’t any premium extensions but they will come. I need to raise money to sustain the project and the hardware I use to manage the project. Laptops do not last long in my experience! Until then more free extensions will be created. Some are funded by donations and you can influence the development of this project yourself by making a very small donation.
TwitchPress Community: You’re Invited
One of the best advantages of bringing everyone together under one project title is the diverse community. I invite you to join us on Discord where you can chat with developers who are gamers, gamers who are Twitch partnered, gamers who are mad, web devs who are hired by streamers, me and myself, and curious people like yourself. In our community, you will learn how to make safe, secure and fun progress when adding more tools to your WP.
TwitchPress Summary: Trend Ahoy!
The growing trend of WordPress gaming sites is driven by a combination of factors.
- Twitch subscribers can be offered more perks through to the website. The potential perks are endless.
- There is an opportunity to earn more money by adding a store and selling self-styles merchandise or gaming hardware. E-commerce is easily achieved with WP.
- WordPress is stable and thanks to WordPress.org error checking plugins site owners experience less frustration. WP is even more fun.
- Web technology is well integrated into many free plugins and allows third-party services to power content. This makes it easier to fill a blog with gaming media and the social activity that happens around it.
- Gamers want a home for their clan that allows 100% control and customizability.
- Networking and connectivity tools are pushing the limits of media sharing. It can all become a big chore. WP can reduce your workflow by automating sharing within your network and act as your online office.
- It is even easier to create custom services for the entire Twitch community because WP keeps getting better and TwitchPress is being built to offer endless admin tools.
- TwitchPress now saves partnered streamers hundreds (in money, not cookies) because it is open-source. The community is collectively funding its development to reduce costs for one-another. This includes pledging using Patreon.com – the projects publicly visible source of funding.
- More gamers want to achieve something other than a high score or kill the Ender Dragon on hardcore (although that would be impressive). Spending time improving a website is an experience that can be used in studies and even work.